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It was around 1850 in Viviers, in the Ardèche, near the first French cement plant, that the cement tile made its appearance. Its technical and aesthetic qualities very quickly made it a highly appreciated tile. Manufacturing developed principally in south-eastern France, near Avignon and Marseille.
Before the decline in production around 1960, our company manufactured and maintained tile presses, moulds and dividers for the hundreds of companies that were then manufacturing this attractive tile, both in mainland France and in Indochina, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Madagascar, etc.

The cement tile made its big comeback in 1984, thanks to architects in the region of Apt, in the Vaucluse, who decided to bring it back to life. Naturally, our company was contacted and returned to the manufacture of moulds, presses and dividers. Methods have changed, as have the components and products. They enable new qualities and performance that were unimaginable 50 years ago. The “tomette provençale” mould, which is a gem of precision, is an example.

However, our production equipment, like the tiles produced by our customers, is still produced in accordance with tradition and in compliance with this philosophy of "authenticity". In the final analysis, if cement tiles today are laid proudly in our living rooms or kitchens, around our swimming pools or featured in interior design magazines, Bussi m.g. has contributed to this and we are proud of it.