LC Ceramics

LC Ceramics-Team


This trade relationship is currently not active.


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner LC Ceramics




Hanoi, Vietnam – distance to Europe: 8,600km

Hanoi to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Founded in 1982


  • 1982: LC Ceramics is founded in Bat Trag, a place with a long tradition of ceramic production (once manufacturing tiles for the royal palace; the king settled craftsmen there; “Bat” means key, “Trang” means workshop)
  • Ceramic workshop has been in operation for 8 generations
  • Current manager Nguyen Van Loi is the grandson of the legendary Nguyen Thanh Chau, who was given an award by the former emperor
  • Him and his wife Pham Thi Minh Chau are skilled and well-known ceramics artists themselves
  • Range of LC Ceramics products includes not only modern designs but also uses traditional patterns
  • 2010: CONTIGO receives a tip from GIZ (German Agency for International Development Cooperation)
  • CONTIGO immediately visits the site
  • However, orders become less and some people are laid off
  • LC Ceramics produces high quality products for export
  • LC Ceramics has been expanding its presence in the local market (goal: 50% of production for export, other 50% for local market)
  • Very modern kiln was bought
  • Son Tung manages his graphic design and packaging company in the premises of the parent’s business

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2011

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Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 15 employees
  • 10 part-time employees

(12 women and 13 men)


  • Home market (5%)
  • Exports (95%) to France, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, U.S.A., Germany


  • To increase the popularity of LC Ceramics on the international market
  • To continuously guarantee high quality
  • To develop a product line for the local market to decrease dependency on export

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with LC Ceramics: CONTIGO was looking for a professional partner for their tea pots collection, which they found in LC Ceramics.


Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

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LC Ceramics complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV

Fair wages

  • Average wage in the sector/region: US$100/month
  • Wages LC Ceramics:
    • Employees: US$250-500/month
    • Part-time employees: US$150-200/month
    • This basic salary will be topped up with additional by-piece payments for orders with high quantities
  • Higher wages in case of overtime

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 1 break (1 hour)

Social benefits:

  • Paid holidays
  • Continued payment of age in case of sickness or accident
  • Health insurance (10% of salary is reserved for medical treatment)
  • One 4- to 5-day long vacation is paid for by LC Ceramics per year

Educational opportunities:

  • Various trainings

Occupational safety:

  • Protective clothing provided


  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO



  • Personal visits in Hanoi (2010, 2012, 2015)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Vietnam



Author: Janina Lange on 29. June 2016

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