Purpose: The main goal of this project is to elaborate and optimize the method of manufacturing the porous, ceramic preforms based on Al2O3 particles used as the reinforcement in order to produce modern metal matrix composites by pressure infiltration method with liquid metal alloys. Design/methodology/approach: Ceramic preforms were manufactured by the sintering method of Al2O3 powder with addition of pore forming agent. The preform material consists of powder Alcoa Al2O3 CL 2500, however, as the forming factor of the structure of canals and pores inside the ceramic, agglomerated framework the carbon fibres Sigrafil C10 M250 UNS were used. The addition of carbon fibres was 30, 40 and 50% of weight. The TGA analysis of carbon fibres has been made. The investigations of the structure of powder Al2O3 Alcoa CL 2500, the used carbon fibres and the obtained ceramic preforms on the scanning electron microscope (SEM) have been made. The measurement of permeability of the obtained materials on the specially designed station has also been made. Findings: The obtained preforms are characterized by volumetric participation of ceramic phase of 15-31%, what is the result of differential addition of the pores forming agent, and the high permeability indicates on “the open porosity”. Research limitations/implications: The basic limit of the mentioned method is the possibility of obtaining preforms of porosity less than 85%, where in case of using the ceramic fibres the pores can be more than 90% of material volumetric. Practical implications: The manufactured ceramic preforms are widely used as the reinforcement to produce the composite materials by the infiltration method. That method allows manufacturing the metal elements locally reinforced and the near-net shape composite products. Originality/value: The received results show the possibility of obtaining the new preforms being the cheaper alternative for semi-finished products based on the ceramic fibres and the use of carbon fibres as the pores forming agent indicate that it is the high-quality process.