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NEWS

  • Ceramic Centre and FGK sum up the situation about ceramic tile slipperiness

On 23 and 24 November, Dr. Marcel Engels and Dr. Miriam Miehling, both of FGK (Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe -Glas/Keramik- GmbH) visited the Ceramic Centre. Main theme was the discussion of the issues concerning surface characterization of ceramic tiles by means of optical profilometry, a technique used both at CC and the FGK for the study of the resistance to slip of such products.
Dr. Engels also held a Seminar at the School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Bologna, entitled “Surface characterization as a basis for the evaluation of slip resistance and cleaning behavior of ceramic tile surfaces”.

  • Centro Ceramico at 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation

Centro Ceramico attended the 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation, held in Tallinn (Estonia) from Oct. 26-28 2016. The Forum examined financing opportunities for eco-innovative SMEs and showcased successful companies who have succeeded in attracting investors and growing their business. It explored the enabling factors and challenges of transitioning to a circular business model and addressed these through the lens of business, finance and public sector.
Dr. E. Rambaldi presented EU Project Wincer in the framework of the B2I (business to investor) matchmaking session.

Progetto EU Silife

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Ceramic Centre has led at SAIE 2016 Fair the EU Project SILIFE – “Production of Quartz Powders with Reduced Crystalline Silica Toxicity”.
The main purpose of SILIFE is to reduce the impact on the health of workers deriving from exposure to crystalline silica.
The prospect is to replace the standard quartz powder with processed quartz powder, in order to obtain a material with decreased toxicity, but with the same technical performance.
Participation in this Fair is of particular importance, because SAIE includes, among the various areas, Session “Work Environment”, the only Italian exhibition initiative dedicated to health and safety in the workplace.

On November 2 in Castellon (E), at ITC headquarters, the 1st Annual Meeting was held.

Dr. G. Bonvicini (Ceramic Centre) at SAIE 2016.

EU Project Life Cersuds

The European Commission has funded the Project LIFE CERSUDS in the framework of the Programme LIFE 2014-2020.
Centro Ceramico is partner of the Project, coordinated by ITC (E). The prime objective is the development and implementation of a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) whose “skin” consists of an innovative system, with a low environmental impact, made using in-stock ceramic tile of little commercial value. In comparison to traditional systems, such SUDS can reduce surface run-off water by almost 90%, enabling reuse in irrigation, decreasing diffuse pollution and improving water quality.

The project involves also the Municipality of Fiorano Modenese (I), one of the municipalities included in the Ceramic District of the Emilia-Romagna Region, who has expressed its willingness to host a reproduction of the SUDS demonstrator using in-stock ceramic tiles.
The activities started on Oct. 13, 2016, on the occasion of the kick-off meeting at headquarters of ITC in Castellón (E). Moreover, on Nov. 22 a meeting has been held, with the participation of  an EU Commissioner.

Link to the Project Sheet on EU website
Read the press release


EU Project Life Cersuds

EU Project REMEB

See the new video about the Project results

New video EU Project REMEB - YouTube

  • EU Project REMEB – Partners choose Ceramic Centre for the annual meeting

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On October 6 and 7, 2016 Partners of EU Project REMEB gathered at Ceramic Centre for the annual meeting.
During the meeting, representatives of all partner entities reported their progresses and made an assessment of the achieved outcomes throughout the first year of the project execution.

The meeting concluded with the definition of next steps to be followed by the project partners in order to reach the established goals.

Read the press release


  • Gabbrielli technology and Ceramic Centre together at Tecnargilla

Gabbrielli technology and Ceramic Centre partecipated together at Tecnargilla, in the framework of a collaboration project aimed to create the best synergy between these two historical entities.
Gabbrielli showed a preview of the most innovative technological solutions for the ceramic sector, allowing visitors to experience first hand the functionalities and characteristics of its new instruments, and providing all business information about its products and services.
Ceramic Centre, which uses for many years Gabbrielli instruments for the characterisation and certification of the ceramic products, made available the knowledge of its technicians to provide technical-informative support.

Gabbrielli technology a Tecnargilla  cc_gabbrielli_tecnargilla Centro Ceramico a Tecnargilla

Ceramic Centre attended CERSAIE, at the front desk of Confindustria Ceramica (Service Center), informing visitors about the latest National and European R&D projects specifically targeted to the ceramic tile industry.

  • Ceramic Centre celebrated 40 years of activity

On June 21, at the headquarters of Confindustria Ceramica in Sassuolo, Ceramic Centre celebrated 40 years of activity.
Over 150 participants attended the event, including CEOs and managers of ceramics industries, plant companies, surface treatment companies, lecturers and researchers of the University, representative of Certification Bodies, reporters, etc.
It was May 5, 1976, when representatives of the Institutions founding the Consortium signed the Convention for the establishment of an entity still unique today.
The meeting recalled the four decades of the University Consortium Ceramic Centre, devoted to research, technology transfer, innovation and certification for the ceramics industry, in collaboration with industrial associations and local Government.
The meeting was opened by the President of the Ceramic Centre and the President of Confindustria Ceramica, followed by, the speeches of Modena Mayor, Council Member for Productive Activities of the Emilia-Romagna Region, and the Rector of the University of Bologna.
Afterwards, Giorgio Timellini – past Director (2006-2014) – outlined the history of the Ceramic Centre, whereas Maria Chiara Bignozzi – Director from 2015 – depicted the current situation and the future paths of the Ceramic Centre.
The event ended with buffet, cake and toast in the park.

  • EU Project REMEB at PERMEA 2016 International Conference

REMEB “Eco-Friendly Ceramic Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Based on Recycled Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Waste Water Reuse” has been presented by the Project Coordinator FACSA (E) at PERMEA (Prague, May 15-19 2016), the reference international conference for the research in membrane technology.


EU Project REMEB Stay updated about the EU Project REMEB: Read the latest issue of the Newsletter

After one year from the starting of the Project activities, significant results were achieved, by production in the laboratory of industrial prototypes of innovative and sustainable ceramic tiles  in different formats. The products contain up to 99% of recycled material, sinter at lower temperatures than the traditional porcelain stoneware, and allow to achieve a considerable energy saving.

Read more

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The XIV edition of Qualicer has been held in Castellón (E) on 8 and 9 February 2016 and the presentations – oral or poster – were divided in three groups of subjects: Block A – Ceramic enterprise and markets; Block B – Ceramic tile and construction; Block C – Ceramic tile manufacture.
Ceramic Centre has participated with two oral presentations:

  • “Green ceramic tiles: the sustainable use of natural resources as basic requirement” – E. Rambaldi, G. Bonvicini, M.C. Bignozzi
  • “Cleanability of “LAPPATO” porcelain stoneware” – M. Soranzo, E. Rambaldi, F. Prete, G. Bonvicini, M.C. Bignozzi

In addition, in the framework of Poster Session (Block C), a Poster was presented, illustrating the activities carried out so far for the European Project REMEB “Eco-Friendly Ceramic Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Based on Recycled Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Waste Water Reuse”, funded in February 2015 in the framework of the Programme Horizon 2020.

  • EU Project SILIFE to the most important Spanish events in the ceramic sector

The EU Project SILIFE “Production of quartz powders with reduced crystalline silica toxicity”, has been presented in Valencia during Cevisama 2016 by an oral presentation and in Castellón, at Qualicer, by a poster presentation.
SILIFE has been funded in the framework of LIFE 2014 and involves 10 European Partners.
The main purpose is to replace the standard quartz powder with processed quartz powder, in order to obtain a material with decreased toxicity, but with the same technical performance.

  • The Director of the Ceramic Centre Convener of ISO TC 189 WG1 “Test Methods”

Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi, Director of Ceramic Centre, was unanimously appointed Convener of the Working Group 1 “Test Methods” of ISO Tecnical Committee 189 “Ceramic Tiles”, during the last meeting of the TC, held in Seville (E) from 7 to 9 Nov. 2015.
The work of TC 189 concerns ceramic tiles. Its activities are related to the development and updating of both the basic Standard ISO 13006, and the Standard ISO 10545 (divided into 16 parts), indicating the measurement and test methods of the technical characteristics of tiles.
TC 189 also develops Standards regarding materials for the installation of ceramic tiling: adhesives, plasters, etc. Within TC 189 there are also WG working on several fundamental issues for ceramic tiles, such as installation of tiling, installation materials, sustainability, new products (eg. large size slabs), etc.
TC 189 is chaired by representatives of ANSI, the US Standardisation Body, but includes a strong – and due – commitment from Italian industry, research and standardisation, as confirmed by the new task entrusted to Director of the Ceramic Centre.

All the activities of Ceramic Centre for Standardisation

Three days with 11 scientific sessions, six thematic workshops, a poster session, an exhibiting area and a specific brokerage event. Centro Ceramico attended the Session concerning Materials & Graphene-Based Innovation with the poster presentation entitled “Nanostructured Alumina Produced by Slip Casting/Pressure Slip Casting for Dental Applications” – A. Arena, F. Prete, E. Rambaldi, M.C. Bignozzi.

  • Project REMEB at Regional Climate InfoDay in Valencia (E)

Professor Enrique Sánchez from Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (Spain), member of the Project REMEB consortium, has participated in a presentation where he has discussed the criteria that characterise this initiative regarding sustainability, climate, environment, water, eco-innovation, resource efficiency and raw materials.
The meeting has been held in Valencia (E) on Nov. 10 2015, read all details in the press release.

  • International Workshop “Research and innovation for a sustainable waste management”

The Workshop has been held on Oct. 15, 2015 at Dept. of Engineering “E. Ferrari” – Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
It has given an updated technical and scientific contribution about the subject of wastes, in order to foster the implementation of “best available techniques and practices” in the sustainable management of wastes/residues/by-products/end of waste, with particular attention to those chemically hazardous.
The Workshop was addressed to public and private bodies, companies, lecturers, researchers and students involved in environmental issues for sustainable development.
Centro Ceramico has presented the paper: “Wastes: new sustainable resources for the building industry” – M.C. Bignozzi, E. Rambaldi.

See the programme of the Workshop

  • Another EU Project funded for the Ceramic Centre

The EU Project “SILIFE – PRODUCTION OF QUARTZ POWDERS WITH REDUCED CRYSTALLINE SILICA TOXICITY” has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals LIFE 2014 – subprogramme: ENVIRONMENT, priority area: ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY.
The Project will last 4 years and involves 10 European Partners.
The main purpose of SILIFE is to reduce the impact on the health of workers deriving from exposure to crystalline silica.
The prospect is to replace the standard quartz powder with processed quartz powder, in order to obtain a material with decreased toxicity, but with the same technical performance.
The Kick-off Meeting has been held on Oct. 14, at Univ. Jaume I, Castellón (E).

Link to SILIFE Official Website

  • European Project REMEB. activities started

Activities started within the European Project “REMEB - Eco-Friendly Ceramic Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Based on Recycled Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Waste Water Reuse”, funded in February 2015.
The aim of the Project is the implementation and validation of low-cost ceramic membrane bioreactors (MBR), to be used in wastewater treatment plants.
On Sept. 14 and 15 the kick-off meeting hase been held, see the press release.

Link to REMEB Official Website

EU Project REMEB
  • Project WINCER

WINCER (Waste Synergy in the production of Innovative CERamics) Project has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013. The project, in which Ceramic Centre is partner with Fincibec S.p.A. (Sassuolo, MO, Italy) and Minerali Industriali S.r.l. (Novara, Italy) has officially started the activities on January 27, 2015 and will last three years.
The details of WINCER are available in the Project Database of CIP EcoInnovation Projects.

Link to WINCER Official Website

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Archive

  • (Italiano) Tensioni indotte da pressatura e cottura nelle piastrelle ceramiche

    (Italiano) La Dott.ssa Elisa Rambaldi del Centro Ceramico ha presentato un intervento focalizzato in particolare sulla piroplasticità, quale parametro per l'ottimizzazione del processo ceramico, a partire dalla progettazione di nuovi impasti al fine di prevenire difetti.
  • International Congress “CERMODEL 2015″

    Ceramic Centre attended the Conference with a work carried out in the framework of the Line of Research of Ceramic Centre "Study and optimisation of anti-slip properties of pedestrian ceramic surfaces"
  • Conference on Legislative Decree 102/2014

    Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi attended the Conference on Legislative Decree 102/2014 "Implementation of Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency". The Decree implements the European Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, which establish targets for energy saving for each Member State.
  • Workshop about modelling of ceramic materials

    Ceramic Centre attended the workshop "State of the art and challenges in thermal and mechanical modelling of ceramic materials" which has brought together international experts in the field of ceramic science and material modelling and representatives from research institutes and industry.
  • Ceramic Centre and COST Action

    Ceramic Centre (CC) has attended the Meeting COST Action “Newgen” (New Generation Biomimetic and Customized Implants for Bone Engineering). The project brings together 139 participating institutions from 29 different European Countries (+ USA and Canada).
  • Ceramic Centre at R2B

    Ceramic Centre was at R2B. The request for business innovation finds a response through national and international laboratories and research centers, startups and institutions: a place of strong concreteness for those who look to the future.
  • Ceramic Centre at RESTAURO Fair

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  • Ceramic Centre Seminars

    On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 the cycle of Ceramic Centre Seminars has been concluded. The main topics concerned Sustainability, International Standards, Safety and Surface Treatments, Innovation.
  • Seminar “The evolution of the new Standard ISO 9001:2015″

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - h 2:00 pm, at Ceramic Centre (CC) - Sassuolo branch has been held the Seminar "The evolution of the new Standard ISO 9001:2015 (DIS Document)", organised by Certiquality and sponsored by CC.
  • Expo Revestir 2015

    Ceramic Centre (CC) has attended Expo Revestir 2015 (Sao Paulo, BR, March 3-6, 2015). Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi (Director of CC) has presented a paper during Tecnargilla Brasil Forum, in which the latest developments for sustainability in the ceramics industry were illustrated.
  • University of Bologna and Ceramic Centre meet the Directive Board of Confindustria Ceramica

    On Feb. 3, 2015, at the headquarters of Confindustria Ceramica, the new Director of Ceramic Centre – Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi – has been introduced to the Directive Board of Confindustria Ceramica. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Francesco Ubertini representative of University of Bologna in the Board of Directors of Ceramic Centre.
  • International Brokerage Event – Green Industries Project

    Within R2B 2015, it was organized an International Brokerage Event of the Green Industries Project: a significative opportunity to deal with the issues of energy efficiency, reducing consumptions and improving the environmental impact of industry, which offered to companies, universities and research centers the opportunity to meet potential partners from all over Europe, with the aim to create partnerships and to participate in research projects funded at European level.
  • New Package “Solar Reflectance Index – SRI for LEED certification”

    The Solar Reflectance Index - SRI, required by LEED certification to qualify the building materials from the point of view of the decrease of the "heat island effect", is becoming increasingly important. So, the Ceramic Centre has developed the "SRI Package", that allows for the determination of the SRI on 5 products, at particularly favourable prices.
  • Conference “Raw materials for ceramic tiles” – Sassuolo (MO) Italy

    On Jan. 29, 2015 the yearly I.Cer.S. Conference on Raw Materials for Ceramic Tiles has been held. Ceramic Centre has attended the meeting presenting the paper “Evaluation of ceramic raw materials for a safe working environment" (G. Bonvicini, A. Albertazzi, M.C. Bignozzi).
  • Ceramic Centre has new Director

    Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi, (Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering - DICAM - University of Bologna) has substituted for Prof. Giorgio Timellini, outgoing Director (2006-2014).
  • Completed FP7 SME 2011 SILICOAT Project

    The aim of the Project SILICOAT was to transform raw materials containing quartz into intrinsically safe products and, in turn, to make safe the use of these substances in the ceramic industrial process.
  • Ceramic Centre at SAIE 2014

    Ceramic Centre will be at Pav. 26, Stand B3 - Research Area.
  • Canadian Embassy at Ceramic Centre

    Dr. Tyler Wordsworth, First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) of the Embassy of Canada, visited Ceramic Centre.
  • A guide for the operators involved in the realisation of ceramic tiling

    (Italiano) E' prevista per mercoledì 4 Giugno p.v. la presentazione del nuovo manuale di Giorgio Timellini "Guida alla valutazione tecnica delle piastrellature di ceramica", a cura del Centro Ceramico Bologna, nell'ambito delle attività di diffusione del Progetto Laboratorio CerPosa "Posa delle Piastrelle di Ceramica".