Qualicer – XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality – will be held in Castellón (E) on 12 and 13 February 2018. As usual, the presentations – oral or poster – will be divided in three groups of subjects: Block A – Ceramic enterprise and markets; Block B – Ceramic tile and construction; Block C – Ceramic tile manufacture.
Centro Ceramico will attend the Congress with two oral presentations:

  • High-recycling content porcelain stoneware tiles: from industrial production to product certification
    E. Rambaldi, L. Valeriani, L. Grandi, C. Beneventi, M.C. Bignozzi
  • New instruments for determining dimensional characteristics of large format tiles
    S. Fazio, L. Sanseverino, P. Carrino, G. Carboni, M.C. Bignozzi

In addition, in the framework of the Poster Session, Centro Ceramico will expose the work:

  • End of waste materials and by-products suitable for ceramic tile industry
    E. Rambaldi, C. Zanelli, R. Soldati, M. Dondi, M.C. Bignozzi.

On Wednesday Dec. 13th, 2017, at the Confindustria Ceramica headquarter in Sassuolo (MO) the Final Conference of the Project WINCER – Waste synergy in the production of INnovative CERamic tiles was held.
The Project, funded in the framework of the EU Call CIP-EIP-Eco-Innovation-2013, has allowed to obtain, on an industrial scale, ceramic tiles containing 85% of wastes. These tiles, produced in different formats (up to 30 x 60 cm), glazed and unglazed, belong to the same class of porcelain stoneware (BIa class according to the standard EN 14411), despite the maximum firing temperature of 1000 °C. This has led to a significant decrease of industrial fixed costs, as well as a reduction in CO2 emissions.
The tiles produced by the WINCER Project obtained the Certiquality-UNI Mark.


The last annual meeting of the EU Life CERSUDS Project (Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System) at ITC in Castellón, E, at the end of October also offered the opportunity for a visit to the ongoing work for the implementation of the demonstrator in Benicàssim (Castellón, E). More in detail, in an area close to the demonstrator, the first street test of the system is being installed, consisting of a permeable surface made of ceramic tiles of low commercial value that, practically in a handmade way, have been cut and piled up forming this innovative system that will help to collect the excess water coming from torrential waters, and that later can be reused for the irrigation of landscaped areas. Keep reading

Ceramic Centre attended CERSAIE – International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, held in Bologna from September 25 to 29, 2017, hosted at the Confindustria Ceramica Stand. Ceramic Centre illustrated a series of offers - especially conceived for the Fair, but in force until the end of 2017 - concerning some types of tests on ceramic tiles.
This year’s news is that we attended the event with the Project IPERCER - Process innovation for the sustainable ceramic tile chain as well.

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  • EU Project SILIFE at International Conference EEMS 2017

The SILIFE project has announced its progress at the International Conference: Energy, Environment and Material Systems- EEMS 2017, held in Polanica-Zdrój (Poland) from 13 to 15 September 2017. On this occasion, an oral presentation entitled: “Additives for reducing the toxicity of crystalline silica. SILIFE project”, by the Authors: E. Monfort, A. López-Lilao, A. Escrig, M. J. Ibáñez, G. Bonvicini, O. Creutzenberg, C. Ziemann has been presented.Keep reading

Progetto Europeo LIFE CERSUDS

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The Ceramic Centre was invited both to “CeramTech – International Ceramic Exhibition” in Isfahan (IR) from Sept. 6th to 9th 2017, and the IV “Tile and Ceramic Congress + Digital Printing Technology”, which took place on the same dates.
In the framework of the Conference Session, Prof. M.C. Bignozzi presented an oral presentation concerning “Large format tile production: new opportunities in technology and testing methods”. Among the invited research centres invited, was included also the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica-ITC (E), of which the Ceramic Centre is a partner in several EU Projects.

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EU Project REMEB

Stay updated about EU Project REMEB: Newsletter no. 9

The Ceramic Centre attended the ECerS Conference, held in Budapest from July 9th to 13th, 2017.
During the Conference Topic “T7.Challenges and Opportunities in Industrial Ceramics” – chaired by Prof. M.C. Bignozzi, the Invited Lecture “Pathway towards high recycled content traditional ceramics” was presented by Dr. E. Rambaldi.
Moreover, Dr. G. Bonvicini attended the Conference Topic “T11.Refractories”, with the oral presentation “Development of aluminium titanate/porcelain ceramic matrix composites having high thermal shock resistance”.

Ceramic Centre attended the “3rd monitoring meeting” of the EU Project SILIFE – “Production of Quartz Powders with Reduced Crystalline Silica Toxicity”, at the ITC headquarters in Castellón (E), on June 8, 2017. 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 REMEB international partners promote the project in Brussels by the hand of PARTENALIA

Progetto Europeo REMEB

The partner of REMEB Project have travelled to Brussels to boost their visibility and make themselves known among the main European working groups related to waste valorisation, water management, and the ceramic production sector. The initiative is endorsed by the European association for territorial cooperation “PARTENALIA”… Follow to read.

  • At Ceramic Centre more tests on tableware

The Ceramic Centre has bought a new device, specific for tests on tableware.
It is the pendulum to determine the impact resistance of non-metallic articles in contact with food, used for catering and industrial use, where such items are subject to remarkable impact, according to EN 12980:2000.
The equipment (mod. SFT S1-2122 – EN 12980) allows the Ceramic Centre to increase the range of tests available for tableware manufacturers.

Ceramic Centre has been formally accepted and recognised by Intertek as a CAP (Conformity Assesement Programmes)-Approved Laboratory, to carry out the relevant tests and analysis necessary for exporting products in the following countries:

  • Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda.
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Kuwait, Qatar.

All services of the Ceramic Centre for export

  • EU Project REMEB: the implementation of sustainable membrane bioreactor is starting!

Progetto EU Remeb

On March 30-31, 2017 the Ceramic Centre has attended the periodic meeting of the Project Partners at the headquarters of Imeca Process (F), specialized in water filtration systems.
The main subject of the meeting was represented by the fact that Imeca has completed the manufacturing of the membrane bioreactor and assembled all the components of the system for its implementation at the wastewater treatment plant in Aledo, Murcia (E). The hydraulic and electrical tests for its set-up are already being performed as well. Data on water quality and running costs will be shortly available. Moreover, the Project has been presented to key stakeholders for dissemination, as the European Institute of Membranes – international reference laboratory in the field of membranes and materials processes – and SWELIA, Association of water sector professionals of the Occitan French region, both bodies based in Montpellier.

  • Natucer collaborates with REMEB, backing diversification in the ceramic sector

On Feb. 17, 2017, FACSA, ITC-UJI, and the Valencia region Council of Chambers of Commerce presented the EU Project REMEB project in a press conference together with the ceramic manufacturing company Natucer, which is manufacturing the REMEB ceramic membranes to be used for water treatment. In the event, covered by multiple media from the province of Castellón and Valencia region, the several representatives talked about the project background, its objectives, the advantages of using this technology and the difficulties faced during its development.

Municipality of Fiorano EU Project Life Cersuds
On Feb. 1, 2017, Ceramic Centre attended a meeting at the Municipality of Fiorano Modenese, during which both Mayor and town Council offered their helpfulness to carry out a feasibility study concerning a draining tiling by using ceramic tiles with low added value, in agreement with the model that the EU Project Life CERSUDS is developing in the town of Benicàssim (Castellón, E). Through this commitment, the City of Fiorano takes action perfectly aligned to the integrated approach that aims at mitigating and adapting to climate change required by the “Covenant of Mayors”. The “Covenant of Mayors” includes thousands of local authorities involved on a voluntary basis to achieve, on the territory of competence, the EU goals for energy and the climate.

Go to the website “Covenant of Mayors”

Progetto EU Life Cersuds


Tuesday, January 17, ITC-AICE (E) hosted, within the Project EU Life-CERSUDS, the meeting of a Working Group consisting of over 20 experts representing various organisations, institutions, companies, in addition to the members of the Project Consortium, including Ceramic Centre.
The purpose was to investigate the characteristics of the Project EU Life-CERSUDS, analyze the transition model towards sustainable urban drainage systems, and to promote its implementation on regional and national scale, in order to avoid the harmful effects of climate changes and reduce CO2 emissions.

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.

Project 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

  • 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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  • Centro Ceramico and FGK: ceramic surfaces characterization

    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.
  • “I trattamenti e le superfici ceramiche” Conference – II edition

    (Italiano) Martedì 15/11/2016, presso la sede di Sassuolo del Centro Ceramico, si è tenuta la seconda edizione della giornata su "I Trattamenti e le Superfici Ceramiche". Ancora una volta, il Centro Ceramico è stato sede di confronto tra i più noti produttori di trattamenti superficiali per materiali ceramici, la ricerca scientifica e le aspettative dei produttori di piastrelle, in presenza di un folto numero di partecipanti.
  • Mediterranean Home Manifesto at SAIE 2016

    (Italiano) Il Manifesto della Casa Mediterranea è stato protagonista in occasione di SAIE 2016, al seminario “La Casa Mediterranea e le coperture: risparmio energetico e comfort”, che si è tenuto Giovedì 20 Maggio presso SAIE Academy Sala A - Pad. 26. Il Centro Ceramico, che fa parte del gruppo che ha ideato e redatto il documento, ha presentato l'intervento “Casa Mediterranea: il Manifesto della ceramica” - M.C. Bignozzi.
  • 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.
  • EU Project SILIFE at SAIE 2016

    Centro Ceramico 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.
  • REMEB – the annual meeting at Centro Ceramico

    On October 6 and 7, 2016 Partners of EU Project REMEB gathered at Ceramic Centre for the annual meeting. The meeting concluded with the definition of next steps to be followed by the project partners in order to reach the established goals.
  • EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) Seminar

    (Italiano) Martedì 27 Settembre 2016 - h 14:30, presso la Città della Posa a CERSAIE, si è tenuto il Convegno "EPD: la Dichiarazione Ambientale delle piastrelle di ceramica italiane. Un nuovo strumento di sostenibilità e competitività".
  • Centro Ceramico at CERSAIE 2016

    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.
  • Gabbrielli technology and Centro Ceramico at Tecnargilla

    Gabbrielli technology and Ceramic Centre participated together at Tecnargilla, in the framework of a collaboration project aimed to create the best synergy between these two historical entities.
  • Impact Factors and Environmental Performance 2014

    (Italiano) Il volume è l’aggiornamento al 2014 della base di dati ricavata dall'elaborazione delle comunicazioni dei dati ambientali che le aziende ceramiche inviano annualmente alla Regione Emilia Romagna, mediante Report AIA.
  • Thick materials

    (Italiano) L’incontro, organizzato da Società Ceramica Italiana, si è tenuto giovedì 14 Luglio presso l'Auditorium di Confindustria Ceramica. L'aumento dello spessore delle piastrelle ceramiche da pavimentazione esterna, sopraelevata, tecnica sulle linee di produzione standard rappresenta una sfida tecnologica innovativa.
  • Ceramic Centre at “dinner with colours”

    (Italiano) Giovedì 23 Giugno il Centro Ceramico ha partecipato, con il colore rosso assegnato, all'evento "A cena con il colore", nel Piazzale della Rosa a Sassuolo.
  • Centro Ceramico 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.
  • “I trattamenti e le superfici ceramiche” Conference

    (Italiano) Si è tenuto martedì 14 Giugno, l'incontro su "I trattamenti e le superfici ceramiche", presso la sede di Sassuolo del Centro Ceramico, con riscontri positivi oltre le aspettative, e con grande afflusso di pubblico.
  • Centro Ceramico at R2B-SMAU 2016

    (Italiano) Il Centro Ceramico ha partecipato a R2B-SMAU BOLOGNA, il 9-10 Giugno presso Bologna Fiere. Allineandosi perfettamente alla mission di tale evento, il Centro Ceramico ha presentato i Progetti Europei e Regionali finanziati nel periodo 2015-2016.
  • “Il Manifesto della Casa Mediterranea” Conference

    (Italiano) Giovedì 19 maggio 2016, alle ore 16, si è tenuto a Bologna, presso Villa Guastavillani, Via degli Scalini 18, il convegno "Il Manifesto della Casa Mediterranea" organizzato da Quotidiano Nazionale con il sostegno della Federazione Confindustria Ceramica e Laterizi e il CERSAIE.
  • 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.
  • Projects IPERCER and MATER_SOS: activities started

    (Italiano) Venerdì 1 Aprile 2016, presso la sede di Bologna del Centro Ceramico, si sono tenuti i kick-off meeting che hanno dato ufficialmente il via alle attività relative ai due Progetti finanziati dalla Regione Emilia Romagna.
  • WINCER results at month 12

    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.
  • SILIFE at 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.
  • 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.
  • End of cycle 2016 of Research and Training Seminars

    (Italiano) I temi proposti nel 2016 hanno toccato temi sempre attuali per il settore, accogliendo anche alcune richieste di approfondimento suggeriteci dai partecipanti durante l'edizione 2015: impasti, prestazioni, trattamenti, sostenibilità, normativa, export, posa, etc.
  • Ecolabel EU Mark

    (Italiano) Il 2 Febbraio 2016 è entrata in vigore la Legge n. 221/2015 "Disposizioni in materia ambientale per promuovere misure di green economy e per il contenimento dell'uso eccessivo di risorse naturali", che contiene disposizioni atte a promuovere sia direttamente sia indirettamente i prodotti ed i servizi con il Marchio EU-Ecolabel.
  • Centro Ceramico at Qualicer 2016

    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. Centro Ceramico participated with two oral presentations.
  • Mazaud wear test

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  • Director of Ceramic Centre Convener of ISO TC 189 WG1

    Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi, Director of Ceramic Centre, was unanimously appointed Convener of the Working Group 1 "Test Methods" of ISO Technical Committee 189 "Ceramic Tiles", during the last meeting of the TC, held in Seville (E) from 7 to 9 Nov. 2015.
  • 7th SEM–REF – Refractory materials for ceramic tile industry

    (Italiano) Seminario 7° SEM-REF. Il Centro Ceramico ha contribuito con la presentazione "Caratterizzazione termica e morfologica per l’individuazione di soluzioni tecniche dei materiali refrattari"
  • Ceramic Centre at NanotechItaly

    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
  • Ceramic Centre at SAIE 2015

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

    (Italiano) Il Workshop ha offerto un aggiornato contributo tecnico-scientifico internazionale sul tema dei rifiuti, con l'intento di suscitare l'implementazione delle "best available techniques and practices" nella gestione sostenibile di rifiuti/scarti/by-products/end of waste, con particolare attenzione a quelli chimicamente pericolosi.