Ceramic Centre will be on summer holidays from July 30 to August 28, 2016
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.
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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. 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.
Ceramic Centre at Qualicer 2016 – XIV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality
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.
NanotechItaly - Bologna (I), November 25-27, 2015 - www.nanotechitaly.it
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.
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
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