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Open Day at SACMI and Laboratory Inauguration

A day dedicated to understanding more about the latest developments in the heavy clay sector, with informative talks from industry experts and a opportunity to visit the new laboratory is the basis for the 1st  New Trends in the Heavy Clay Sector – Open Day, to be held at SACMI Imola/IT on 26 September 2012.

In the morning there will be guided visits to the SACMI plant, with a strong focus on the new heavy clay technological laboratory. The new lab features up-to-the-minute equipment, such as a flat extrusion line with relative dryer and roller kiln for rapid processes, a structural ceramic extrusion line, complete with static dryer and kiln using a conventional process, plus a line for the plastic pressing of roofing tiles. Technological innovations that will all, in fact, be on display at Tecnargilla, in the special Claytech section (halls A5 – C5): a series of technologies conceived expressly for the brick and roofing tile industry and designed by SACMI to combine production efficiency with optimised energy consumption. More specifically, at Tecnargilla, SACMI will be presenting innovative roofing tile production solutions, from driers to roller kilns with H-supports. In the afternoon talks will be given by key industry players, starting with Heimo Scheuch, Managing Director of Wienerberger/AT and President of TBE (European Association of Brick and Roofing Tile Producers), and Lorenzo Bellicini, Chairman and Managing Director of Cresme (Economic, Sociological and Market Research Institute). Both will be analysing key trends in the construction market in Italy and Europe. Following them will be Aleksej Vjacheslavovich Gavrilov, Managing Director of LSR St Petersburg/RU.
Afterwards there will be a careful appraisal of the main challenge facing the heavy clay sector, that of new materials and construction techniques for “zero impact” buildings. The theme will be illustrated by Ulrich Klammsteiner, Technical Director of Casa Clima, an Italian specialist in the construction and certification of low-energy buildings. To bring the Open Day to a close, Luis Carlos Barbosa Lima, President of the Brazilian Ceramic Industry Association, will illustrate key technological innovations regarding all the alternative fuels, such as biomass, already used extensively by the Brazilian heavy clay industry.

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