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Panel Debate: The Globalization of Ceramic Quality at Qualicer 2018

International leaders of the ceramic tile manufacturing industry will be debating the need for strategic conditions and industrial policies that make industrial investment feasible at Qualicer 2018 (12–13 February 2018 in Castellón).

The panel will also analyse the main technological and business innovations in the ceramic tile sector. Issues discussed at Qualicer 2014 and 2016 will be followed up, as well as any new topics identified during the organization of Qualicer 2018. Till now, following panel members have confirmed their participation: Luís Hernández, President of Grespania/ES, Victor Almeida, President of Interceramic/MX and Shreekant Somany, Chairman and Managing Director of Somany Ceramics Ltd/IN. Grespania is an international ceramic manufacturing company, producing collections which boast both innovative technical properties as well as innovative cutting edge designs.

A combination of ongoing investment in further improving the manufacturing process, continual adaption to latest advances in design, and a permanent concern for the “good of the environment” have all helped “stamp” the Grespania brand as a global market leader for the past 40 years. In addition to its production facilities in Spain, the company also has 5 subsidiaries companies serving as distribution hubs in strategic European countries: France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Great Britain.

Interceramic is one of the largest manufacturers in North and Central America, and had established 10 manufacturing facilities with production capacity in excess of 450 Mm2 annually with over 4500 employees worldwide. Additionally, Interceramic is committed to service the North and Central American customers establishing an extensive distribution system in USA that includes 13 company-owned showrooms, 3 distribution centers and 53 independent distributors throughout the USA and Canada, as well as over 300 retail locations throughout Mexico, Asia and Central America.

Somany Ceramics is India’s 3rd largest manufacturer and marketer of tiles, offering also a wide range of ceramic sanitaryware and bath fittings. The company exports to more than 55 countries across 6 continents and has manufacturing plants in India in Kadi/ Gujarat and Kassar/Haryana, and other joint ventures, generating a yearly production capacity of 41 Mm2.

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