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RAK Ceramics: New Tiles Plant with Italian Technology

One of the largest ceramics’ brands in the world, RAK Ceramics, produces yearly 110 Mm2 of tiles, 5 million pieces of sanitaryware, 24 million pieces of porcelain tableware and 600 000 pieces of faucets at its 17 state-of-the-art plants across the United Arab Emirates, India, Bangladesh and Iran.

At its production facility in Bangladesh, RAK Ceramics recently started up an all-new plant, with a daily capacity of 12 500 m2 tiles, entirely operated with SACMI/IT technology. Successful testing and production at the new plant began in Q1 2016 and this ­latest plant is dedicated to the manufacture of technical porcelain floor tiles and wall tiles for the thriving local market. The added capacity brings the daily total output of RAK Ceramics’ Bangladesh operations to 25 000 m2, thus reinforcing its leadership position locally in the quality ceramic products sector.

The new production facility is located 60 km from the capital Dhaka. The supplied preparation technology consists of a MMC 092 modular mill, an ATI 110 spray dryer and two MTD 340 mills. The pressing department consists of three PH 5000L presses (with an intercolumn clearance of 1750 mm) that feed into two five-channel EMS driers with an effective load width of 2850 mm and a length of 22,4 m. RAK has chosen this type of high-tonnage presses together with high-performing driers in ­order to focus on manufacturing all types of medium- to large-format porcelain tiles that are in high market demand. SACMI has also supplied two inkjet digital decoration machines developed and built by Intesa – in the RAK Group there are now 14 SACMI-Intesa decoration machines installed worldwide. Completing the order there is, upstream, the necessary plant for the department where glaze grinding and concentrated colour preparation take place. For the firing process, SACMI supplied an new 153,3-m single-channel FCC 2950 kiln equipped with advanced systems that recover cooling air and then channel it towards the combustion zone to optimise and reduce gas consumption. The Bangladesh production facility was also supplied with two sorting lines designed by Nuova Fima.

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