cfi Newsletter Hot Topics 3/2021


LIPPERT Foot Polishing Technology for Tableware

The leading foot polishing technology of LIPPERT/DE machines has now been supplemented with a new pivot roller diamond polishing concept. The existing product line has already covered a wide tableware product range combined with diamond bonded polishing media and inline or rotary table machine design.

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DORST TECHNOLOGIES with New Internet Website

Under the new domain DORST TECHNOLOGIES/DE has launched its new and completely redesigned website.

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EnerViT Plus – Energy Efficient Kilns between Present and Future

Keramischer OFENBAU, based in Hildesheim/DE and known for its extremely energy-efficient kiln systems, is constantly setting new milestones in the further development of energy savings in ceramic production. 

Two kilns retrofitted by Keramischer OFENBAU with
energy-efficient system EnerViT

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SACMI-SAMA Presents the MONO 10T Evolution System for Automatic Dip Glazing Technology

Specially designed for rapid glaze-colour change-over, the strong point of this machine is the extremely low maintenance requirements. In addition, it is the only solution on the market for the automatic glazing of wash-foot articles.

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Mohawk Industries Sets New Records

The US group reported first-half sales of USD 5,6 billion (up 30 % on 2020). The Global Ceramic Segment posted 23 % sales growth to almost USD 2 billion.

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Nabaltec: Dr Risch Takes over as New COO, Succeeding Dr Klimes

Nabaltec AG/DE is announcing a change in its Management Board, as the Supervisory Board is going to appoint Dr Alexander Risch to a 4-year term on the Management Board effective 1 October 2021. Dr Michael Klimes, who has been serving on Nabaltec AG's three-member Management Board as COO since 2017, has chosen not to extend his contract, which expires on 31 December 2021.

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Superpowers for Industrial Service Processes: Hands-on Augmented Reality at Ceramitec Conference 2021

Maintenance, repair, and service are in a state of flux, driven by new work principles and innovative technologies. Industrial service processes often require a lot of traveling for experts and technicians to support customers, partners and colleagues with technical issues on machinery and equipment in ceramics more

FEM – Finite Element Method for Optimizing of Roofing Tiles

In order to satisfy at best the customer’s needs, Bongioanni/IT has developed some innovative techniques aimed at further improving the roofing tiles geometry design. Thanks to the FEM – Finite Element Method calculation, it is indeed possible to obtain the best mechanical resistance for roofing tiles by optimising weight and reducing the energy that is necessary to produce and transport the roofing tiles.

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Lamosa Acquires Roca’s Tiles Division

Grupo Lamosa, Mexico’s largest ceramic manufacturing group and one of the top three global players, has taken another important step forward in its international growth plan. On 2 August, it announced an agreement with Grupo Roca for the acquisition of the Spanish company’s Ceramic Tile Division (Tiles Investments and Holdings), a transaction worth USD 260 million (approximately EUR 221 million) that covers three production plants: the two Incepa plants in Brazil (Campo Largo and São Mateus do Sul) and the Ceramica Belcaire plant in Castellón, Spain, as well as a sales company in USA.

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Increasing Efficiency and Throughput with ONEJOON´s Kiln Concepts

Ceramic producers can increase efficiency and throughput with ONEJOON´s/DE verified kiln concepts and ONEJOON’s L2P-Program, designed for bridging the gap from batch to continuous production.

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Joint Conference "Ceramics in Europe 2022"

The European Ceramics Society – ECerS is pleased to inform you that the XVIIth ECerS Conference and Exhibition (ECerS XVII), the 9th International Ceramic Conference (ICC9) and the Electroceramics XVIII Conference are planned as a joint conference in Krakow, Poland, from 10-14 July 2022.

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Bedeschi: New Project at ZAO Gjelskiy Kirpicniy Zavod in Russia

The long-term relationship between Bedeschi and ZAO Gjelskiy Kirpicniy Zavod, one of the major Russian clay brick manufacturers, keeps going over. Due to its know-how and expertise in this industry, the Italian company Bedeschi based in Limena, has been chosen once again for another important project. This time, the supply aims to provide a significant modernization in the entire existing plant and will include new tailor-made equipment to increase the already high automation level (among these also the possibility to produce special pieces).

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Cevisama 2022: Trade Respons Positively to Marketing Start

Cevisama is already in train and the industry is responding enthusiastically. The International Fair for Ceramic Tiles, Bathroom Furnishings and Natural Stone recently opened for new and repeat exhibitors to book space at its 39th edition, which will be taking place from 7–11 February 2022 at Feria Valencia/ES. “After a whole year, we were detecting interest in the industry in coming to Cevisama” said Manuel Rubert, referring to businesses based in Castellón. As he explained, “although it is still early to talk percentages, the first commercial indicators are making us optimistic, as we are receiving a good number of applications to book space. Many of these are returning exhibitors but there is also a significant number of new companies expressing interest in not missing the opportunity to be part of the industry’s first major trade fair in 2022”.

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MARCHELUZZO: Drying of Heavy Clay Ceramics

The term drying means removing most of the water present inside the brick by controlling the temperature and humidity of the drying environment. This phase has a variable duration that depends mainly on the procent of water present in the mixture and on the size of the pieces. There are several types of drying systems but all of them base their operating principle on the relationship that is created between the amount of air introduced into the drying environment and the thermal energy it contains. The drying processes, over the years, have undergone an evolution given above all by the ability to be able to dry, in the shortest possible time, large quantities of materials, often at the expense of an optimal treatment of the material.

Typical example of DT7 fast cycle with display of
temperature, humidity and air speed curve

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Obituary – Prof. Zhijian Shen

A shining star in the materials world has faded away. Prof. Zhijian Shen, a WAC Academician elected in 2017, passed away on 2 May 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden, at the age of 59.

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