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Industrial implementation of processes to render RCS safer in manufacturing processes

Objective

In 1997, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in the form of quartz or crystobalite from occupational sources as carcinogenic for humans (category 1). Crystalline silica is an essential raw material for the production of virtually all the goods of everyday life. As a consequence, there can be significant amounts of RCS in the environments of many manufacture processes. Hence, a vast number of European workers are potentially exposed to RCS at their workplace. The ceramics industry is particularly concerned, since its products (heavy clay products, floor and wall tiles, sanitary ware, tableware, etc.) are based on silicates. The relevant bodies used in the manufacture of these products include considerable amounts of quartz, which is indispensable for the manufacturing process.
The formal adoption of the IARC evaluation in Europe will strongly affect the way the products containing crystalline silica are produced, labelled, packed, marketed and disposed. These measures will clearly entail significant costs and influence the competitiveness of the companies, especially of the SMEs. However, there are evidences that the toxicity of the quartz can be practically nullified by certain substances. The mechanism by which these substances act seem to be related with the saturation of the silanol groups in the surface of the RCS particles, by “coating” them. Although some of the above treatments were known for years, they are not industrially used up to date. The main objective of the present project is the industrial implementation of these treatments in the ceramic manufacturing processes, thus transforming the quartz-containing raw materials into intrinsically safe products. The characteristics of the ceramic companies and their manufacturing processes made them especially suitable candidates. Furthermore, the experience gained in these industries will help in developing general-purpose treatments.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LASINDUSTRIAS CERAMICAS AICE
Address
Campus Universitario Riu Sec
12006 Castellon
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 58 797,80
Administrative Contact
Jairo Alfonso Mahecha Collazos (Mr.)

Participants (10)

CONSORZIO UNIVERSITARIO PER LA GESTIONE DEL CENTRO DI RICERCA E SPERIMENTAZIONE PER L'INDUSTRIA CERAMICA - CENTRO CERAMICO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 8 500
Address
Via Martelli 26
40138 Bologna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rossano Resca (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 8 696
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE FABRICANTES AZULEJOS Y PAVIMENTOS CERAMICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 170 742,50
Address
Calle Ginjols 3
12003 Castello De La Plana
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Germán Belbis (Mr.)
ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DA INDUSTRIA DE CERAMICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 124 721,80
Address
Rua Coronel Julio Veiga Simao Edificio C
3020-053 Coimbra
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sílvia Machado (Ms.)
BUNDESVERBAND DER DEUTSCHEN ZIEGELINDUSTRIE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 651
Address
Schaumburg Lippe Str 4
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Martin Roth (Mr.)
BUNDESVERBAND KERAMISCHE INDUSTRIE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 190 965,50
Address
Schillerstrasse 17
95100 Selb
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Franz X. Vogl (Mr.)
ATOMIZADORA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 58 027,10
Address
Avenida Manuel Escobedo 24
12200 Onda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
César Miralles (Mr.)
PORVASAL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 59 076,50
Address
Autovia Iii, Km.323 Apartado 75
46370 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Banacloy (Ms.)
CERAMICA FLAMINIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 65 322,50
Address
Strada Statale Flaminia Km 54 630
01033 Civita Castellana Viterbo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Masserotti Benvenuti (Mr.)
ERSTE BAYREUTHER PORZELLANFABRIK WALKUERE SIEGMUND PAUL MEYER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 62 999,30
Address
Gravenreutherstrasse 5
95445 Bayreuth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siegmund Meyer (Mr.)