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Industrial implementation of processes to render RCS safer in manufacturing processes

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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.

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FP7-SME-2011
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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LASINDUSTRIAS CERAMICAS AICE
Adres
Campus Universitario Riu Sec
12006 Castellon
Hiszpania

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Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Jairo Alfonso Mahecha Collazos (Mr.)
Wkład UE
€ 58 797,80

Uczestnicy (10)

CONSORZIO UNIVERSITARIO PER LA GESTIONE DEL CENTRO DI RICERCA E SPERIMENTAZIONE PER L'INDUSTRIA CERAMICA - CENTRO CERAMICO
Włochy
Wkład UE
€ 8 500
Adres
Via Martelli 26
40138 Bologna

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Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Rossano Resca (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 8 696
Adres
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE FABRICANTES AZULEJOS Y PAVIMENTOS CERAMICOS
Hiszpania
Wkład UE
€ 170 742,50
Adres
Calle Ginjols 3
12003 Castello De La Plana

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Other
Kontakt administracyjny
Germán Belbis (Mr.)
ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DA INDUSTRIA DE CERAMICA
Portugalia
Wkład UE
€ 124 721,80
Adres
Rua Coronel Julio Veiga Simao Edificio C
3020-053 Coimbra

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Other
Kontakt administracyjny
Sílvia Machado (Ms.)
BUNDESVERBAND DER DEUTSCHEN ZIEGELINDUSTRIE EV
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 235 651
Adres
Schaumburg Lippe Str 4
53113 Bonn

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Other
Kontakt administracyjny
Martin Roth (Mr.)
BUNDESVERBAND KERAMISCHE INDUSTRIE EV
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 190 965,50
Adres
Schillerstrasse 17
95100 Selb

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Other
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Franz X. Vogl (Mr.)
ATOMIZADORA SA
Hiszpania
Wkład UE
€ 58 027,10
Adres
Avenida Manuel Escobedo 24
12200 Onda

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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César Miralles (Mr.)
PORVASAL SA
Hiszpania
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€ 59 076,50
Adres
Autovia Iii, Km.323 Apartado 75
46370 Valencia

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Elena Banacloy (Ms.)
CERAMICA FLAMINIA SPA
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Wkład UE
€ 65 322,50
Adres
Strada Statale Flaminia Km 54 630
01033 Civita Castellana Viterbo

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Mario Masserotti Benvenuti (Mr.)
ERSTE BAYREUTHER PORZELLANFABRIK WALKUERE SIEGMUND PAUL MEYER GMBH
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 62 999,30
Adres
Gravenreutherstrasse 5
95445 Bayreuth

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Siegmund Meyer (Mr.)