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Additive Optimisation for Improved Ceramics

Objective

Ceramics manufacturing is a major industrial sector in Europe, it records total sales of around 25.6 billions Euros and employs 240.000 people. While the EU single market has stimulated further concentration in the industry, small and medium-sized companies tend to predominate this sector: 90% of the European Ceramics companies are SMEs and the majority of them actually employs less than 25 people. However, it is especially important to contribute to maintain the competitiveness of European ceramic industries against emerging countries by improving yields, demonstrating greater flexibility and reducing costs. To reach these objectives, additives have a valuable role to play. Even if they are typically added at low levels (0.1 to 2 wt%) organic additives play a vital role in attaining high yields and improved end-product properties in ceramic manufacturing. However, given the large range of organic additives available and also due to the lack of communication between additive suppliers and ceramic manufacturers, SME companies are in danger of falling behind in their knowledge on additives. Currently, the use of these additives is often performed on a trial and error basis. That is why, there is a strong need to research and promote awareness of what are the best additives and the optimum dosage level to add. To answer to these needs, this project proposes: - To understand the relationship between additive and ceramic product properties, - To investigate the performance of different additives on both traditional and emerging processes and materials, - To develop a Web-based platform in order to help industrials involved in ceramic manufacturing to identify and select appropriate speciality additives. This project will be usable by the whole different sub-sectors of ceramic industry, which are Sanitaryware, Tableware, Ceramic tiles, Heavy clay, Refractories, Advanced Ceramics.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

CERAM RESEARCH LTD
Address
Queens Road Penkhull
000 Stoke On Trent
United Kingdom

Participants (28)

AGORAMAT - PRODUCAO DE MATERIAIS CERAMICOS, LDA
Portugal
Address
Rua Sacadura Cabral 3-A
Gafanha Da Nazaré
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM.STANISLAWA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
Address
Al Mickiewicza 30
Cracow
ASSOCIACAO INDUSTRIAL DO DISTRITO DE AVEIRO
Portugal
Address
R. Da Boavista - Zona Industrial De Taboeira - Alagoas
Aveiro
ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DA INDUSTRIA DE CERAMICA
Portugal
Address
Rua Coronel Veiga Simao, Edificio C
Coimbra
BRITISH CERAMIC CONFEDERATION
United Kingdom
Address
Federation House Station Road
Stoke Of Trent
CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO DA CERÂMICA E DO VIDRO
Portugal
Address
Rua Coronel Veiga Simão
Coimbra
CER. INVEST S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Baracca, 56
Lugo (Ravenna)
COMMERCIAL CLAY
United Kingdom
Address
Sandbach Road, Cobridge
Stoke On Trent
CONFINDUSTRIA CERAMICA
Italy
Address
Viale Monte Santo, 40
Sassuolo (Mo)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
DOMINO INDUSTRIAS CERAMICAS S.A.
Portugal
Address
Zona Industrial De Cordeixa-a-nova - Apartado 27
Cordeixa-a-nova
EUROCOATING S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Loc. Cire- Via Al Dos De La Roda 60
Pergine Valsugana (Tn)
FABRYKA NACZYN KAMIONKOWYCH MANUFAKTURA
Poland
Address
Gdanska 30
Boleslawiec
FEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE DELL'INDUSTRIA CHIMICA - CERAMICOLOR
Italy
Address
Via Giovanni Da Procida 11
Milano
FEDERCHIMICA (FEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE DELL'INDUSTRIA CHIMICA) - FEDERCERAMICA
Italy
Address
Giovanni Da Procida, 11
Milan
GRAF S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Galileo Galilei 32/36
Nonantola (Mo)
HYBNER A S
Poland
Address
Ul. Pradzynskiego 26
Sroda Wielkopolska
INCO INDUSTRIA COLORI S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Montebonello 478
Pavullo N/f (Mo)
INTERNATIONAL SYALONS (NEWCASTLE) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Stephenson Street, Willington Quay
Wallsend, Tyne & Wear
NOEMI CERAMICHE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Zona Industriale Nord
Gualdo Tadino
PARKINSON-SPENCER REFRACTORIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Holmfield
Halifax
PASTCERAM - PASTAS CERAMICAS, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Zona Industrial Do Casal Da Areia Lt38/39
Alcobaca
SOFCPOWER S.R.L
Italy
Address
Via Al Dos De La Roda, 60 -Loc. Cire`
Pergine Valsugana (Tn)
STAR-DUST
Poland
Address
Ul. Ceramiczna, 1
Konskie
TENMAT
United Kingdom
Address
Ashburton Road West, Trafford Park
Manchester, Lancashire
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
Aveiro
UNIVERSITA DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
Address
Via Universita 4
Modena
VULCAN REFRACTORIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Brookhouses Industrials Estate
Cheadle, Stoke-on-trent