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Additive Optimisation for Improved Ceramics

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.

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Coordinator

CERAM RESEARCH LTD

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United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Philip JACKSON (Dr)

Participants (28)

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AGORAMAT - PRODUCAO DE MATERIAIS CERAMICOS, LDA

Portugal

AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM.STANISLAWA W KRAKOWIE

Poland

ASSOCIACAO INDUSTRIAL DO DISTRITO DE AVEIRO

Portugal

ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DA INDUSTRIA DE CERAMICA

Portugal

BRITISH CERAMIC CONFEDERATION

United Kingdom

CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO DA CERÂMICA E DO VIDRO

Portugal

CER. INVEST S.R.L.

Italy

COMMERCIAL CLAY

United Kingdom

CONFINDUSTRIA CERAMICA

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

DOMINO INDUSTRIAS CERAMICAS S.A.

Portugal

EUROCOATING S.P.A.

Italy

FABRYKA NACZYN KAMIONKOWYCH MANUFAKTURA

Poland

FEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE DELL'INDUSTRIA CHIMICA - CERAMICOLOR

Italy

FEDERCHIMICA (FEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE DELL'INDUSTRIA CHIMICA) - FEDERCERAMICA

Italy

GRAF S.P.A.

Italy

HYBNER A S

Poland

INCO INDUSTRIA COLORI S.R.L.

Italy

INTERNATIONAL SYALONS (NEWCASTLE) LIMITED

United Kingdom

NOEMI CERAMICHE S.R.L.

Italy

PARKINSON-SPENCER REFRACTORIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

PASTCERAM - PASTAS CERAMICAS, S.A.

Portugal

SOFCPOWER S.R.L

Italy

STAR-DUST

Poland

TENMAT

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

UNIVERSITA DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

Italy

VULCAN REFRACTORIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30338

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 863 899

  • EU contribution

    € 1 316 782

Coordinated by:

CERAM RESEARCH LTD

United Kingdom