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index 1. INTRODUCTION............................................................ 7 ITC Social Policy . ..................................................................... 8 Facilities..................................................................................... 8 Member Companies.................................................................. 9

2. ACTIVITIES ................................................................... 15 R&D and Technology Consulting.............................................. 15 Public Projects......................................................................... 15 Private Projects....................................................................... 15 Technology Services ............................................................... 16 Information and Documentation............................................... 17 Dissemination and Technology Transfer................................... 17 Training.................................................................................... 18 Areas of activity....................................................................... 18 Special actions........................................................................ 19 Trans/hitos Exhibition of Architecture and Interior Design in ceramics . .................................................... 19 Ceramic Design Forum............................................................ 20 Ceramic Observatory............................................................... 20 Technology Observatory.......................................................... 20 Habitat Trends Observatory..................................................... 21 Market Observatory................................................................. 21 The Miguel Carda Grants in Ceramic Design and the Agustin Escardino Chair Grants in Ceramic Technology................................................................ 22 Commemorative events of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica................................................................................. 22 Tribute to Agustín Escardino Benlloch, founder of ITC.............. 22 Event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the ITC............ 23 Cycle of Lectures organised on the occasion of ITC’s 40th anniversary......................................................... 23


Introduction

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Introduction

The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica began its long track record as the Instituto de Química Técnica de Formación Profesional at the University of Valencia in 1969. ITC is currently located in Castellón, where it pursues its activity at two headquarters: its central headquarters on the Riu Sec campus at Jaume I University (UJI), and its Alicer headquarters, Alicer being the ITC Area for Design and Architecture, located in downtown Castellón.

ITC’s principal mission during these 40 years has been that of providing solid support for the Spanish ceramic industry, which is essentially made up of small and medium-sized companies, with a view to promoting and enhancing their competitiveness in international markets. ITC acts as a technology partner for ceramics companies in order particularly to assist SMEs as these, precisely because they are SMEs, do not have the necessary technology, scientific and technical equipment, or human resources to carry out the R&D or Technology Transfer actions that lead to innovation and enhanced competitiveness.

In addition to the current environment in which the ceramic industry, just as many others, is undergoing the effects of the global financial crisis, the ceramic sector is also suffering from a painful crisis in the building industry, which directly affects ceramics and has led to harsh adjustments, and worsened economic and social conditions.

Nevertheless, despite this difficult environment, the ceramic sector continues to be competitive and seeks to bundle forces in order not to lose its global leadership. ITC, as a knowledge-based organisation, places at the disposal of ceramics companies a broad spectrum of services, infrastructures, equipment, and qualified multidisciplinary human resources of great value, enabling these companies to lean on them, accessing the necessary strategic information in terms of markets, technology, environment, energy, and habitat trends, and helping the industry address the arising challenges and decide upon its strategies for the future with the greatest possible guarantees.

The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC) is a concerted mixed institute, established by agreement between the Ceramic Industry Research Association (AICE) and Universitat Jaume I of Castellón. It has the support of the Institute of Small and Medium-sized Industry (IMPIVA) of the Department of Industry, Commerce, and Innovation of the Autonomous Government of Valencia, and is a member of the REDIT networks of Technology Institutes of the Valencia Region and of the Network of Valencian Universities for the promotion of Research, Development, and Innovation (RUVID).

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ITC Social Policy

ITC’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility has materialised in an active, voluntary contribution to social, economic, and environmental improvement with regard to all its interest groups, including suppliers, clients, students, and ceramics companies, business associations, and professionals, as well as other Research Centres and Universities, the mass media, society and, in short, all persons and organisations to which ITC relates by virtue of its activities.

Facilities

ITC has two headquarters, at which it pursues all its activities. The ITC central headquarters on the Riu Sec campus at Jaume I University (UJI) consist of 7000 m2: ITC facilities include workshops, laboratories, fully-equipped training rooms, a Conference Hall with a capacity of 120 persons, and a 600 m2 semi-industrial pilot plant fitted with technical equipment where ceramics companies can test their prototypes in order to detect any possible problems that might entail significant economic losses on scaling up production.

ALICER, the ITC Area for Design and Architecture, is located on the Avenida del Mar, in downtown Castellón, and ITC activities relating to design and the architectural applications of ceramics are carried out there.

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Member Companies

On 31 December 2009, ITC had 340 full member companies.

ABELLÓ LINDE, S.A. ABSARA INDUSTRIAL, S.L. ACRILATOS, S.A. ADOBE CERÁMICAS, S.L. AGC FLAT GLASS IBÉRICA,S.A. ALCALAGRES, S.A. ALCAN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

ASISTENCIA TÉCNICA CERÁMICA, S.L. ATOMIX, S.A. ATOMIZADAS DE ALCORA, S.A. ATOMIZADORA, S.A. AZULEJERA ALCORENSE 1, S.L. AZULEJERA LA PLANA, S.A. (ALAPLANA CERÁMICA)

ESPAÑA

AZULEJERA TÉCNICA, S.A.

ALFA CERÁMICA Y PORCELÁNICO, S.A.

AZULEJOS ALCOR 1, S.L.

ALQUIMIA SOLUCIONES AMBIENTALES, S.L. ANFER CUATRO, S.L. APAVISA, AZULEJOS Y PAVIMENTOS, S.A. APLICACIONS TÈCNIQUES MEDIOAMBIENTALS, S.A. ARCE CERÁMICAS, S.L. ARCILLA BLANCA, S.A. ARCILLAS ATOMIZADAS, S.A. ARCILLAS CASTELLÓN, S.L. ARCILLAS DE BREDA, S.A. ARCILLAS Y ARENAS REFRACTARIAS PANDOLS, S.A. ARENAS MINERALES, S.L. ARENAS SILÍCEAS NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR, S.L. ASESORÍA EN CALIDAD J.L. SERRA, S.L.

GRES DE ARAGÓN

CERÁMICA TORREGROSA, S.L.

CAOBAR, S.A.

CERÁMICA TRES ESTILOS, S.L.

CAOLINA, S.L.

CERÁMICAS APEADERO Coop. V.

CAOLINES LAPIEDRA, S.L. CASA DEPOT, S.L. CELULOSA DE LEVANTE, S.A. CEMENT INVESTMENT, S.A. CENIT CERÁMICAS, S.A. CERACASA, S.A.

CERÁMICAS AZAHAR, S.A. CERÁMICAS BELCAIRE, S.A. CERÁMICAS BORJA, S.A. CERÁMICAS CALAF, S.A. CERÁMICAS CASAO, S.A. CERÁMICAS DEL FOIX, S.A.

AZULEJOS EL MIJARES, S.L.

CERÁMICA ALCALÁ VILLALTA, S.A.

AZULEJOS PLAZA, S.A.

CERÁMICA COLLET, S.A.

CERÁMICAS FANAL, S.A.

AZULEJOS SANCHÍS, S.L.

CERÁMICA CUMELLA, S.L.

CERÁMICAS GAYA, S.A.

AZULEV, S.A.

CERAMICA DA MOURA, S.L.

AZULIBER 1, S.L.

CERÁMICA DECORATIVA, S.A.

CERÁMICAS HIJOS DE FRANCISCO MORATAL, S.A.

AZULINDUS Y MARTÍ, S.A.

CERÁMICA DEL SURESTE, S.C.L.

AZUVI, S.A. BALAGUER MORENO, S.L. BARBIERI Y TAROZZI IBÉRICA, S.L. BENESOL, S.L. BENTONITAS ESPECIALES, S.A. BESTILE, S.L. BIOMET SPAIN ORTHOPAEDICS, S.L. BORAX ESPAÑA, S.A. BORMIOLI ROCCO, S.A. BP OIL REFINERÍA DE CASTELLÓN, S.A.

CERÁMICAS DIAGO, S.A.

CERÁMICAS JORNET, S.A. CERÁMICAS L‘ALCALATÉN, S.A.

CERÁMICA INDUSTRIAL

CERÁMICAS MYR, S.L.

MONTGATINA, S.A.

CERÁMICAS SEGOVIA, S.A.

CERÁMICA LA ANDALUZA DE BAILÉN, S.L.

CERÁMICAS VILAR ÁLBARO, S.L.

CERÁMICA LA ESCANDELLA, S.A. CERÁMICA LATINA, S.L. CERÁMICA MAPISA, S.A. CERÁMICA MERIDIANO, S.A. CERÁMICA NULENSE, S.A. STYLNUL, S.A. CERÁMICA PIEROLA, S.L.

BROMATOS, S.L.

CERÁMICA RIBESALBES, S.A.

CALCINOR, S.A.

CERÁMICA SALONI, S.A.

CAÑADA, S.A.

CERÁMICA SUGRAÑES, S.A.

CERANCO, S.A. CERATEC, S.L. CERAWORLD CERÁMICAS, S.A. CERFRIT, S.A. CFM MINERALES, S.A. CODIAGRO, S.A. CODICER 95, S.L. COLOR ESMALT, S.A. COLORES CERÁMICOS DE TORTOSA, S.A.

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COLORES CERÁMICOS ELCOM, S.L. COLORES CERÁMICOS, S.A. COLORES OLUCHA, S.L. COLORIFICIO CERÁMICO BONET, S.A. COLORKER, S.A. COLOROBBIA ESPAÑA, S.A. COLORONDA, S.L. COMERCIAL QUÍMICA MASSÓ, S.A. COMERCIAL SÍLICES Y CAOLINES DE ARAGÓN, S.L. COMPOSICIONES ARTÍSTICAS DE LA CERÁMICA, S.L.

ESMALTES DEL SUR, S.L.

GRES LA SAGRA, S.L.

JOSÉ DURÁN FERNÁNDEZ

ESMALTES, S.A.

GRES RÚSTICO EBRO , S.L.

JOSÉ SÁNCHIS PENELLA, S.A.

ESTUDIO CERÁMICO, S.L.

GRESPANIA, S.A.

JOVITALL, S.L.U

EUROATOMIZADO, S.A.

GRESPOR ESPAÑA, S.A.

JUMILLANA DEL SILICE,S.L.

EUROMINERALES CERÁMICOS, S.A.

GRUPO FRANCO. OBRAS Y PROYECTOS

KAOSA, S.A.

EUROMOLIENDAS, S.L.

GRUPO INDUSTRIAL CRIMIDESA, S.L.

EUROPEA DE MATERIAS PRIMAS, S.A. EUROPEAN BUSINESS 2010, S.L. EUSEBIO MEGIAS PLA EXAGRES, S.A. EXPERIENCIA CERÁMICA, S.A. FABRICACIÓN ESPAÑOLA SANITARIA, S.A.

HALCÓN CERÁMICAS, S.A. HATZ SPAIN, S.A. (VENUS CERÁMICA) HECALTO CONSTRUCCIONES, S.L. HIJOS DE FRANCISCO GAYA FORÉS, S.L. HISPANO ITALIANA DE REVESTIMIENTOS, S.A.

KERABEN GRUPO, S.A. KERAFRIT, S.A. KERAMEX, S.A. KERAMIA CERÁMICAS, S.L. KEROS CERÁMICA, S.A. L’ANTIC COLONIAL, S.A. LA COMPAÑÍA THERON, S.A. LA PLATERA, S.A. LAGOA MATERIAS PRIMAS, S.L. LAMBERTI IBERIA, S.A.U.

CONSTRUCCIONES Y PROMOCIONES BESURI, S.L.

FAENZA EDITRICE IBÉRICA, S.L.U.

CORINTIA ESMALTES CERÁMICOS, S.A.

FANTINI SCIANATICO IBÉRICA, S.A.

COSENTINO, S.A.

FERRAES CERÁMICA, S.A.

IMERYS TILES MINERALS ESPAÑA, S.A.

CRETAPRINT, S.L.

FERRO SPAIN, S.A.

IMPORT BEMASA, S.L.U.

LOSAS DE TERUEL, S.L.

CRISTAL CERÁMICAS, S.A.

FMC FORET, S.A.

LUFEMA, S.L.

CTI GRINDING MEDIA, S.L.

FOMENTO DE RECURSOS

INDUSTRIA DE TRANSFORMACIONES, S.A.

IBERO-ALCORENSE, S.L. IDEAL STANDARD, S.L.

INDUSTRIAS ALCORENSES

CYGYC, S.A.

MINERALES, S.L.

D’OLIVA TERRA, S.L.

FREEZE CAST EUROPA, S.L.

DECOROIL, S.L.

FRITTA, S.L.

INDUSTRIAS CERÁMICAS BRANCOS, S.A.

DETALLES CERÁMICOS, S.L.

FUNDACIÓN INNOVARCILLA GAROGRES, S.A.

INDUSTRIAS FINOR, S.L.

GEOTECMA, S.L.

INDUSTRIAS QUÍMICAS DEL EBRO, S.A.

DISTRIBUCIONES J. HIDALGO’S, S.L.

INGENIERÍA DE GESTIÓN MINERA E INDUSTRIAL

INGENIERÍA Y PROYECTOS

DUAL GRES, S.A.

GLASS DECOR REVESTIMIENTOS, S.L.

DISEÑOS ARTÍSTICOS E INDUSTRIA, S.A.

EIRICH-MOLARIS, S.L. ELITE CEMENTOS, S.L.

GRECAT, S.A. GESTIÓ DE RESIDUS

EMSA TECNOLOGÍA QUÍMICA, S.A.

ESPECIAL DE CATALUNYA

ENDEKA CERAMICS, S.A. EQUIPE CERÁMICAS, S.L. ESMALDUR, S.A. ESMALGLASS, S.A.

GRES BREDA, S.A. GRES CID, S.L. GRES DE ANDORRA, S.L. GRES DE LA MANCHA, S.L. GRES DE ONDA

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CONFEDERADAS, S.A.

MEDIOAMBIENTALES, S.A INICIATIVAS AGROINDUSTRIALES DE TERUEL, S.L. INNOVACIÓN Y DECORACIÓN, S.L. INZAMAC ASISTENCIAS TÉCNICAS, S.A. ITACA, S.A. ITALCERÁMICA, S.A. JLQ ISMAF, S.L.

LEROY MERLÍN ESPAÑA, S.L. Sociedad Unipersonal LIGNOTECH IBÉRICA, S.A. LORDA Y ROIG, S.A.

MACER, S.L. MAGNESITAS DEL RUBIAN, S.A. MANUFACTURA INDUSTRIAL AZULEJERA, S.L. MARAZZI IBERIA, S.A. MARIO PILATO BLAT, S.A. MAS VICENT INGENIEROS, S.L. MATERIALES CERÁMICOS, S.A. MAYÓLICA AZULEJOS, S.L. MERCURY CERÁMICA, S.L. MINERA SABATER, S.L. MINERALES REFRACTARIOS, S.L. MINERIA SASSOLESE, S.L. MIURA CERÁMICAS, S.L. MONTILLANA DEL MÁRMOL, S.L. MOSAVIT ALCALATÉN, S.L. MUEBLES JUMAR, S.L. NALDA, S.A.


NANOCHEM SAFETY SOLUTIONS, S.L.

REFRACTARIOS ESPECIALES, S.A.

NATUCER, S.L.

REFRACTARIOS FELIU, S.L.

NAVARTI CERÁMICA, S.L.

REFRACTARIOS TEIDE, S.A.

SUPERCERÁMICA, S.A. UNIPERSONAL

NEOS ADDITIVES,S.L.

RESACRIL, S.L.

SYSTEM ESPAÑA, S.A.

NITROPARIS, S.A.

REYVAL AMBIENT, S.L.

TABICESA, S.A.U.

NOMAZUL, S.A.

RIGHT MATERIALS, S.L.

TALLERES CORTÉS, S.L.

NOULAS RESEVI, S.L.

ROCA SANITARIO, S.A.

TALLERES DEL PUERTO, S.A.

NOVOGRES, S.A.

ROIG CERÁMICA, S.A.

TALLERES FORO, S.A.

NUEVAS ATOMIZADAS, S.L.

MINERO CATALANO ARAGONESA, S.A.

TALLERES JOIS, S.A.

NUEVOS PRODUCTOS CERÁMICOS, S.A. OMYA CLARIANA, S.L. ONIX CERÁMICA, S.L. PAMESA CERÁMICA, S.L. PASTAS Y BARBOTINAS CERÁMICAS, S.A. PAVIMENTOS PAVITEC, S.L. PERONDA CERÁMICAS, S.A. POLYCERAM, S.A. PORCELAKER CERÁMICA, S.A. PORCELANAS INDUSTRIALES, S.A. PORCELANAS VALENCIANAS, S.A.

S.E. DE CARBUROS METÁLICOS, S.A. SAIN C.V.O., S.A. SAINT-GOBAIN PLACO IBÉRICA, S.A. SALQUISA-SAN ALF QUÍMICAS, S.A. SANITANA ESPAÑA, S.A. SANYC C.E.S., S.L. SEFAR MAISSA, S.A. SEPIOLSA, S.A. SERVIQUIMIA, S.L. SICER, S.L.

SUGRAÑES GRES CATALÁN, S.A. SUMINISTROS DE ARCILLA, S.A.

TALLERES MORTE E HIJOS, S.L. TALLERES MOVIGI, S.L. TAULELL, S.A. TECNIGRES, S.A. TEJAS Y LADRILLOS DEL MEDITERRÁNEO, S.A. TENDENCIAS CERÁMICAS, S.L. TERRACOTA PAVIMENTOS DE GRES, S.A. TERREAL ESPAÑA DE CERÁMICAS,

PORCELÁNICOS HDC, S.A.

SILVANO LASSI, S.L.

TIERRA ATOMIZADA, S.A.

PORCELANITE DOS, S.L.

SISTEMAS DE CONTROL EN LÍNEA, S.A.

TIERRAS CASTELLÓN, S.A.

PROYING XXI INGENIERÍA, S.L.U. PUBLICA, S.A. QMC TECNOLOGÍA QUÍMICA, S.L. QUIMIALMEL, S.A. QUÍMICA DEL ESTRONCIO, S.A. QUIMICER,S.A. RAUSCHERT ESPAÑA, S.L. REAL CERÁMICA, S.A. REALONDA, S.A. RECICLADOS VICENTE MALLENT, S.L.

SMALTICERAM ESPAÑA, S.A. SNED NEO, S.L. SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE TALCOS, S.A. SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE VIDRIOS

URSA IBÉRICA AISLANTES, S.A. VALENCIANA DE ZAHORRAS, S.L. VEGA DEL MOLL, S.A. VENIS, S.A. VERNÍS, S.A. VICAR, S.A. VIDRES, S.A. VIEJO VALLE, S.A. VILLAGRASA, S.A. VILLEROY & BOCH HOGAR, S.L. VIVES AZULEJOS Y GRES, S.A. WATTS BLAKE BEARNE ESPAÑA, S.A. XIETA INTERNATIONAL, S.L. ZIRCONIO, S.A. ZSCHIMMER & SCHWARZ ESPAÑA, S.A.

TEYGE, S.A. THERMAL CERAMICS ESPAÑA, S.L.

PRODESCO, S.L.

URALITA TEJADOS, S.A.

S.A.U.

SÍLICES Y CAOLINES MARTÍ, S.L.

PORCELANOSA, S.A.

URALITA SISTEMAS DE TUBERÍAS, S.A.

TMD FRICTION ESPAÑA, S.L. TODAGRES, S.A. TOGAMA, S.A. TORRECID, S.A. TOZETO, S.L. TUROLGRES, S.A.

ARTÍSTICOS, S.A. (SEVASA)

UBE CHEMICAL EUROPE, S.A.

SONIA, S.A.

ULTRADIMIUM, S.L.

STIL CERÁMICAS, S.A.

UNDEFA 1, S.L.

STUDI FLAMA, S.L.

UNIÓN DE FABRICANTES

STYLGRAPH HISPANIA, S.L.

AZULEJEROS, S.A.

SUCESORES DE MANUEL GÓMEZ GÓMEZ Y CÍA, S.L.

UNISAN XXI, S.A. UNISYSTEMS, S.A.

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R&D and Technology Consulting

ITC performs a wide range of activities, aimed not only at solving day-to-day problems in production but also at breaking new ground for ceramics companies, thus enhancing their competitiveness by creating and developing new ceramic products, improving already existing ones, and increasing knowledge of manufacturing process stages as well as designing new manufacturing equipment and procedures, acting, in short, as a technology-generating Centre that enables companies to develop innovations.

Customised Technology Consulting, consultancy on quality, and eco-management also allow transfer of the technical and scientific knowledge produced by ITC research activity, while ITC also facilitates company access to its facilities and the use by ceramics companies of its equipment and infrastructures.

Evolution of projects 2007–2009

Public Projects

In 2009, a total of 52 public projects of own R&D, Technology Consulting, and Technology Transfer were carried out.

Private Projects

In 2009, a total of 74 projects with 71 ceramic sector companies were carried out under contract.

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Technology Services

ITC offers a series of Technology Services, which include the following:

Analyses and Tests: ITC offers companies more than 275 different types of analyses and tests; 16,886 analyses and tests were thus performed in 2009.

Finished Product Laboratory: A quality system, accredited by ENAC, assuring the laboratory’s competence as a Test Laboratory, has been in place at ITC since 1988. ITC has continued to extend the scope of its services offer and currently has the following accreditations: 1. Accreditation no. 2/LE004 on ceramic tiles; flooring; ceramic, glass, and glass-ceramic containers; and fired clay materials (revision 8, issued on 27/07/07). For tests conducted by the Finished Product, Chemical Analysis, and Physico-structural Characterisation Laboratories.

2. Accreditation no. 2/LE197 on sanitary appliances and bathtubs (revision 8, issued on 27/03/09). For tests conducted by the Finished Product Laboratory.

3. Accreditation no. 2/LE197 on air emissions (revision 7, issued on 24/04/09). For tests conducted by the Environmental Unit and the Chemical Analysis Laboratory.

In addition, ITC has been certified by AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification): Certification no. SVT-0004/2008 on the Technology Watch in Ceramic Materials Technology (issued on 31/07/08). For the Technology Watch activities performed by the Documentation Centre and the Technology Observatory.

Quality Assurance: the fundamental objective is to assure the implementation and ongoing improvement of the Quality System. After the adaptation of the system and the requirements of standard UNE-EN ISO/IEC170252000, which includes all those of standard ISO 9000:2000 in addition to scientific aspects relating to laboratory activities, the application of the Quality Management System is being extended to ITC’s other activities. The requirements defined in the UNE 166000 standards on R&D&I management will soon also be included. Thanks to the recognition agreements made, ITC collaborates with accreditation (ENAC) and certification (CSTB-AFNOR-AENOR) bodies in audits and technical consulting for maintenance of the necessary infrastructure to foster the development and continuance of quality certification (ISO 9000) and eco-management (ISO 14001) systems in ceramic sector companies.

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Information and Documentation

The ITC Documentation Centre attends to and manages the information and documentation needs that arise both at ITC and at ceramic sector and related companies. The Documentation Centre has an appropriate methodology for locating information, organising it, and disseminating it to users, using the most recent techniques and tools. In 2009, 241 new documents were registered and catalogued, involving monographs, directories, etc. It may be noted that the Documentation Centre library contains than 9,505 books. In addition, 260 new technical standards and 334 patent documents were managed. The Documentation Centre has 108 subscriptions to specialised publications, which are reviewed and catalogued. In 2009, 470 applications for different types of information were handled.

Design and architectural applications (ALICER): In response to the current trend towards a comprehensive design concept that provides a consistent and synergic response to corporate policies and strategies, ALICER has collaborated with sector companies in various activities aimed at enhancing ceramic floor and wall tile quality, in addition to disseminating a design culture.

Dissemination and Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer is aimed at assimilating, applying, and adapting technology from other industrial production sectors to the ceramic sector. Most SMEs in the ceramic sector cannot, by themselves, generate all the technology they need. ITC, therefore, fosters this activity by detecting needs or problems in industrial production.

In 2009, ITC further expanded and equipped its Research Results Transfer Office (OTRI), aware of the importance of the transfer of research results to the ceramic sector. The knowledge acquired by ITC researchers is disseminated through the publication of scientific articles in leading national and international journals. In 2009, 26 scientific articles were published and 29 communications and posters were presented at major national and international conferences.

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Training

Training is considered a high-priority issue at ITC for technical staff and researchers, both at ceramic sector companies and at ITC itself. Research enables ITC technical staff to acquire new knowledge which they, in turn, disseminate in a practical form among the professionals in the ceramic sector. In addition, the Degree course in Chemical Engineering delivered at Jaume I University is the only one specialising in ceramic technology in Spain. And 80% of Chemical Engineering teaching is delivered by lecturers who are also ITC staff members.

Training actions are furthermore conducted to disseminate integral design and the latest advances in this field, focusing on ongoing design updating for communication, design, and marketing staff in ceramic sector companies, as well as on training new professionals.

In 2009, on the initiative of ITC, 23 training courses were delivered, attended by 302 students. ITC technical staff also attended 64 training events (seminars, conferences, courses, and workshops) on subjects relating to ITC research lines.

Areas of activity ›› Ceramic tiles

›› Ceramics distribution

›› Roofing tiles and bricks

›› Architecture and interior design

›› Frits, glazes, and raw materials

›› Spray dryers, clay and related materials

›› Ceramic pigments ›› Trims and third-fire products ›› Machinery ›› Porcelain, majolica, and earthenware

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›› Advanced ceramics


Special actions

Trans/hitos Exhibition of Architecture and Interior Design in ceramics TRANS/HITOS is the generic name of an Exhibition that is held at CEVISAMA (in Valencia, Spain), one of the two most important ceramics trade fairs worldwide (the other being CERSAIE, held in Bologna, Italy), which provides a wide-ranging and versatile ceramics offer displayed in an original, unconventional way by the multidisciplinary team in ALICER, the ITC Area for Design and Architecture. The Exhibition, initially programmed for the period 2005–2007, and later extended for a second term from 2008 to 2010, has over these years put forward the latest novelties in the ceramic sector, displaying the potential of ceramics, together with their creative capabilities, grounded in an approach focusing on the new uses of ceramic materials and their applications in architecture. TRANS/HITOS promotes connections between ceramics and architecture, design and technology, the product and the habitat, manufacture and experimentation, placing creativity at the service of enhancement of the environment.

The 2005 event was held under the slogan: ‘New paths in ceramics’ and featured the collaboration of architect Ramon Monfort and interior designer Lola Lago; the 2006 Exhibition was entitled: ‘Symbiosis’ and featured the participation of architect Benedetta Tagliabue (of EMBT architects) and interior designer Francesc Rifé. The 2007 event, entitled ‘Atmospheres’, featured architects Teresa Sapey and Juli Capilla. The year 2008 witnessed the beginning of a new cycle in the TRANS/HITOS Exhibition which, as all transgressing manifestations, needed to reinvent itself. The name changed, and became the ‘Exhibition of Architecture and Interior Design in ceramics’ and, thanks to the backing of the Department of Industry, Commerce, and Innovation of the Autonomous Government of Valencia, IMPIVA, and the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD), the support of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), the collaboration of the DDI, and the CEVISAMA organisation itself, the Exhibition re-created a series of microhabitats under the slogan ‘Nomads’, based on adaptability, sustainability, mutual support, and interaction criteria, etc., highlighting centuries-old practices that have enabled nomads to survive in sometimes very hostile environments.

The 2008 TRANS/HITOS Exhibition featured the collaboration of architect teams Paredes Pedrosa and Roldán+Berengué.

The 2009 event, called ‘Networks’, featured architect José Durán and architecture study Entresitio.

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Ceramic Design Forum Created in April 2008, the Ceramic Design Forum (CDF) seeks to support designers in the ceramic sector, pursuing issues of common concern and, jointly, breaking new ground and opening up novel avenues of progress and innovation in ceramics-related design and creativity. At present, over 300 designers from different companies and study Centres have registered.

Ceramic Observatory

The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica, committed to enhancing the competitiveness of the ceramic industry, created the Ceramic Observatory, which is a competitive intelligence system articulated in three specialised platforms: the Market Observatory; the Technology, Environment, and Energy Observatory; and the Habitat Trends Observatory. The main actions undertaken in 2009 by the Ceramic Observatory have been as follows:

Technology Observatory In 2009 the Technology Observatory organised three events for the ceramic sector.

›› ‘Ist Technology Workshop for ceramic machinery companies’, aimed at ceramic machinery builders.

›› ‘Technology Watch: a drive to success’, for companies linked to the ceramic sector.

›› ‘Functional effects in third-fire ceramic products’, for decoration companies, which included the presentation of a report drawn up for those companies.

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Habitat Trends Observatory The year 2009 witnessed publication of the monograph ‘New ways of dwelling’. This study analyses the new family units or households that have arisen in recent years, highlighting the particular needs of families and households, ranging from different habitat solutions to what the individuals in each unit are looking for in products. Critical information has thus been generated to enable companies to adapt to emerging needs. Dissemination actions have been performed, such as the ‘Wake Up’ seminar, which updated trends and was held in the frame of the Habitat trade fair in Valencia. The Habitat Trends Observatory also participated in several training activities, such as workshops on the application of trends and seminars disseminating the possibilities of ceramics in the embodiment of those trends.

Market Observatory The aim of the Market Observatory is to become the main, albeit obviously not the sole partner of management teams in ceramics companies and in Associations representing Spanish ceramics, in their market-related decisionmaking processes.

In 2009, the Market Observatory drew up the 5th edition of the Report on the Annual Competitive Position in marketing and sales for ceramic tile manufacturers.

The study of the ceramics end-consumer, conducted in 2008, materialised in the publication and dissemination of the 3rd edition of the Report on Coverings Consumers in Spain.

The Market Observatory also worked with the Association of ceramic and construction materials distributors in order to generate a system for collecting quarterly information in the study of branch sales, and published the first report on the evolution of sales in the sector in 2007–2009.

A further project that commenced was the Market Forum, this being a dissemination point for the communication of Market Observatory reports and a meeting point and venue for exchanging ideas in Marketing and Management of the different industries in the ceramic sector value system. Noteworthy activities in 2009 included lectures by Alex Rovira (‘Confidence, commitment, and quality’) and Alberto Artero (‘The 10 oversights that led to the crisis’).

A hypersector report was drawn up on the habitat industries, in collaboration with other Technology Institutes (AIDIMA, AIJU, and AITEX).

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The Miguel Carda Grants in Ceramic Design and the Agustin Escardino Chair Grants in Ceramic Technology

On the initiative of ALICER, the ITC Area for Design and Architecture, through the Ceramic Design Forum, the 2nd edition was held of the Miguel Carda Grants in Ceramic Design. The grants, each amounting to 553 euro, were awarded to 6 students studying Product Design at the Escola d´Art y Superior de Disseny of Castellón (EASD). The grants corresponding to the Training Cycle of the Higher Degree in Ceramic Floor and Wall Tiles were not awarded, since none of the students met the requirements.

On the other hand, the Council of Directors of the Agustín Escardino Chair charged with monitoring the Agustín Escardino Grants in Ceramic Technology, in its 2nd edition, unanimously awarded a total of 5 grants to students in the first year of Chemical Engineering at Universitat Jaume I, while they also awarded grants to the best grades in the last year of this degree course, each grant covering the total cost of enrolment. A sum 350 euros was further added to this amount when the students involved passed 80% of the credits for which they had enrolled.

Commemorative events of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica

Tribute to Agustín Escardino Benlloch, founder of ITC To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its foundation (at the University of Valencia in 1969), ITC organised a number of events and activities. To be noted, in particular, was the tribute to the founder of the Institute, Agustín Escardino, held on 16 September 2009 at the Auditorium and Conference Centre in Castellón.

This was conceived as an academic event, in which more than 300 people participated. Many were members of universities from all over Spain, in addition to Universitat Jaume I teachers, as well as relatives, friends, companions, and ITC staff.

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The event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica’s founding was chaired by Francisco Camps Ortiz, President of the Autonomous Government of Valencia. The institutional event commemorating ITC’s 40th anniversary was held on 9 November 2009, at the Auditorium and Conference Centre in Castellón, chaired by the Right Honourable President of the Autonomous Government of Valencia, Francisco Camps Ortiz. The event was further attended by the President of the Castellón County Council, Carlos Fabra Carreras; the Mayor of Castellón, Alberto Fabra Part; the President of the Ceramic Industries Research Association (AICE), Joaquin Piñón Gaya; the Director of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica, José Luis Amorós Albaro; and the Director of AICE, Carlos Feliu Mingarro, who acted as master of ceremonies.

In the course of that event, the work done by ITC, as a driving force of the Spanish ceramic tile manufacturing industry, which is located practically in its entirety in Castellón province, was highlighted.

About 300 people attended the gala, including members of the AICE Councils and members of the ALICER Board, ALICER being the former Association for the Promotion of Industrial Ceramic Design and today the ITC Area for Design and Architecture, as a result of the merger of the two organisations in 2006. In addition, the event was also attended by a number of leading personalities from the realms of politics, business, culture, and academe.

The event concluded with the presentation to the President of the Autonomous Government of Valencia of a commemorative engraving of ITC’s 40th anniversary, specifically, number 1 of 200 engravings made by artist Amat Bellés i Roig from La Pobla Tornesa (Castellón), who also made a limited series of 300 lithographs for the occasion.

The event was rounded off with an invited lecture by economic analyst Juan Fernández-Aceytuno, entitled ‘Management in times of crisis’.

Cycle of Lectures organised on the occasion of ITC’s 40th anniversary Starting in October 2009, and for practically all 2010, ITC programmed a Cycle of Lectures that included the fields of Science and Ceramic Technology, Architecture, Design, and Innovation in Communication, Marketing, and Economics.

The Cycle began on 27 October 2009 with writer, lecturer, and consultant Alex Rovira as first guest speaker. That lecture was entitled ‘Confidence, commitment, and quality’.

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In the Science Week from 10 to 17 November 2009 organised by ITC, devoted on this occasion to ITC’s 40 years of activities and evolution in ceramics innovation, a number of informative activities were held at ITC relating to ITC’s pursuit of innovation in ceramics. The activities included guided visits, an exhibition of innovations in ceramics, screening of audiovisuals, practical demonstrations, and the creation of an Internet microsite, among others.

During the Science Week, in the Cycle of Lectures scheduled for ITC’s 40th anniversary, Adolph Fernandez, expert in nanotechnologies from the Nanotechnology Unit of the Materials Institute of Oviedo (ITMA) delivered the lecture ‘Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology’, while Vicente Lázaro, Head of the ITC Technology Observatory, delivered the lecture ‘Application of Nanotechnology to Ceramics’.

A lecture entitled ‘The 10 oversights that led to the crisis’ was delivered by financial analyst Alberto Artero, better known by the pseudonym Sherman McCoy, on 26 November at ITC.

On 10 December 2009, ITC received Pilar Aguar, member of the Nanotechnologies Unit of the European Commission and currently member of the Commission’s Group of Added-Value Materials. She delivered a lecture entitled ‘Nanostructured materials in a knowledge-based economy’.

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