As it is well known, Verdes released in the market a completely new line of extruders, the Magna series, five years ago. This series was an immediate success, with the first units installed already in 2014. However, the fabrication had to coexist for a few years with the previous models of Combi-070 and Monobloc-060 series. Many customers were so happy and for so long producing with these extruders that they demanded us still in 2015 and 2016 to manufacture twin machines for their parallel lines and extensions. In the first years the Maghreb markets were quite active, so over a dozen Magnas were sold,mostly in Algeria, but also in Libya and Morocco. And still a few more will be delivered to Algeria this 2019. The machine is also proving itself popular in the Middle East, with units sent to Iran, Iraq and Yemen. European markets in recent years have been pretty much replacement markets, when not shutting down lines and relocating machines. However, a few units have been installed in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Belarus. The Far East is not an area with significant imports for the Heavy Clay sector, notwithstanding which 3 units were commissioned in 2018 in Malaysia, to long time Verdes customers. In Central Asia instead, all the customers who acquired our Magnas have been new ones, as this area was previously much underdeveloped in the brick sector. So far, the leading brickmakers in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have already acquired our new extruders. And of course, it is expected that other countries in the area will follow suit, once they decide to upgrade their brick plants. So, in general, the best-selling model has been the Magna 675, followed closely by the bigger Magna 775 and then Magnabloc 575. Magnas 475 have been delivered to some smaller brick factories and also for special products. All in all, some 35 units have been sold up to date. Source: Verdes News
The OPP 2000 is the is the first CNC multi-platen electric press for high press forces, in future ranging from 1,000–5,000 kN. Until now, presses for higher forces have only been available with hydraulic, mechanical drives. The OPP 2000 will lead to a new benchmark in operational efficiency by providing: 80% saving in energy consumptionGain in productivity with 98% uptimeIncreased net-shape performance that saves on secondary operationsInfrastructure savings as no pit or external die-set change is required, saving costs Moving transfer of  the press easyHigher Uptime due to less maintenance Hydraulic drives have disadvantages, including long start-up times and variations in press operation, which impact process precision and repeatability. This type of drive also has a higher rate of ageing, leading to leakages with the potential to contaminate the tool room and production parts. Such technical disadvantages are detrimental to the productivity, availability and maintenance costs of hydraulic presses. The OPP 2000 is said to be suitable for a wide range of parts and applications from automotive to power and kitchen tools, gardening and home appliances. It will replace, in the mid-term, Osterwalder’s successful KPP, CA-NC and UPP press series, used widely in the production of automotive components. Osterwalder’s HMI Impressive, presented at Ceramitec 2015, will also be introduced into the OPP series in future. The switch to an electric drive will improve the precision, repeatability and accuracy of the production process, making it possible for presses to meet customers’ requirements for more complex geometries and net shape parts. Reject Part Rates will be optimised as well. F The OPP 2000 is equipped with Osterwalder’s patent-pending Fast Assembly System for Tools (F.A.S.T), enabling the rapid exchange of press tools. The multi-platen die-set remains installed in the press at all times, while the tools are held in exchangeable fixtures which are very compact and can be transferred and stored in a rack. The tools are always at hand for changes in production. The novel architecture on the X axes, enables high press forces to be applied on individual axes. While previous electric presses have offered limited counterforce, on the OPP 2000, both the top and bottom plates of the press can be loaded...
Coesia and System announce that today January 14th 2019, the deal was closed for the acquisition, by Coesia, of 60% of System's ceramic business, by way of the new company System Ceramics. The operation involved the following companies: System Spa, Tosilab Spa, Studio 1 Srl and Ciesse Elettronica Srl. Franco Stefani will continue to hold 40% of the company and to cover the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director of the Research & Development Department, as already announced in the press release of July 31st 2018. As part of the agreement, the senior management of Coesia and System have agreed mutual purchase and sale options for the remaining 40% of the capital, to be exercised in future years according to set terms. The System Ceramics Board of Directors has also appointed in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer Luca Bazzani, a manager of high professional standing who boasts in-depth international experience in the ceramic industry. This is an important strategic move for Coesia. System Ceramics will offer to Coesia the opportunity of entering into the industry of machinery and plants for ceramics, a particularly dynamic and technologically advanced sector which System dominates with its undisputed leadership in innovation. For System, the operation with Coesia represents a fundamental step with a view to business continuity, aimed at expanding and consolidating its leadership on the global market. The establishment of System Ceramics, as a leading player in the ceramic industry, strengthens the manufacturing excellence of the Modena and Bologna area, which stands out due to its strong vocation towards innovative processes and cutting-edge technologies, characterised by its unique know-how in the world, which has made the Emilia district an international lynchpin in the mechatronics industry. Coesia Spa Coesia is a group of innovation-based industrial and packaging solutions companies operating globally, headquartered in Bologna, Italy and fully owned by Isabella Seràgnoli. With System Ceramics, the Group will achieve a 2019 turnover of approximately 2.2 billion Euros with over 9,000 collaborators and a presence in 38 countries. Source: System-group News
The system consists of a motorized roller conveyor with 10 loading floors. The operator guides the trolley easily through a handlebar with a control console. The bench interfaces with the existing tile extraction system in line. Positioning at the level of the extractor is managed by PLC with a recipe table. The ascent and descent of all floors takes place in a single block and the movement of the trolley is allowed only once the block is brought downwards. The stacking capacity is 10 floors that allow the loading of normal and structured tiles. Source: TekMak news
With the purpose of reinforcing its commitment to optimize its production processes and being aware of the importance of meeting increasingly demanding production needs that require greater machining capabilities, MORTE has recently purchased two new machining centers. The first incorporation was the INTEGREX J200S horizontal multi-tasking machine, which stands out for its unparalleled machining versatility, robustness, speed and accuracy. This centre also excels for its accurate turning and angular milling capabilities, for offering automatic tool changing and having a large machining area (travel range of the table: 450 mm in X, 200 mm in Y and 960 mm in Z). Factors that make the INTEGREX J200S ideally suited to produce medium size complex workpieces. Secondly, MORTE has incorporated a 3-Axis VTC 820/30 Vertical Machining Center to complete its already extensive fleet of machinery. This center is equipped with a table of 3,000 mm of travel in X, 820 mm in Y and 720 mm in the Z axis, being its large size and its travel range its main virtue, making it an ideal choice for the machining of parts of large dimensions. Finally, it is necessary to emphasize that both centers have the MAZATROL SMOOTH technology, a numerical control born for Industry 4.0 that has been a real revolution for CNC programming thanks to its 3D Assist function. With it, the pieces are programmed starting from 3D geometries (iges, parasolid …) that are imported directly to the control, eliminating the need to type coordinates or dimensions from a plane. The Smooth Control allows to visualize in real time the result of the programming in a solid, making programming faster and above all precise, eliminating a possible human error, by not having to type values. The most novel thing is that 3D geometry works in the numerical control and is converted in the machining program directly without having to be post-processed. Source: Morte press news
The first phase of investment into the extrusion line located at the CALANDA factory, co-financed by CDTI, has successfully been completed. This will allow us to offer clients more part options, both in terms of size and design, in the near future. The extrusion cutter’s precision has also been improved to grant the choice of disc cutting or wire cutting with precision of ±3mm. Full automation of the extrusion line is expected to be achieved in 2019. Source: Teiderefractories Blog
In January 2019, Sicer Spa completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Morbi, India-based company SOL-INK, for years the market leader in the production and distribution of ceramic digital inks under the INKERA brand name and a supplier to the top ceramic groups in the market. The new Sicer – Inkera company, in addition to the already consolidated range of inks and digital materials, will soon start producing ceramic glazes and composites and also the well – known technical grits and other specialties for the glazing of the most prestigious ceramic surfaces. A highly professional and experienced team of Italian engineers will work alongside the Indian technicians in developing and producing high-quality products with the aim of becoming the go-to supplier for all large Indian ceramic groups. Building on Sicer’s already extensive global presence with facilities in Spain, Mexico and Indonesia, this new acquisition will enable the group to continue its internationalisation policy aimed at establishing production plants in the world’s key areas of ceramic production. As a result, it will be able to supply high-quality products and guarantee a high level of technical support and service. Source: Sicer News
Bedeschi signed a new contract with one of the major Cement Group in Vietnam for the supply of a double roller crushing unit and relevant control panels. The machinery will be installed in the crushing section of the new Quicklime Plant – under construction – in Hoa Binh, Northern Vietnam.The plant respects the highest quality requirements and its modern design considers prime class equipment from International Companies only.The start-up is expected by spring 2020. Source: Bedeschi latest news
As part of a major investment program, Nelissen Brick works has granted Instalat the order for the full supply of a chamber dryer with 10 double chambers, a complete new control system for all tunnel kilns and kiln car transport system and two new transfer cars. Commissioning will take place in the first half of 2019. Source: Instalat News
Imerys Ceramics announces price increases for prepared bodies, glazes, raw materials* and kiln furniture for ceramic applications (i.e. sanitaryware, tableware, tiles) and adjacent markets (i.e. fiberglass, hand formers, electrical porcelain).Effective January 1st 2019, prices will increase between 6.5% to 10% per ton. Actual increases will depend on product grade and packaging type and are subject to provisions in individual contracts. Customers will be notified details of specific increase in due course. Customers purchasing products on a delivered basis will see additional adjustments due to step changes in global and regional freight markets. Imerys Ceramics continues to work with its partners to offer competitive rates and monitor and control the impact of rising energy prices. The regulatory environment for mining has a direct impact on our costs. Prices out of our Thai kaolin operations (Ranong) will increase more significantly than the above mentioned percentages. Increase will be discussed on a case by case basis. Rising costs in mining, manufacturing, maintenance, packaging, quality systems, and environmental compliance and sustainability necessitate the adjustment to pricing. Furthermore, the industry is currently evolving in an environment of escalating energy costs and increasing inflationary pressures - notably, but not limited to, the consequences of the exit of Great Britain from the European Union (i.e. "BREXIT"). Imerys Ceramics remains committed to continual improvement and will continue to make every effort to minimize the cost impact to our customers. Source: Imerys Ceramics News