06_03_14 Over 600 delegates attended QUALICER 2014

The 13th edition of QUALICER, World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality, closed its doors on 18 February with 605 delegates from 19 countries to the meeting in Castellón and the announcement of a new Qualicer event for 2016.

In the course of two conference days, attendees from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Turkey, U.S.A., United Kingdom, and Spain were able to acquaint themselves with 82 oral presentations and posters that put forward brilliant ideas, resulting from years of work of the delegates.

Mª Dolores Guillamón, President of the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, noted: “QUALICER is, for 48 hours, the stage on which the great advances in quality, technology, and innovation in the ceramic and related sectors are presented. QUALICER becomes the banner of a very powerful industry that is fighting for a future in which production and sustainability go hand in hand.” And she continued: “QUALICER has again demonstrated that it is a unique event because of its characteristics. And Castellón is without a shadow of a doubt the natural stage for such an event.”

Javier R. Zunzarren, in turn, highlighted the role of the industry: “Much of the global ceramic industry has joined us here at QUALICER. The industry is vital to maintaining a balanced economy. The industry is the steering wheel that, by its inertia, drives the other sectors and makes them keep moving.

To be noted, in particular, was the great success of the QUALICER ZOOM sessions, focusing on ceramic digital printing technology, which enjoyed the experience of the world’s leaders in this technique.

José Luis Borrego, Head of the Department of Laboratories and Product Certification of ENAC (Spanish National Accreditation Body), participated at QUALICER 2014 by delivering an invited lecture entitled: “ENAC, a partner for exporting companies from the sector ceramic”. The lecture addressed the imposition of barriers of a technical type, which require products to meet a series of specifications generally relating to safety, environmental protection, or quality characteristics, known as Technical Obstacles to Trade.

Oral presentations were delivered on the use of rice straw ash in the porcelain tile composition, on ceramic fabrics for architecture, on ceramics in building refurbishment, and on the tile polishing process at QUALICER 2014.

A panel debate on construction solutions, directed by Brazilian expert Jonás Silvestre Medeiros, packed room 2 of the Congress; and the presentation by Ramón Monfort and Jaime Prior, of the Castellón College of Architects, on the Ascer Awards for architecture and interior design, drew some 60 professionals who were able to learn, first hand, the track record of these prestigious awards.

The American William M. Carty, Professor of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University, closed the working sessions with his presentation on the advanced ceramic industry and the potential opportunities for the ceramic tile sector.

QUALICER is a biennial congress, organised since 1990 by the Castellón Chamber of Commerce (Spain) and the Castellón College of Industrial Engineers. It is devoted to the ceramic industry, and in the course of its 12 events, the Congress has brought together more than 5,500 delegates from all over the world.

The next Qualicer meeting will be held in February 2016. For all information on the Congress, please see: www.qualicer.org