Qualicer 22 Technical and Organising committees would like to encourage the presentation of studies in Block C (Ceramic tile manufacture) on new or enhanced tile functionalities, including the incorporation of biocide agents, integration of domotic elements, and improvements in properties contributing to thermal and environmental comfort in buildings and cities, as well as on the latest innovations in manufacturing processes, such as digitalisation, big data management, Industry 4.0, and of course on any of the enormous challenges involved in the necessary transition towards a decarbonised, sustainable ceramic industry.
These studies will be grouped for presentation and highlighted in the congress programme. The selection of studies relating to these topics, framed in Blocks A (Ceramic enterprise and markets) and B (Ceramic tile and construction), will also be prioritised by the Qualicer International Technical Committee, together with those that analyse experiences in HOSPITALITY (hotel, restaurant, and cafeteria) projects, CONTRACT, and singular projects.
The Qualicer contents, presented during the Congress days as oral communications, posters, invited lectures, and panel debates, are divided into three blocks:
- Block A – Ceramic enterprise and markets
- Block B – Ceramic tile and construction
- Block C – Ceramic tile manufacture
The subject matter is always directly or indirectly related to ceramic tile, addressed in innovative works from a historical analysis perspective, or as studies of its current situation or future prospects.
In a non-exhaustive form and by way of a reference, the following subject matter can be considered in the Congress blocks:
Block A, Ceramic enterprise and markets, encompasses subjects such as business strategy, markets, business management, innovation, costs, relationships with clients, suppliers, human resources, and other actors in the industry, as well as sector or market surveys that provide key information and serve as references in order to better understand the industry’s situation and perspectives, or that set out recommendations regarding regulations and industrial and occupational policies, etc.
Block B, Ceramic tile and construction, encompasses subjects such as the past, present, and future of ceramic tile in architecture and interior design projects, as well as new digital technologies used in projects, building information modelling (BIM), etc. Topics further include industrialised or modular construction, sustainability and environmental impact in the product use phase, energy certification, as well as everything relating to tile installation, adhesives, tests, special applications, quality standards, pathologies, maintenance, etc.
Block C, Ceramic tile manufacture, encompasses subjects such as production management, selecting and preparing raw materials, industrial processes and equipment, process engineering and quality management, standards, environmental and energy management in the manufacturing phase, and technological innovations in products, processes, and equipment, etc. Topics further include integral innovation management, tools, trends, life cycle assessment, etc.