The Team

Richard Bowman

Richard Bowman, a ceramic engineer, is Principal of Intertile Research, an Australian ceramic tile and slip resistance consultancy. He has served on many national and international ceramic tiling and slip resistance standards committees over the last 35 years. He is President of the Australian Ceramic Society, a Past President of the International Ceramic Federation and immediate past Chair of the IEA Technical Committee on Slips, Trips and Falls.

André P.C Faaij

André P.C. Faaij is Professor of Energy System Analysis and Director of Science unit “Energy transition”, TNO UNIT and he is Distinguished Professor at the University of Groningen (Faculty of Science & Engineering) and professor at the Utrecht University (Copernicus Institute). His key research interests include: Biobased Economy, renewable energy technologies, energy system and scenario analysis and modelling, sustainability assessments of energy systems, alternative transport fuels, decarbonisation of fossil fuels, capture and storage of CO2, hydrogen economy, waste treatment, material & energy efficiency, technological learning and innovation in energy systems, land use, agriculture, environmental system & impact analysis, socio-economic impact analysis, greenhouse gas balances & accounting, energy and research policies. Ongoing research covers energy system integration questions, modelling, transition processes towards low carbon energy systems and related innovation and policy questions. His research interests and priorities contribute to TNO’s objectives by advancing the capabilities and use of state of the art system analyses methods and tools to inform the energy transition across the board.

Marcel Engels

Marcel Engels is project manager at Forschungsinstitut für Glas | Keramik GmbH Höhr- Grenzhausen, specialized in surface characterization and slip testing. His research is currently focused on characterization of ceramic surfaces, especially topographic analysis of wear and durability aspects of slip resistance and cleaning behavior of ceramic surfaces. He participated as technical expert in the European SlipSTD Project on surface-based slip risk classification including the design of reference surfaces and has led national funded and industrial projects to develop durable slip resistant surfaces.

Throughout his career he has been involved in development, application and improvement of tile standard tests, including slip resistance on ceramic tiles on national and international level, based upon his experience as head of Ceramic Technological Support for Sphinx Tiles, as Project

Manager Ceramics Department of the TNO-TPD Institute for Applied Physics, Eindhoven, Netherlands and his activities at FGK in Germany, where he is involved in expert groups on slip resistance of the governmental health and safety institutes and the legal insurance authorities.

He is member of the Spanish and the English slips resistance groups and provides lectures and presentations on surface characterization at national and international symposia and seminars for ceramic engineers, industrial associations, and expert organizations. He supports building experts, but also performs assessments and research by court appointment.

Eric Astrachan

Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Inc., has 45 years of experience in international business with the past thirty years in the ceramic tile industry in manufacturing, installation, research, and association management.

Mr. Astrachan is the present Chairman of the Tile Council of North America Handbook Committee, and a member of many industry technical committees. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and the Board of Governors of the trade show “Coverings”.

He is a recognized industry consultant and keynote speaker regarding the ceramic tile industry and issues relating to tile standards, tile installation, and slip/fall litigation. Mr. Astrachan continues to write and present papers on the subject of ceramic tile and presents several seminars a year at trade shows and other venues.

He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Federica Minozzi

Federica is Iris Ceramica Group CEO and one the most solid young international ceramic industry leaders.  She joined her family’s industrial holding company after graduating with honours from the Faculty of Law at Modena University and studied and investigated the areas of sales and marketing, an orientation that soon turned out to be strategic for her future and essential for the development of her entrepreneurial and managerial skills.

Along with her father, Romano Minozzi, Federica won the “2017 Innovation Award” at the 21st EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards and that same year she also won the “Copernico40 Award” presented by “Il Quotidiano Immobiliare”.  Federica Minozzi is currently involved in social solidarity initiatives in the Modena area.”

Javier Martínez-Mingote

“Javier Martínez-Mingote earned his Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in 1998. He then took a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management.

He has worked at the Levantina Group since 2000, performing different functions in the technical area and in production. Since 2017, he has occupied the post of Industrial Director.

Levantina, an international company of Spanish origin, is a world leader in the Natural Stone sector. Since its foundation in 1959, the company has grown, expanding widely and becoming a global benchmark in the Natural Stone sector, contributing innovation and technology.

Its greatest assets notably include a great response capability, on having numerous own quarries; competitiveness and innovation, stemming from its 6 production centres where the most advanced technology is developed; accessibility, enabled by its 15 own distribution warehouses; and, finally, an international presence resulting from exports to over 100 countries.

It has been a sector pioneer in obtaining different quality seals and certifications in processing, endorsed by ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certificates or product EPDs. Moreover, since 2006, Levantina enjoys pioneering facilities in Spain in the production of slim porcelain tile, marketed under the brand TECHLAM, thus evidencing its commitment to innovation and development of new materials for its customers. In 2009, it received an Alfa de Plata Award for one of its TECHLAM collections.”

José Vicente Tomás

José Vicente Tomás Claramonte (Vila-real, 1962) is an industrial technical engineer. In 1996, he designed and built his first tool machine for the ceramic sector: a milling machine for making reliefs on ceramics for the development of product modelling and even the mechanical machining of the definitive aluminium die.

In 1999, he founded the company “KERAjet S.A.” for the development of the first industrial digital printing machine applied to ceramic production, which would change how ceramic decoration was produced worldwide.

At present, Kerajet has more than 3,900 machines running in over 44 countries of the world in different production sectors (ceramics, textile, tableware, roofing tiles, bricks, plastics, …). The company has been able to change traditional industrial production systems in those sectors in which it has progressively implemented its 100% Spanish technology.

Kerajet nowadays has delegations in Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, and China.

KERAjet has received numerous awards, including the Alfa de Oro Award from the Spanish Ceramics and Glass Society in its 2000, 2014, and 2018 editions and the 2009 Export Award of the Castellón Chamber of Commerce.

José Vicente Tomás received the REY JAIME I Award in 2014, and in 2018 the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) granted him the distinction: “Alumni Destacado”.

Gustavo Mallol

José Gustavo Mallol Gasch earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences from Universidad Jaume I in Castellón, where he has been Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering for over 16 years.

He has headed the Area for Industrial Processes at the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-AICE), where he has worked since 1989. Since 2013 he has been Director of the Ceramic Industry Research Association (ITC-AICE).

He has co-authored 53 research papers, published in national and international scientific journals, and 64 communications at conferences on ceramic technology topics, in addition to co-authoring 7 books in this field. He has participated in 71 R&D and technology consultancy services projects funded by public and private organisations. Co-inventor of three equipment items relating to chemical engineering and ceramic technology, he has delivered 14 refresher and updating training courses for ceramic technicians, some of these involving multiple reruns.

In 2012 he won First Prize in Technology Transfer for his development: “Control technology of the presses used in ceramic tile manufacturing”, selected out of 27 innovative technologies from different countries, awarded by the Tecnargilla international trade fair at Rimini (Italy), world leader in this field, in the Ceramic TTD Awards. The awards are a tribute to the best and most innovative research projects in ceramics, on an international scale, with industrial application.

Jose Luis Lanuza

Head of the Ceramic Tile Division of Victoria PLC  (Spain)

1986 – 1991 Degree in Economics – Univerity of Zaragoza (Spain)

1991 – 1993 MBA – IESE Business School

Professional Background

1993 – 1995 Product Management in Henkel Iberica S.A.

1995 – 1996 Metropol (Keraben Group) Sales Department, Export

1996 – 2002 Marketing and Sales Director at Keraben Group

2002 – 2008 General Sales Director

2008 – 2015 CEO of Keraben Group

Further information

From 2011 active member of the Board of Directors of ASCER

From 2013, member of the Board of Directors of Cerame-Unie.

From January 2014, Chairman of CET

From January 2014, Chairman of the World Ceramic Tile Forum

Fernando Tomás Badenes

Fernando Tomás Badenes was born in Onda in 1983. He earned his Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Jaume I of Castellón. He did a master’s course in project management, a specialisation course in ceramic manufacturing technology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and he is currently doing an executive master’s course in business administration.

In 2008, he joined Quimicer S.A., carrying out different functions in the technical area, and was subsequently charged with laboratory and technical management.

In 2014, he joined EFI-Cretaprint as head of the ceramic inks project. He then became head of development of digital printing business in building materials and Deputy Managing Director.

He is presently Inkjet Product Global Director in digital printing businesses in packaging and building materials.