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The Tecna Next webinars are set to resume on 27 January with ´Safe ceramics´

Press release n. 9 of the 21/01/2021 16.18.24 ( download )

Colorobbia, Microban and Metco will be taking part in the next event.
The webinar will be livestreamed on 27 January in Italian and on 28 January in English


21 January 2021 . The series of technical webinars organised for the Tecna Next platform by Ceramic World Review are set to resume. Following the success of the first event last December, which saw almost 1,000 signups and a total of 572 participants, the next meeting entitled ´Safe ceramics: anti-bacterial surfaces´ will take stock of the latest and most innovative technologies for the production of ceramic tiles and slabs with anti-bacterial properties, materials that are already seeing rapid growth in demand.
The event will be livestreamed in two sessions, the first on Wednesday 27 January at 10.30 a.m. in Italian and the second on Thursday 28 January at 10.30 a.m. in English, to be repeated at 3 p.m. on the CeramicWorldWeb.it website.
During the event, Colorobbia, Microban and Metco will present the results of their latest research in this field. Laura Niccolai from Colorobbia will present the characteristics of the new patented metallic silver-based products to be applied either in the form of a coating before the ceramic tile firing phase (Parnasos IG) or directly during the glaze grinding process (IGEA). Giorgio Rimini from Microban Europe, a company that has been developing integrated antibacterial technologies for ceramic surfaces since 2006, will discuss the benefits of long-lasting antimicrobial surface protection provided by Microban solutions and will offer guidance on the various international standards. Graziano Vignali, chairman and head of research at Metco, and Claudio Casolari, the company´s sales director, will describe the methods of use and the results that can be obtained with NOBacter 05, a technology capable of incorporating active antibacterial centres into the ceramic body so as to make the antibacterial action permanent for the product´s entire lifetime. The webinar will be introduced by Acimac´s Vice Director Gian Paolo Crasta, the editor of Ceramic World Review, Paola Giacomini and Alessandra Astolfi, Group Brand manager green and technology division at Italian Exhibition Group.

The following webinar scheduled for 10 and 11 February will be devoted to ´Developments in ceramic surface finishing´ and will see leading companies in the sector, including BMR, Premier and Unilin Technologies, present their latest technological innovations aimed at ensuring more efficient finishing processes and higher quality ceramic materials.

Tecna Next, the first sector-specific social network created and organised by Italian Exhibition Group and Acimac, continues to attract companies, professionals and international buyers. In less than 3 months it has registered more than 4,000 unique users, with 56% of traffic generated from outside Italy. The three most active countries are Turkey, Spain and Germany.

FOCUS ON ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP
Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the Mercato Telematico Azionario organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the exhibition and congress sector at a European level with facilities in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as branches in Milan and Arezzo. The IEG Group specialises in the organisation of events in five categories: Food & Beverage; Jewellery & Fashion; Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle; Wellness, Sport and Leisure; Green & Technology. In recent years, IEG has started expanding abroad through joint ventures with local operators (for example in the United States, United Arab Emirates and China). IEG closed its 2019 financial statements with total consolidated revenue of EUR 178.6 million, an EBITDA of EUR 41.9 million and a consolidated net profit of EUR 12.6 million. In 2019, IEG either organised or hosted a total of 48 trade fairs and 190 conference events. www.iegexpo.it

FOCUS ON ACIMAC
ACIMAC is the association of Italian manufacturers of plant, machinery, equipment and semi-finished products and suppliers of raw materials and services for the ceramic (tile, sanitaryware and tableware), heavy clay and refractory materials industries.
ACIMAC represents the majority of Italian companies in the sector, from small to medium sized businesses through to the largest firms. ACIMAC is affiliated to the Italian employers´ federation Confindustria, making it an integral part of Italian industry´s system of representation.
The sector is the world´s largest system of suppliers to the ceramic industry with a constantly growing export share that today stands at more than two thirds of total turnover thanks to the level of excellence and production of the most competitive plants in the world. Consisting of more than 100 companies with almost 7,000 employees, in 2019 the industry generated a turnover of 1.73 billion euros with exports accounting for 73% of total volumes.