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17 Dec 2014

The December issues of Ceramic World Review and Tile International are online

CWR contains the Focus on the sanitaryware industry and Tile International features an extensive report on Cersaie 2014  

15 Dec 2014

System reports 20% growth

Franco Stefani: “We will allocate 10 million euros to research and make investments in Italy and the United States.” 2015 opens with 6 months worth of orders.  

12 Dec 2014

Projecta Engineering supplies machinery to GranitiFiandre and Florim

The two companies have adopted the EVO 8 digital decorating machine with a printing width of 1890 mm for the decoration of extremely large-format ceramic panels (1600×3200 mm).  

11 Dec 2014

EFI unveils its "digital ecosystem" at Tecnargilla

The complete package from EFI and Cretaprint includes the C3 Plus and C4 printers, the new digital inks and the upgraded version of the EFI Fiery proServer colour management system  

9 Dec 2014

Multigecko proves a success in Italy

Officially presented at Tecnargilla, Multigecko and Griffon are the new end-of-line systems designed by System Ceramics to work alongside the highly successful 4Phases packaging machine  

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12 Nov 2013

Annual meeting of the World Ceramic Tiles Forum in Brazil

The 20th World Ceramic Tiles Manufacturer's Forum (WCTF) was hosted by Anfacer, the Brazilian Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers, from 5 to 8 November 2013. Representatives of the ceramic tiles industry came from all corners of the world to discuss issues of common interest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The World Ceramic Tiles Manufacturers' Forum was created in 1994 and is the annual meeting of the ceramic tiles manufacturers worldwide. With active countries including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the US, participation has continuously increased in recent years-

This year's WCTF revealed upwards trends in global consumption and production and provided an update of the current process in the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to review the outdated Harmonised System (HS) classification determining customs codes for ceramic tiles. Moreover, this session of the Forum presented an opportunity to discuss the developments in standardisation at European and international level. Participants also used this fitting occasion to share key trends, challenges and experiences in trade from their respective countries.

The consistent rise in consumption and production reflects a healthy and growing global market for ceramic tiles. Global consumption in 2012 has increased by 4.7% compared to 2011, representing a rise of over 91% compared to 2000 levels. Moreover, production in 2012 has exceeded 2000 levels by over 89%, equivalent to more than 10.3 billion square meters of ceramic tiles.

Regarding HS codes, World Forum members were pleased that the agreed proposal was submitted to the WCO in July 2012 and will be addressed under the 5th HS review cycle. The WCO raised various questions in October of this year, prompting the WCTF to address these and deliver common answers in advance of the upcoming WCO meeting in November. Successful review of old codes (HS 6907/6908) applicable to ceramic tiles will provide more reliable customs classification and international trade statistics in line with the reality of the production and markets.

The WCTF provided an occasion to explore the developments in international standardisation (ISO) and the activities of the ongoing working groups (WGs) under ISO TC 189. The discussion mainly centred around the topic of water absorption and the potential to establish a single global test method through the ISO route. At the EU level, steps have been taken towards creating harmonised Product Category Rules (PCRs) for ceramic tiles. This project, which is now at an advanced stage, will promote the interoperability of Environment Product Declaration (EPD) schemes. The WCTF agreed to launch a working group aiming at reaching a consensus on PCRs internationally accepted. A working group will also be initiated to further improve the consistency of production statistics at international level.

Lastly, the WCTF provided an overview of market access issues (tariff and technical barriers to trade), which are increasingly hampering the development of trade in the ceramic tiles sector. WCTF reiterated their commitment to further liberalisation of trade through multilateral and bilateral agreements in order to reduce the impact of tariff and technical barriers to trade.

The WCTF is a platform open to all ceramic tiles manufacturers in the world. Any producer or association of ceramic tiles producers willing to participate is invited to contact the WCTF secretariat. The next meeting of the WCTF is scheduled in November 2014.