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Summer Break 2015

CWW editorial staff wishes you a nice summer. Updates will start again on August 24th.  

31 Jul 2015

System supplies digital and end-of-line systems to Iranian tile companies

Four new Creadigit units have been installed over the summer at Persepolis and Narin Tile. Kasra Tile will opt for the XL version.  

30 Jul 2015

Almost 50 BMR dry squaring machines are already in operation worldwide

BMR is strengthening its position in Italy and abroad as a leading manufacturer of dry squaring technology for monoporosa and porcelain tiles.  

29 Jul 2015

Barbieri & Tarozzi do Brasil in the spotlight at Forn&Cer 2015

SITI B&T Group’s Brazilian branch took part in the event organised by Aspacer from 16 to 19 June 2015 in Santa Gertrudes, in the state of São Paulo.  

28 Jul 2015

Fincibec Group chooses EkoRoll packaging machines from Sacmi-Nuova Fima

Vittorio Borelli, CEO of the Fincibec Group: "EkoRoll brings a significant increase in efficiency when handling large tiles."  

24 Jul 2015

Niro Ceramic continues its expansion

After acquiring the Spanish company Zirconio in 2013, the company completed the expansion of its facility in Bogor, Indonesia and set up Niro Ceramic India.  

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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and production and provided an update of the current process in the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to review the outdated Harmonised System (HS) classification determining customs codes for ceramic tiles.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.