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Llop J.,Escuela Superior de Ceramics de lAlcora | Stoyanova Lyubenova T.,Jaume I University | Barrachina E.,Jaume I University | Notari M.D.,Escuela Superior de Ceramics de lAlcora | And 2 more authors.
CFI Ceramic Forum International | Year: 2014

In the last few years, the Spanish ceramic industry has gone through a severe crisis, which has led to great market loss and reduction in profits. Nevertheless, the ceramic industries in Spain have always characterised themselves as an innovative sector, highly predisposed to changes. It is precisely in times of crisis that the industries most seek to break new ground in their quest for new innovations that will give them an edge over competitors. This study provides an overview of the advances that have recently materialised in the ceramic tile industry. Various technological issues are thus highlighted, such as tile decoration by inkjet printing, laser technology, physical vapour deposition (PVD) technology, firing using laser technology (laser-firing project), etc. These techniques are being used to develop innovative products, thus obtaining tiles with bactericidal capability, conductive glazes, anti-electrostatic tiles, etc. Source

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