Formigine, 25 May 2015 – SITI B&T Group’s strong presence in the Chinese market reflects its global leadership as a complete plant supplier capable of providing ceramic manufacturers the world over with cutting-edge solutions and specialised machines for all stages of the large format tile production process. With this in mind, it is taking part in the exhibition Ceramics China in Canton from 1 to 4 June (hall 3.1, stand C203), where it is presenting a highly innovative and integrated range that encompasses everything from raw materials preparation through to finishing. In particular, this includes pressing and firing, the core stages of the production process, along with cutting-edge technologies for digital decoration.
In spite of the slowdown in 2014, China remains by far the world’s largest ceramic tile producing country. “Faced by these difficulties, all producers should be encouraged to invest with a view to improving their internal organisation, rationalising plant and focusing on innovation and efficiency to improve the technical and aesthetic quality of their products,” argued the Group’s CEO Fabio Tarozzi. “Only by doing this will it be possible to maintain a presence in the slightly contracting domestic market and increase average selling prices.”
SITI B&T is contributing to this strategy with technologies capable of producing energy savings and delivering excellent manufacturing performance.
Highlights of the SITI B&T exhibit at the Chinese show will include the Greenfire® XXL kiln for large-format tiles – which delivers unmatched energy efficiency with fuel savings of 30% and a more than a 25% increase in productivity – and the Greenburners range, in particular the Titanium® heat recovery burner. One of the new products unveiled at Tecnargilla 2014 is Supera®, the new frontier of pressing for large-format tiles and panels which combines versatility and flexibility with high energy efficiency.
Amongst the solutions for the end-of-line stage, Ancora – a company that recently joined SITI B&T Group – is presenting the Speed Dry high-speed squaring machine and the innovative Hi-Coat® surface treatment system.
In the field of digital decoration, Projecta Engineering is presenting the Full Synchro 3D digital line, a combination of various technical processes that exploit dialogue between different machines (EVO7, EVO5 and EVODryfix) to achieve a high degree of flexibility and perfect synchronisation between digital graphic design, texture and dry applications of materials to create rich, complex and innovative products. At the exhibition the company is also showcasing EVO7 133, the digital decoration machine for large sizes, and EVOstore, the mobile system for box colour changing. Digital Design is presenting its Colour Management system for processing digital images and optimising the decoration process from scanning through to printing, with live demonstrations of chart reading to check colours, create CC colour profiles, hard and soft proof tiles, etc.
In the sanitaryware sector, B&T White is presenting the revolutionary Circle high-pressure casting machine and the innovative range of porous resin moulds.
Last but not least, work has begun on SITI B&T Group’s new Chinese factory in Gaoming, which will extend over an area of 20,000 sq.m and offer the best possible service to manufacturers in China and other major Asian markets. Involving an investment of 6 million euros, this new factory will consolidate the Group’s global reach and its strategic presence in all the world’s ceramic manufacturing clusters.
SITI B&T Group
SITI B&T Group is a manufacturer of complete plants for the world ceramic industry with an extensive presence in all global markets. It delivers outstanding technological solutions and innovative services with a special focus on energy efficiency and reducing production costs.
It offers customers a complete, personalised service including technical assistance with installation, maintenance and modernisation of production lines.
SITI B&T Group operates through the following divisions: Tile (complete plants for tile production), Projecta Engineering and Digital Design (digital decorating machines and digital graphic design projects) and B&T White (complete plants for sanitaryware). The Group has a current turnover of around 180 million euros and an export share of more than 80 percent.
The company Ancora, a leading manufacturer of complete lines for ceramic tile finishing operations, joined SITI B&T Group in February 2015. Ancora has installed more than 800 lines in 40 countries worldwide and has an annual turnover of 23 million euros.
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