The Sassuolo-based Group has secured a large order worth 2 million euro from Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola for two complete lapping and squaring lines together with a range of machinery and accessories that will complement existing equipment
Sassuolo, 27 May 2011 – Ancora Group has received an order worth more than 2 million euro from Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola for two complete lapping and squaring lines. The equipment includes score-and-snap machines, a waxing machine, a cutting machine and a range of mechanical parts and components that will complement the technology currently installed at the customer’s facilities in Borgo Tossignano and Faenza.
“It’s certainly an important order for our company and is also an encouraging sign for the future, revealing a desire on the part of companies to resume investments in technology and product development,” commented Ancora Group’s Vice Chairman Fabio Corradini.
This order further strengthens Ancora Group’s Italian leadership position in the design and manufacture of machines and complete lines for ceramic tile finishing operations. Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola is one of the leading companies in the ceramic sector with four brands that operate in the international market (Imola Ceramica, La Faenza Ceramica, Leonardo Ceramica and Clip Tile) and a production capacity of around 31 million sq.m of tiles a year.
Ancora is a constantly expanding group that reported a turnover of 43 million euro in 2010 and has planned investments of more than 5 million euro during the three-year period 2009-2011.
Along with its machinery design and manufacturing divisions, Ancora also has the largest third-party production centre in the world and specialises in polishing, lapping, cutting and grinding ceramic tiles. In Italy the Ancora Group holds a 40% share of the market and serves more than 40 Italian producers using 14 complete processing lines, 2 cutting lines, 5 Hi-Coat Coating System lines, 1 large format line, 1 grinding line with horizontal dryer for drying monoporosa tiles, 1 line for application of nanostructured photocatalytic treatment, and a complete department for curving tiles into steps and L-pieces.
The two divisions together represent an outstanding example of synergy for the world ceramic industry.