Cerinnov Group Joined ECTS Working Group
The Cerinnov Group has recently extended its activities and needs to build a network in the ceramic world aiming to be present as a key supplier of the ceramic industry. The Cerinnov Group resulted from the merger of Elmeceram, a manufacturer of machines for ceramics and Cerlase, a specialist in laser/material interaction, in 2008. The Group continued its external growth with the acquisition of Wistra France, the creation of Wistra Cerinnov GmbH in Germany and a new subsidiary in Denver/US in 2014. The Group generates a turnover of EUR 12 million. Its core products are machinery and turnkey plants for the tableware industry. Only recently, Cerinnov has installed complete plants in France and Russia and will soon build one in Portugal. Cerlase is a leading company in laser marking on ceramics but also on other materials like wood, acrylics or metals, and Wistra is a specialist in high temperature kilns. Only recently, a special robotics department was set up to integrate this technology not only into tableware production lines but also into non-ceramic applications. ECTS wants now to enlarge its activities to all ceramic branches. The majority of the ECTS-members are suppliers to the heavy clay industry. “But, of course it is our aim to link all European ceramic technology suppliers”, points out Alessandro Colucci, who is managing the Working Group. Founded in 2004, ECTS networks and promotes its members and fosters co-operation on all levels. During the past years, ECTS has been particularly active in the fields of market development, in creating networks and in lobbying, e.g., as an official stakeholder in the consultation process regarding the energy related products (ErP) directive of the EU. And, almost every year the working group organizes technological symposia and market investigation tours to markets with long-term development prospects, like India or China. “In 2015, we will go for Turkey”, says A. Colucci. Up to now, companies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have joined ECTS. All European companies commercially active in the fields of machinery, materials and engineering services for the production of ceramics and related technologies like heavy clay, fine ceramics, technical ceramics or powder metallurgy can apply for a membership.