Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica - AICE

ITC is a Mixed University Institute established by agreement between Universitat Jaume I and the Asociación de Investigación de las Industrias Cerámicas (AICE). Since its founding in 1969 at the University of Valencia to the present, currently integrated in Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, ITC has striven to foster and develop whatever activities of a technical nature could contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of the Spanish ceramic industry.In 2005, the Asociación deInvestigación de las Industrias Cerámicas (AICE) and the Asociación para la Promoción del Diseño Cerámico (ALICER), supported by IMPIVA, undertook to unite the research activity of both organizations.This process has led to the merger of ALICER and AICE, in force since 1st January  2006.The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica is a dynamic, activity generating hub. Six activities are basically performed:
Research, Development and Technological Consultancy
R&D and technological consulting activities are conducted to meet the needs of companies from the ceramic sector, thus fostering their competitiveness. The work involved focuses on the creation of new ceramic products, improving already existing ones, and furthering the understanding of the manufacturing process stages, in addition to designing new manufacturing equipment and procedures. In short, generating new technologies that enable companies to innovate technologically.
Technology Transfer
The purpose of this activity is to assimilate, apply and adapt technology from other branches of industrial production to the ceramic sector.Most of the SMEs that make up the ceramic sector cannot, by themselves generate technology they need. For this reason the ITC actively fosters technology transfer by detecting needs or problems that arise in carrying out production work, thus striving to respond to the new challenges of industry.
Training is considered high priority at ITC, both for technicians from companies in the ceramic sector and for ITC’s own team of technicians and researchers.Through research, ITC staff acquires new knowledge, which they then disseminate, both in practical and theoretical ways through the different training actions organized by ITC. In addition, the Chemical Engineering degree taught at University Jaume I is the only such degree in Spain that provides specialization in Ceramic technology. And 80% of the teachers delivering the degree programme are members of the ITC staff.
Technological Services
Technological services comprise analyses and tests, finished products, quality assurance, and information and documentation. These are designed to provide companies with support, thus complementing the company’s own services.
Design and architecture
ALICER, the ITC area for design and architectures, is structured through a multidisciplinary team that supports industry by ongoing incorporation of innovation strategies in both ceramic products and architectural applications while concurrently fostering the national and international promotion of the industry by undertaking emblematic projects, organising cultural or technical events, and dissemination information among architects, interior designers, and the national and international media dedicated to the habitat
ITC has set up a Strategic Information System for the Ceramic Sector based on three observatories, devoted to the Market, Technology and Trends in the Habitat, which provide the knowledge required for strategic decision-taking aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the industry.The areas of knowledge resulting from the Observatories affect all strategic business decisions: R&D, production, systems, management, marketing and products.
Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica
Campus Universitario Riu Sec 12006 Castellón
Telephone: (34) 964 342 424
Fax: (34) 964 342 425
Main contact: Prof Arnaldo MORENO


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