NEWS 2017


Siam Ceramic Fusion MS

Siam Ceram Fusion MS

Siam Ceramic, part of the Thai group SCG (Siam Cement Group), recently started up a Fusion granulation tower from Manfredini & Schianchi at its facility in Saraburi where a MS-Drytech dry grinding plant has been in operation since 2014.

The world-patented Fusion FGT technology will be used to produce single-fired tiles in 60x60 cm and 90x90 cm sizes with a super-gloss finish. This technology was chosen by the Thai group due to the advantages it brings in terms of both the production process and environmental sustainability.

It produces a dry granulate (without the use of fluidised bed dryers) with excellent characteristics of homogenisation, flow and density and guarantees perfect blending of all the raw materials present in the formulation and excellent stability in the subsequent stages of pressing, drying and firing.

The result is a high-quality finished product that maintains the same levels of water absorption (<3%) and green, dried and fired breaking load and the same drying and firing cycles.

The tile surface is also extremely uniform and ideal for matt and gloss applications. Fusion also completely eliminates natural gas consumption in the production process and consequently reduces CO2 emissions.


Cerâmica Almeida, important Brazilian ceramic group active in the district of Santa Gertrudes (SP) since 1938, has recently opened a new factory for the production of porcelain stoneware.

An important new feature of this production facility is that it will be producing porcelain stoneware with Manfredini e Schianchi dry milling technology. The new M&S line for the dry preparation of raw materials will have a production capacity of 25 tons/h and will guarantee a particle size of 45 micron. It will be used to feed raw materials to the Siti-B&T line that will produce around 550,000 m2/month of 60x60 and 60x90 porcelain stoneware tile by means of an approx.

40-minute cycle. This significant technological result has been achieved by studying different local raw materials and thanks to the work performed over the past three years by the Technological Centre of Manfredini e Schianchi, leading Brazilian ceramic research centres and the qualified staff members of Cerâmica Almeida.

We have thus managed to obtain a ceramic product using dry technology, which has a resistance, absorption properties and aesthetic qualities that are identical to those of a porcelain stoneware product made using wet technology.

The technological achievement has been obtained by applying the concept of "open cycle" milling.

This cycle implies the use of a direct air flow drying system (for raw material with a moisture content of up to 17%) for obtaining a ceramic body that is perfectly blended, that has a consistent moisture content and a finer particle size (45 micron).

To reduce consumption to a minimum, a recovery system is employed to convey warm arm air coming the kiln cooling zone to the mill. The brand new MOLOMAX 6/190 MEGA pendular finishing mills guarantee an outstanding performance to obtain finely milled material from materials of different types and hardness ratings.

Inside the milling chamber, materials are evenly blended to create a mixture suitable for the subsequent granulating stage.

The MADIREX granulating system is an essential part of the line since it allows for the formation of spherical granules without drying. MADIREX granulation has also the advantage of being totally automated, thanks to the provision of load cells, litre meters, flow rate and moisture meters and of dedicated software that automatically controls the granulating cycle and adapts it in the event of abrupt changes in moisture content. The system is fully part of industry 4.0 and next year the granulating system will be completed with the worldwide patented FUSION F.G.T. Technological Tower.

The latter will allow the user to obtain a dry porcelain stoneware body with a smoothness and die filling index that is similar to that of the best spray dried materials. Manfredini & Schianchi has once again been chosen by a renowned ceramic group, such as Almeida.

This proves that behind the success of a great company, there is always a team of exceptional partners, of which Manfredini & Schianchi is proud to be part.

Ceramica Almeida

Ceramica Almeida








Azarakhsh Brick

The Iranian company Azarakhsh International Refractory Brick Manufacturer Group is renowned and appreciated for its range of bricks with a low absorption and a high mechanical resistance, especially paving bricks and bricks for exposed brickwork.

It manufacturers nearly 100 thousand tons/year both for the national and international market and is an importance reference in the sector of bricks and building materials.

The company has ordered new raw material dry preparation plant from Manfredini e Schianchi. The plant will be installed in the new production facilities in the city of Qom. In particular, it will employed for the line producing strip bricks.

The plant will have a capacity of approximately 40 TH and will be basically composed of:

  • 2 P.I.G-MAXI HD Hammer Mills, with double grids to obtain product with 60% of fine material;
  • 4 MS265 high performance screens, complete with self-cleaning and automatic opening systems;
  • 2 MADIREX granulating units, featuring automatic flow rate control system for incoming material and automatic moisture control system featuring latest generation DMS meters.
  • 2 MS930 feeding, batching and grading systems for SACMI PH690 presses.

The new factory will be installed near the headquarters of Azarakhsh and will be in full functioning order within the end of the year. It is designed for a standard daily rate of 140,000 pieces per day, namely 85 tons, with the possibility to handle daily production peaks of up to 100 tons.

Azarakhsh will therefore be able to complete the vast range of products that is already particularly appreciated both on a national and international level.

M&S has been catering for Iranian ceramic and brick industries for over 20 years. This important order is therefore yet another great reference in an area that will be strongly expanding in the field of quality building materials in the years to come, a country that is steadily growing and that is strategically important for the political-economic stability of the Middle East.



Manfredini & Schianchi developed F.G.T. with the specific goal to achieve excellent homogenizing, flowability and density characteristics of the final granulate in order to actually challenge the existing spray drying technique in the production of ceramic products.

The fine particles previously treated with Manfredini & Schianchi dry milling technology undergo a calibrated mechanical compression in our FGT so as to activate their underlying molecular covalent and electromagnetic forces.

The outcome of this process guarantees an excellent intermingling of all the raw materials involved in the formulation and an outstanding stability in the downstream stages of pressing, drying and firing.

FGT is the right answer to sustainable shift in the ceramic tile process since it is totally carbon free.







Salinera Espanola

Salinera Espanola Ibiza

Salinera Espanola Ibiza

Salt Washing Screw

Salinera Espanola Ibiza

Salinera Espanola, the historical Spanish group established in 1878, is entrusting itself to the 100% Made in Italy technology of Manfredini & Schianchi for the supply of 250 TH sea salt washing plant. Salt, collected at the salt-works of Ibiza, will be washed by means of two MS washing screws, with a capacity of 125 TH each, and entirely made of AISI 304 stainless steel.

The machines are equipped with an additional internal washing system, featuring special nozzles and a protective grid covering the entire top section, to ensure work in totally safe conditions and to prevent contamination.

Salt Washing plant

The structure containing the machines is a single block of air-tight stainless steel, to prevent any leakage of brine and lengthy downtime for replacement of worn rubber gaskets (which are not fitted to MS models). Upon demand, the supporting structure can also be made of AISI 304 stainless steel.

Thanks to continuous research and design and to the construction of machines with a performance that is being constantly perfected, the growth of Manfredini & Schianchi, in the field of salt production - both sea salt and mineral - continues.

The company of Sassuolo is now the only Italian supplier of turnkey refining plant and is the true leader in this sector.

Salt Washing Screw


Source: Oman Observer

In-Country Value: Mega facility to meet sizable part of nation’s domestic and industrial salt demand Conrad Prabhu


– The Sultanate’s first salt refinery is currently under construction at Ras Bantoot near Duqm on Oman’s Wusta coast. Well-known oil and gas services Al Ghalbi International Engineering & Contracting LLC (GIE) is investing in excess of RO 10 million in the establishment of a 135,000 metric tonnes (MT) per annum capacity plant.

Conceived in line with the government’s In-Country Value (ICV) strategy, the project will go a long way in meeting the domestic demand for industrial salt — which is currently sourced entirely via imports. “This is the first large-scale salt processing and refining plant, which apart from its mammoth size, will also has a substantial eco-friendly energy component,” said Project Coordinator Tariq Farooq.

“The sun’s energy will be harnessed to concentrate seawater into crystals of raw salt, which will then be processed and refined to produce 99.8 per cent pure salt.” Aside from cooking purposes, salt has wide application in the Sultanate, most notably in the Oil & Gas and industrial sectors. As industrial salt, it is used in the production of drilling mud, and also finds application in steam injection, water softening, soap manufacturing, and so on.

Salt Refibery Plant Oman

“As an import-substitution project, GIE’s salt refinery will help meet around 25 per cent of national salt demand, which is estimated at 500,000 MT per annum. Currently all of this demand is met through imports from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and so on. However, when our project comes on stream by around the third quarter of this year, we will be able to provide high-quality industrial and edible salt to the local market,” the Project Engineer said. Construction work is already under way on a sprawling 1.6 sq kilometre site along the sea at Bantoot, not far from Mahout.

The centrepiece is a network of massive rectangular ponds, which will be flooded with seawater. Gradual evaporation of the water content leaves behind raw salt that is then transferred to the adjoining refinery where dissolved impurities such as calcium chloride, magnesium sulphate, and other minerals, are removed.

Equipment for the refinery has been procured from an Italian technology provider, said Tariq, adding that the purified salt will be marketed as a ‘Made in Oman’ brand.

The potential for exports as an ingredient in the textile dyeing, leather-making, soap manufacturing, and de-icing applications, will be explored as well, he noted.

Launched in 1997 as a Local Community Contractor (LLC) with a focus on oilfield services in Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) operations in Block 6, Al Ghalbi has since evolved into a well-diversified corporation with interests spanning pipeline engineering services, EPC and fabrication, industrial chemicals, ICT, media, tourism and catering.

Al Ghalbi Oman

Salt Plant

Salt Refinery Plant

Salt Ponds Plant

Salt Refinery Plant



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