NEWS 2014 


Ceramica Cortines has once again chosen the quality and reliability of the MS-Drytech dry preparation process, renewing its trust in Manfredini & Schianchi.

The Argentine company has the "green" philosophy in its DNA and for this reason it makes use of MS technologies which almost eliminate gas consumption in the preparation of the dough and, compared to wet technology, a reduction of over 90% of water consumption and 40% of electricity consumption.

In the plant supplied by MS, the primary grinding takes place with the PIGHD mill, while the subsequent refining phase uses the Molomax 6/190 mill.

The latter is capable of producing over 30 tons/h, guaranteeing a final production with uniformly smooth surfaces, ideal for the application of super shiny glazes and digital decorations. The powder agglomeration and humidification phase is entrusted to the Madirex granulator (covered by a world patent), currently considered the technological reference in granulation for dry ground powder.

The technical advantages deriving from the use of Madirex include:

  • Productivity up to 40 tons/h
  • Electricity consumption: < 0,3 kW/ton
  • Zero heat consumption
  • Maintenance costs practically non-existent
  • Reduced space required for installation and easy adaptability even to existing systems
  • Constant grain size curve with very high percentages of granulated material, ideal for forming large formats

With this further reference, Manfredini & Schianchi confirms its undisputed leadership in dry preparation in the ceramic sector, confirming that it is chosen by the best producers in the world as a technological partner.

Prime SCG


Tecn clay 2014

Tecn clay 2014

Tecn clay 2014

Tecn clay 2014


Also this year Manfredini & Schianchi was present at the international exhibition of Technology for the Ceramic and Brick Industry TECNARGILLA in Rimini.

In this edition of the Romagna event, Manfredini & Schianchi presented the MADIREX VX granulation technology (international patent) as a world premiere.

MADIREX VX is the system that will open the door to the technology of "dry" body preparation (of which M&S has always been the technological reference), to the production of porcelain stoneware in large formats for both traditional and more recent pressing tape.

It is no coincidence that there were numerous visits from various Italian and foreign delegations who were able to admire by touching, in addition to the 100% MADE IN ITALY machines displayed in the stand, the quality of the products obtained with M&S technology in their customers' factories.

According to what the CEO of M&S, Fabio Schianchi, reports:

"This fair was even more successful than the previous edition, data also confirmed by ACIMAC.

There have been numerous contacts, with a high percentage of finalized orders and a great 2015 is expected for us, as eco-friendly technologies such as our MS-DRYTECH process are an obligatory path for the ceramics of the future"

MANFREDINI & SCHIANCHI's corporate choice is to focus on product quality which only the choice to build in our country can guarantee"


"THAI GERMAN (CAMPANA) historic Thai ceramic company, part of the giant SCG GROUP, commissioned Manfredini & Schianchi to renovate its "dough preparation plant", choosing the reliability of MS-DRYTECH technology.

The CAMPANA brand is one of the most prestigious in the ceramic sector of the Asian country, particularly appreciated for the production of single-fired tiles for floors and walls in large formats, and decorations with the latest digital printing technologies.

With this further reference, we have 8 complete lines of MS DRYTECH installed in South East Asia, confirming that Manfredini & Schianchi is synonymous with reliability, high quality which proudly represents "MADE IN ITALY" in the world.

Prime SCG


Strong Ceramic


Ceramica Forte, located in the city of Turmalina, in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, recently started a dry preparation plant for raw materials supplied by Manfredini & Schianchi do Brasil Ltda, the Brazilian branch of the Italian company of the same name.

The company, founded in 1987, has always focused on technological innovation aimed at optimizing the industrial process, better managing production costs and greater quality of the finished product.

Today it is one of the most important Brazilian companies in the extruded materials sector and is part of Grupo Santa Emilia, a holding company of important local investors with activities in various sectors, including forestry and eucalyptus plantations.

The new plant installed has a capacity of 50 t/h and must treat a mixture of clays which are first ground by the MAXI - PIG primary mill and then sieved and classified through five MS/XIV/265 screens; the recirculated material is ground again by a MAXI-PIG mill. The ground product then passes to the humidification phase through the use of a double-shaft wetting mixer, and then ends up in storage in the sheds used for the "rest" phase of the mixture. Thanks to the improvement in productivity and quality of the ceramic body,

Ceramica Forte today produces around 1.500.000 pieces/month, managing to diversify its range of products: working in two different phases, it produces both tiles (Portuguese, plain and colonial) and bricks.


PRIME GROUP, which about 2 years ago became part of the Thai giant SCG (the world's largest tile producer), confirms its leadership in the Vietnamese ceramic market also thanks to the contribution of MS-DRYTECH technology.

Manfredini & Schianchi recently concluded an important contract to improve the quality and quantity of the current dry grinding plant supplied in 2009.

The plant in question is equipped with 3 MOLOMAX MS4/230 Pendulum Mills, equipped with PIG-Dryer Mills and FORGIA MS38 Granulators and, with a capacity of over 93 tons/h of dry mix, it can reach a daily production of 80.000 m60/day with formats up to 60xXNUMX of high quality single firing.

Thanks to the good quality of local raw materials, today PRIME GROUP is able to obtain enormous savings compared to wet technology, i.e.: thermal consumption (-96%), electricity (-47%), raw material costs (-75%) maintenance ( -36%) and drastic drop in Co2 emissions into the atmosphere (-77%).

It has been demonstrated that MS-DRYECH by Manfredini and Schianchi is the technology of the future even in a market like that of South East Asia, which in the past had shown itself to be particularly wary of dry grinding technology but which today represents the best of MADE IN ITALY in the ceramic sector.

Prime SCG



Siam Ceram Molomax

Siam Ceram

Siam Ceram

In addition to the order acquired from THAI CERAMIC in 2012 and ROYAL CERAMIC in 2013, Manfredini e Schianchi concluded another important supply from SIAM CERAMIC, a leading company in the sector, part of the SCG group and located in the ceramic hub of Saraburi.

The new dry raw material preparation plant, which will come into operation by August 2014, will satisfy a daily production of 35.000 m30 of single-fired flooring in the formats: 30x40, 40,50x50x60 and 60xXNUMX.

The plant uses the PIG HD DRYER MILL as the primary grinder, the new MOLOMAX 6/500 pendulum mill for the refining phase, as it is capable of producing over 30 tons/h with a separation cut of less than 63 microns to guarantee an extremely smooth surface of the final product, free of any impurities and therefore ideal for the application of digital technology and super-gloss enamels.

The powder agglomeration and humidification phase is entrusted to the MADIREX 2400 granulator (covered by a world patent), currently considered the technological reference in granulation for dry ground powder.

Manfredini & Schianchi confirms itself as the ideal partner of the largest ceramic groups in the world, confirming the reliability and enormous innovation that MS-DRYTECH technology is bringing to the sector.




During the Tehran ceramic fair, Manfredini & Schianchi concluded an important agreement to double the production capacity of RokhCeram&Kavir Company. RochCeram is a ceramic granulate grinding and production center based in Maeybod and has been using MS-DRYTECH technology since 2011, supplying numerous ceramics from the Yazd and Meybod area.

Rokhceram is part of a group of over 200 local investors in the Yazd area and other regions of Iran. With this production expansion, the capacity of the grinding plant will reach a daily flow of approximately 1000 tons.

Thanks to the reliability and quality control of the Manfredini & Schianchi grinding and granulation plant with the use of formulas composed of local raw materials studied in the M&S technology centre, RochCeram end customers benefit from a very low cost technology, with environmental impact zero which allows him to obtain tiles with qualities similar to those produced with wet technology: red ceramic stoneware with 3% absorption with firing temperature of only 1110°, tensile strength over 300kg/cm2, with sizes up to 50x50,40x80, 60x60








Manfredini & Schianchi consolidates its leadership in Iran with a complete dry grinding plant in Ardakan Golceram, one of the most renowned companies in the Yazd sector.

The dry grinding plant came into operation in 2012 and has a capacity of 25 tons per hour, and features the latest technological innovations from Manfredini & Schianchi in terms of quality control of ceramic powders: such as the Molomax MS6 mill /230, and the Forgia MS38L Granulation Unit, equipped with an automatic humidity control system. Further improvements have recently been made to the plant supplied by M&S, increasing its production capacity and ceramic quality.

The great saving of water, electricity, natural gas of the MS-DRYTECH technology, using exclusively local clays, allows to obtain first quality floor tiles such as translucent with water absorption 3%, tensile strength over 350 kg / cm2 and Product sizes range from 500 x 500 mm to 400 x 800 mm.


Source: Ceramic World Review N.106

CBC Spa specializes in the dry grinding of ceramic bodies (Grinding systems supplied by Manfredini & Schianchi Srl – NDR) , has developed two new mixtures which are attracting considerable interest in the reference sector:

  • Dough for the production of rapid double-firing with zero shrinkage. Thanks to the best refinement during dry milling and the use of new pressing technologies available on the market today, this mixture is suitable for producing even large formats with results that were unimaginable until yesterday.
  • Dry ground body for the production of porcelain stoneware, by press and die, also usable for the production of large formats, with exceptional mechanical and absorption characteristics.

Dry grinding, in general, allows, in addition to the use of raw materials that are most often incompatible with wet grinding, to significantly reduce energy costs (electricity and gas) with a notable improvement in total costs and reduction of environmental pollution.

These materials are produced in the factories owned by the CBC Group which represents one of the most interesting companies on the market, thanks to the high professionalism and synergies between the various companies capable of supplying selected products, finished or semi-finished, and guaranteeing a personalized service to the Italian and foreign customers.




SCG Group

SCG Group

SCG Group



Source: Ceramic World Review N.106

A production capacity of 2013 million m225 was achieved in 50 – XNUMX% more than the previous year! – the Thai giant Siam Cement Group confirms its desire to maintain a sustained growth rate, as well as its position as the world's largest tile producer in quantitative terms.

With 29 factories - 17 in Thailand, 4 in Indonesia (Kia & Kokoh and PT Surya Siam Keramiks), one in the Philippines (Mariwasa) and 7 in Vietnam (Prime Group) - and a total of approximately 14.000 employees, SCG's business in the tile sector it generated a turnover of around 650 million euros last year, representing a significant share of the SCG Cement-Building Materials division, also active in the production of sanitary ware and bathroom accessories, roofing materials and external coverings, concrete and cement.

One year after our last meeting, Anuvat Chalermchai, Brand Director of SCG Cement-Building Materials tells us the latest news and future projects of the Asian multinational.

CWR: How did 2013 end for the tiles and sanitary ware division?
Anuvat Chalermchai: 2013 was a great year. We have achieved the historic turnover record in the ceramic division, 650 million euros. We have become the world's largest tile manufacturer, bringing production capacity to 225 million m29 across XNUMX factories in four countries. And also in terms of marketing and branding activity, it was a great year especially for Cotto, our flagship brand. We received an excellent response from the fairs we attended, including Milan Design Week and Cersaie, where the launch of our new “COTTO Italia” collection took place.

CWR: What was the export performance?
A. Chalermchai: Last year our exports were lower than the levels recorded in 2012 due to the economic slowdown in many regions where we operate. Our largest markets are confirmed as those in the Asia-Pacific area, where our brands enjoy a very strong and deep-rooted presence and distribution network and where there are promising opportunities for further development. We also export to the United States, Oceania and the Scandinavian countries with continually growing results. To these, some new markets were added last year.

CWR: Have you increased market shares in new Asian countries?
A. Chalermchai: As far as our expansion is concerned, SCG remains focused on the ASEAN markets, in particular Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, which are experiencing a rather strong consumption growth rate. In addition to Thailand, we currently hold the largest market shares in Vietnam and the Philippines, and we are also starting to be an important player in Indonesia. The imminent launch of the AEC (Asean Economic Community) will then facilitate the expansion of activity into other potential markets in the area.

CWR: How is the construction industry evolving in Thailand?
A. Chalermchai: In the materials market, we expect price competition between local producers and importers to intensify. The development of the construction industry is instead penalized by the now chronic political instability, which determines the slowdown of public projects, as well as investments in the commercial construction and hospitality segments. Ultimately, in the short term we expect only a slight growth in national demand for tiles and sanitary ware.

CWR: In your internationalization journey, the latest investment was the acquisition of the Prime group in Vietnam. Are there any other acquisitions or foreign investments on the horizon?
A. Chalermchai: The acquisition of Prime in 2012 allowed us to raise our total production capacity to the current 225 million square meters and to contribute to raising the competitiveness of building materials produced in Vietnam. For SCG, acquisitions are the tool to expand the business or enter new markets, as demonstrated by the success of some of these operations. With the creation of the AEC, which will provide numerous new opportunities and support long-term demand growth in the ASEAN region, we will continue to focus our expansion on these markets to strengthen our competitiveness.

CWR: One of your objectives, however, is a greater presence also in non-ASEAN markets, primarily Europe and the USA. What initiatives are you carrying out in this regard?
A. Chalermchai: Our goal is to be among the top 2016 global groups in terms of turnover by 5 and to achieve this we are also effectively moving on a global scale. Support for our strategy comes from our presence at international exhibitions such as the Salone del Mobile and Cersaie in Italy and Coverings in the United States. But our presence in Europe also received a great boost from the collaboration between Cotto and the Florim group, which led, for example, to the selection of Cotto materials in the renovation of a toilet at Milan Malpensa airport, replicating the intervention we had conducted as a communication campaign inside Bangkok airport in 2013. The collaboration between Florim and Cotto is a collaboration that makes both proud, as well as very active in the development of new future projects.

CWR: Over the last 15 years, the growth of Siam Cement Group has been accompanied by constant attention to the latest production technologies. What were the most recent investments?
A. Chalermchai: Recently, we have invested in the production plant intended for the manufacture of the new range of "Marble Granite" materials, very innovative and produced with a cutting-edge patented process, which can be used not only for floor and wall applications, but also for kitchen worktops and tops. bathroom, thanks to the "extra-large" dimensions of the slab which allow for greater possibilities in interior design, while ensuring perfect functionality and excellent aesthetics.

CWR: Environmental sustainability has long been another of your strong points.
A. Chalermchai: SCG has imprinted the cornerstones of Sustainable Development in all aspects of the company's activity. We have constantly invested in technologies to reduce the consumption of natural resources and energy, since their cost is becoming the main problem for the tile industry. In 2012 we successfully started the dry grinding process.), achieving such significant energy savings that this technology has been extended to our other factories in Thailand (All supplied by Manfredini & Schianchi ed.) Heat recovery systems from ovens are active in almost all factories. In our research center we conduct constant R&D activity in relation to energy, aimed, for example, at improving the gasification system or developing high-efficiency burners.

CWR: What does “production efficiency” mean for SCG?
A. Chalermchai: The strong competition in our domestic market has led us to invest heavily in the level of automation of our factories to improve both production efficiency and product quality. Considerable benefits have been brought by the introduction of machines for tone control and defects, while digital printing machines have been adopted by all factories, favoring a qualitative leap in product design.

CWR: What are the next projects on the agenda?
A. Chalermchai: These have been successful years for Cotto and for the entire SCG group. There are certainly still many projects underway, including the launch of new products, new concepts for participation in trade fairs, and above all new collaborations that will undoubtedly make headlines in the market and industry. We will work hard to strengthen the collaboration between Cotto and Florim on all aspects, from production to marketing, with the aim of creating greater and stronger synergies.




Al Anwar Holdings was founded in 1994 by a group of influential Omani entrepreneurs with the aim of promoting the industrial development of the Sultanate of Oman.

In addition to operating in the financial, banking and insurance sectors, the group has invested in numerous manufacturing segments. Among these, the production of aluminium, glass, paints and varnishes, raw materials, transformers and reducers, stationery and, since 1998, the production of ceramic tiles manufactured by Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles Co. and marketed under the Al Shams brand, market leader on the domestic market.

The Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles Co. factory, currently the largest producer of ceramic floor and wall coverings in Oman, is located in Nizwa. It uses local raw materials and imports frits, glazes and pigments produced by the most famous Italian and Spanish paint factories. The company also has the largest plant in this geographical area for the production of third firing (decorations, strips, skirting boards, pencils, bullnoses and other special pieces). Since the start-up of its first line in 1999, the plant has been equipped with technologies supplied by the best Italian manufacturing companies.

Over the years, the Omani company has never interrupted its growth process, both quantitative and qualitative, and thanks to a highly capable management, it is rapidly establishing itself as one of the major players in terms of quality and competitiveness in this region. A first expansion of production capacity took place in 2004 with the installation of a second 3 million mXNUMX/year line designed by Sacmi, the technological partner who also signed all subsequent interventions.

On that occasion, to reduce energy costs and improve its competitiveness, the company opted, for the first time, to adopt a dry grinding system supplied by Manfredini & Schianchi. In 2010 and 2012, the third and fourth production lines were also launched, which brought the company's overall capacity to over 13,5 million m14.000/year. Now, less than two years after the last investment, the installation of a fifth line of 20 mXNUMX/day of double-fired floor and wall tiles was completed in April, to reach a production capacity close to XNUMX million mXNUMX/year.

For the grinding department, the dry preparation by Manfredini & Schianchi was once again chosen.

The MS-Drytech dry preparation plant In designing the fifth production line, Al Anwar once again chose the quality and reliability of the MS-Drytech dry preparation process of its partner Manfredini & Schianchi which, with this further intervention, consolidates its position as the world's leading supplier of technology for the dry preparation of ceramic raw materials. For Al Anwar it also represents the desire to fully embrace the "green" philosophy that has always characterized the MS-Drytech process, with the total elimination of water consumption and the strong reduction of energy consumption.

In the plant supplied by the Italian company, which will replace a wet preparation line, the primary grinding takes place with the PIGHD mill, while the subsequent refining phase uses the Molomax 6/500 mill. The latter is capable of producing over 30 tons/h with a separation cut of less than 63 microns, guaranteeing a final production with uniformly smooth surfaces, ideal for the application of super shiny glazes and digital decorations.

The powder agglomeration and humidification phase is entrusted to the Madirex granulator (covered by a world patent), currently considered the technological reference in granulation for dry ground powder.

The technical advantages deriving from the use of Madirex include:

  • Productivity up to 40 tons/h
  • Electricity consumption: < 0,3 kW/ton
  • Zero heat consumption
  • Maintenance costs practically non-existent
  • Reduced space required for installation and easy adaptability even to existing systems
  • Constant grain size curve with very high percentages of granulated material, ideal for forming large formats

Certified according to ISO 9001 standards since 2006, the Al Shams range produced with MS-Drytech dry mix includes wall tiles in the 25x33 and 25x40 cm formats, and flooring in the 33x33, 45x45 and 50x50 cm formats.

Al Anwar


Al Anwar

Al Anwar




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