International leaders of the ceramic tile manufacturing industry will be debating business strategy in the ceramic sector, the situation of competitiveness in their different production zones, and the need for industrial policies that make industrial investment, employment, and economic growth feasible. The panel will also analyse the prospects for ceramic tiles with relation to alternative products and the areas in which greater innovation or radical changes are expected, in addition to comparing the current situation with the forecasts made at Qualicer 2014. As quality may be understood generally as the level at which customer demands are being satisfied, this session will also seek to identify new demands, resulting from globalisation, by tile manufacturers upon the other subsectors of the ceramic industry.
Zeynep Bodur Okyay.
Kale Group President and CEO
John Turner Jr.
Fincibec CEO and Chairman of Cofindustria Ceramica
Chairman of the Pamesa Group
José Monzonís Salvia.
Chairman at FICE (Spanish Federation of the Footwear Industry)
Ex-secretary of Industry and Energy of Valencia Region.
STANDARDS DRAFTING AND THE USE OF CERAMIC TILES IN CONSTRUCTION
The session will deal with the standards drafting process on an international level, the problems involved in getting the standards to reach the project and design specifications properly, and in getting them finally implemented in the building work, meeting the specifications and the client’s demands.
Chairman of ISO Technical Committee ISO TC 189 and Chairman Emeritus at Crossville
US National Tile Contractors Association President
Head of the Technical Department, Schlüter Systems
Head of the Spanish delegation at TC 189
Gonzalo Silva Moreno.
Secretary of ITC-AICE
US National Tile Contractors Association Manager
THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE
Leaders in technology innovation will be putting forward their vision of what the digital factory of the future, the smart factory, must look like. The session will also deal with the requirements identified in the panel debate on the globalisation of ceramic quality and the ceramic industry’s potential to meet these requirements.
General Manager. Sacmi Group
President. System Group
José Vicente Tomás
Director of AICE (Ceramic Industry Research Association)
CERAMIC COMPANY MANAGERS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SCENARIO
The session seeks to identify managers’ key features, needs, and necessary experience. In addition, the actions that need to be taken in the education system and in companies to train managers and the infrastructures needed for international trade, the basis of their careers. The session’s point of reference will be the Castellon industrial cluster.
Product Development Manager,
Dal-Tile Corporation – Mohawk Industries
Full Professor of Chemical Engineering (UJI)
Head of the Area for Sustainability (ITC)
Director WW, Sales. , EFI Cretaprint
Juan Carlos Marín Gonell , FAS-Technical Manager for Ferro Application System.