Materials and products

Materials and Products

ITC's extensive track record in the field of traditional ceramic materials over several decades has positioned ITC at the forefront worldwide in this type of materials. ITC can thus help you achieve ongoing improvement in your products, whether technically or aesthetically, incorporating new inkjet developments in decoration. In addition, with a view to contributing to diversification of the ceramic sector, ITC ceaselessly pursues research into products with greater added value.

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CERAMIC MATERIALS AND ADDITIVES

Characterisation of raw materials (clays, kaolins, feldspars, quartzes, etc.) and formulation of optimised compositions for ceramic processes and products (building products, porcelain, etc.) and selection of additives (binders, deflocculants, barium carbonate, etc.).

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SIMULATION APPLIED TO DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS

Prediction of new materials and product performance before the development stage, applicable to heat and mass transfer (drying, firing), to granular media, to mechanical performance in new applications, to design of complex geometries, etc.

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INKJET PRINTING INKS

Research and development of inkjet inks adapted to digital processes for multifunctional applications and multisubstrates. Determination of the properties required for appropriate printability, quality control, and development of optimum workflow. Synthesis of new materials that provide new properties. Development and management of colour and the colour gamut in digital processes.

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PHOTOCATALYTIC MATERIALS

Application and characterisation (Standards UNE-ISO 22197-1 and UNE 127197-1) of oxidising surfaces on different types of substrates.

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SURFACE FUNCTIONALISATION

Development of coatings with optimised performance features and specific characteristics (anti-slip surfaces, biocide materials, thermal barriers, biocompatible surfaces, wear and stain resistant surfaces, etc.), adapted to all types of materials and surfaces.

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ASSISTANCE WITH CLAIMS

Study of problems appearing in ceramic products during installation, (visits for on-site checks, tests for determining causes, proposals for avoiding repetition of the problem, and issue of expert reports).

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GEOPOLYMERS

Development of new building materials obtained from raw materials and aluminosilicate waste. They are obtained by alkaline activation at room temperature, minimising process energy costs.

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NEW CERAMIC PRODUCTS

Development of new ceramic products with special properties such as high, controlled porosity (membranes); lightweight products (ceramic foams), and thermo-insulating products.