The Ceramic Centre (CC) is a Research and Experimentation Centre for the Ceramic Industry, established in 1976, managed by an University Consortium composed of:
- Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
- Confindustria Ceramica
- ANCPL Emilia Romagna
CC main headquarter is located in Bologna, while the branch unit is in Sassuolo, in the heart of the Ceramic District. The laboratories and offices cover, in total, an area of 8300 m2.
The staff is composed of 29 units, consisting of researchers, technicians and clerks. The current Director is Professor Maria Chiara Bignozzi of the University of Bologna (Dept. Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering – DICAM), while the previous Directors were Professor Giorgio Timellini (2006-2014) and Professor Carlo Palmonari (1976-2006).
For 40 years the Ceramic Centre (CC) has been working to enhance the cooperation among Enterprises, Territory and University. The multiplicity of technical-scientific skills and of laboratory instruments allows to solve technical and technological problems at small, medium and large scale and, at the same time, to carry out research activities in different fields, even if the ceramic sector remains the core business.
CC main activities are:
- research and technology transfer
- services and technical assistance for enterprises
- analyses and tests on raw materials, semifinished and finished products
- national and international standards development support
- technical-scientific assistance and research projects for participation in European/National/Regional Calls
CC is accredited according to EN ISO 17025 – accreditation internationally recognised for the Agreement IA (International Accreditation); moreover it is part of the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network and belongs to the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP).
Sitio web: www.centroceramico.it