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Ballydehob, Co. Cork, Ireland, 2010/03/24 - Ceramicx Ireland, the international heating systems specialist and manufacturer is preparing to take its expertise in “heat work” to a number of destinations in the Far East throughout April including a visit to Chinaplas 2010.
International heating systems specialist and manufacturer Ceramicx is preparing to take its ‘heat work’ expertise to a number of Far Eastern destinations in April, culminating in a two day visit to this year’s Chinaplas, in Shanghai. April 19-22.
Founder and Managing Director Frank Wilson says that ‘the areas where East meets West are always interesting places – technically, socially, culturally. At Ceramicx we are looking forward to sharing our European-based infrared heating know-how in a number of manufacturing sectors – and particularly in plastics where our infrared systems for thermoformers have a guaranteed quality for both machine builders and plastics processors.’
Frank’s first April stop will be Korea. ‘Korean manufacturing is still very dynamic - driven on by the likes of Samsung, LG and others. As well as infrared, Ceramicx will be offering its process control know-how to these OEMs and their suppliers.’
Next stop for Ceramicx will be China: ‘The Far Eastern team at Enterprise Ireland have been invaluable in helping the Ceramicx preparation for the outward mission,’ says Wilson. ‘Alan Buckley, Cathy Houlihan and Xiaojing Yue at Enterprise Ireland have all helped us immensely in the desk research and contact work needed for this project. Markets as specific as resin curing, infrared oven drying, thermoforming and others really are of a different scale and structure in China and the Far East. We have spent a lot of careful time identifying our likely audience – and ways to reach them in China – and at Chinaplas this year.
Wilson is clear that a major part of the Ceramicx Far Eastern offering will be the product and component quality and traceability offered by Ceramicx. ‘An advanced process such as infrared heating requires a corresponding guarantee of product quality and assurance – something we believe will have a premium attraction in these markets. As European audiences may know already, we have been working with the University of Limerick on manufacturing systems that not only identify and quality assure infrared heating components – but also make the heating performance of every component supplied available to the customer – online and offline. Wherever they are in the world, all thermoforming machine builders and all our thermoforming processors need the security of this data and also full systems of product traceability.’
Frank Wilson will also use the opportunity of the Far Eastern trip to educate and inform about the potential for infrared heating technology generally. ‘Worldwide, the knowledge gap in industry about infrared and infrared heating is actually very wasteful,’ he says. ‘As far as we can tell – that knowledge gap includes the Far East. Most new projects for us usually begin with a search for a foothold on some IR expertise within the client company. Then we can create some common ground of understanding – and some solutions.’
After China and Chinaplas, Wilson returns to base via Antwerp where the SPE annual thermoforming conference takes place, from April 22-24.
Ceramicx (ceramicx.com) was set up in 1992 and in 1994 moved into its new premises in Ballydehob, Ireland on a site previously owned by Infrared Internationale. The factory output is 98% exported. The company’s planned developments and expansion will include higher value jobs supported by increased levels of automation and know-how at our factory works. Over the past five years Ceramicx has invested in a large machinery shop, with CNC milling machines and metal cutting, shaping and finishing machinery to ensure the continuing independent manufacturing success of the company – with no dependence on outsourcing and full control of the innovation and materials used.
Ceramicx products and systems are already extensively used in a wide range of industrial and consumer areas. Whether they know it or not, the worldwide plastics and packaging industries are all key users since much of their processing equipment already contains Ceramicx heating elements or Ceramicx heating design. Thermoformed plastic products surround us all in the day to day – from butter tubs to burger boxes and from fridge linings to car door linings – and Ceramicx has played its part in the heat forming technology.
All of these elements offer an immense range of heating types and heating performance: Ceramicx makes Ceramic and Quartz emitters which range in surface temperature from 150°C (302°F) to 730°C (1346°F) and the Ceramicx Tungsten bulbs are capable of reaching in excess of 2400°C (4352°F).
Part of the Ceramicx service been to mix and match these heating options in the best interests of the customer. Founder Frank Wilson says that ‘at Ceramicx you will find a company that is not satisfied with the established standards for the industry. We have developed many new products that better fit the needs of today's manufacturer who has no choice but to be reliant on process heating. Our niche is in giving this customer a much superior product at a competitive price. In addition, the energy content of every product is a very important cost and ecological issue.’
Ceramicx logistics and delivery systems are second to none: Each day the company ships its output across the globe. The goods range from the smallest carton of around 6kgs to full pallets and containers. The company ships by road, sea and air and the requirements vary greatly for different countries: Destinations outside the EU require import documentation such as movement certificates and export documents, Certificates of Origin, Invoices and other documents – all of which the company has expert systems for.
Ceramicx also pays great attention to the packaging and safety of its goods in transit and all goods are carefully wrapped and packaged. Ceramicx uses recycled packing for all of our shipments wherever possible.
As an industrial company, a user of energy - and a producer of energy products for a multitude of other industrial companies – Ceramicx is highly aware of the new energy agenda in the world and the need for ecological and low carbon footprint products and practices. Accordingly the company is planning the construction of its own wind turbine for all its future energy use.
Submitted by Granite Consulting (Granite.ie) on behalf of Ceramicx Ireland Ltd