Brief description of the organisation:

APICER is the Portuguese Association for Ceramic Industry. Founded in 1996, has the mission to represent, protect and boost the Portuguese ceramic sector. Major activities of the association are: to protect and promote the interest of the ceramic sector in Portugal; to support activities and represent the interest and the image of its members; to develop support strategies through national and international co-operation networks and to act as an institutional partner with public administration and international organizations. The Association has 62 members, which represents 70% of the Portuguese ceramic industry. It has 7 collaborators to give support to the companies in several areas: management and accounting, taxes, internationalization, environment law, training, standardization and health and safety.

Brief description of tasks attributed:

The SMEs Association (SME AGs) of the clay brick/block industry sector are leading the project through their role in the Exploitation Committee and the Management Board. Specifically, APICER will mainly contribute to WPs 2 and 3, in terms of development of products and construction technologies; knowledge transfer to SMEs; dissemination and exploitation of project results.

Key staff involved in the project:

Eng. Silvia Machado: Partner Coordinator

Mrs Ana Maria Coelho: Administrative support