Brief description of the organisation:

CTCV is a private, non-profit organisation, founded in 1987 by a common agreement between Industrial Federations and Governmental Agencies of the Ministry of Economy of Portugal. Its main goals may be summarised as: to provide technical and technological support to the ceramics, cement and glass industries on a nationwide basis; to promote the development and quality of industrial products and processes; to promote highly specialised training to industry personnel; to divulge scientific, technical and technological information; to carry through and promote research, development and demonstration work, considering the scientific and technological progress of the ceramic, cement and glass materials processes and products. CTCV has close links with several Universities and Research Centres, both in Portugal and abroad. CTCV laboratories are accredited by Portuguese System for Quality,according to EN ISO/ IEC 17025, by AAMVA-American AMECA ance Agency, Inc. (for the safety glass) and by European institutions within the framework of CerLabs-European Network of National Ceramic laboratories. CTCV has extensive experience in New Products Design and Engineering, Technological and Laboratory Analysis, Implementation of Technological Innovation. CTCV has a wide range of services including: Total Quality Systems implementation, Analysis and Testing of materials and materials characterisation, Systems & Industrial Operations (direct industrial assistance, raw materials management, functional design, industrial project and engineering, energy and environment management), Specialized Training, Research and Development, New products Design and Engineering, Technological Innovation and Organizational Processes Implementation, Information technologies applied to management and applied R&D projects development.

Brief description of tasks attributed:

As leader of WP3, CTCV will be responsible for the technological development of ceramic materials and related construction technologies; ensuring that problems such as thermal and acoustic insulation, energy saving and recycling, life-cycle assessment, plant and installations integration, technological feasibility and compatibility are taken into account. CTCV will also be strongly involved in WP2, due to its experience in specialised training, dissemination and promotion.

Key staff involved in the project:

Eng. António Baio Dias: Partner Coordinator

Eng. Victor Francisco: Technical staff