The Epicenter K Group, the Ukrainian retail giant with over 25,000 employees and some sixty shopping malls across the country, has selected SACMI to set up a complete ceramic manufacturing plant. Once up and fully running, it will produce a range of wall and floor tiles in various sizes, totalling some 12 million m2/year.
The new factory has been built in Kalynivka, in the Kiev region, alongside the main Epicenter K logistic centre. This will let the firm self-manufacture ceramic items – already part of the product range in its retail outlets – using the very best Italian technology.
Two lines are currently undergoing final assembly: one will produce monoporosa wall tiles, the other large porcelain floor tiles. SACMI is supplying all the key parts of the lines, such as PH 6500 presses equipped with the new Powerlink automation feature. SACMI's latest-generation modular mills and spray dryers are also included in the order, as are two single-layer kilns – among the longest and most productive ever to be installed in Ukraine. Completing the plant is the SACMI H.E.R.E. Manufacturing Execution System, which ensures integrated, efficient control of the entire production process. Epicentr's global ceramic project, of which these two lines constitute just the first step, is an extremely ambitious one. The development plan will continue and be implemented very quickly.
In addition to the mega-plant being established at Kalynivka, Epicenter K has also selected SACMI to carry out a second plant modernisation and renewal project at the Kalush manufacturing facility. This will involve the installation of a new SACMI small-medium tile line configured for an output of 2.5 million m2/year.
In parallel with these key orders, SACMI has decided to open an After Sales service centre in the nation's capital, Kiev. This will act as a hub for the entire country, providing customers with the support of local technicians and a spare parts warehouse. With SACMI Kiev, then, the Group is steadily improving its capacity to serve what is a key market, where local players are growing fast in terms of both quantity and quality.