A 28,000-square-metre-a-day plant specifically designed to produce large-size tiles, 330x330 and 600x600 cm and Sacmi-designed cutting-edge technology that includes, among many other things, installation of the longest kilns in the world: these then, are the key characteristics of the new Interceramic production plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The official opening of the new plant – which will employ about 100 people – took place on 11th February and was attended by local authorities, from the mayor of Chihuahua to the Councillor for the Economy of the same-named Mexican state, there to represent the Governor. Customers, distributors and suppliers of Interceramic numbered over one hundred and fifty and the event was also attended by top management in the persons of the President, Oscar Almeida, the Vice President Alfredo Harp and the General Manager, Victor Almeida.
The machines provided by Sacmi include a continuous MTC 108 mill and an ATM 180 spray drier; the latter is a latest-generation model with an installed power of 446 kW and an evaporating power of 18,000 litres per hour. On the pressing side, Interceramic will be able to count on four PH 3800 presses, while efficient drying is provided by two 19.7-metre long ECP 285 machines. To complete the order there are also two glazing lines.
The jewel in the crown of the new Interceramic plant, is, of course, the firing department, consisting of two JMP 295/18.9 and two FMP 295/201.6 kilns. These are, today, the longest kilns in the world to have come off the Sacmi Forni production line. Together, they form a system that is a staggering 220.5 metres long. Featuring SPR heat recovery system, the kilns are fed directly by the line, thus reducing storage requirements. Already up and running at the time of the inauguration ceremony, the entire plant offers outstanding technology and design plus, of course, excellent low-noise performance throughout the production process, especially on the presses.
Founded in 1979 and the first Mexican company to introduce single-fire systems, Interceramic grew rapidly by offering customers high quality products at competitive prices. The firm currently has an installed output capacity of 40.8 million square metres a year, spread over four production plants: three in the city of Chihuahua and a fourth in Garland, Texas.