Digitization of building materials in BIM – let’s talk about it on CIL

The topic is very hot and is widely discussed in the issue 186/21 of CIL – Costruire in Laterizio in the piece "The evolution of the digitization of building materials in BIM. Bricks as a case study", by B. Mazzanti (Centro Ceramico) and S. Sorbelli. It describes the implementation of [...]

Project MImeSIS – #5 questions to… Centro Ceramico

Giuliana Bonvicini explains what are, in the framework of the Project MImeSIS, the development lines of Phase 3, of which Centro Ceramico is responsible. They can basically be traced back to two main strands: the first concerns the formulation of new "green" geopolymer mortars that use recycled materials from different [...]

First Newsletter issue for the Project Life SUPERHERO

On July 5th, 2021, the technical meeting of the Project LIFE SUPERHERO, of which Centro Ceramico is the coordinator. The consortium met to take stock of the work carried out in the first year of the project and plan the next activities. The partners are ready to assemble the instrumentation [...]

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Architecture and ceramics have always been an excellent union. Starting from 2018,
Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has chosen to adopt the services of Centro Ceramico,
recognizing its expertise, reliability and international authority.


Experience and expertise on Enterprises’ service

Centro Ceramico is a research and experimentation centre for the ceramic industry, established in 1976 and managed by a University Consortium composed of:

It carries out its activity on two headquarters: Bologna and Sassuolo, the latter operating since 2000 in the heart of the Ceramic District.

The laboratories in Bologna are accredited by Accredia (no. 0058) in compliance with the Standard UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025.
Accreditation ensures that the test and inspection reports, as well as the certifications (system, product and personnel) bearing the Accredia logo, are issued in compliance with the most rigorous international requirements for conformity assessment and behind a constant and strict surveillance action on the behavior of the responsible operators (Laboratories and Bodies).

Centro Ceramico is also accredited as Industrial Research Laboratory of the Emilia Romagna High Technology Network: for Companies, this translates into knowledge, instruments and resources for product and process innovation.

About us

Research and Innovation

Today, research cannot ignore the essential concepts of sustainability and resilience or adaptability.
These are therefore the keywords that respond to the needs induced by the “New-Normal” of the post-COVID era and that guide all the topics of industrial interest in the lines of research of Centro Ceramico:
Ceramic Process“, “Ceramic Materials” and “Building: Digitization and Installation Systems“.
The researchers of Centro Ceramico are “adaptable”, flexible professionals, able to respond to multiple needs and requests, capable to work in synergy
to create ever new and innovative solutions in collaboration with their Customers.


The lines of research carried out by Centro Ceramico meet the requirements of the ONU 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, they fall into the following Goals:


The headquarters of Centro Ceramico cover, in total, an area of 8300 m2.
The laboratories are equipped with instruments and facilities for quality control and marking tests and for analyses and characterisation of both traditional and advanced ceramic materials.


Centro Ceramico, as an accredited laboratory, has as its main goal the quality of the services provided, whether they are tests on raw materials and finished products, or on order research,
always keeping in view Customer satisfaction.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science

(A. Einstein)

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