TecnAwards 2022

The awards held during Tecna in Rimini honoured outstanding technology investments made by more than 30 leading players in the global ceramic industry.

One of the best attended events at Tecna 2022 was the TecnAwards ceremony, which was held on 27 September at the end of the exhibition’s inaugural conference. Launched for the first time this year by Acimac and IEG in collaboration with the magazine Ceramic World Review, the TecnAwards recognised outstanding technological investments made by ceramic tile, sanitaryware and brick manufacturers during the three-year period 2020-2022, underscoring the role of the Rimini show as an event connecting suppliers and ceramic manufacturers.

In this first edition of the competition, awards were presented to more than 30 ceramic companies operating across a range of sectors and geographical areas (Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America). The top managers of the winning companies were present in Rimini to collect their awards.

The following is the Winners List, chosen by the jury on the basis of nominations made by Tecna 2022 exhibitors.

There were four competition categories in the ceramic tile sector.

Four Special Jury Awards were also presented to:

“Best Sanitaryware Manufacturer”

Ceramica Catalano (Europe)
Duravit (Asia)
Betta Sanitaryware - Ceramic Industries Group (Africa)
Deca - Dexco Group (South America)
American Standard - Lixil Group (North America)

From left to right: Raffaele Ceccarelli (Ceramica Catalano), Thomas Stammel (Duravit), Lance Foxcroft (Betta), Antonio Sergio Nunes (Dexco Group)

“Best Brick&Tile Manufacturer”

Brickworks Norh America (North America)
Wienerberger Group (Europe)
Later Cer - Grupo Unicer (South America)
Goodyear (Asia)
El Maimani (Middle East)
Carthago Ceramic (Africa)

From left to right: Mike Newitt (Brickworks), Edoardo Ferraresi (Wienerberger)

“Best New Player”

an award for new industrial companies in the sector, awarded:

Iberica Tiles (North America)
Prime Ceramics Nepal (Asia),
IZIDA 1894 (Europe)
Tiziri (Africa)

From left to right: Jose Manuel Escolano (Iberica Tiles), Suresh Deshmuck (Prime Ceramics Nepal), Spas Shopov (Izida 1894) with Paolo Lamberti (Acimac Chairman)


an award for outstanding investments in production process sustainability, awarded to:

Nam Dinh Granite Tile (Asia)
Al Anwar Ceramic Tile (Middle East)
Cesantoni (North America)
Portobello (South America)
Iris Ceramica Group (Europe), which won the special “Innovation & Sustainability” award.

From left to right: Tung Nguyen (Nam Dinh Granite Tile), Pradip Kumar Patra (Al Anwar Ceramic Tile), Hermann Reimers (Cesantoni), Jose Vanderlei Tomazi (Portobello), Francesca Cuoghi (Iris Ceramica Group), Alessandra Astolfi (IEG)

“Smart Factory”

the award for the best investments in process digitalisation, which went to:

Del Conca USA (North America)
Ceramiche Mariner (Europe)
Tecnogres Fragnani Group (South America)
New Pearl Ceramic Group (Asia)

Form left to right: Luca Costi (Del Conca Group), Giulia Catti (Mariner), Li Zhiwen (for New Pearl Ceramics), Michelle Cristina Guiaro Picelli (Tecnogres) with Bruno Bettelli (Acimac Vice Chairman)

“Best New Tile Plant”

the award for the best new production facilities, presented to:

Comet Granito (Asia)
Arabian Ceramics (Middle East)
Lamosa Group (North America)
Samca- Ceramic Industries Group (Africa)
Porcelanosa (Europe)
Delta Ceramica (South America)

From left to right: Ronen Mozes (Comet Granito), Andreia Andrade (Arabian Ceramics), Mauricio Mendez and Rolando Lozano (Lamosa Group), Lance Foxcroft (Samca), Silvestre Segarra (Porcelanosa) with Luca Bazzani (Acimac Vice Chairman)

“Biggest investments”

Awarded to Pamesa Group

Juan Luiz Lopez (Pamesa technical director) and Acimac Chairman Paolo Lamberti

“Best Marketing & Brand Awareness strategy”

Awarded to Rak Ceramics

Abdallah Massaad (CEO of Rak Ceramics) and Acimac Chairman Paolo Lamberti

“Best product of the year”

Ceramica Coem
which won the award for the Riggiole collection presented at Cersaie 2022

Coem R&D team with Acimac Chairman Paolo Lamberti

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