Clay processing by deflocculation and wet grinding is a widely used procedure in the ceramic floor tile and wall tile industry.

Deflocculating additives reduce the viscosity of slips, making pumping easier and removing impurities, while also reducing the energy costs of drying processes.

IQE has supported this industry since the very start of industrial spraying processes. We produce and develop deflocculating additives for the ceramic industry based on their product line (alkaline silicates and metasilicates). At our R&D department, in close collaboration of our customers and after studying the raw material, water and ceramic paste in each case, we carry out an analysis of the deflocculation curves in order to optimise densities, amounts and type of deflocculant required and to advise on the best product for each application or develop a new specific product if necessary.

The different products that come under the DEFLOC® trade name are marketed in solid and liquid form and adapted to each type of application, bearing in mind different process variables (water, types of clay, etc.). With our DEFLOC® range we seek to work side by side with customers and offer industry-specific solutions: reduction of black heart or cuts in energy costs. The products in the IBERSIL® series are also used in the manufacture of frits and ceramic colours as anti-caking agents, grinding aids and fluxes.

In certain ceramic applications and/or formulations, small, precipitated silica may be included as an anti-caking agent, grinding aid or flux.

"Ceramics is the oldest and most universal form of art."

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