New components for the ceramic textiles system
To improve the performance of the system, new elements have been developed by the Technical Office: cheaper anchors, anti-fall guards pieces and reinforcing strips wind. Furthermore, new applications have been conceived, providing the use of other materials like wood, glass or steel.
Flexbrick presented to the public
Having finished the research and development of the system and approved all tests and evaluations required ceramic textiles start to be commercialized. The company is presented in Construmat exhibition and the system achieves the recognition of the Fair Awards.
Piera and Malpesa create Flexbrick
In December 2009 Flexbrick is created, in which Piera Ecocerámica and Cerámica Malpesa have a 50% stake. The investment earmarked for the research and development of the new system was 2.5 million Euros.
Development project for ceramic textiles
New funds from the Spanish government are obtained to study and develop new architectural applications for dry-assembly ceramic textiles.
Second stand for Hispalyt in Construmat Exhibition
In this occasion, Vicente Sarrablo and Jaume Colom use dry-assembly industrialized sheets. This is the first time ever ceramic textiles are used, which brings an endless range of possibilities for dry-assembly cladding systems in architecture: pavements, façades, ceilings, etc.
Casa Mingo construction
Designed by Vicente Sarrablo and Jaume Colom, this house takes advantage of the conclusions obtained from the first stand of Hispalyt. This is the first prototype of a house that uses different industrialized applications of ceramic textiles with a unique type of bricks: structured vaults, curved roof, drainable pavements, prefabricated panels in the fence and in the gabions.
First stand for Hispalyt (Spanish Association of Brick and Clay Tile Manufacturers) in Construmat Exhibition
Simultaneously to the execution of the three development projects, Sarrablo takes the opportunity to design for the first time a prototype stand based in reinforced ceramic sheets that shows the wide range of advantages of the industrialization system. Both specialized media and mass media spread broadly information about this innovative solution.
Patent, doctoral thesis and competitive research projects
From 1998 to 2002 Vicente Sarrablo develops his doctoral thesis on industrial systems to run reinforced ceramic vaults in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, rated Excellent Cum Laude. In 2003 it is requested the first patent of the system for reinforced ceramic vaults by industrialized sheets. Moreover, European and Spanish public funds are achieved to realise three competitive projects in order to develop the system.
Vicente Sarrablo meets the reputed engineer Eladio Dieste in Uruguay
During the conversations they had, Dieste shared with Sarrablo his ideas about reinforced ceramic sheets that he developed during 1950’s. After these meetings, Sarrablo conceived a new concept to industrialize this system.