In 2000 the owner of CELO-BLOCK brick in San Salvador (El Salvador) agreed the construction of a new automated production line with Beralmar, which would substitute production with the Hoffmann kiln.
The project in question comprised a semi-continuous dryer and a tunnel kiln, with a maximum daily production of 150 t/day including all types of ceramic products: blocks, roof tiles, paving stones, special pieces etc.
In summary, an attractive project for the country’s main manufacturer, with one special requirement: the civil engineering works had to be designed to be earthquake proof.
Execution of the project
The project was implemented without any problems and the factory has been functioning since it started operating in 2001 right up to today.
A couple of years after the factory started operating an event took place that put to the test this special requirement: a 6.3 Richter scale magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre not far from San Salvador, found Mr. Ramón Vidri, owner of the ceramics factory, right on top of the tunnel kiln at the time. In his own words: “the kiln roof transformed into a wave that was advancing towards me”. Once the wave had passed and the kiln had recovered its original position (and shape!), and once the shock was over, a damage evaluation was performed: the foundations defined by the head of the BERALMAR Technical Office, Artur Massaguer, had served their purpose during the earthquake and the kiln was intact.