The CRIBC (Centre de Recherches de l’Industrie Belge de la Céramique) is a collective research organization which was created by Decree Law in 1948, upon request of the Belgian ceramic producers.
CRIBC has developed an extended synergy with the sister institution, INISMa, a non-profit organisation funded in 1973 at the initiative among others of a group of ceramic manufacturers (INS).
Both institutes share the objective of being a centre of expertise in the field of synthesis, processing and characterization of non-metallic inorganic materials (refractories, ceramics, glasses ...).
Specifically, CRIBC supports the ceramic and refractory industries by carrying out applied research, providing technological guidance and monitoring, and by organizing scientific and technical information fro the benefit of its members. To fulfil its mission, the institute carries out collective pre-competitive research projects in close collaboration with the local ceramic and refractory industries, mainly composed of SMEs. CRIBC also provides technical assistance as well as consultancy and information packages through short terms bilateral projects.
Over the last 20 years, CRIBC has also gained a well-established European reputation through its participation in various collaborative research projects within the EU framework programmes and through its active contribution in CEN and ISO standardization committees for advanced ceramics and refractories..CRIBC is entrusted by the Belgian standardization body (NBN) and the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs to increase the awareness of the SMEs to the existence of standards and promote the use thereof.