Technology and ecology: Porcelaingres floor and wall coverings
How are the best porcelain tiles made? What are the strong points and the mission of the leading manufacturers?
To make the best porcelain tiles, prominent manufacturers of floor and wall coverings focus on constant monitoring, improvement of technical know-how, careful selection of raw materials and the know-how of a major group. Floor and wall coverings for indoor and outdoor use, ventilated façades, raised floors and decorating accessories increasingly interact with the world of architecture and interior design. The requests, demands and sources of inspiration of contemporary architecture have made porcelain surfaces the key to residential, public, commercial, contract and retail projects.
All these design elements and a marked sensibility for "everything to do with the environment" are the strong points of Porcelaingres’s porcelain tile production.
A young, dynamic company established in 2003, Porcelaingres is affiliated with GranitiFiandre SpA, the Italian world leader in development of porcelain maxi-tiles.
Here, the vision of a final product oriented toward the principles of sustainability takes form in the Porcelaingres plant in Vetschau, Germany, which has one of Brandenburg’s biggest photovoltaic installations: an advanced production complex where crushed parts and scrap are re-used, the water used in processes is purified and re-used, and enough energy is produced to supply the production cycle. The best porcelain tiles are made using only natural materials such as clay, quartz and feldspar, contributing resistance, impermeability and the fascinating appearance typically associated with porcelain. Surfaces recreate all the effects in vogue among architects, such as wood, metal, stone and cement looks.
The many Porcelaingres projects include a number of exotic recent floor and wall covering projects: Kuramathi Island Resort and Kandolhu Resort (Maldives); and Punta Cana International Airport (Dominican Republic).
In these fairy-tale holiday destinations, the surfaces of the buildings suit architectural models that reflect local traditions in uncontaminated natural landscapes of rare beauty.
Thus materials become an added value capable of giving the local architecture great evocative and expressive power with their skilful mix of colours, sizes and structures.