Ceramic is one of the oldest man-made materials around consisting entirely of naturally occurring raw materials. Ceramic is 100% recyclable and can be added as ground material duringthe production process, or used in other industries as a valuable raw material. The longevity and recyclability of this material is of critical importance for our environment.
The ceramic base compound has always been made from naturally-occurring raw materials know as kaolin, clay, feldspar and quartz sand which together form the basis for ceramic’s extreme toughness and durability. Extreme temperatures during the firing process ensure that LAUFEN’s high-quality products are both extremely hard and highly wear-resistant. The smooth, easy to clean surface provided by the glaze proves that ceramic meets quality hygiene standards. Due to ceramic’s quality, chemical acids and abrasive cleaners are unable to harm its durable surface. Light fastness, sustainability and a pleasant feel make ceramic the most popular choice for high-quality sanitary items.
Fired, unglazed shards of vitreous china remain the leader in creating highly waterproof surfaces (water absorption is virtually zero). Vitreous china meets the highest hygienic requirements and is the only approved material for WC and urinal production.
With arbitrary, non-linear shrinkage of around ten percent in the drying and firing process, vitreous china is the oldest and also the most difficult to control material of its kind.
The material’s design language combined with its soft, round, flowing shapes are best realized using vitreous china. Large level surfaces and precise edges can be realized when using this material due to its excellent engineering and cross-generational experience. Washbasins up to one meter in length can be made of vitreous china. The material is primarily used, however, for the production of WCs, urinals, bidets, etc. Exemplary LAUFEN products include the combination WCs ILBAGNOALESS One and dOt.
Following the development of fine fireclay in the 80s, washbasin applications with a height greater than one meter can now be produced more easily. LAUFEN is gaining a reputation as a specialist for flawless, large ceramic items that exceed 180 cm in length and 70 kg in weight.
The addition of chamottes (fired clay) enables non-linear shrinkage in the drying and firing process to be reduced to less than ten percent. This makes it easier to control the behavior of the ceramic and also facilitates the production of such sizes.
Fine fireclay is mainly used for the production of washbasins. The best examples are the 160 cm 01 washbasin from the Palomba Collection with its soft organic curves, smooth flat surfaces and precise edges, and the 180 cm double washbasin living square with its architectural lines.
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