Creating tiles is an exercise in constant innovation, and with Ceramic Industries, one of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest tile manufacturers, style and technology work hand in hand. Their newly developed ink and glaze special effects make use of novel technology to create eye-catching finishes that put their tiles at the forefront of fashion.
Latest product developments
Some of these new applications have been developed in collaboration with international partners and use technology that’s unique to South Africa. Spain’s Ceramitec worked with Ceramic Industries to develop the Stardust effect. The partners formulated an innovative glue, which is applied with coloured granules that melt to form an attractive, fine crystalline finish.
Ceramic Industries’ SAMCA Wall factory is applying Stardust to various tiles in its range and is using it in combination with matt and satin finishes.
Customers are sure to be drawn to the Lumina effect too, which features some new ranges from both the SAMCA Wall and Floor factories. It’s achieved by applying a lustrous, pearly type of ink to the ceramic to highlight or embellish selected details. It’s also ideal for imitating the worn effect of aged cement and terracotta tiles.
Creating unique effects
Some Ceramic Industries factories are now able to apply an affondante effect (Italian for “sinking”), using a special ink that creates precise indentations where applied. Several tiles use the chisel and deep etch effects to create texture, or to outline a design pattern for greater emphasis.
Among the new effects the Gryphon factory has developed is Nebula, which was designed to create glossy areas on selected regions of the surface. The manufacturer has used it to phenomenal effect in their hardwood recreations, where it brings woodgrain to life.
To stay at the cutting edge of fashion, ceramic tile manufacturers must make sure they’re at the cutting edge of technical innovation too. With these original, striking effects, Ceramic Industries has proven commitment.