Vitrex’s white enamel steel writing boards were recently specified for the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Arcadia Campus.


Vitrex white enamel steel writing boards were recently specified for the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Arcadia Campus. One of the decisive factors in the company being chosen as the preferred supplier was due to the absence of “ghosting” on Vitrex white enamel steel writing boards.

“Ghosting occurs on white boards when the pen marks cannot be completely removed because the ink is partially absorbed into the surface itself due to the porous nature of the surface. The absence of ghosting – as offered by Vitrex white enamel steel writing boards – extends the life of the boards considerably,” explains Cristian Cottino, sales and marketing director of Boksburg-based Vitrex.

“TUT was experiencing increasingly pronounced ghosting problems on its white writing boards. They then decided to do a thorough assessment of the Vitrex alternative and its non-ghosting qualities. The university consequently decided to replace its writing boards with Vitrex white enamel steel boards,” continued Cottino.

Singapore White was generally selected because of the colour’s dual purpose: The degree of whiteness offered by this colour means that the boards can easily be used as projection surfaces for interactive equipment.

Vitrex is an industry leader in enamel steel writing boards and it has been supplying corporate training institutions as well as educational institutions with writing boards for a number of years. The enamel steel surface is created when an application of an inorganic coating consisting of glass, oxides and various minerals is fused to an enamelling quality steel base at temperatures of around 820 degrees Celsius.

“White board surfaces are semi-gloss and therefore suitable for use with dry-wipe marker pens and are dust-free. This is important in environments such as laboratories, hospitals, computer rooms and food-processing areas, where dust may pose a health hazard or cause technical problems with sensitive equipment,” says Cottino.

“Due to the absence of pores, the smooth, enamel steel surfaces cannot absorb dirt and grease. The presence and growth of bacteria and mould are therefore reduced to create a more hygienic and healthy environment. Enamel steel’s surface hardness is very similar to that of glass. On the measure of hardness (MOH) scale, enamel steel has a rating of approximately 6,9, compared with marble, which has a rating of 3, quartz of 8 and diamonds of 10. Enamel steel’s hardness allows the surface to resist mechanical abrasion and prevent scratching, either accidental or intentional,” said Cottino.

These boards are ideal writing surfaces, particularly in high-use applications, for a number of reasons, including their ease of cleaning, resistance to chemicals and colour fastness.

Cottino explains that alternative painted steel and high-pressure density laminated surfaces aren’t the same as enamel steel surfaces in terms of performance or material construction. While painted and laminated surface boards may offer short-term financial benefits, their surfaces are susceptible to both loss of texture and ghosting, which means that the boards have to be replaced in a relatively short period of time.

“Vitrex has been manufacturing writing surfaces for over 50 years, and we guarantee our board surfaces and workmanship for a period of  20 years in respect of normal usage, fading of colour, and deterioration or failure of component vitreous enamelled parts,” concludes Cottino.

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