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To p C e r Founded in 1991, Topcer is already a worldwide brand well known by the quality of their unique and innovative products. Topcer is specialised in the manufacturing of unglazed porcelain tiles in small modular sizes (10x10, 7.5x15, 15x15, 10x30 and 30x30) in various textures and shapes, complemented by a considerable line of matching trim pieces (49), all available in 30 colours. The continuous research of traditional sizes, components and patterns used in the last two centuries, led Topcer to develop the collections “Victorian Designs and Borders” and “Contemporaneo Series”, which offer traditional and modern innovative designs, back mesh mounted in modular sheets. These made possible in some markets to develop specific niches for their use in Palaces, Museums, Hotels, Restaurants and Pubs, Cruise Ships, private homes, restoration of old floors, etc. Topcer tiles, due to their high breaking strength, resistance to wear and frost and non-slipping properties, are mostly used in all types of highly demanding areas.

Carlos R. Miguel Managing Director, TopCer

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I chose To p C e r t i l e s The station in Woerden, which dates from 1911, deserves its status as a listed building on account of its distinctive architectural qualities. However it was too small to cope with increasing passenger flows. This necessitated a number of functional adjustments which were implemented in the form of an extensive programme of renovation and a partial extention. Apart from the functional aspect, our design drawn up in close consul­ tation with the Building Inspectorate and Commission for Listed Buildings - aimed particularly to show the building’s architectural value to the best possible advantage. The Choice of colour for the main building - both the interior and exterior - is influenced by the original colour scheme of 1911. This was one of the determining factors in the choice of finishing materials, such as floor tiles. Not only that, but the tiles also fitted in with the new colour scheme adopted by the Netherlands Railways. But our choice was also influenced by functional considerations: we liked the durability and easy maintenance offered by TopCer tiles. These are very important considerations in intensively utilised public spaces, here hundreds and thousands of passengers should not be able to make their mark… W.Rijnders BV Articon, Amersfoort

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I chose To p C e r t i l e s Groningen’s Multifunctional Centre is an annexe of the Dennenoord psychiatric hospital, which has been offering a full range of mental health care service here since 1995, in cooperation with commu­nity health care association Riagg. Because the building is located in the city centre, I have attemped to minimise the boundaries between inner and outer. In other words, its design is not reminiscent of a prison, but its function is not concealed: it is softened rather than denied. I chose a tiled floor because it allows for the creation of a different atmosphere in the various spaces without additional costs. The Colour schemes actually constitute an important element within the therapeutic environment. For this reason they were chosen in close consultation with psychiatrists. It is important to offer a point of rest to people who are, to whatever extent, confused. Moreover, by creating different types of atmosphere in different areas of the building you can evoke different responses. TopCer offered me a programme with a range of tones which answered the different therapeutic demands for a broad colour scale. My choice was also influenced by technical aspects such as the tiles’ durable nature, the fact they would be hygienic, the range of available sizes and so on. Klaas Paul de Boer Team 4 Architects, Groningen

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I chose To p C e r t i l e s VSB bank has experienced explosive growth in recent years. The company wanted today’s strong position to be reflected in the character of its new office complex. Increasing efficiency was also a key objective. For these reasons, the new head office in Utrecht, completed in 1995, fulfils a range of different functions. Alongside office space it contains a conference centre, a restaurant, a branch of the bank and an auditorium which may also be hired by third parties. We chose TopCer tiles both for aesthetic and functional reasons. On one hand, we opted for TopCer tiles because they suited the building’s representative function, and on the other hand because we like to work with the 96x96 and 146x146 mm formats. The opportunities for combining the tiles with other materials used in the interior, such as undressed stone, carpet, parquet and marble was also appealing. Furthermore we find TopCer tiles have a good finish which is certainly not uneven or rough. Last but not least the price is also very attractive. Consequently we are very happy to lend our support to TopCer tiles! A. Dreissen, Van Mourik Architectenbureau Vermeulen

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Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA - USA

Headquarters “Gasunie�, Groningen, the Netherlands 09: Granite Grey

Comprehensive school, Utrecht, the Netherlands 11: Blue

Fire-brigade premises Lisse, the Netherlands 11: Blue

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Gelredome Stadion, Arnhem, the Netherlands 16: White

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Swimming Pool Nordhausen - Germany

Swimming Pool Nordhausen - Germany 13: Turquoise

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Mariebad Baths, Maarianhamina, Aland - Finland

Hotel Aulanko - Finland 13: Turquoise

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Kinsmead Pool - UK

Municipal Swimming Pool Tammisaari - Finland 01: Beige

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TopCer: your ideas are our inspiration

TopCer stands for a high-quality range of floor tiles, routinely supplied in the customary standard formats of 96x96, 71x146, 146x146, 96x296 and 296x296 mm. The dry-pressed tiles are unglazed, with the colour permeated through the entire tile. Consequently TopCer can guarantee a durable and colourfast tile.

Thanks in part to this extended range of aesthetic possibilities, more and more architects and designers are opting for TopCer tiles for projects of various kinds and sizes: whether in the private sector, non-residential building or in industry. The top-quality functional characteristics are also a key factor behind the growing demand for TopCer tiles, that more than meet ISO 13006 and EN 14411 annex G Group BIa norms, amongst others.

The TopCer range comprises three attractive lines: Graniti programme, noted for its cool, businesslike character; Earth colours programme, soft, friendly, pastel tones, and Accent programme, uni, clear, modern colours.

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UNGLAZED PORCELAIN TILES - ISO 13006 and EN 14411 - Annex G - GROUP BIa PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

TEST STANDARD

DIMENSION AND SURFACE QUALITY: Length and width Thickness Straightness of sides Rectangularity Surface flatness, (curvature and warpage) Surface quality

ISO 10545-2 ISO 10545-2 ISO 10545-2 ISO 10545-2 ISO 10545-2 ISO 10545-2

PRODUCT QUALITY AND DURABILITY: Water absorption Breaking strenght Modulus of rupture Impact resistance Resistance to deep abrasion (unglazed tiles) Coefficient of linear thermal expansion Thermal shock resistance Moisture expansion Frost resistance Resistance to chemicals Resistance to staining

ISO 10545-3 ISO 10545-4 ISO 10545-4 ISO 10545-5 ISO 10545-6 ISO 10545-8 ISO 10545-9 ISO 10545-10 ISO 10545-12 ISO 10545-13 ISO 10545-14

SLIP RESISTANCE: Areas with footwear

BS-7976-2 PENDULUM (CERAM - UK)

UNE-ENV 12633 (ITC - SPAIN)

DIN 51130 (FACHHOCHSCHULE KOBLENZ - DE)

Displacement volume Areas with bare-footed

DIN 51130 / BGR 181 (FACHHOCHSCHULE KOBLENZ - DE) DIN 51097(F. KOBLENZ - DE) (F. KOBLENZ - DE) (CERAM - UK) (CERAM - UK)

TOPCER VALUE

REQUIREMENTS Size 96x96

Size 71x146

Size 146x146

Size 246x 246

Size 96x296

Size 296x 296

±1% ± 10 %

±1% ± 10 %

± 0,75 % ±5%

± 0,6 % ±5%

± 0,75 % ±5%

± 0,6 % ±5%

Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms

±0,5% ±0,6% ±0,5% ≥95%

≤ 0,5% ≥ 1300 N ≥ 35 N/mm2 Declared Value ≤ 175 mm3 Declared Value No visible defects Declared Value No visible defects No visible defects No permanent staining DRY 60 61 67 81 87 USRV 25 48 43 46 55 45 52 49

WET 37 53 54 70 72 Class 1 3 2 3 3 2 3 3

R9 - from 6º to 10º R10 - over 10º to 19º R11 - over 19º to 27º R12 - over 27º to 35º V5 V6 V7 A - from 12º to 18º B - over 18º to 24º B - over 18º to 24º C - over 24º

≤ 0,1% ≥ 1800 N ≥ 50 N/mm2 No visible defects 123 mm3 5,6 x 10-6 ºC-1 Conforms < 0,1 mm/m Conforms Conforms Conforms

Size 10x10/15x15 Plain finish (Smooth) Riven (RT) finish Square Studs (SS) finish Round Studs (RC) finish Diamond Studs (DD) finish Size 10x10/30x30 Plain Finish (Smooth) 30x30 Dies Lined with spec. Rubber (R) Plain Finish 10x10, 15x15 Dies Lined with Rubber (R) Plain Finish Riven (RT) Finish Square Studs (SS) Finish – spec. 1mm Square Studs (SS) Finish Round Studs (RC) Finish Diamonds Studs (DD) Finish Size 30x30 Plain Finish (Smooth) Size 10x10, 15x15 Plain Finish (Smooth) Square Studs (SS), Round Studs (RC) Finish, 30x30 Rubber(R) Riven (RT), Diamond studs (DD) Finish 4,67 cm³/dm² Square Studs (SS), 5,08 cm³/dm² Riven (RT) 6,27 cm³/dm² Round Studs (RC) 7,09 cm³/dm² Diamond Stud (DD) 15x15 / 30x30 Plain Finish (Smooth) 10x10 / 30x30 Rubber(R) 10x10 / 15x15 Plain Finish Round Studs (RC), Diamond Studs (DD), Riven (RT), Square Studs (SS)

TESTS ARE AVAILABLE AT www.topcer.com/general data/independent tests

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MPCN0001EN 10th issue, April 2012

Colours shown are as accurate as the limitations of the printing will allow. Prospective purchasers are advised to refer to the current product samples prior to ordering. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. In the interests of progress, however, the company reserves the right to change specifications and availability without prior notice.

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