Companies, News & Markets IRIS CERAMICA GROUP LAUNCHES SAPIENSTONE SmartSlab Table, a prototype futuristic table with ceramic surfaces and digital controls, made by Kram/Weisshaar in collaboration with Iris Ceramica Group, earned wide acclaim at the 2016 FuoriSalone. In the wake of this success, the Group’s newly launched brand SapienStone, dedicated to kitchen worktops in porcelain stoneware, has made its official début on the market. Iris presented the brand at Cersaie 2016 with the multimedia installation Dress your kitchen, which saw the inauguration of a new partnership with the Spanish company TBP Top Porzelanik Barcelona®, the manufacturer of TPB tech®, an innovative worktop that uses SapienStone porcelain stoneware to offer the direct possibility of induction cooking. The product features latest-generation inductors and touch-controls integrated into the worktop, thus eliminating the use of glass plates and transforming the work surface into a cooking area. This is how the Italian holding company’s new brand intends to harness its technical know-how in the ceramic arena, and deploy it in residential and commercial kitchen applications. Designed to meet the most stringent requirements in terms of strength, hygiene and durability, SapienStone kitchen worktops deliver a winning combination
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of high performance and good looks. Available in Basalt Black, Basalt Cream, Urban Anthracite, Urban Argento, Uni Ice, Malm Black, Malm Grey, Bianco Lasa, Calacatta Statuario and Calacatta, the material reinterprets premium marble, concrete and natural stone, in large-format porcelain panels (320x150 cm) with a thickness of 12 mm (standard) or 20 mm on certain variants. Made with through-body colours and vein patterns, the worktops offer a realistic effect and undiminished appearance over time. The line is also suitable for outdoor use because of its high resistance to sunlight and weathering.
SCHLÜTER-SYSTEMS NOVELTIES AT BAU 2017 The international construction industry meets every two years at the BAU trade fair in Munich. This year’s stand display of Schlüter-Systems KG, (No. 418 in Hall A4), focuses on a range of new products and system solutions for the installation of ceramic tiles and natural stone. A new stylish colour has been added to the colour palette of the elegant finishing profiles Schlüter®-QUADEC, -RONDEC and –JOLLY. For the occasion (January 16-21), Schlüter-Systems presents for the first time the profile series in the attractive satin black finish. Together with the numerous TRENDLINE finishes and profiles in satin brilliant white, they are the
perfect accessories for the novelty tiles that were recently introduced at the Cersaie show in Bologna. The ceramic thermal comfort floor Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM is also part of the core display. The thin-layered, energy-efficient floor heating system underwent thorough scrutiny by consumers as part of an independent test campaign, earning high scores from developers and renovators alike. Moreover, the new LED strips for the Illuminated Profile Technology Schlüter®-LIPROTEC offer greater flexibility in design. Thanks to the combination of coloured and white LEDs, they offer an uncommonly versatile light experience with all shades of white and RGB colours, which can be conveniently controlled with the free Schlüter®-LED Color Control App via smartphone or tablet. Customers of Schlüter-Systems can also enjoy more design choices for the drainage channels Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE for floor-level showers. Introduced even new finish options for the grates and frames of the intelligent drainage systems that are an ideal match for high-quality bathroom fittings. Last but not least, the "Tile substrates" competency area plays an important role: trade fair visitors can look forward to innovative products that offer installers of Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD even more options for the individual and practical design of spaces with ceramic tile and natural stone coverings.