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a new material : Kerlite

A new material is in the kitchen market : Kerlite! let’s have a look, what is about.

What’s Kerlite?

“Kerlite” is laminated stoneware obtained by means of an extremely innovative production system, which is the outcome of the latest technology. It is produced in whole slabs of size 300×100 cm without using dies. Kerlite is pressed at a force of
15,000 tons. A fully automated cutting line allows different sizes to be cut.

What are the advantages of Kerlite?

Resistance to chemicals : Kerlite resists solvents, disinfectants and detergents. It is therefore very easy to clean and maintains its surface finish characteristics unchanged over time.

Hygiene : Kerlite is compatible with foodstuffs since it does not release elements in solution. It does not allow for the onset of mould, bacteria or fungi.

Fire-resistance : Kerlite does not contain organic materials and therefore resists fires and high temperature. It does not emit smoke in the event of fires nor toxic substances.

Resistance to wear : Kerlite resists scratches and deep abrasion: MOHS scale hardness equal to 8. Its properties remain unchanged even after intensive use and frequent cleaning.

Chromatic properties : Since it does not feature organic pigments Kerlite resists UV rays and is colourfast.

Frost-proof : Thanks to a water absorption factor that is almost equal to zero, Kerlite resists frost and is suitable for any climatic and atmospheric condition.

High resistance to flexure : Kerlite has a high breaking point.

Ecompatibility and recycling properties : Kerlite is a natural product obtained using quality raw materials. During the
production process, no harmful gas and fine dusts are released.

How is Kerlite laminated stoneware produced?

An innovative interpretation of the production process has lead to development of machinery that breaks new grounds. The production system is characterised by a high level of automation and the process takes place with a considerable reduction of dust, noise and emissions.
Kerlite laminated stoneware is made using the same “families” of raw materials that are used for conventional porcelain stoneware tiles: clay, kaolin and feldspar. However for the production process, innovative and patented pressing, decorating and firing systems are employed.
The production process is highly automated. Each stage is controlled by process supervisors; semi-finished and finished products are handled by laser guided vehicles. All technology employed does not create mud and waste water that needs to the treated. The consumption of energy – basically electric – is particularly low.
These systems reduce the impact on the environment, thanks to the extremely low emissions of CO2 and other harmful gases and to reduction of dust that is let out into the environment.

Is Kerlite suitable as kitchen top material?

Of course. Kerlite is very versatile and is recommended for kitchen tops. Cutting, drilling and shaping of slabs is particularly simple, which makes Kerlite suitable for kitchen tops.
The high firing temperature of the slabs make Kerlite resistant to heat, which means that it resists scorching hot pots and pans. Kerlite does not absorb liquid and odours and does not hold back dirt.

Hereby you will find examples of Modulnova kitchens with Kerlite tops.

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