Today it is no longer possible to design a building or an object without thinking of the environment. This concept has been clear to Eiffelgres ever since it was founded in 2001.
Dott. Romano Minozzi wanted the company to join the Iris Group with a clear vocation: testifying to excellence in environmentally sustainable construction, primarily by investing in the latest research and technologies. A choice that will ensure Eiffelgres stands out among technical porcelain stoneware manufacturers. This drive, supported by major investment, has allowed the company to qualify for the most illustrious acknowledgements of the certification institutions, obtaining quality marks such as ISO 9001, 14001, ANAB and LEED®.
Eiffelgres’ plant in Viano, in the province of Reggio Emilia, is one of the world’s most technologically advanced, in which a process involving interaction between human resources and innovative software programmes produces tiles that reproduce natural stones with kaolin clays, quartzes and feldspars. The production system ensures that the tiles are as true as possible to the natural stone even while offering the technical qualities of porcelain stoneware. Hardness, frostproofness and waterproofness are the primary qualities of this material, which maintains all the charm of natural stone with no need for enamels. Colour runs right through the mass of material to create a tone-on-tone look that reproduces the hues of nature. Calibrated sizes allow plenty of room for creativity in compositional effects created with Eiffelgres products, while maintenance of the materials’ performance is guaranteed for years.
Reproducing stones with a focus on environmental impact has required significant economic and human investment. At a cost of 50 million euro, Eiffelgres has built a 45,000 m2 indoor area on a 94,000 m2 lot: figures that immediately convey just how strongly the company’s management believes in this project, capable of producing more than 5,000,000 m2 of floor and wall tiles a year while concretely working to protect the environment. People and technology underlie Eiffelgres’ philosophy for guaranteeing top quality high-tech porcelain stoneware.
The collections reflect the company’s philosophy, divided into two classes: Estyle and Estone. The first of these, dedicated to style, includes lines revealing the harmony between nature and form, thought and image: tiles that derive from the earth to express signs generating shadows, exploiting the effects of chiaroscuro and different hues, all in a stylistic idiom capable of defining the character of the living space. The second of these uses matter to generate more matter, drawing inspiration from stone slabs and their harmonious properties to return all their qualities to us in different sizes. All testifying to research into the properties and details of stone materials displaying astounding creativity and ingenuity.