A New Step Forward in the Area of Bioactive Ceramics for Architectural Applications
That’s a real first for Cersaie 2012: Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics®, the new range of self-cleaning porcelain stoneware tiles. Born of a partnership between Casalgrande Padana and the Japanese Toto, number one in the manufacture of photo-catalytic coatings with its Hydrotect® brand, Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics® stands out as a solution that will widen prospects in the area of quality living, healthiness and environmental sustainability.
After Bios Antibacterial Ceramics®, the revolutionary range of antibacterial tiles produced through a proprietary nano-technological process that gives the product the ability to kill 99.9% of the four main bacterial strains contained in confined areas, with this product that is treated all through its mass so it can be used to make surfaces exposed to high chemical and mechanical stress, Casalgrande Padana is in the limelight again in the innovative industry of bioactive ceramics for architectural applications and environment-friendly products.
Under a Master Agreement with Japanese manufacturer Toto, number one in the manufacture of photo-catalytic coatings with its Hydrotect® brand, Casalgrande Padana has developed Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics®, a new range of tiles that perfectly combine self-cleaning, antibacterial and pollution-reducing properties.
Because of these exclusive properties, Bios Self Cleaning ceramics® can be used in interior and exterior architectural applications alike. Traditional or ventilated facings coated with Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics® actually provide excellent self-cleaning properties as well as reducing the main airborne pollutants, substantially contributing to improving the environmental quality of urban settlements. Just think that a 150 sqmt facing coated with Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics® can purify air as much as a wood as big as a football pitch or remove the NOx (nitrogen oxides from combustion) from 11 cars in a day’s time.
While in interior applications, such as bathroom, kitchen, gym, swimming-pool floors and walls, etc, they offer excellent antibacterial, sanitising and smell-reducing properties.
For the industrialisation and marketing of its Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics®, Casalgrande Padana has recently completed a new site in a dedicated area of its plant.
The exclusive formulation of the Hydrotect® coating is based on a combination of two different active agents. One is titanium dioxide (TiO2), which gives the product photo-catalytic properties so that, when exposed to light (sunlight or artificial light), it provides self-cleaning and pollution-mitigation properties. The other is a well-balanced formulation of noble metals (silver and copper) that offers antibacterial properties as well. So, as opposed to common photo-catalytic products, because of the exclusive combination in the Hydrotect® coating, the Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics® tiles have bacterial-decomposing properties even without light.
Designers have a wide range of colours, finishes and modular units available to meet any requirement of any application, combining excellent aesthetic and finishing solutions with top-rank technical performance.
Under the Master Agreement with Toto, Casalgrande Padana is Italy’s first ceramics company to join the exclusive international Hydrotect® partners’ network, designed to promote the exchange of experiences and innovation between global players from the most diverse industries that use such technology. Members include lots of companies that are very well known in the architectural and building communities, such as: Alcoa, Pilkington and Saint-Gobain.
Bios Self Cleaning Ceramics® is therefore a new step forward in Casalgrande Padana’s unique journey towards innovation, creativity, expertise, environmental responsibility and quality living.