Our first source of inspiration is the FUTURE. We dream of a world in which the new generations can use increasingly sustainable materials that help the well-being of the planet, reducing the possibility of microbial contamination and environmentally harmful chemical detergents.
We mainly use SnO2 (tin oxide) and TiO2 (titanium dioxide) that are biomimetic, i.e. obtained through processes that replicate those found in NATURE. Synthesis takes place during the single firing process via an innovative production technique stemming from a revolutionary research study in the field of materials SCIENCE.
The special composition of this stoneware means that viruses and bacteria are destroyed if they come into contact with the tile surface.
ADVANCE® can be used to tile floors and walls and it features antimicrobial and photocatalytic properties achieved after a single firing.
These specifications, that qualify this stoneware as the latest generation of porcelain tile, are incorporated during the initial creation phase (a single firing at over 1200°C), thus becoming intrinsic properties of the product, providing protection against viruses and bacteria for the entire lifetime of the tile, without alterations caused by time or external agents. Because it doesn’t consist in a topper on the surface of the porcelain tile, but it is an integral part of it, this property will continue to last through time.
The antiviral and antibacterial properties are enhanced by any solar and artificial light conditions, but as shown by tests made by laboratories of primary importance, these properties remain active even in dark conditions.
ISO 18061:2014 (E)
TEST TCNA (TILE COUNCIL OF NORTH AMERICA)
ISO 27447:2019 (E)
Escherichiacoli ATCC 8739
Staﬁlococco Aureo ATCC 6538
TEST DEL LABORATORIO CFR-UNIFE E DEL TCNA
Converts volatile pollutants into harmless substances. The anti-pollution properties of ADVANCE® stoneware also improve the quality of the air we breathe. Industrial production, the use of air conditioning systems and vehicles emit pollutants into the atmosphere.
ADVANCE® used outdoors on the façades of buildings and apartment blocks, reduces NOx (nitrogen oxide) molecules by 20.7% (as attested by the University of Turin) in just three hours, considerably improving air quality thanks to the photocatalytic action activated by natural light. Each outdoor solution designed using ADVANCE® contributes towards improving the environment around us.
The technology is not only safe for our health, but it is also a sustainable choice that takes care of the environment thanks to the single firing at a very high temperature, and because no further treatments are required and it has no further impact on the environment.
AS ATTESTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TURIN – DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
Reduces the need to use chemical detergents. Dirt disintegrates on the surface of ADVANCE® tiles, floors and walls can be kept clean by just washing with a neutral soap and water. For outdoor floors, the flow of rainwater is enough to guarantee cleanliness.
Reduces bad odours by converting the organic molecules. Furthermore, as for NOx molecules, the molecules that cause bad odours decompose as soon as they come into contact with the surface, thus mitigating any malodorous effect.