Ceramic stoneware is obtained by sintering ceramic clays, feldspars, kaolin clays and sand. These raw materials are first ground then finely atomised until they become a powder with an even particle size suitable for pressing. Sintering is a process that also occurs in nature when a mineral source produces chemical sediment deposits. For industrial production, an accelerated version of this metamorphous process is reproduced at a high temperature.
Porcelain stoneware has a warm and natural soul. With their reinforced aluminium frames, our fronts are light, sturdy and very stable, even under stress. Thanks to its hardness, this material resists abrasions, heat and scratches. It's also hygienic and easy to clean. These characteristics make porcelain stoneware a material that is particularly suitable for the kitchen.
We live in a world in which resources are scarce and, in the case of some types of natural stone, are even no longer available. The porcelain stoneware chosen by Convivio is mass coloured which means that all the surfaces, including the edges, have the same finish. This is an excellent alternative to natural stone.
Natural stone slabs have certain restrictions in terms of the minimum thickness and – above all - the maximum size that can be used. These restrictions can become an issue when choosing a worktop with special requirements or measurements. From this point of view porcelain stoneware slabs definitely offer more planning freedom.
The mass-coloured porcelain stoneware we use for our fronts is 4 mm thick, but it is 12 mm thick for our worktops and end panels. Moreover, our aluminium-framed porcelain stoneware fronts are strengthened by a sheet HPL panel support.
Subject to availability, other finishes by the most important European manufacturers are available on request.