January 10, 2024
Kimen checks out Grespania sintered stones and tiles for Jervois Mansion
Kimen executive director Arthur Aw visited Grespania’s sintered stone and tile manufacturing plant in Castellon, Spain, to personally check on the quality of large-format sintered stones to be used for the bathroom feature walls and common areas of Jervois Mansion.

At the manufacturing plant situated on the eastern coast of Spain, Aw watched the test production of these sintered stones, checked for the quality and decided upon their final patterns during his trip in 2023.

He also met up with Luis Hernández, Chairman of Grespania.

Grespania is one of the largest owners of raw materials for sintered stones and tiles in Europe and a global market leader in the industry.

Besides producing the traditional porcelain and ceramic floor and wall tiles, Grespania manufactures “technical stone” or sintered stone. These are made by mixing natural raw materials like quartz and feldspar with other organic compounds to produce desired designs. Slabs of this mixture are heated for several hours in kilns that reach 1,200°C, fusing these different raw materials after being compacted at 30,000 tonnes of pressure without any mold to ensure the uniformity of tension throughout each slab.

The result is a dense, durable, and versatile material that has the properties of natural stone but with many added benefits. Sintered stone is highly resistant to scratching, staining, heat, and UV light, making it suitable for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. It is also non-porous, which means it does not absorb liquids and is resistant to bacterial growth, making it hygienic and easy to clean.

The material is also a product that obtained the Global Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) green certification issued by Aenor International (a founding member of ECO Platform, the European Association of Environmental Declarations verification Programmes) and verified by the Instituto de Tecnologia Cerámica, and the use of it in Jervois Mansion contributes to Kimen’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint in its developments.

Aw said Kimen chose Grespania as a vendor as it is a supplier of top-quality sintered stones and tiles, has three factories with state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced mechanised machines that can produce sintered stones measuring up to 120x360cm, and is the owner of one of the largest suppliers of raw materials for sinter stone and tile-making.

Arthur Aw with the Chairman of Grespania Luis Hernández

The making of top-quality sintered stone at Grespania’s state-of-the-art technology manufacturing plant

Large-format sintered stones at the final stage of the assembly line

In addition, Grespania’s commitment to developing strategies to minimise the impact of its production processes on the environment closely aligns with values held by Kimen.

For example, it has implemented environmentally friendly programmes such as installation of its wastewater treatment system, the cogeneration project or planning its tile manufacturing plant in line with the zero-waste concept, and producing sintered stones and  tiles that minimise the generation of waste during construction projects and wall tiles that purify the air in the atmosphere.

Grespania has won many awards over its 50-year history, recently including the Company of the Year 2021 which celebrates excellence in the local economy organised by the newspaper Mediterráneo; the British TTA Award 2017 for the Best Use of Tile in the Leisure/Hospitality for the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham; Third Prize for Best Stand at Cevisama 2020; Best Booth at Coverings 2017; and the Breeam Awards 2017 won by architect firm Bo2 Paul Goldstein who used Grespania’s Coverlam Titan Antracita for both the façade and interior spaces of the Agio Cigars head office in Duizel, The Netherlands.



Quality checking of test production of large-format sintered stones for the feature walls of bathrooms at Jervois Mansion

Selecting countertop sinstered stones for the common areas at Jervois Mansion

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