Aparici

Castellón de la Plana / Spain

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Cerámicas Aparici S.A. produces and commercializes ceramic wall and floor tiles and porcelain tiles to the national and international market. The ceramic company is managed in Alcora (Castellón de la Plana) in 1961, the place where the fabrication of tiles is already, a tradition associated with its culture. In its origins it counted with a team of 8 people with which is dedicated to elaborate a ‘ bizcocho' through traditional kilns.In 1966, moment of a big boom in ceramics in all the province, the first expansion is made getting to the 10.000 square meters of installation and a work force of 50 workers.
In its business growth, Cerámicas Aparici stands out for being one of the pioneer companies to launch to the market the floor tiles.At the end of the decade of the 70s, the second expansion takes place in which Cerámicas Aparici reaches the 150 workers, with facilities of 20.000 square meters and with a productive capacity of 6.000 square meters. At the moment, the facilities of Cerámicas Aparici possesses a productive capacity that reaches the 14.500.000 square meters a year and a total of 280.000 square meters.Ceramicas Aparici represents the very highest quality of manufacture and innovative design. The premium ceramics and porcelain of this family company act as a driving force for the developments and trends of an entire industry and are present worldwide.
The success of our manufacturing brand is based on a principle that has held good for more than fifty years, namely that our products should never be regarded as a mere building material, but as an essential part of interior and architectural design with the guarantee of their excellent qualitative and aesthetic standards.

From handmade clay tiles to “bicottura” tiles

It was in the 1940s that Maximiano Aparici started producing handmade red bodied bizcocho tiles in a small kiln in the Spanish town of Alcora, known since the sixteenth century for its important pottery tradition. These tiles were manufactured with the same local red clay that was used back then, and that is still used today, and then sold on to glazing studios that would apply colour and designs on the unglazed surface. After two decades manufacturing tiles himself in his kiln, Maximiano Aparici, together with his wife, founded Ceramicas Aparici in 1961. The first Ceramicas Aparici factory was his proud accomplishment; it was a small factory, however, it gave him the chance to start manufacturing tiles including the final glazing process, that he had been unable to do before, using his bicottura or double firing technique.
More than fifty years and three generations later, Ceramicas Aparici has grown into a company exporting to over 140 countries worldwide and different production plants within the town of Alcora and immediate surroundings. The essence and values of our company have nevertheless remained as those inherited from Maximiano Aparici.

Ceramics and porcelain by Cerámicas Aparici

Aparici represents the very highest quality of manufacture and innovative design. The premium ceramics and porcelain of this family company act as a driving force for the developments and trends of an entire industry and are present worldwide. The success of this manufacturing brand is based on a principle that has held good for more than 50 years, namely that their products should never be regarded as a mere building material, but as an essential part of interior and architectural design with the guarantee of their excellent qualitative and aesthetic standards.
In order to create custom floor designs, usually including borders and center pieces, combining different collections we use the Water Jet system. The Water Jet system is based on a tool that is capable of slicing into porcelain tiles using a water jet at a high speed and pressure, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substances. The process is essentially the same as water erosion found in nature but accelerated and concentrated by orders of magnitude. Water Jet cutters are capable of producing rather intricate cuts in porcelain tiles, in other way impossible to obtain.
The digital printing system is a process of decorating ceramic pieces using an ink-jet application to enable the development of high quality photo reproductions (including images, drawings, text, logos, etc...), maintaining the high technical characteristics of our ceramic products. With our special decoration system, as a result, we can offer pieces of a greater realism due to the fact that it can achieve higher printing resolutions. Another advantage of this system is the ecological aspect, since by using only four colors (CMYK), the number of materials used in the production are substantially reduced, thereby reducing the extraction of these materials and its environmental impact.

The 2CM Porcelain Stoneware Slabs

The new 2CM Porcelain Stoneware Slabs are ideal for outdoor pavings, including raised pavings. Hard-wearing and resistant to thermal shock, loads and stresses, our 2CM porcelain stoneware is highly suitable for paving terraces and balconies; and also for laying paths in outdoor areas. The perfect alternative to wood and stone that will remain absolutely unchanged over time. All 2CM collections feature the matching 10mm porcelain tiles for indoor use in order to enable the possibility of creating unbroken visual continuity between outdoor and indoor spaces in any residential or commercial space. The indoor tile formats available include sizes 50x100cm, 100x100cm, 25x100cm and 60x60cm depending on the collection.
The installation over gravel Is a practical and versatile solution that is characterized by contemporary aesthetics, ideal for enhacing roads, pedestrian walkways and other outdoor areas. Before installing the floor tile, make sure the floor is levelled and compact. Once prepared, the tile installation can be made as prefered, usually providing a generous separation between them.
The installation of the 2cm porcelain on grass allows to create walkways and paths in areas to integrate them in a green environment as well as in various architectural contexts. Especially recommended for its use in gardens to create pathways in residential homes, terraces, parks and public areas. The traditional adhesive installation on the filler layer is ideal for paving exterior walkable areas, such as access ramps, parkings, patios. This type of installation provides a high resistance to dynamic and concentrated loads. A functional solution for residential as well as commercial spaces. Our 2CM porcelain slabs are easily installed on raised floor systems in order to provide water drainage or level slopes. It is necessary to ensure that the area of installation is compact and can support the weight. ... More ... less

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