Porcelain Enamel - Glass lined Steel
" The Unknown Known" (Video in German Language)
The surface protection by enamelling, smiled at by our throw-away society as antiquated, is once again proving to be highly topical today. From an ecological point of view, enamelled products are better by nature. The enamelled surface is environmentally friendly.
In the production and processing of enamels, raw materials are used which are sufficiently available in nature. Quartz, feldspar, borax, soda, potash and metal oxides are mainly used as basic materials for enamel production. The scarce resources of our earth are therefore not attacked. Enamel does not contain any questionable substances. Only water is used as a dispersion medium during processing in the enamelling plant. This means: no pollution for employees in the enamelling plants and no pollution of the environment. The used process water is cleaned with modern waste water treatment plants and can be reused as fresh process water in a cost-saving way in the cycle.
Properties of enamelled products
Glass lined products can be stressed hard and provide a very long lifetime. On the aspect of quality, operating efficiency and ecology enamel is a high class surface protection.
Steel, grey cast iron and aluminum are used as substrate for glass lined surfaces. Independent of which substrate is used for the glass lining the possibility of recycling is always given. Due to the melting of those the circuit from the raw material to the new product is successfully closed without any harm for the environment.
With other material these recycling problems are inevitable, especially after the expired lifetime which is very short compared to enamel if there is only the possibility to store it on a waste dump or to burn it. This kind of waste disposal is highly controversial.
Email & History
Long before Common Era people from eastern Asia, Chinese, Japanese, Indians and people from the area of the black sea achieved high reputation for this type of art. Enamel started its history as a type of art. The first prime time of enamel artwork is mentioned in the fifth to tenth century anno Domini in Byzantium. You have to point out the enamel art at the Rhine from the 11th to 14th century and in Limoges, France from the 12th to 17th century