A purely italian heart beats in the very heart of Russia
Date:April 10, 2017
On the 27 March Laminam, specialised in the production of large size ceramic slabs with only a minimum thickness for architecture and furnishings, has celebrated the opening of its new production site in the Industrial Park Vorsino, an important industrial area in Kaluga Oblast, around 100 km from Moscow. The facility is entirely dedicated to the production of surfaces in porcelain stoneware in the format 1000x3000mm, in thicknesses of 3 and 5mm, and adopts the same innovative technologies that were developed in the company’s main production plant in Fiorano Modenese.
This makes Laminam the first and only company to manufacture ceramic slabs in Russia and represents an important step towards the company’s internationalisation and increase in its production.
“With a starting investment in technology of 25 million Euros, which will reach 40 million and an annual production potential of 1,000,000 m2 of ceramic slabs, Laminam has created a new production site for ceramics in Russia, which is efficient and highly automated. It will also significantly increase the production capacity for our surfaces measuring 1000x3000mm, and will meet the growing demand on both a local and international scale” – Alberto Selmi, C.E.O. of Laminam.
An expression of excellence and innovation of Italian industry in the world, the new factory covers a surface area of 14,000 m2 and reproduces all the characteristics of the “Laminam model”, exploiting the technological systems and machinery created by the System Group, to which the Italian company belongs.
The production process meets the state of the art and is based on an exclusive system of compaction of only the finest selected clays and feldspars, sophisticated decoration systems, hybrid furnaces that run on gas-electricity and are low on consumption, and dry cutting systems, which reduce water consumption and water purification costs.
The opening ceremony has taken place one year after the agreement by which the company became the majority shareholder in the company “LaminamRus”.
Through LaminamRus and the new industrial site, Laminam will take advantage of a strategic position that will eliminate logistic barriers and guarantee a greater service level to customers in Russia and in the other Republics of the former USSR.
At the same time as the opening ceremony, Laminam’s presence at the Batimat of Moscow from 28 to 31 March, the International Construction and Interior Exhibition, is a further proof of the potential of the Russian market – a showcase for a live display of the large surfaces in porcelain stoneware in a wide array of collections, where their numerous applications will be on show.
This is a double appointment in just a few days, that sheds light on the determination, intuition and passion of Laminam to make its ceramic surfaces known to a large audience, embarking on totally new paths, and maintaining the same high quality of design and its logic of sustainability that distinguish this Italian brand.
Specialising in the production of large-size, minimum-thickness ceramic slabs for architecture, interiors, design and furnishings, Laminam is the first company to have fully industrialised the manufacturing process.
Laminam was founded in 2001, when engineer Franco Stefani had the idea of patenting the technology of this innovative production process and imagining how it could be used. These ceramic surfaces are produced using the cutting-edge machinery created by System Group, Laminam’s parent company. The main factory, in Fiorano Modenese, Italy has been joined by two new facilities set to triple production capacity: one in Borgotaro (Parma, Italy), dedicated entirely to 1620x3240mm size slabs, and another in Russia, located in the Industrial Park Vorsino, not far from Moscow, reserved exclusively for 1000x3000mm slabs.
With a consolidated turnover of about 68 million in 2016 and a growth trend of 30%, it exports to Europe and North America, the Gulf States, Russia and the Far East, and its products are distributed in all 5 continents. Laminam boasts an extensive portfolio of projects created all over the world, and has established a number of important partnerships, in particular with the Japanese giant Toto Ltd, thanks to which Laminam is also able to offer the innovative photocatalytic treatment Hydrotect®, which makes the slabs self-cleaning and air-purifying.