TORINO, ITALY -- It is more than just a new collection of porcelain stoneware tiles. This time, Ceramiche Piemme is presenting true innovation. Hence the name Evoluta (Evolved), the first collection of stoneware tiles created from a completely transformed industrial process. The first in a long series to come, thanks to the digital initiative -- developed in collaboration with the major technological players in the sector -- named Synchro Digit Piemme.
The new production method effectively uses two parallel processes that were previously separate. The structured surface of the tiles (raised vein patterns, ripples and all the possible three-dimensional and tactile effects) is no longer created during the pressing stage, which is repetitive and therefore limiting, but is digitally printed to perfectly sync with the digital decoration (marble, stone and wood effects, etc.).
Synchro Digit Piemme technology uses special software that manages the first application of relief glazes to create a three-dimensional surface with unlimited variables. This operation is then perfectly synchronized with a second digital application of glazes designed to achieve the desired graphic effects, hence the name, “Synchro Digit Piemme.”
Evoluta is therefore the new face of the 3.0 tile, which can reproduce any natural material to an unprecedented hyper-realistic level. Every small vein or streak of color now has a perfectly matching tactile feel, just like in nature. The natural effect of Evoluta ceramic surfaces, achieved by the researchers at the Fiorano Modenese company, is therefore innovative and unique in the global ceramic sector.
“It is a true revolution for our industry,” said Davide Colli, COO of Ceramiche Piemme. “It is exciting to say that we are the first company to have developed and used this technology on ceramic floor and wall coverings. After testing and industrially launching the Synchro Digit Piemme process, we have named our first creation Evoluta because it expresses the maximum evolution currently available on the market; a result that we have achieved through two years of dedication and research in collaboration with our technical partners.”
The Evoluta collection fully enhances the captivating textures of metamorphic rocks such as Italian quartzite, offering almost unlimited graphic and surface variations. There are five colors available in three sizes. There are three decorative structures for the coverings: “Cave,” a detailed evocation of the skilled craftsmanship involved in cutting and recomposing small blocks of stone; “Cluster,” which recalls hexagonal-cut stones, reinterpreting them with a modern twist; and “Forest,” thanks to delicate crest-honing, which makes it possible to create imaginative three-dimensional coverings free from constraints and laying patterns.