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Clay bricks, roof tiles and cladding
We ensure optimal color, piece by piece.
Structural ceramics have been a cornerstone of the global construction industry for centuries due to their durability, versatility and energy efficiency. Builders seek the most resilient, yet flexible, solutions when it comes to color variations. We bring over 100 years of technical expertise and the industry’s most comprehensive selection of high-quality engineered materials and additives for the global clay product market.
From natural ceramic colorants to engineered solutions, for both through-the-body colorants and surface technologies, we deliver high-performance products that provide the solutions our customers need to optimize desired color applications, minimize risk and increase productivity.
Products that meet requirements and exceed expectations.
We design products to meet specific individual requirements and expectations of clay customers globally. We’re committed to giving hands-on access to specialists and the extensive resources needed to meet today’s color development challenges.
We’re the largest global supplier of clay colorants and the only U.S. manufacturer of manganese colorants for the North American brick market. We supply both body colorants and surface colorants to ceramics customers all over the world.
Through-the-body and surface colorants you can count on.
Our custom engineered pigment blends for through-the-body applications are manufactured from raw materials obtained as primary ground ores, carefully selected and processed to meet specific requirements. We supply varying grades of products for use as a through-the-body colorant for the coloring of clay bodies. In most cases, these products can be available in both powder and slurry form:
- Iron oxides
- Manganese sulfate
Red Crown liquid surface coatings
Our wide range of “just add water” applied surface coatings are individually formulated and custom engineered, predominantly for the residential construction market. These Red Crown liquid surface coatings include:
- Red Crown Engineered Engobes®
- Red Crown Liquid Spray Colors®
- Red Crown Applied Flashes®
Our engobes and glazes enhance roof tile surfaces.
We bring over 100 years of experience and the most diverse portfolio of engobes, glazes to the structural ceramics industries. Count on Vibrantz for smooth, long-lasting and brilliantly colored products that don’t fade. Available in lead-free formulations, our glazes and engobes provide an array of surface effects including metallic aesthetics, smoothness, matte and gloss.
Our clay-based engobes and glazes can be adapted to be used from 900°C to 1100°C. They produce matte or satin gloss surface effects and can be applied by disc spraying, rolling and many other methods. Distinguished by excellent opacity, our engobes provide a flawless, natural appearance to any design.
Containing frits manufactured in-house, our lead-free glazes offer roof tile manufacturers the ability to provide a palette of colors with a high-gloss and smooth glassy covering. Like our engobes, they can be applied using several methods to wet or dry substrates.
Our digitally printed inks help your roof tiles stand out.
We specialize in producing submicronic ceramic or pigmented inks for digital printing, designed to add value to structural ceramics by enriching the surfaces both technically and aesthetically.
Based on inorganic pigments and ceramic raw materials, our Coverinks® products offer a wide color array and are suitable for commonly used print heads on the digital printing market.
Coverinks advantages include:
- Non-hazardous and odorless organic solvents with reduced drying
- Various ceramic effects including opacity, gloss, selective gluing and maticity
- High pigment ratios to optimize ink intensities
- Extended color range thanks to a specific pigment selection for structural ceramics firing conditions
- Elevated thermal stability
- Sustainable formulations including vegetable origin solvents, no hydrocarbons and safe storage
We help customize your design.
Our in-house vertical integration of roof tile stain, frit, additive and digital ink technology and production capabilities allows us to offer custom roof tile glaze and engobe formulations that span the entire color space.
These formulations are available with or without additives and can be provided in pre-milled or dispersible powder form according to customers’ specific requirements. We also supply products in slip form where customers can adjust the viscosity to meet their production needs.
We offer optimal performance for all applications.
Available in a range of colors, finishes and textures, our products are suitable for application to wet or dry clay products and for a range of firing temperatures and atmospheres.
We deliver optimal glaze and engobe performance by determining the suitability of the product’s compatibility with the clay body during drying and firing based specifically on its thermal expansion coefficient and softening point.
Our team provides an annual color forecast that identifies trends in the construction and interior design worlds, which we use to formulate new custom blended products for our customers.
Expertise and solutions
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