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LOFT® Stoneware – Low Firing Temperature Stoneware The MCS®’s Stoneware Body for 1100 °C Firing Temperature Characterisation and Properties Evaluation

Energy efficiency, sustainability, circular economy, decarbonization are mega trends increasingly impacting
all energy intensive industries, including the ceramics industry. This has led MCS® to invest in a new
Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) project focused on the production and supply of significantly
lower temperature vitrified ceramic bodies compared to those traditionally used in the production
of stoneware tableware. At MCS®, these innovative bodies are trademarked LOFT® – Low Firing Temperature
– and this article presents details on the stoneware market and technical results obtained. Taking as
a starting point the properties of stoneware bodies currently produced in Portugal and the classification
of ceramic products according to the Portuguese norm NP 4555-1 of 2018 [1] the LOFT® Stoneware body
has already met the stoneware classification when fired at 1100ºC and porcelain stoneware if fired between
1120–1140 ºC. After analyzing the pyro-plastic deformation, the LOFT® Stoneware is particularly
resistant, even with water absorption values close to zero.
In view of the results, MCS® believes that it is on the right path to provide the market with stoneware
bodies with a double innovative solution in terms of the economic rationale (lower firing temperature,
lower overall fuel consumption and lower specific thermal consumption) and environmental sustainability
strategy adopted to define, formulate and produce the LOFT® Stoneware. This strategy, which is based
on a logic of circularity, by incorporating ceramic and non-ceramic waste and reducing GHG emissions, is
consistent with the most demanding current vision of the concept of corporate social responsibility, that
must frame any modern industrial production activity and goal MCS® always pursues.


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