Being located in Teutschenthal, Germany, MAGNA Glaskeramik possesses full patented rightsfor the sustainable production of a unique, environmental and exclusive material under the trademark of Glaskeramik®.
A building and interior design material made of 100% recycled glass, industrial and glass bottles, being the final piece itself fully recyclable. MAGNA Glaskeramik has developed a crystallization course, where parts of the production are hand-made; acquiring a unique translucent optic that allows a crystal-like brilliance effect when shone upon by light and thanks to which, each slab is different, but always maintaining a full recycled glass composition.
The parent company MAGNA Naturstein GmbH is one of the biggest distributors and fabricators for natural stones in Central Europe, based in Loitsche/Magdeburg, Germany. MAGNA Naturstein works with over 100 production associates in both indoor and outdoor service, on a surface area of over 100,000 m2 meters, of which 45000 m2 is indoor floor space. We demand and guarantee the highest quality standards for the workmanship of our natural stone, glass ceramic, quartz composite and large ceramic wares.
As the product glass ceramic is exceptional in terms of its production (glass recycling), appearance (translucency) and technology (complex fracture, melting and processing process), it is increasingly becoming a premium product in the focus of architects, designers and planners.
It is sold worldwide with the help of various partners and concepts. The uniqueness of the material has led to a strong internationalisation of the business in recent years.
The existing capacity of a sintering furnace is no longer sufficient to meet the increasing global demand for the product glass ceramic. In addition, international architects and planners are increasingly demanding larger formats, new colours, technological solutions and thicknesses from their customers. We are therefore forced to create new production capacities and technological opportunities to develop new paints and innovations in the facade sector.
The aim of the project is to expand the production facilities by a new sintering furnace with the new larger target plate format 3200 x 1400 mm (previously max. 2800 x 1200 mm) and the associated infrastructure.
To achieve this, the production layout must first be rescheduled in order to integrate the new systems smoothly into the existing glass-ceramic production. This includes the planning of the rail system for the bogies and the removal of the steel constructions for the suspension of the sinter and cooling hoods as well as the dismantling of an old tile line.
The extension includes a sintering furnace for glass ceramic melting with the help of natural crystallization, four cooling hoods for the targeted removal of stresses in the cooling process after sintering. Due to the extremely sensitive heating and cooling process, which requires a precise control of certain temperature-time profiles, an individual complex control system must be designed for each heating and cooling element. In order to keep the process parameters constant as the plate size increases, technical advice is also required during implementation.
In addition, due to the increased plate sizes, adjustments must also be made when filling the bogies with used glass.
In order to cope with the internal transport of larger and heavier plates, it will be necessary to invest in the corresponding technical lifting and suction systems.
In addition, investments will be made to protect our site-specific know-how in the form of design patents and proof of the ecological performance of the material glass-ceramic with a European Product Declaration (EPD).