Lapitec Obtains CE Mark for Sintered Stone

Published: July 14, 2023

Lapitec has obtained the CE mark, becoming the only official sintered stone on the market, an achievement that has brought to light a previously non-existent product category.

Since 2012, when the first Lapitec slab was produced after 20 years of research and development, sintered stone — an Italian invention — has come a long way and its quality is now recognized in more than 70 countries by project, design and construction professionals. Sintered stone offers unique characteristics in terms of strength and aesthetics, with a 100% mineral ecological core that does not use petroleum derivatives and features a special formula free of crystalline silica. The technology behind Lapitec, which is protected by 25 international patents, involves refining minerals at 1,500 degrees Celsius and compacting them under vacuum, followed by sintering at 1,200 degrees Celsius, to produce large, full body slabs.

Prior to the advent of sintered stone, which has distinct properties from ceramic, natural and composite stones, no other material on the market possessed similar characteristics. Consequently, it was subject to different building regulations across various EU nations.  This has now changed, as the EC (European Commission) and EOTA (European Organization for Technical Assessment) have adopted a new EAD (European Assessment Document) that defines a new product category known as “sintered stone.”

Following tests and the completion of an appropriate DoP (Declaration of Performance), Lapitec is the only material that currently meets all the requirements of the newly adopted EAD (European Assessment Document). As a result, it has been granted the CE mark for the building category.

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Thus, Lapitec is essentially the first and only sintered stone available on the market today.

“Today we celebrate a great milestone,” said Lapitec sales executive Francesco Giannini. “While the CE mark certifies the truth of Lapitec’s performance claims that we have always shared, it also defines once and for all when a surface can be called sintered stone. All too often, other materials are wrongly promoted as sintered stone, and this new step will shed light on a long-standing problem that undermines the market niche that we have been presiding over for more than a decade.”

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