ALCALAGRES, S.A., part of the CENTUNION GROUP, was founded in 1990.
Since its outset, Alcalagres has specialised in the manufacture and marketing of high quality Integral Porcelain Tiles, for use in paving and flooring with high technical requirements.
The production centre and head offices are located in Camarma de Esteruelas, Madrid, four kilometres from the historic city of Alcalá de Henares, and it also has a logistics warehouse in Burriana (Castellón) for the supply of orders placed by our clients.
Alcalagres America was set up in 1998, in order to optimize service and speed up supply, serving the United States and Canada.
Throughout its history, ALCALAGRES has created a national and international distribution network that is constantly being developed, with exports to over 85 countries on the five continents, and a firm commitment to its clients in terms of quality and service, through the ALCALAGRES quality programme, in accordance with the guidelines of ISO 9001 in relation to the design, development and production of porcelain tiles, certified by AENOR and internationally recognized by IQNet.
In 2006, ALCALAGRES obtained the Environmental Management Certificate, fulfilling the requirements of the UNE-EN-ISO 14001:2004 standard.
Back in 1990, when no one was concerned about respect for or protection of the environment, when environment-friendly practices were not mandatory, Alcalagres was established with a strong commitment to sustainable industrial development and environment-friendly standards, aimed at passing down a clean, healthy environment to future generations.
This concern has accompanied the firm for all these years, filling the premises and informing the manufacturing processes at the plant based in Camarma de Esteruelas. Fulfilment of the requirements set out by the international environment management standards UNE-EN-ISO 14001:2004 earned the company AENOR’s environmental management certification, which acknowledges the efforts made by everybody in the firm to prevent pollution and manage natural resources wisely.
At present, Alcalagres seeks to accomplish its goals and objectives by carrying out regular, updated inspections of all the departments in the organisation, in order to ensure they comply with all environment management regulations, and by working with suppliers that also embrace the firm’s values and practices in this respect.
As far as respect for and protection of the environment are concerned, Alcalagres manufactures several products using recycled materials. These have a quality as high as that of any other product from the company, but they favour the sustainability of industrial processes.
These industrial processes, starting with the arrival of raw materials at the plant, are characterised by sustainability from the earliest stages, since the firm uses natural minerals like clay, feldspar, or silica and natural dyes. The materials are treated mechanically and then fired to obtain the integral porcelain tiles.
The output is durable and resistant, which means that Alcalagres’s floor or wall tiles have a long lifespan, high resistance to stains and, therefore, low maintenance costs. Since the tiles are chemically inert, they can be used as backfill.
All in all, the Environment Department of Alcalagres wants to convey the message that it is possible to be successful at respecting the environment while still manufacturing top-quality products.
From the initial manufacturing stage, in which the raw materials are selected until the end product is obtained, the Alcalagres Integral Porcelain Tile is characterised by the company’s 20-year commitment to quality, research, development and design.
The final technical characteristics of high resistance to flexion, intense movement of people, rolling, frost, chemical aggression, low level of water absorption, < 0.1% and the variety of formats available from the manufacturing process, make the Integral Porcelain Tile an essential material for professionals, particularly when faced with a new project requiring long lasting, resistant and decorative solutions. In its efforts to provide maximum solutions to professionals of the sector, Alcalagres manufactures rectified and single caliber Integral Porcelain Tiles in 30x30, 30x60, 40x40, 45x45, 60x60 and 90x45 formats, which are available in different series with honed, glazed, rustic, natural or polished finishes, depending on the intended use of the series in question. In order to produce Integral Porcelain Tiles, we have an expert team of specialists who strive continuously to ensure that the manufacturing process complies with the strictest quality controls. Indeed Alcalagres-Estilya complies with the ISO 9001:2000 quality management standards. View Certificate of quality
In compliance with UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004 standards, Alcalagres makes selective waste collection within its premises, placing separate bins for each type of waste in certain places and identifying them with signs or labels to facilitate waste collection and recycling.
Containers are of proper types and sizes, according to the types of waste. All containers are leak proof, are made of materials that cannot affected by the trash they hold nor can they combine with it to form hazardous compounds, and are strong enough to withstand handling without suffering any significant physical transformation.
Waste produced and managed in our plant includes:
-Sludge: Produced during material grinding, in drying areas or in polishing processes. Sludge is regularly collected by a licensed waste carrier.
-Inert waste: Comprising broken, disposed of, or unfit-for-use rustic or polished porcelain tiles. Inert waste is put into containers in the production area and is recycled in the plant to make new specific-model tiles.
-Paper: Office waste paper is thrown away in bins marked as “Paper only”. This type of waste comprises outdated file folders as well. Both waste paper and folders are collected by a provider of document destruction and paper shredding services, who transfers shredded paper to authorised recycling points.
-Cardboard: Produced in packing and marketing areas. It is disposed of in special bins that are regularly collected and transferred to a destruction and recycling facility.
-Plastic: Unfit-for-use plastic containers that have not stored hazardous substances or compounds are thrown away in special containers that are then carried to recycling centres.
-Wood and pallet waste: If it cannot be reused, this type of waste is collected daily and delivered to the licensed carrier, who will take it to a recycling point.
-Pruning waste: This type of waste is produced in the green areas of the plant. It is collected and carried to registered landfills by the company providing maintenance services.
-Urban solid waste: This type of waste is put into black rubbish bins for organic waste and yellow ones for cans, bottles, and boxes. The bins, marked as “Urban solid waste,” can be found all over the plant. The cleaning service picks the bins’ contents and puts them into containers that go to landfills (organic waste) or recycling centres (cans, bottles, and so on).
-Toner and inkjet printer cartridges: Used in the plant’s offices, they are kept in the General Service storage room to be picked by the printer consumables provider later.
-City sludge: Sludge accumulated in the treatment system is collected by a licensed non-hazardous waste carrier on a regular basis and transported to a sewage treatment plant.
-Liquid industrial waste: Produced in the successive stages of the porcelain tile manufacturing process, it flows in pipes into settling basins, where depending on turbidity analysis and other tests, it goes through different processes until it meets the requirements set forth in local regulations to be discharged into the drainage system, under the supervision of Environment Department staff.
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