Porcelain producer in Alba Iulia

Why is porcelain the material of choice for the world's great restaurants ?

The advantages of porcelain compared to other ceramic products

It may seem that all tableware products are the same, but there are big differences in their quality, durability and safety for consumers. Due to the variety of materials available on the market, but especially because we need to be informed when choosing tableware for a HORECA location and beyond, we have chosen to present you the main advantages of porcelain made by Axa Porcelaine compared to other materials in the ceramics industry.

One of the most important aspects is porosity, meaning the percentage in which the plate retains moisture. In the case of porcelain, the porosity is 0%, so we can say that porcelain is almost waterproof. For the rest of the materials available in the HORECA industry, the porosity can reach 20%. Check what the products are made of before selecting them – ceramic, earthenware or porcelain.

What does porosity mean? When using knives on plates, microcracks can occur that are not visible to the naked eye. Traces of liquid preparations such as ketchup, mustard or various sauces will remain in these cracks. In the case of porcelain this does not happen, being sintered at 1400⁰C (the particles from which it is made are practically glued). Dishes with high porosity cannot be sanitized even at high temperatures.

The color of the tableware is another aspect that we must take into consideration. Surprisingly, most colored ceramics contain lead or cadmium. Lead was used in the glaze on the surface of vessels to make vessels durable and to make colored glazes. Cadmium is used to give glazes bright colors such as bright yellow, orange or red.

There is a good chance that the pottery contains lead or cadmium because they all use colored glazes. Lead and cadmium are easily found in vintage products (especially those made before the 1980s), South American terracotta, decorated Asian plates, handmade or brightly colored tableware.

The use of tableware containing lead or cadmium practically allowed the ingestion of these substances with food. If they are used in the microwave oven, the amount of cadmium or lead leaked is even greater. The same, if the preparations consumed are acidic.

Cooking in the oven in specially created porcelain products (such as the range of oven products from Axa Porcelaine) is 100% safe from a health point of view. At whatever temperature it is heated, porcelain does not emit toxic substances compared to the rest of the colored products on the market, because it is made only from natural materials. The dyes in colored glazes, even if they are within legal limits, can cause various ailments if the dishes are not used properly.

In addition, porcelain does not react with acids in food, acids such as egg yolk, vinegar, lemon or tomatoes.

Durability (mechanical strength) is another aspect of interest for HORECA premises owners. The porcelain made by Axa Porcelaine has a high mechanical resistance. This fact depends on the owner's own manufacturing recipe. It is that inside information, that secret, which has been tested and improved for a long time (for over 30 years at Axa Porcelaine) and in which the quality of the used raw materials is very important. Compared to porcelain, the rest of the materials are much more prone to chipping, which gives them a much shorter useful life.

Most AXA PORCELAINE customers only complete the tableware on an average of 5 years after the first acquisition, proving to us every time how durable Axa Porcelaine products are.

The raw materials used for porcelain are natural, eco-friendly materials:

  • quartz is a processed / refined sand
  • feldspar becomes a glass after melting
  • kaolin is a clay, likewise, processed

All these materials are mixed with water, grounded and after a long technological process, they are burned at almost 1400⁰C.

Another advantage is that porcelain has good thermal resistance, meaning it can be used in gas or electric ovens, microwave ovens, refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers. The versatility of use gives the freedom to make or store any dish in the porcelain dish.

At an aesthetic level, white tableware is the first choice of any famous chefs or managers in the international Horeca industry. Even if there are various temporary trends, premium restaurants know the advantages of white porcelain and prefer to use white crockery to highlight the dishes. Many chefs prefer to use white plates for plating, as they allow the color and texture of the dishes to stand out. Colored plates can "steal" the details and decrease the attraction for the dishes.

The elegance of the white highlights the plating. Strongly colored dishes are all more visually attractive, as the support on which they are placed is white.

The benefit of using white porcelain tableware is the fact that it can be used both in HORECA locations such as pubs, pizzerias, cafes, as well as in restaurants, hotels or event halls. It is a perfect product for wedding halls or trainings organized by companies where the flow of people is high.

We offer free samples to customers to test the products in their own location, and provide recommendations and information relevant to each type of space. Tableware is ultimately an investment in your business, and it's important to know the advantages and differences before deciding on a purchase.





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