History

Gres Panaria Portugal S.A. was established in 2006, when the second industrial unit of the Panaria Group in Portugal was acquired. Gres Panaria S.A., integrated in the prestigious Italian group Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche S.p.A, is one of the worldwide reference ceramic companies.

Margres is one of the leading brands in the porcelain stoneware for floorings and coatings sector. It started production in its industrial unit of Ílhavo, in 1982, being then one of the first porcelain stoneware factories in the world.
Margres is exclusively dedicated to the production of porcelain stoneware, a premium product providing solutions for any type of construction in private or public spaces due to its high technical advantages. The features that make this product unique stem from the use of the most modern state-of-the art technology, high quality raw materials and an aesthetic concern that meets the contemporary architecture’s demands.
Margres is a reference brand in the domestic market and has a great presence in the international market.

In 2002 Panariagroup purchased the first industrial unit in Portugal, located in Ílhavo, manufacturing materials, namely for Maronagres, today called Margres.

Afterwards, the second industrial unit in Aveiro was purchased in 2005, a unit that manufactured materials for Novagres, which changed the name to Love Tiles in 2008, after a rebranding action.

These two industrial units have an installed capacity of 8 million m2/year. Gres Panaria Portugal S.A. employs about 400 people.

With a commercial structure of 70 agents and 8 promoters, present in more than 113 countries spread across the five continents, it provides support to a broad range of over 2000 clients.

Gres Panaria has a dedicated structure – the Product Development Department- that carries out research and development of new products in its own laboratories, always at the forefront, both in terms of quality and product design.

Besides the production and administrative units, the brands also have their own showrooms in Aveiro and Lisbon.

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Panariagroup

Panariagroup

Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche S.p.A. is a multinational Italian group, worldwide leader in the production and distribution of ceramic tiles for floors and walls. With more than 1,700 employees, 10.000 customers, 6 production facilities (3 in Italy, 2 in Portugal and 1 in the United States), and a turnover of 382 million € in 2019, Panariagroup is one of the main producers of flooring and wall covering ceramic tiles for the upper and luxury segment of the market.

Specialised in the production of porcelain and laminated stoneware, the group has focused on the top level and luxury segments of the market that it caters for by means of eight brands: Panaria Ceramica, Lea Ceramiche, Cotto d’Este, Blustyle, Florida Tile, Margres, Love Tiles and Bellissimo, which fulfil the needs of diverse customers that however share the same concern for the aesthetic and technical quality of products.

Panariagroup is an international-scale reference point, counting on production facilities in Italy, Portugal, United States, India and an extensive sales network in over 130 countries all over the world.

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Product certification

Product certification

The certifications obtained by Margres are presented below, as a demonstration of the quality, reliability and performance of its products.

  • CSTB UPEC

    UPEC is a product certification issued by the French institution CSTB, verifying the technical suitability of the products related to their intended use.

    CSTB UPEC – Margres Products CSTB UPEC F+ - Margres 20mm Products
  • DOP

    The CE mark is a safety certification required by the European Union with the intention of safeguarding health and safety.

    DOP – Margres Porcelain Stoneware
  • UL

    GREENGUARD certifies products that guarantee the highest standards of air quality in indoor environments. All porcelain stoneware and laminated stoneware of Margres collections have obtained GREENGUARD GOLD certification, i.e. the UL standard with the strictest VOC emission limits, and are therefore able to ensure that they are as healthy as possible for the people who use and inhabit these environments. They can therefore be used in environments such as schools and health facilities, attended by sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly. GREENGUARD GOLD is a widely recognised certification required by sustainable building programmes and design and construction regulations around the world, such as LEED (international) and BREEAM (UK).

    UL – Margres Products
  • Certif

    Product certification is the attestation given by CERTIF based on a decision resulting from an analysis, which proves that a product's compliance with the specified requirements has been demonstrated.

    Certif (UGL)- Margres Products Certif (GL) - Margres Products
  • Gost-R

    GOST-R certification means that all products meet the requirements of Russian quality and security directives.

    GOST-R

  • CCC

    CCC certificate (China Compulsory Product Certification) testifies product conformity in accordance with Chinese government directives and technical specifications.

    CCC

  • saso

    SASO Quality Mark (QM) certificate testifies product conformity with the directives and technical specifications covered by Saso, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality.

    SASO

  • Protect

    Our floor and wall coverings incorporate Microban® technology, the world’s leading antimicrobial technology, to guarantee, besides beauty and durability of our ceramic products, biological safety for our living, leisure and working environments.

    - POWERFUL ACTION - eliminates up to 99.9% of bacteria
    The technology used in PROTECT® products, based on silver ions, blocks the metabolism of bacteria and helps prevent their growth and reproduction on the treated surface.

    - CONTINUOUS PROTECTION - 24 hours a day
    Unlike other technologies, such as those based on the use of Titanium Dioxide, the protective shield is always active, day and night, with or without sunlight and it does not need UV rays for activation.

    - ETERNAL EFFECTIVENESS thanks to technology integrated into the product
    Silver ions, permanently integrated into the tile at the moment of firing, are active throughout the life cycle of the product and always guarantee a high level of protection between cleaning operations.

    - GUARANTEED QUALITY by the partnership with Microban®
    PROTECT® is guaranteed by the partnership with Microban®, the world’s leading company in the use of antimicrobial technology applied to numerous sectors and products. Furthermore it complies with international safety regulations and it is tested by specialized independent laboratories.
    See collections Certificate - Protect Margres Protect Margres Catalogue

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Margres holds several prestigious environmental and quality certifications. These are a clear proof of how it is possible to reconcile quality, industrial innovation and design with a serious policy for environmental safeguard.

  • Green Building Council

    Margres is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and of the Green Building Council ITALIA. These organizations promote the construction of buildings and other works which respect the environment as well as the health and well-being of the people who live and work within them.

  • APCER

    In accordance to the ISO 9001 certification, every passage in the production process, from the arrival of the raw material to the packaging of the finished product, is verified by experienced personnel through accurate quality control.

    In accordance to the ISO 14001 certification, all the environmental aspects concerned in the production of our tiles are constantly monitored, guaranteeing the use of the best technologies on the market in order to reduce the environmental impact.

    ISO 9001 – Margres ISO 14001 - Margres
  • EMAS

    The EU EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme for organisations requires the creation of a complete system of environmental management based on constant improvement. The system is based on the establishment of a rapport of cooperation and trust with employees, local authorities and the public.

    Environmental Statement - Margres EMAS

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