MDI
What is MDi?

MDi  is made of high-purity minerals, fused at a high temperature in a ground-breaking production process, leading to the obtainment of outstanding technical properties, surface characteristics and visual qualities.

By using Full Digital technology throughout the whole manufacturing process, total control of the end design is guaranteed, combined with an amazing definition and unparalleled smooth feel. Through the use of 360º design, each new creation’s inner core and outer surface are fully integrated to ensure visual continuity between the two.

With textures, colours and finishes conceived to stimulate the senses, MDi fuels your creativity, marking the difference between a product you like and one you are truly in love with.

What are the advantages of MDi surfaces by Inalco?

Thanks to the development of cutting-edge technologies and new innovations, MDi by Inalco unites top technical performance with outstanding visual properties in one same product. Its main advantages are:

  • Total control of the design, an amazing definition and an unparalleled smooth feel, thanks to the use of Full Digital technology throughout the MDi production process.

  • A continuous seamless design. Each new creation’s inner core and outer surface are fully integrated in a 360º design to ensure visual continuity between the two.

  • MDi’s extensive choice of formats, finishes, colours and thicknesses gives it high added value. It comes in a selection of chic timeless neutral colours, ranging from toasts, stone and camel colours to whites or pure blacks. Its modern designs feature assorted textures in addition to a choice of natural, polished matt, polished high-gloss, bush-hammered and non-slip finishes. MDi also comes in formats of up to 150 x 320 cm. Thanks to the almost imperceptible joints between the slabs, MDi surfaces have a seamless appearance.

  • MDi is easy to cut, machine and join. It is also simple to handle, because this is a malleable material in its 4 and 6mm-thick versions. It also has a high resistance and durability.

  • MDi surfaces by Inalco are eco-friendly. By using H2O Full Digital technology, 70% savings are made on water consumption, a 90% reduction on atmospheric emissions and 50% recycled material is used in the production process.

  • Low water absorption. MDi surfaces do not absorb bacteria and neither are they affected by sharp temperature changes.

  • They are easy to clean and care for. MDi surfaces by Inalco have a high resistance to staining, and they can be cleaned on an everyday basis with a cloth moistened with water.

What formats does MDi by Inalco come in?

Inalco offers a wide range of products:

  • Slimline (6mm-thick) iSLIMM wall and floor coverings come in formats ranging from 100 x 100 cm to 150 x 300 cm. Full information on these collections can be found in the Wall and Floor Coverings section, together with details of products in a conventional 10.5mm thickness.

  • Inalco also produces the innovative iTOP range for countertops, worktops and furniture. iTOP combines design appeal, large formats and cutting-edge materials with 4, 6, 12 and 20 mm thicknesses. Discover the iTOP range on Inalco’s website.

What finishes does MDi by Inalco come in?

The MDi collections by Inalco come in a natural, bush-hammered, polished glossy and polished matt finish. Thanks to the use of ground-breaking H2O Full Digital technology, these finishes infuse the collections with a high degree of warmth and natural beauty. A Non-slip finish is also available, combining modern designs with the outstanding technical performance that is needed in wet indoor or outdoor areas.

For further information about our collections’ finishes, see the Wall and Floor Coverings and iTOP sections of our website.

What difference is there between a natural, polished or bush-hammered finish?

MDi products by Inalco come in varying finishes and relief textures, aimed at boosting their technical properties and enhancing their visual appeal.

  • MDi in a natural finish. This is the most natural-looking model in each relevant collection. Use the Search bar to see the collections by Inalco that are available in a natural finish.

  • MDi in a polished finish. After the slabs are manufactured, the surface is polished to make it shine. At Inalco, there are two types of polished finishes: a high-gloss one with a mirror-like effect, and a highly attractive matt finish with a very soft feel. Use the Search bar to see the Inalco collections in a polished finish.

  • MDi in a bush-hammered finish. This finish gives the surface a slightly textured pleasant feel. Use the Search bar to see the Inalco collections in a bush-hammered finish.

Can MDi by Inalco be used on floors?

All our products can be used on walls or floors, provided that the installation instructions are followed in the manuals found in the Technical Guides section and in the Technical Videos shown on the website.

Due to their specific design, some collections are specially conceived for use on walls. In the event of a query, contact us at correo@inalco.es.

What is resistance to abrasion?

Over the course of time, flooring will be subject to abrasion-related wear and tear, due to friction with footwear, wheels, tyres and other objects.

All Inalco collections that can be used on floors surpass the requirements of the EN-ISO 10545-6 standard (Resistance to Deep Abrasion).

What is a non-slip finish?

Inalco offers a comprehensive range of Non-slip products that combine design appeal with the outstanding technical performance needed for more discerning projects.

With their almost inexistent water absorption level, ability to withstand sharp temperature changes, and high resistance, Inalco non-slip floor coverings are ideal for wet indoor and outdoor areas like terraces, outdoor stairways, bathrooms and poolsides.

These stylish contemporary-look collections allow for continuity between indoor and outdoor areas. INALCO Non-slip floor coverings meet salient international standards on non-slip safety.

Can MDi surfaces be used outside?

One of the benefits of MDi by Inalco is its almost inexistent water absorption rate. This gives it a very high resistance to high and low temperatures, making it perfect for outdoor areas.

In addition, many of Inalco’s collections come in a Non-slip finish, ensuring added safety and helping to prevent slips or falls in wet areas like gardens or swimming pools.

For further information, see our range of non-slip collections.

Is MDi by Inalco an eco-friendly product?

Products by Inalco are environmentally friendly, since one of the company’s main premises is to avoid pollution and to contribute to a sustainable environment.

Inalco’s environmental policy can be summarized as follows:

  • To reduce, re-use and recycle waste on the original production site. MDi contains between 40% and 50% recycled materials.

  • To optimize the consumption of resources, both in the production process and in the company’s other departments.

  • To reduce emissions. Inalco controls and filters atmospheric emissions. It also fosters strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to comply with the targets of the Kyoto Protocol.

  • H2O Full Digital technology uses water as a base in decorative inks and glazes. By doing so, products with a maximum definition are achieved, without generating pollutant emissions. Savings of up to 70% on water consumption are obtained and more optimum use of resources is ensured, making full use of inks and minimizing the generation of waste.

For further information, see the section entitled ECOINALCO.

MDi products by Inalco are rectified. What does this mean?

It means that the edges have been cut in such a way that they are absolutely straight. As a result, all the slabs are absolutely the same size. All MDi products by Inalco are rectified.

What is IPLUS digital printing technology?

This is the digital printing system and international pioneering new innovation launched by Inalco in 2005. By using CMYK inks, a high definition is achieved, with far more natural-looking designs printed right across the whole surface, including the top and bottom of relief textures.

Digital IPLUS technology is used for all MDi collections by Inalco.

What is H2O Full Digital technology?

Inalco was a world pioneer in introducing H2O Full Digital technology. This ground-breaking technology, which uses water-based inks, can be used to print collections with an amazing definition. What is more, they are eco-friendly and environmentally and socially sustainable. With this technology, in addition to many other benefits, up to 70% savings have been achieved on the water consumed during the production process.

Can Inalco products be used in raised-access floor systems?

Inalco’s Raised Floor System for Interiors and Exteriors is made up of panels of a conventional thickness, which rest on pedestals of adjustable heights to make the floor easy to level. The whole system can be easily assembled with no building work. Inalco raised-access floor panels are reinforced on the underside to give them a high mechanical resistance to heavy loads and impacts, thus avoiding the need for the heavy materials commonly used in such floor systems, like calcium sulphate or chipboard panels or bonded double tiles. Thanks to their variety of formats, a model can be found to fit in with the technical and aesthetic needs of all projects. For further information, see the Raised-Access Floors section or Technical Videos on our website.

ISLIMM: 6MM-THICK LARGE FORMATS
What is iSLIMM?

Islimm by Inalco-Logo is the Inalco brand that encompasses its slimline (6mm-thick) large-format MDi series. Islimm by Inalco-Logo is the eco-friendliest, lightest weight brand and the easiest to handle.

See the Islimm by Inalco-Logo collections by Inalco.

What formats does iSLIMM by Inalco come in?

6mm-thick Islimm by Inalco-Logo MDi products by Inalco come in formats ranging from 100x100 cm to 150x300 cm.

What finishes does iSLIMM come in?

Inalco uses cutting-edge manufacturing techniques in the production of its slimline Islimm by Inalco-Logo range, creating products in a natural, bush-hammered, high-gloss polished and matt polished finish, even in the biggest formats (150x300 and 100x250 cm).

Can iSLIMM be laid on floors?

Islimm by Inalco-Logo can be laid on both walls and floors, providing that the installation instructions are followed found in the Technical Guides and in the Technical Videos on Inalco’s website.

Due to their specific design, some collections are specially conceived for use on walls. In the event of a query, contact us at correo@inalco.es.

What benefits does iSLIMM by Inalco offer?

Islimm by Inalco-Logo collections offer the following advantages:

  • Relief patterns and textures on large-format slimline products of up to 150x300 cm. Inalco was the first company in the world to apply relief patterns and textures to Islimm by Inalco-Logo large formats.

  • A multitude of finishes, including natural, polished, bush-hammered and non-slip ones.

  • Formats of up to 150 x 300 cm. With imperceptible joints for the creation of seamless-looking surfaces.

  • Because this is a slimline range, with a thickness of just 6 mm, Islimm by Inalco-Logo is very easy to cut and drill.

  • Because iSLIMM is more lightweight, it is easier to handle and lay.

  • iSLIMM ensures energy savings because fewer resources are used in its production and transportation. In addition, less packaging and fewer inks are required.

  • It is an eco-friendlier, more sustainable product.

Can iSLIMM be laid on existing floor coverings?

Thanks to their slimline thickness, the collections in the Islimm by Inalco-Logo range are perfect for refurbishing floors and they can be laid on top of existing coverings, providing that the existing floor is level.

To lay them, see the Technical Guides and Technical Videos on Inalco’s website.

 

 

Can iSLIMM be used on façades?

Inalco collections are ideal for use on façades, because their design and technical characteristics (durability, resistance, low maintenance, energy savings etc.) offer multiple benefits as coverings on buildings or in other architectural applications.

For further information, see the Façade Manual.

ITOP: 4, 6, 12 & 20MM-THICK SLABS
What is iTOP?

ITOP by inalco is an innovative range for use as countertops or in furniture, available in thicknesses of 4, 6, 12 and 20 mm. ITOP by inalco combines a large 150x320cm format with cutting-edge materials and a strong design appeal.

What can iTOP be used for?

ITOP by inalco can be used as cladding for furniture and as countertops, table tops, backsplashes and another other use that professionals might come up with.

What are iTOP Countertops?

ITOP by inalco Countertops are a range of slabs by Inalco in a large 150x320cm format and thicknesses of 6, 12 and 20 mm.

Thanks to the available selection of colours and finishes, ITOP by inalco Countertops stand out for their versatility and elegant design.

See the ITOP by inalco Countertops range by Inalco.

What is iTOP Fronts?

ITOP by inalco Fronts are 4mm-thick large-format 150x320cm slabs by Inalco, mainly conceived for cladding furniture. ITOP by inalco Fronts come in different colours and finishes for creating trendsetting elegant designs.

See the ITOP by inalco Fronts range.

What advantages does iTOP offer compared to other materials?

ITOP by inalco offers numerous benefits:

  • Resistant to stains.

  • Easy to clean and care for.

  • Resistant to heat.

  • A high scratch resistance.

  • A very hygienic material.

  • Highly resistant to everyday use.

  • Resistant to frost and ice and low temperatures.

  • Resistant to ultra-violet rays.

  • Resistant to bending and impacts.

  • A high resistance to temperature changes.

See the Benefits of iTOP section.

Is iTOP by Inalco an eco-friendly product?

Products by Inalco are environmentally friendly, since one of the company’s main premises is to avoid pollution and to contribute to a sustainable environment.

Inalco’s environmental policy can be summarized as follows:

  • To reduce, re-use and recycle waste on the original production site. Between 40% and 50% recycled materials are used to manufacture MDi.

  • To optimize the consumption of resources, both in the production process and in the company’s other departments.

  • To reduce emissions. Inalco controls and filters atmospheric emissions. It also fosters strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to comply with the targets of the Kyoto Protocol.

  • H2O Full Digital technology uses water as a base in the ink and glaze decorative processes. By doing so, products with a maximum definition are achieved, without generating pollutant emissions. Savings of up to 70% on water consumption are obtained and more optimum use of resources is achieved, making full use of inks and minimizing the generation of waste.

For further information, see the section entitled ECOINALCO.

 

Is iTOP resistant to impacts?

ITOP by inalco is resistant to objects and utensils used in everyday life (for instance, in kitchens, restaurants, and laboratories).

Is iTOP resistant to stains?

ITOP by inalco does not need any special care or cleaning products. Stains can be removed with water or regular cleaning products. Neither is it affected by products like solvents, detergents, bleach, oil, vinegar or lemon juice, provided that they are cleaned away within 24 hours.

For further information, see the Benefits of iTOP section.

Is iTOP resistant to scratching?

Thanks to the very high resistance of their surface, ITOP by inalco slabs are resistant to scratching. Even so, cutting boards should be used when food is sliced or chopped to conserve the visual appearance of ITOP by inalco.

For further information, see the Benefits of iTOP section.

Is iTOP resistant to high and low temperatures?

One of the main benefits of MDi by Inalco is its very low water absorption rate (0.1%). This makes it perfect for outdoor areas (terraces, façades etc.), where it can withstand high and low temperatures, rain, and frost or ice.

Can iTOP slabs be used outdoors?

ITOP by inalco collections are made of MDi by Inalco material. Thanks to their low water absorption rate (0.1%), they are ideal for use in outdoor environments subject to frost and ice.

Does iTOP’s original colour fade over time or through exposure to sunlight?

ITOP by inalco slabs are resistant to ultra-violet rays and so the colour of the surfaces does not change over time, even when used outdoors.

For further information, see the Benefits of iTOP section.

Is iTOP hygienic?

The surfaces of ITOP by inalco slabs are not porous and so they prevent the build-up of bacteria or mould. This makes them food grade.

Is there any disadvantage to a bush-hammered finish when handling food?

Food can be handled without problems on products with a bush-hammered finish. Indeed, it is even more scratch resistant than the other finishes, although the use of cutting boards is always recommended.

Can ITOP slabs be cut and drilled to adapt them for use in a particular place?

ITOP by inalco slabs can be cut and drilled to suit any space, providing that the right techniques and tools are used.

See the Technical Guides and Technical Videos for ITOP by inalco Countertops.

IBASINS BY INALCO
What is the iBasins range?

iBASINS is a new range of basins and yet another tool for professionals from the architecture and interior design worlds to create projects with a high added value.

These free-standing washbasins share all the advantages of all the other products: they are resistant to knocks, scratches and sharp temperature changes, they are easy to clean and, due to their almost inexistent water absorption, they are very hygienic since they prevent the build-up of bacteria.

How many designs does the iBasins range feature?

This newly launched range is currently made up of the Hydra model, available in two formats (117x43 cm and 60x43 cm) and five finishes: Natural Larsen Super Blanco-gris, Bush-hammered Petra Crema, Natural Silk Camel, Natural Senda Gris and Natural Storm Negro.

Thanks to its elegant design and choice of colours, this is a highly versatile washbasin. It can be combined with all Inalco’s other collections in the creation of global design projects.

ISHOWER TRAYS BY INALCO
What is the iShower Trays range?

This is a new range of shower trays that share the same technical benefits as all Inalco’s other products: they are resistant to knocks, scratches and sharp temperature changes, they are easy to clean and, because they absorb no water, they prevent the build-up of bacteria and are thus very hygienic.

How many designs are there in the iShower Tray range?

iShower Trays range is made up of the Hydra model, available in a single format (80.6 x 150 cm) and choice of five finishes: Natural Larsen Super Blanco-Gris, Bush-hammered Petra Crema, Natural Silk Camel, Natural Senda Gris Natural and Natural Storm Negro.

Like the iBasins range by Inalco, Hydra’s elegant design and selection of colours make it a highly versatile shower tray. It can be combined with all Inalco’s other collections in the creation of global design projects.

CUTTING AND LAYING
How are products by Inalco laid?

To guarantee a long life for Inalco wall and floor coverings, certain basic guidelines must always be followed when they are laid, both in the case of products of a conventional thickness (10.5 mm) and 6mm-thick slimline iSLIMM ones.

For further information, see the Technical Guides and Technical Videos sections.

How should products by Inalco be cut?

Cutting MDi slabs by Inalco is easy if professional tools are used, like cutting guides and radial tile cutters. When they are cut, a series of simple cutting guidelines should be followed.

For further information, see the Cutting Guide for products by Inalco.

Is MDi iSLIMM cut the same way as slabs of a conventional thickness?

Yes, Islimm by Inalco-Logo is cut in exactly the same way.

For further information, see the Technical Guides and Technical Videos sections.

How can I make holes in MDi by Inalco?

Holes and cut-outs can easily be made in MDi by Inalco for the covers of inspection boxes, light fixtures, pipe connections or for any other purpose.

Follow the instructions in the Cutting Guide.

Must a joint be left between MDi slabs by Inalco?

This is a gap that is left between all adjoining slabs to help absorb any expansion or contraction in the substrate due to temperature changes or minor structural movements. It is important to remember that the substrate must be stable, clean and level.

The slabs should always be laid with a joint of at least 2 mm between them. Preferably spacers and tile-levelling wedges should be used to make sure that the slabs are properly aligned and that the width of the joints is always the same.

Must the joints between MDi slabs by Inalco be grouted?

The joints must always be grouted, both for aesthetic reasons and to avoid problems like damp or fungus.

The grouting material should be of a similar colour to the slabs and suitable for the place where they are laid (indoors, outdoors, wet areas etc.).

A wide variety of grouting materials are available (waterproof, deformable, anti-acid etc.). The product manufacturer will specify the waiting time between the slabs being laid and beginning the grouting process.

The correct waiting times must always be observed and any surplus adhesive or grout residues must be removed.

Important: To grout polished slabs, coloured grout containing lampblack must never be used because the micronized carbon that it contains will penetrate the surface pores of polished materials and be very hard to remove.

LEANING & CARE
How should MDi by Inalco cleaned?

After the slabs are laid, the surface must be properly cleaned to remove any residues from the installation and grouting processes. A slightly acidic detergent should be used, such as Deterdek by Fila or AKEMI Acid Cleaner, which does not release any toxic vapours or damage the slabs, joints or surrounding areas.

If the slabs have been laid as flooring and work is still being done in the area, the surface must be protected with cardboard to avoid direct contact with the remains of building materials, tools, machinery etc.

For everyday cleaning, a dust mop or dry cloth can be used. Do not use products containing wax or polish.

For further information, see the Cleaning Guide.

Does MDi by Inalco need any special care once laid?

MDi does not require any special care once laid. Due to its composition and firing temperature, it is almost impervious.

Once it has been laid, any cement or grout residues must be removed, using specific products for this purpose.

See the Cleaning Guide.

ECOINALCO: INALCO’S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
What is ECOINALCO?

ECOINALCO is Inalco’s public commitment to the environment and to society. It encompasses all the human and technological resources directed at preventing possible negative impacts caused by the company’s activities, as well as ongoing controls of manufacturing processes, and the necessary investment to ensure sustainable development.

For further information, visit the ECOINALCO section.

What are key aspects of ECOINALCO?

Inalco’s environmental policy (ECOINALCO) can be summarized as follows:

  • To reduce, re-use and recycle waste on the original production site. MDi contains between 40% and 50% recycled materials.

  • To optimize the consumption of resources, both in the production process and in the company’s other departments.

  • To reduce emissions. Inalco controls atmospheric emissions and filters particles. It also fosters strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to comply with the targets of the Kyoto Protocol.

  • Innovation and technology.

Can MDi iSLIMM by Inalco contribute to the obtainment of LEED points?

Yes, by using MDi iSLIMM slabs, up to 10 LEED points can be obtained.

For further information, see the LEED Points section of ECOINALCO.

What is H2O Full Digital technology?

Inalco is the first company in the world to introduce H2O Full Digital. This ground-breaking technology, which uses water-based inks, can be used to achieve collections with an amazing definition. On top of that, they are also eco-friendlier and more environmentally and socially sustainable.

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