A constant evolution
GSI has always been one of the leader company in Civita Castellana’s ceramics industry tradition. GSI has been using its entrepreneurial spirit to overcome market difficulties for 30 years. In this context the founders of the company have cleverly modelled traditional craftsmanship with evolving technical innovations in a Research and Development process based on a work ethic and value system which focuses on the human insight and know-how typical of Italian industry. In this way there is a productive relationship between investors, management, designers and workers which has led to a virtuous circle enabling us to offer products with a clean designs and high standards of quality, following what has become GSI’s byword, “Italian Made”. The 90’s are those characterized by a greater push towards innovation in a process of transformation that will bring the company to a total refurbishment obtained with considerable investment and aimed at increasing the human capital and technological-productivity. Aiming at obtaining tangible results in terms of innovation is the focus of GSI today thanks to a renewed management team that strongly believes in the new development plan. In a historic moment like today, where caution seems the only way forward, GSI ceramics continues its policy of growth building a bridge to an upcoming future that will see the company as a real protagonist and interpreter of good Made in Italy.
The local surroundings are rich in history, the cradle of the ancient Faliscan civilization, over which Monte Soratte looms in solitary majesty. It is a region that has always fascinated poets, painters and hermits with its countryside that is both harsh and mild at the same time: the deep ravines carved out by running waters, the contrasts between the red tuff and the green of the luxuriant vegetation, the small towns clinging to hilltops have been evoked in verse, painting and spiritual meditations. This earthy magic, a suggestive charm suspended between yellow, ochre and emerald has remained unchanged and continues to delight visitors to this day.
GSI produces sanitary, washbasins, bidet, wc and dedicated accessories, through a productive process that applies the correct mix of technology and skill, just as required by the peculiarity of the product. In this way the Company participates in an active and constant manner to the evolution of the division of the Italian ceramic sanitary, with designed products to last through time and to meet with the real diversified needs of use, in terms of design, functionality, comfort and quality. Manual ability and automation, craftsmanship and technology. GSI products are the result of a complex development process which harnesses the latest 3D system technology in every phase of design and prototyping. This is followed by a high pressure production method, automated enamelling and setting in a kiln running at 1250°C. The entire process is supervised in detail by qualified staff who carry out constant quality checking. Each phase of production, and every item produced, is tested against a strict quality control system conforming to the latest European standards. Technical, functional and aesthetic requirements form a selected system of products which allow GSI ceramics to only offer its clientele products that are of high level quality endowed with the certified document CE. Over the last few years, the company has invested in the latest generation production plants; high pressure casting systems which are the most innovative and efficient in the sector. This latest technology, allows a quality improvement and also grants a strict supervision throughout the entire production phase, considerably raising the qualitative standards of the finished product. The continuous research of an own style aimed to an original design and however sober and elegant, together with the introduction of technology, allows a study of the forms and of the most efficient functionality in reduced time, everything without ever renouncing to the own tradition. The attention, almost obsessive, for the details and the style, later guarantees a production of high aesthetical value, that identifies itself on the market for the great worth value of a Made in Italy absolutely excellent to invoice.
It’s not a paradox: a tradition survives over time only if it is constantly able to renew itself. Even if this means revamping the entire production cycle and adopting technologies that will noticeably improve the quality of our products. This is why GSI has decided to make the best use of our staff, entrusting the most advanced equipment available in the ceramics sector to their knowledge and skills. To continue to move forward but with tradition behind us while creating the best possible product. That is GSI’s mission. At GSI we are aware that we have come a long way and that we owe a lot to our unique and precious heritage; but we also want to add a new chapter to that long story and the title of that chapter is: “The Future”. GSI possesses the most advanced production technology currently available in the field of ceramics. After the glazing process, the pieces are put on trolleys and sent for firing. The order in which the mobile trolleys are filled necessarily follows the sequence realized during the glazing phase. This order will later be changed for access to the kiln. One strength of GSI’s production is most certainly its tunnel kiln. Arranged on mechanically running trolleys the sanitary pieces are placed in such a way as to best exploit the available space. The length of the tunnel and its power are indicative of the quality of GSI products because “a product that comes out of the kiln is a mirror of the company”. The percentage of GSI products that do not get through the inspection phase is actually quite small; this is the result of intense efforts to innovate every phase of the production process. But even discarded pieces reenter a virtuous cycle of recovery: some are broken up to be reused as fire clay, others are glazed to meet the needs of environmental sustainability.