when you find yourself in the south of the netherlands and you talk about bathroom facilities you are automatically talking about sphinx. It is an important player in the european bathroom market, which is celebrating 175 years in business.
the amazing things is that you imagine hundreds of people working in the factory. especially because my experiences with ceramics are reduced to making some cups. I’ve expected that working with this fragile material is a primary manual work. but in fact there are just 15 employees in the rotating shifts. basically the hole production is accomplish by machinery. just the technical details and frequent observations are still done by humans.
sphinx factory inside – on the right is the massive oven
around 1000 sanitary arrangements are manufactured every day
toilet mould made of porous plastic material – its more expensive than plaster but can be used about 30.000 times
freshly moulded clay washbasin
air-dried, glazed toilets with a screenprinted logo
which are ready for baking
on the way into the oven – assembly line baking at 1200 degrees