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Since its foundation, Pillivuyt has constantly demonstrated remarkable know-how. When it was set up in 1818 at Foëcy, it produced classic porcelaine pieces identical to those of Limoges and quickly began to export to numerous countries.
In 1853, it moved to its present site in Mehun-sur-Yèvre, which was then the largest porcelain manufacturing site in France. Recognised for its exceptional know-how and creativity, confirmed by the different medals obtained at the World Fairs of Philadelphia, London, Paris and New York, at the beginning of the 2Oth century it launched its famous "bistrot" table which it still manufactures. All that noble heritage is perpetuated today in our workshops. In fact, Pillivuyt is one of the last porcelain manufacturers to make its own paste and to master all the techniques, both traditional and modern.
These include traditional fashioning for the production of designs for outstanding figures such as the chef Alain Ducasse, as well as the know-how of open top casting, a manual operation between two plaster moulds or by automatic pressing, and jiggering on roller machines (a semi-automatic process) or by isostatic pressing, hence totally automated.
Pillivuyt has kept the technique of production by tourning, rare in the field of porcelain, which adds to the company's prestige. For its glazing work, Pillivuyt still uses manual immersion coating, even though it possesses different robots for this operation. Most of the decorative work is done through the chromolithography technique (stencilling). The manual decorative and spinning technique is confidential.
With a worforce of 270 employees, the company markets over 170 products via a network of subsidiaries and retailers in more than 40 countries; it also works to meet special orders. Pillivuyt is a brand known worldwide and generates 55% of its turnover from exports.