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Vitreous enamel publications

The Vitreous Enameller was the only journal published in the English language wholly devoted to the science and technology of Vitreous Enamel. It was sold to over thirty countries and was the recognised English language source on the subject.

ISSN 0042-7519

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Published by and available from the IVE by contacting: Katherine.williams, price £10.00 per issue, £40.00 per volume, plus postage and packaging *.

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The Vitreous Enameller was incorporated in the International Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering from June 2012 v. 6 no. 2. (see further information and current issues).


In nine, information-packed pages this copiously illustrated A4-size report has excellent information on current use and development in enamelled signs.

From the simplest black on white 'block colour' street signs to the latest in four-colour process displays of complex photographic images, production and application is reviewed, explained and illustrated.

Sign designers & specifiers opt for enamel as it is: -

  • Scratch and abrasion resistant
  • Vandal resistant, spray paint & acid just wipe off
  • Fire and flame proof, can't burn
  • Durable and resistant to corrosion and chemicals
  • Colour-fast, fade free, no UV deterioration
  • Has a very long life - 20, 50 or 100 years or more

The IVE Publication, 'Enamelled Signs, An IVE Annual Report' is available in printed hard copy - 297mm x 210mm, 12 pages, staple stitched, card cover, with 35 colour illustrations. Published by and available from the IVE by contacting: Katherine.williams or free to download (PDF 1.62mb)


The latest edition of this well known and widely used textbook is now available. It has been completely revised to include a full range of defects reflecting the latest processes. Improved photographic reproduction, combined with a problem solving format which includes possible cures will make this book an essential part of every enamellers’ library.

The book is printed on high quality heavy weight paper and is ring bound to facilitate use on the shop floor. The cover, which incorporates the traditional insignia of The Institute, gives a false binding to permit spine printing for ease of identification on the book shelf. It will be equally in place as a working document on the shop floor or as a reference work in the office or library.

ISBN 0 9527119 0 7, 210mm x 150mm, 86 pages, spiral bound, card cover, with 40 illustrations. Published by and available from the IVE by contacting: Katherine Williams, price £17.50 plus postage and packaging *.


This is our published series of visual images of adhesion test results to provide a comparative standard classification and visual guide for enamellers.

It has now been updated to reflect modern processes and includes both pickle free and two coat one-fire assessments. It now also includes a guide to assessment of the results.

Printed in black and white on A4 size laminated card and is ideal for displaying on the wall or in a reference manual.

The guide, supplied in packs of six, is published by and available from the IVE by contacting: Katherine Williams, price £5.00 plus postage and packing *.



Published in 1984 by Borax Holdings Ltd (now: Rio Tinto Minerals) the remaining stock of this book has been acquired by The Vitreous Enamellers' Society. We are making it available free of charge on request. All we ask is that you cover our postage and packing costs *. Please contact Katherine Williams for further details.

Whilst the book lacks information on the very latest techniques, the fundamental information and data about vitreous enamel is still most useful. With the lack of “in print” books on the subject, it fulfils a major need.

210mm x 147mm, 74 pages in 26 chapters, card-cover bound, with 15 tables, is a 1984 '20 Mule Team' publication by Borax Europe Ltd.



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International Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering incorporating Heat Treatment of Metals and The Vitreous Enameller

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I.E.I. and Porcelain Enamel Institute are very happy to announce that a new and valuable reference book is now in print. 

“PORCELAIN (VITREOUS) ENAMELS And Industrial Enamelling Processes The preparation, Application and Properties of Enamels” by Silvano Pagliuca (Italy), William D. Faust (USA).

The original Second Edition by A. I. Andrews dating back to the early 1960s has been completely revised and expanded with new technical information by the authors and with the contributions of several National Enamellers Associations.


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For information on pricing *, availability or to place orders for IVE literature, please contact Katherine Williams, e: Katherine Williams