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History of enamelling

Enamelling of metals was known and used already in ancient countries of the Far East (Japan, India, China) and in Egypt. Enamelling was used primarely as a decorating element on jewels. The more considerable turn in enamel usage came about in the period of Byzantine empire when it was used for flushing of relief beaten down in metal (so called poured enamel). In this period enamel application has penetrated also to Europe (5. 7 century A.D.)

The oldest application of enamel in our country can be seen on the Czech crown jewels (St. Wenceslaw´s Crown) and on the cross of Přemysl Otakar the II. Enamel application on iron (gray iron) is dated from the beginning of the 19th century, enamelling of steel in our territory is dated around the year 1850. Enamel was applicated by the paintbrush first and then by pouring over and much later by spraying. The first enamelling materials were toxic (plumbum was included).

Since the end of the 18th century the enamelled plate is a symbol of solidity, elegance and stability on the market. Thanks to unique immunity the original appearance is preserved for decades. At present rapid years among most people the enamelled plate brings back memories for the period when the merchants were attached to proved values and goodwill of the firm.

History of our company


Our enamel works is located in Želechovce nad Dřevnicí near to Zlín in the interesting building of the former paper mill. From time out of mind till the beginning of the 18th century this house was used as mill and was the property of Vizovice domain. After Kurucs´invasion in 1708 and 1709 Prokop Gervas Gollen, the lord of Vizovice, tried to improve profit of his domain and so around the year 1726 the paper-mill in Želechovice was established on the place of millhouse then with investment of 1.756 canaries and 47 doits.

In 1755 it was sold for the first time and then many owners were changed and also many different production technologies (from needlework of shoes up to kniting of travelling baskets). In 1920 this premises was bought by Bata company Zlín and carton is produced there. On 25.9.1923 this paper-mill was burnt down and its ruins were bought by the Machalas and the Vajdaks by equal share. In 1929 the company became the property of Ignác and Božena Machala and the production range are primarily pressed pieces (trolleys for tannery, points of wooden shoes, buttons, band saws, small planers, iron work for cycling bags, iron work for windows, scooter wheels, spheroidal rings for Minerva sewing machines) for which the firm was able to make pressing forms itself.

In 1953 the firm was nationalized and several state enterprises became its users continuously and mostly there were produced pressed products. In 1966 to the area of former paper-mill the enamel works was transfered from the inconvenient spaces under Družba hotel in Zlín and was engaged mostly in plate enamelling of boilers, evaporators, facing imitations or for example gas-cookers.

In 1991 during restitution the firm was returned to the previous owners. The limited company was established. Enamel works continued in more than 40 years old tradition in enamelling in Zlín region and is succesfull on the singmaking market.

In 2003 we put into practise the quality management ČSN EN ISO 9001:2001. Our priority is traditional handicraft of the high quality guaranteed by the know-how and experiencies of our employees supported by the modern technology.

O nás

Naše smaltovna se nachází v Želechovicích u Zlína v historicky zajimavém objektu bývalé papírny. Tento dům byl od "nepaměti" do počátku 18. století užíván jako mlýn a byl majetkem panství vizovského. 

Kontakt v patičce


SmaltZlin, s.r.o. 
Papírenská 186, 
763 11 Želechovice nad Dřevnicí 

KB Zlín 1908146661/0100