Ceramic: Technology expands tile’s design possibilities

July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Technology expands tile’s design possibilities

July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Megan Salzano   Advancing technologies have had a vast impact on most major flooring categories for the past several years, and perhaps none more so than tile. In the past decade, technological advancements—some adopted from other industries—have led to major design innovations for the category. Advanced digital printing, for example, forever changed tile’s aesthetic capabilities while new sizes, shapes, textures and thicknesses also helped shape its future...

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Ceramic: Lower consumption keeps growth rates in check

July 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Lower consumption keeps growth rates in check

June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Megan Salzano   For the ninth consecutive year since the fallout of the Great Recession, the U.S. ceramic tile market registered growth. However, the growth witnessed in 2018 was not on par with the 5%-6% increase the category experienced in both volume and sales since 2016. In fact, many industry observers noted a significant slowdown in 2018. “In the past year, we saw growth in both...

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A look back at 2018’s top introductions

May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on A look back at 2018’s top introductions

April 29/May 6, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie and Ken Ryan   In a marketplace plagued by “me-too” products, it is up to manufacturers to develop standout flooring. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile or resilient, suppliers have had to step up their game in style, design and performance to excite flooring dealers and customers alike. In 2018, the industry saw a plethora of new products enter the scene. Following is an...

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Coverings 2019: Premier tile and stone event going strong after 30 years

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Coverings 2019: Premier tile and stone event going strong after 30 years

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Steven Feldman   Orlando, Fla.—Against the backdrop of a slowing ceramic tile market, a sold-out Coverings celebrated its 30th anniversary here April 9-12 with 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries showing their latest and greatest in response to a variety of trends. At 480,000 square feet, Coverings is ranked as the 35th largest trade show in the U.S., according to Trade Show magazine. That’s up 3% from 2018,...

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Ceramics: Functionality, style drive TISE 2019 tile introductions

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramics: Functionality, style drive TISE 2019 tile introductions

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Megan Salzano   Las Vegas—While the tile and stone category has its challenges—think price points and installation—its evolution within the home has helped drive sales and the category’s overall value. No longer are consumers relegating tile and stone to kitchen and bath builds, they are looking to the category to support evolving home design trends such as decorative wall features, indoor/outdoor living and minimalistic design. To fulfill...

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Ceramics of Italy identifies overseas tile trends

March 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramics of Italy identifies overseas tile trends

Bologna, Italy—Ceramics of Italy recently unveiled its tile trend report, which highlighted new trends the organization saw during Cersaie, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings held here. Following are seven of the biggest tile trends, according to Ceramics of Italy, as seen in the hundreds of new collections from member manufacturers at the 36th edition of Cersaie. Systems For years, Italian tile manufacturers have been expanding the definition of a product, offering specifiers...

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Ceramic: Bigger sizes, bolder colors drive tile trends for 2019

January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Bigger sizes, bolder colors drive tile trends for 2019

January 7/14, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 16 By Megan Salzano   The tile and stone category is expected to see growth in the coming year, and retailers looking to capture that sales potential should stay ahead of the coming trends. However, that becomes more difficult as tile continues to evolve its place in the home—no longer banished to the bathroom or kitchen floor. “It’s not just for the residential kitchen backsplash or the hotel bathroom...

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Executive forecast: Tile—Commercial sector, larger formats to lift category

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Tile—Commercial sector, larger formats to lift category

December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Megan Salzano   Modest, single-digit growth is expected for the tile and stone category in 2019, according to some of the sector’s top executives, with demand in the commercial sector poised to stimulate that growth. Large-format tile and planks have also hit their stride and remain an opportunity for the category. However, a shortage of skilled installers and higher interest rates could prove challenging moving into 2019. ...

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Ceramic state of the industry: On the heels of a strong year, suppliers brace for change

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Ceramic state of the industry: On the heels of a strong year, suppliers brace for change

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By K.J. Quinn   The ceramic tile industry can best be described as a two-sided coin: one side shows a business thriving from a healthy economy and consumer preferences trending toward floors resembling or made from natural materials; but on the flip side, a projected decline in new housing starts and unfavorable macroeconomic issues threaten to stymie growth. “I predict that by the end of the year,...

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Tile: Color, design exploration at the helm of latest stone innovation

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Tile: Color, design exploration at the helm of latest stone innovation

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By K.J. Quinn   It’s been said a leopard can’t change its spots, but this idiom doesn’t apply to the world’s oldest form of flooring. Natural stone suppliers are reinvigorating the category by utilizing new production technologies to produce high-fashion products in larger formats to meet any design vision for inside and outside the home. “It is important for the manufacturer/distributor to holistically capture the trends taking...

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