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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Ceramic: Technology expands design possibilities

September 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Technology expands design possibilities

September 3/10, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 6 By Mara Bollettieri With the help of technology, ceramic can go where it wasn’t able to go before. High-definition printing and screening has completely transformed the category, allowing it to be a more versatile floor and thus a more attractive option to the consumer. The industry has been raving about the aesthetics of wood, and with high-definition printing, manufacturers can now offer these hot looks to the marketplace....

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Ceramic: New shapes, sizes expand possibilities

July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Ceramic: New shapes, sizes expand possibilities

July 9/16, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 2 By Nicole Murray   Ceramic tile manufacturers continue to push the proverbial design envelope by developing new shapes, formats, patterns and sizes. The aim is to better meet the needs of a diverse and growing range of end users. In terms of visuals, ceramic is looking to nature for inspiration—literally. Wood planks continue to rise in popularity, based not only on the high level of realism that can...

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Ceramic: Positive factors fuel eight-year winning streak

July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Positive factors fuel eight-year winning streak

June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1   By Ken Ryan   The U.S. ceramic tile industry registered its eighth consecutive year of growth in 2017, buoyed largely by a strengthening economy, sizeable gains in the construction and housing sectors, falling unemployment numbers and favorable interest rates. FCNews research shows sales rose 5.8% to $2.921 billion while volume increased 5% to 2.426 billion square feet. The 2017 numbers were similar to 2016 when sales...

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Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

June 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

Chattanooga, Tenn.–Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS) has opened a new, 68,500-square-foot service center in Lakeland, Fla. According to Darrel Harris, CEO, the new facility allows XGS to more efficiently service a greater footprint in Florida. “Analysis showed us that a much larger, more modern facility in Lakeland would provide better service to our valued customers and allow us to improve efficiencies,” Harris stated. “The Lakeland facility fits well with our expansion plans in the Florida...

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Ceramic: New formats, designs emerge

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Ceramic: New formats, designs emerge

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By K.J. Quinn and Nicole Murray   Several of the industry’s major players have invested significant capital and resources into the development of next-generation tile flooring and wall products. Judging by the introductions making their respective debuts at various markets this winter, those investments are paying off. On one hand, advances in digital printing are enabling producers to introduce head-turning formats and designs. At the same time, technological...

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Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Nicole Murray   One thing still seems to be true regarding the tile trends at this year’s Surfaces: the bigger the better. Large slabs with infinite design possibilities due to printing technologies were seen all over the showroom floor in varied thicknesses. These new slabs are available for floor, wall or countertop applications. Roy Viana, Dal-Tile’s director of slab and natural stone tile, raved about Daltile’s Panoramic...

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Tile: Technology advances inspire new designs, formats

February 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Tile: Technology advances inspire new designs, formats

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By K.J. Quinn   Ongoing investments in R&D and improved capabilities across manufacturing footprints are expected to pay off for ceramic tile makers. Specifically, advances in digital printing are enabling producers to introduce game-changing formats and designs that meet consumer and commercial end-user needs for performance, styling and sustainability. “With new technology in digital decoration techniques bringing the highest aesthetics and emerging formats, offering tile as a potential...

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