Ceramic: Producers push innovation as consumption falls

December 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Producers push innovation as consumption falls

Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 11 By Megan Salzano   Daltile’s Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces suit the growing demand for slab-style countertops. As was predicted this time last year, consumption of ceramic tile in 2019 is lower than that of the previous year. The downward trend began in 2018, and the residential ceramic business slowed for the first three quarters of 2019. Many ceramic leaders agree that by the end of 2019 the category...

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Tile: Stone suppliers utilize innovation to recoup lost market share

November 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Tile: Stone suppliers utilize innovation to recoup lost market share

October 28/November 4, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 9 By Megan Salzano   Emser Tile’s Trav Fontane (floor) and Stacked Slate (pool/hot tub surround) tap today’s outdoor living trend. The consumer’s love affair with natural stone’s luxury and durability has raged for centuries. While consumers are often fickle with their hearts, it is unlikely this category will cease to draw demand for the long run. New shapes, sizes, colors and textures have also reinvigorated the category,...

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Fall intros: Innovations entice dealers to sell better goods

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Fall intros: Innovations entice dealers to sell better goods

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan   The newest product introductions in the flooring industry run the gamut from latest in rigid core construction to carpet tiles engineered for exterior applications. What these disparate products have in common, however, are technology advancements that will help define and differentiate these innovations as they hit the market at the height of the fall selling season. Engineered Floors Its Dream Weaver residential brand is...

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Tile: New applications expand segment’s potential

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Tile: New applications expand segment’s potential

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Megan Salzano   Daltile’s Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces are resistant to water, heat, stains, scratches, chemicals and traffic. While the tile market is under pressure from the realistic visuals and waterproof technologies of resilient product lines, porcelain is taking its market share back through innovative new products. Porcelain slabs and pavers, in particular, have expanded tile’s possibilities within the home and helped grow its market share during a...

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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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