Italian ceramic tile manufacturer CCImola awarded AEOF certificate

October 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Italian ceramic tile manufacturer CCImola awarded AEOF certificate

Miami – Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola (CCImola) announced this week that it is the first Italian ceramic tile manufacturer to be awarded the Authorized Economic Operator Full (AEOF) certificate, a certification issued by the European Union (EU) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The AEOF certificate offers important benefits in conducting business overseas and ensures that CCImola follows specific customs procedures efficiently, complying with new security requirements and conducting business while keeping safety first. (more…)

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Despite economy, rising costs, execs see reasons for optimism

August 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

by Louis Iannaco There are several obstacles currently preventing the ceramic segment from taking flight, according to industry executives. The economy, obviously, leads the way with raw materials costs and low-cost goods from around the world also among the main culprits. Also thrown into the mix are installation issues—from its cost to its number of failures. (more…)

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Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) releases new online stone training course

July 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) releases new online stone training course

San Diego, Calif. — The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) announces it has developed a Canadian version of its popular online course, Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone, which has been released and is available through Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) at www.ttmac.com. The UofCTS was given the assignment to convert the American version of the UofCTS Stone course after the success of TTMAC’s Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile...

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Ceramic continues long road to recovery

June 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Ceramic continues long road to recovery

Producers see sales, unit increases for second straight year by Louis Iannaco Coming off a 2010 where most industry executives reported modest increases in tile consumption and sales—most of it going into inventory more so than anywhere else—indicators have shown a similar increase in 2011, only this time extending beyond inventory. (more…)

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Arley's 10th annual tile & stone expo slated for June 12

April 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Arley's 10th annual tile & stone expo slated for June 12

Arley Wholesale, a family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass mosaic tiles and installation materials, will host its Tenth Annual Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Taking place at the classic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Expo opens at 10 a.m. and winds down around 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening, closing out a three-day celebration that includes the hugely popular Arley Golf Classic on...

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FCNews' Ceramic Tile Guide

April 16, 2012 | Comments Off on FCNews' Ceramic Tile Guide

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New historic documentary on natural stone in the works

April 12, 2012 | Comments Off on New historic documentary on natural stone in the works

Cleveland — M S International (MSI), one of the industry’s largest stone distribution companies, is making it possible for the Marble Institute of America to produce a major new documentary that memorializes the global historic relationship between mankind and natural stone. Funding for the documentary will be provided by MSI. The 35-40 minute documentary will be based on a creative concept by Mr. Manu Shah, founder of MSI of Orange, California.  The documentary will trace...

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Tile & stone installation products added to ARDEX free iPhone app

March 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Tile & stone installation products added to ARDEX free iPhone app

Aliquippa, Pa.,— ARDEX Americas enhanced its already popular iPhone App by adding Tile & Stone Installation Products (TSIP) to the app’s capability. In addition to detailed product descriptions, this free app features a user-friendly calculator installers, distributors, architects and engineers can use to estimate the amount of ARDEX product required to cover a job area directly from an iPhone. (more…)

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Ceramics of Italy returns to IDS 2012

January 9, 2012 | Comments Off on Ceramics of Italy returns to IDS 2012

Ceramics of Italy heads back to Toronto for the 2012 IDS Interior Design Show held from January 26-29, 2012 in the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica, the Association of Italian Ceramics, the Ceramics of Italy institutional booth will feature mini-exhibits from some of Italy’s leading manufacturers including Appiani, Atlas Concorde, FAP, Giovanni De Maio and Vogue. (more…)

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Executive forecast: Ceramic producers investing in technology for 2012

December 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Ceramic producers investing in technology for 2012

By Louis Iannaco   Much like last year, while most tile producers did not see economics conditions in 2011 rebound as quickly as they would have liked, they continue to make investments in technology and look to do more of this going into 2012. Digital printing technology has made a huge impact on what manufacturers can create, and it seems as though they’ll continue this trend moving forward. Mills are also being challenged from abroad,...

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