Ceramic practices patience during slow recovery

June 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Ceramic practices patience during slow recovery

Ceramic tile producers continue to make a splash with industry professionals and consumers alike when it comes to innovation, color, styles and expanded product offerings but, due to the economy, it still looks as though patience will continue to play a major role as conditions in the commercial tile segment slowly move forward. Lori Kirk Rolley, senior marketing director for Dal-Tile, said the company is “cautiously optimistic” about the balance of 2011. “We believe the...

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Arley Wholesale’s 9th annual Tile & Stone Expo coming this June

April 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Arley Wholesale’s 9th annual Tile & Stone Expo coming this June

Scranton, Pa.—Arley Wholesale, a family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of tile, stone, glass mosaic tiles and installation materials, will host its 9th annual Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition on Tuesday, June 7. Held at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition opens at 10 a.m. and winds down around 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening, closing out a three-day celebration that includes the Arley Golf Classic on...

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StonePeak, East Coast Tile sign deal

March 28, 2011 | Comments Off on StonePeak, East Coast Tile sign deal

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.—East Coast Tile Group has signed an exclusive master distribution arrangement with StonePeak Ceramics for the eastern U.S. East Coast divisions Best Tile and Tile America will supply commercial-grade porcelain tiles to customers and prospects in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. (more…)

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Cevisama 2011: Tile turns to art, fashion, science for inspiration

March 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Cevisama 2011: Tile turns to art, fashion, science for inspiration

VALENCIA, SPAIN—“Come and see the future” was the slogan of the world’s second largest fair for all things tile, commencing for the 29th edition here, from Feb. 8 to 11. With 776 exhibitors from 36 countries showing, Cevisama showcased the newest innovations in tile for 2011. According to Pepe Castellano, vice chairman of the Spanish Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), it is the international fair that acts as a showroom for all its products. (more…)

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The Reign in Spain stayed mainly on the ceramic plane

March 14, 2011 | Comments Off on The Reign in Spain stayed mainly on the ceramic plane

VALENCIA, SPAIN—Sponsored by the Trade Commission of Spain and Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Tile of Spain held its second competition for the architecture and design community in 2010, choosing four winners to participate in a week-long architectural junket visiting various regions of the country along with Cevisama, which took place Feb. 8 to 11 here. (more…)

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Surfaces 2011: Ceramic producers show innovative design, realism

February 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Surfaces 2011: Ceramic producers show innovative design, realism

When it comes to ceramic tile, state-of-the-art technology has raised the bar in recent years to where mills can create any look they want. Natural stone, travertine and slate looks continue to proliferate in a category where porcelain has become king. This was evident once again at Surfaces where companies showcased the latest cutting-edge designs. And with the StonExpo show joining the festivities, there were more stone offerings available to dealers than ever before. (more…)

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Congoleum adds Scotchgard Protector to DuraCeramic

August 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Congoleum adds Scotchgard Protector to DuraCeramic

Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum’s residential tile line, DuraCeramic, now features Scotchgard Protector and silver antibacterial protection. “We are very excited to work with 3M to incorporate their Scotchgard Protector in all of our Dura products—DuraCeramic, DuraCeramic Options and Duraplank,” said Dennis Jarosz, vice president of sales and marketing, Congoleum. “With the incorporation of Scotchgard Protector, DuraCeramic has a significant performance advantage over the competition. Add to that the silver antibacterial protection which kills mold, mildew and germs...

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Ceramic: State of the industry, second quarter offers optimism for rest of the year

August 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Ceramic: State of the industry, second quarter offers optimism for rest of the year

It is more than a coincidence: Consumer confidence is on the rise and ceramic tile manufacturers saw some of their highest numbers in the second quarter that they had in the last several years. Though the ice hasn’t frozen solid, the category has shown more than just stability with an increase in units sold. No one denies the category took a hit when the housing market crumbled, but consumers seem to be back in the...

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Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

Not unlike flooring’s other categories, ceramic tile experienced a significant double-digit decline in 2009. In the minds of many ceramic executives, it was a year to forget. And while the economy played a prominent role, with the usual suspects being high unemployment, tighter lending practices, soaring foreclosures, falling home prices and a more cautious buyer, many industry pundits put the blame more squarely on poor housing starts— something tied very closely to this segment—rather than...

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Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

Ceramic tile producers continue to hit home runs when it comes to innovation, colors, styles and expanded product offerings. The plan of attack continues to provide distributors and retailers with the best product possible so they can be armed and ready for the recovery. “We estimate the overall tile industry was down 20% to 25% in 2009, with the commercial sector down a similar amount,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director, Dal-Tile. She estimated commercial...

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