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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Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

ORLANDO, FLA.—The use of state-of-the-art technology to create innovative products has become standard practice in ceramic tile. And late last month Coverings 2010 served as the industry’s showplace for innovation, texture, style, color and education. “We felt the momentum, energy and buzz of a show that, much like the world, is coming back from a really tough 2009,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of National Trade Productions (NTP), manager of Coverings. “We had many new programs...

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J.J. Haines to distribute Avaire porcelain tile

May 14, 2010 | Comments Off on J.J. Haines to distribute Avaire porcelain tile

Omaha, Neb.—J.J. Haines is the latest major distributor to partner with the makers of Avaire porcelain tile. With distribution headquarters in Glen Burnie, Maryland, it will expand opportunities for the ceramic tile company from Pennsylvania to Florida. “Our management, our salespeople, and our customers all see the value that Avaire product provides,” said Richard Cutting, ceramic marketing manager with J.J. Haines. “We showed the Avaire program at our J.J. Haines Loyalty Club meeting and the...

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Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

April 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

Nowhere in the flooring industry is the use of high tech, state-of-the-art production advancements more evident than in ceramic tile. It seems as though manufacturers can make finished products look and feel like anything they want, whether it be the visual appeal of slate or the earthy tones of limestone. The following focuses on some of the more upscale products several porcelain and ceramic tile manufacturers have recently developed. Crossville UltiMetal is a high-end product...

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