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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Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Words like “sluggish” and “tepid” to describe growth in the flooring industry are being replaced by “healthy” and “sustainable” as some of flooring’s top executives see an industry that is now accelerating to a respectable cruising speed as we approach 2018. The catalyst driving this momentum is winning products—the still-booming LVT market and across-the-board innovations in other segments. We expect 2018 will be...

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Retailers recall top intros of 2017

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Retailers recall top intros of 2017

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of the new products that stood...

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Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By K.J. Quinn   Slow but steady. That’s how industry experts describe the current state of the ceramic tile business. Still in recovery mode several years after the Great Recession, the industry continues taking gradual steps forward with economic indicators pointing in the right direction and significant investments being made to improve styling and performance. When you look at the numbers, ceramic is among the healthiest of all...

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Tile: Innovation provides inspiration behind stone designs

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Tile: Innovation provides inspiration behind stone designs

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By K.J. Quinn   Stone flooring flourished as a premium upgrade over ceramic tile, high-end faux stones and even certain hardwoods the past several years, industry experts say. And while the green movement continues to influence consumer preferences toward materials made of or replicating natural materials, the category is experiencing some bumps in the road that threaten to slow down sales growth into 2018. “We haven’t seen major...

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Tile: Spanish suppliers steal the show at Cersaie 2017

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Tile: Spanish suppliers steal the show at Cersaie 2017

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 Bologna, Italy—More than 90 Tile of Spain companies showcased their latest ceramic tile innovations and styles at Cersaie 2017 held here earlier this fall. Spanish tile manufacturers unveiled collections that reflected popular design trends. It should come as no surprise that Spanish tile manufacturers drew a lot of attention at Cersaie. According to ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association, Spain is the No. 1 exporter of ceramic...

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Ceramic: Domestic expansion continues to pick up steam

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Domestic expansion continues to pick up steam

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   U.S.-based ceramic tile manufacturers—as well as several foreign entities—continue to ramp up domestic production with new builds or plant expansions. This latest trend began earlier this decade and has been picking up steam ever since. Market leader Dal-Tile Corp. has been making the most noise lately. In July the company announced plans to build a second plant in Dickson, Tenn., just down the block...

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Ceramic: Domestic expansion continues to pick up steam

September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Domestic expansion continues to pick up steam

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   U.S.-based ceramic tile manufacturers—as well as several foreign entities—continue to ramp up domestic production with new builds or plant expansions. This latest trend began earlier this decade and has been picking up steam ever since. Market leader Dal-Tile Corp. has been making the most noise lately. In July the company announced plans to build a second plant in Dickson, Tenn., just down the block...

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