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

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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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Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Lindsay Baillie   Digital printing has helped to change the tile industry by providing manufacturers with limitless designs that mimic what is trending amongst consumers. Whether it’s natural stone, cement, marble, slate or wood looks, digital printing offers consumers the looks they want, the ability to put it where they want and at a desirable price range—all of which ultimately benefits the specialty retailer. Case in point is...

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Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan Ceramic tile remains a heavily imported flooring product, with imports making up 68.6% of U.S. tile consumption (in terms of square feet) in 2016, down a tick from 68.7% in 2015, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). A decade earlier in 2006, however, imports represented 80% of U.S. consumption. Industry observers say the trend toward lowering imports as a percentage of consumption as...

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Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The U.S. ceramic tile market, bolstered by steady growth in the all-important housing and construction markets, recorded its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2016. FCNews research shows sales rose 5.7% to $2.761 billion while volume increased an estimated 5.5% to 2.31 billion units. The 2016 numbers were off slightly from 2015, when sales rose 9.8% and volume increased 9.9%. Still, it was another stellar...

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