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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Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

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June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in dollars and 1.8% in volume...

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Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates to styles and designs. Following...

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Coverings 2017: What’s old is new again

April 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Coverings 2017: What’s old is new again

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Nadia Ramlakhan   Orlando—Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returned to a familiar location earlier this month after being hosted in Chicago in 2016. Roughly 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries showcased the latest trends, technologies and styling techniques in their respective categories across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space. According to many show veterans, Orlando is an attraction unto itself. “You see a...

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MSI opens new innovation center

March 31, 2017 | Comments Off on MSI opens new innovation center

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Steven Feldman   Atlanta—MS International recently opened its new innovation center here, a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot space within a 150,000-square-foot warehouse that supplements its 200,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse five miles down the road. The new building reflects the enormous growth the company has been experiencing over the past decade. In fact, according to Manny Llerena, director of sales and marketing, the company has grown its sales at...

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Ceramic: Coverings to put the spotlight on latest trends, education

March 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Coverings to put the spotlight on latest trends, education

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Coverings, touted as the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returns to Orlando with new features and a robust education program. Slated for April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, the show promises to deliver something for everyone. Some of the main points of interest for attendees include the show’s three pavilions—Spain, Italy and North America—a roster of impressive educational...

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Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

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February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Nicole Murray   Las Vegas—Emser Tile and Chameleon Power gave Surfaces attendees a “virtual” first look at an innovative tool that allows consumers to browse through products using high-tech goggles and sophisticated software. The program essentially lets users design their household in the virtual world to see what the final product will look like prior to purchase and installation. How it works: While wearing the goggles,...

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Ceramic: Latest designs reflect demand for larger formats

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February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Nicole Murray   When it comes to emerging trends in tile, the prevailing theme seems to be the larger the format the better. Suppliers say bigger tiles translate into greater design options for the consumer. “Larger tiles continue to grow in popularity, especially planks sized at 5 x 10,” said Barbara Haaksma, vice president of marketing at Emser Tile. “People are looking for fewer grout lines; in...

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Tile: Innovations help category recoup share

February 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Tile: Innovations help category recoup share

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By K.J. Quinn Tile suppliers are not just applying advanced technologies for the sake of aesthetics. Experts say another goal is to bolster the category to help fend off competition from LVT, which in recent years has done a much better job in replicating tile and stone. “The more  LVT and other similar lines mimic the real thing, the more customers will start to gravitate toward natural...

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Surfaces tile coverage: Larger, bolder patterns define latest introductions

February 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Surfaces tile coverage: Larger, bolder patterns define latest introductions

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Nicole Murray The bigger the pattern, the better. That pretty much sums up the overarching trend seen in tile introductions unveiled at Surfaces 2017. Daltile, via its Panoramic collection, introduced a porcelain slab measuring 10½ ft x 51⁄3 feet. The products are available in eight colors in- thicknesses of 6mm and 12mm. According to Kim Albrecht, brand manager, the large slabs are ideal for floors, wall...

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