Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

March 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

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

February 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Latest designs reflect demand for larger formats

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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Ceramic: Domestic production fueled by burgeoning demand

January 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Domestic production fueled by burgeoning demand

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By K.J. Quinn   Once upon a time, the U.S. ceramic business was dominated by foreign competition, which had a leg up on their local counterparts in production technology, styling and distribution channels. But that is no longer the case, as domestic companies bolster capacity and open more factories in their efforts to strengthen market share and take advantage of a fast-growing market. “U.S.-based production has definitely been...

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Ceramic: Digital printing advances boost realism in visuals

January 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Digital printing advances boost realism in visuals

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By K.J. Quinn Groundbreaking production technology is one of the greatest factors impacting the evolution of ceramic and porcelain floor designs. Vendors are pushing the envelope to reach new aesthetic heights and still satisfy consumer demands for in-style products. “Through digital printing, we are able to scan in virtually any image and reproduce that image on tile, just like scanning and printing a picture,” said Massimo Ballucchi, Dal-Tile’s...

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Executive Forecast: Tile—Technology, pent-up demand to fuel consumption in 2017

December 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Executive Forecast: Tile—Technology, pent-up demand to fuel consumption in 2017

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By K.J. Quinn The outlook for ceramic tile has never been better, as new production technologies are enabling producers to introduce game-changing formats and designs. Fresh off a year where sales and volume approached 10% spikes, marketers are bullish about growth prospects for 2017, as key economic indicators such as the new housing market and a rebounding economy are trending in the right direction. Bob Baldocchi, CMO, VP,...

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Ceramic: Solutions to not-so-common tile problems

November 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Solutions to not-so-common tile problems

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Donato Pampo Editor’s note: The following Q&As were reprinted with permission from the Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, CTaSC, which provides expert witness and forensic failure investigation services. In addition, CTaSC provides quality control services for products and installation methods, testing services, online and classroom training, market research and outsourcing services. Excessive lippage on wood plank tiles I recently had porcelain tile installed on a concrete slab...

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Ceramic: State of the Industry—Housing strength, buying trends boost consumption

November 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Ceramic: State of the Industry—Housing strength, buying trends boost consumption

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By K.J. Quinn While much excitement in the U.S. flooring industry surrounds innovations in LVT, the irony is most of these faux designs resemble a product requiring no introduction: ceramic tile. The category is making some noise of its own, as new digital printing technologies and larger formats are driving pent-up demand in the residential market. “Speaking with various manufacturers and tile distributors at TSP, everyone seems busy...

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Natural stone poised for mainstream move

October 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Natural stone poised for mainstream move

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 By Ken Ryan Flooring retailers searching for new revenue streams may need to look back a few centuries for the next great opportunity—natural stone. Executives tout natural stone as a product that brings the colors and texture of nature to homes while adding a quality and warmth to a room that proponents say is not possible with any other material. “As a natural product it creates a look...

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