Ceramic: Housing drives sixth straight year of increases

June 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Housing drives sixth straight year of increases

June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Ken Ryan The U.S. ceramic tile market turned in a stellar performance in 2015, its sixth consecutive year of growth. Led by gains in the construction and housing markets, and buttressed by low interest rates and an improving employment picture, industry experts estimated sales increased 9.8% to $2.613 billion, with volume up 9.9% over 2014 to 2.187 billion. That compares to a 6.2% increase in sales from...

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Crossville acquires Contempo Tile & Stone

April 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Crossville acquires Contempo Tile & Stone

Crossville, Tenn.–Officials with Crossville, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, have announced the company’s acquisition of Contempo Tile & Stone, a distribution business with four locations in Utah, and one in Boise, Idaho. Contempo is now part of Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), the existing company-owned distribution division. “The holding group that previously owned Contempo felt the timing was right to divest itself of the business,” said David Koenig, vice president of Crossville...

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Ceramic: Inkjet technology expands design possibilities

March 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Inkjet technology expands design possibilities

February 29/March 7, 2016; Volume 30, Number 18 By Nadia Ramlakhan There is no doubt that digital technology has made a significant impact on—if not altogether transformed—many industries. The ceramic tile industry is no exception with inkjet technology being touted as the most advanced method to date to print a design on ceramic or porcelain tile. For tile manufacturers, digital printing technology has become a driving force for new possibilities and increased depth of new...

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SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Ceramic tile: New products aim to cover more surface area

February 8, 2016 | Comments Off on SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Ceramic tile: New products aim to cover more surface area

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan Tile booths at The International Surface Event showcased all kinds of innovation in terms of visuals, shapes and sizes. Traditional wood looks have become the norm but manufacturers continue to develop ways to expand the beloved style while brick designs are gaining prominence. Larger formats and hexagons have also found a place and bright colors reflect optimism within the design community. To top it all off, tile...

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Ceramic: Making the most of mosaics

January 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Making the most of mosaics

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By K.J. Quinn The latest varieties of mosaic tile options provide even more creative freedom than ever before as some coordinate with traditional tile products while others allow designers to match virtually any theme. “Tile companies are expanding the décor options in their collections to provide a whole range of coordinating tiles for one project,” said Vittorio Borelli, chairman of Confindustria Ceramica, the association of Italian ceramic tile and refractory...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Epoxy settings coming of age for installers

December 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Epoxy settings coming of age for installers

November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Historically installers have shied away from using epoxy grout. While these products satisfy the needs of the end user with uniform color, durability and stain resistance, they are more difficult to install. The consistency of the epoxy grout makes it challenging to spread and fill...

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Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost

December 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost
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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) In many flooring applications tile is used because the installation area is likely to be exposed to excessive water. However, a ceramic tile surface is not necessarily the waterproof solution, which is why a waterproof membrane must be incorporated into the installation. Liquid-applied membranes have been...

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Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan  The U.S. ceramic tile market is on pace for its sixth consecutive year of growth with 2015 sales expected to increase an estimated 8% to 12% in volume, according to executive forecasts and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Despite ongoing labor shortages and a somewhat tepid housing industry, the ceramic market continues to be one of the strongest performing sectors in flooring. “In spite of...

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Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

November 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, has acquired all assets belonging to CAPCO Tile & Stone, a Denver-based distributor. CAPCO will join Crossville’s existing company-owned distribution arm, Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), which has a presence throughout parts of the Southeastern U.S., Oklahoma and Texas. “We’ve built our nearly 30-year-old business on an immovable commitment and loyalty to our distributors, who are truly our partners in the marketplace,” said Tim Curran, co-president...

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