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800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

by Emily J. Cappiello

Coverings 2012 will be bursting at the seams as more than 800 exhibitors from around the world show off the latest and greatest in tile. New inkjet products, eco-friendly offerings and new accessory pieces will be on display as retailers and distributors gear up for the selling year ahead. The following are some of the companies and their launches along with those from the Italian and Spanish pavilions, which were highlighted in the April 2/9 issue of Floor Covering News: Continue reading 800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

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Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

Crossville tileNowhere in the flooring industry is the use of high tech, state-of-the-art production advancements more evident than in ceramic tile. It seems as though manufacturers can make finished products look and feel like anything they want, whether it be the visual appeal of slate or the earthy tones of limestone. The following focuses on some of the more upscale products several porcelain and ceramic tile manufacturers have recently developed.

Crossville

UltiMetal is a high-end product combining the durability of Crossville’s porcelain stone with the glitz of metaillic finishes, noted Laurie Lyza, director of marketing, “The field tile has an almost minimalist look, but with a subtle fabric texture. The mosaics and decos have bold geometric patterns and more metallic sheen for that really high-end look.

“What differentiates UltiMetal from other metal tile products is its functionality,” she explained, “in addition to its aesthetic appeal. It will not scratch, etch, or stain as many metals do, and it is rated for commercial use. Continue reading Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors