BOLOGNA, ITALY—Cersaie has once again confirmed its world leadership position in the field of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishing trade fairs. After selling out all the floor space in the Bologna Exhibition Centre five months before the event (965 exhibitors from 31 countries, including 265 non-Italian companies), the show’s strength was further bolstered by its number of visitors. Continue reading Cersaie attracts 113,165 total visitors
When it comes to business conditions, many are citing consumer confidence, or lack thereof, as a reason why things aren’t what they used to be. Along with the housing market, unemployment and energy costs—which all play a role in spending— there seems to be a waiting game on the part of consumers.
At least the commercial market is showing signs of life. Many point to the category’s inherent characteristics, green attributes and advancements in both fashion trends and state-of-the-art technology as reasons for optimism. Continue reading Ceramic update: Consumer confidence affecting tile growth, prosperity
Coming off what most industry executives considered to be a terrible 2009, the ceramic segment was looking for something, anything resembling a turnaround heading into 2010. And while certain indicators signaled a modest increase of 5% to 6% in tile consumption and sales, professionals saw that as going mostly to inventory more than anywhere else. Continue reading Ceramic experiences largest segment increase