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Cersaie 2013: Porcelain, ceramic and everything in between

Despite Italy’s economic crisis, visitors come out in droves to see exhibits

Oct. 21/28 2013; Volume/number 13

By Emily Bowbridge

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 3.27.50 PMEconomic turmoil and financial uncertainty across much of Italy was of little hindrance to the more than 100,000 attendees who turned out for the 31st edition of Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of stone, tile and sanitary wares, along with related technical and retail tools. An average of 20,000 visitors per day over the fair’s five-day period—which opened on a Monday as opposed to the usual Tuesday start—was augmented by an increase in foreign attendees as other parts of the world clawed their way up from the pit of a global economic recession. Continue reading Cersaie 2013: Porcelain, ceramic and everything in between

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Tile: Ceramic companies leaving big impression with small carbon footprint

Ceramic tile has long been known as one of the most hygienically clean and environmentally friendly products the flooring industry has to offer. The segment is full of companies that take the matter of making a small carbon footprint to heart, and in practice, in a very big way. The following is an environmental update of what some companies are currently doing in the way of environmental friendliness. Continue reading Tile: Ceramic companies leaving big impression with small carbon footprint

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Ceramic producers showcase style, technology

In recent years, ceramic tile producers have used state-of-the-art technology to take visuals to the next stratosphere. At the high end, this trend is only magnified.

American Olean

Strength and beauty flawlessly converge in the brilliant interpretation of natural slate captured through the Kendal Slate collection, noted Lynda Whittle, brand marketing manager. “Enhanced with Reveal Imaging, Kendal Slate features true visuals, smooth, inviting texture and easy maintenance that comes standard in porcelain tile. Kendal Slate creates a look that’s virtually indistinguishable from natural stone, with the durability and ease of cleaning found in porcelain tile.”

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Coverings 2011 attracts world’s most innovative products

Las Vegas—This year’s edition of Coverings showcased an impressive array of tiles with innovative sizes, shapes, textures and designs. The March 21/28 issue of FCNews covered some of the major domestic tile producers and their offerings. In this issue, it’s all about the best Italy and Spain had to offer.

In line with current industry trends, Italian tile companies introduced a number of wood and stone looks that were as convincing as ever with many manufacturers using digital printing techniques. Others continue to play with the concept and introduced tiles with unnatural or colorful hues and varying “process techniques,” such as saw-cut wood or cross cut and vein cut stone used side by side. Continue reading Coverings 2011 attracts world’s most innovative products