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Marazzi USA receives KBCulture award

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 10.20.48 AMMesquite, Texas – Oxford beveled white-body wall tile from Marazzi USA received an honorable mention in the Tile category of the 2014 KBCulture Awards. In its fifth year, the KBCulture Award honors an exclusive group of kitchen and bath products, choosing those that showcase aesthetic excellence and technological innovation.

The Oxford collection, recalling elegant walls of historic nobility, features wide beveled edges on the high-gloss 5×15 or 10×15 tiles that add bold dimension to walls. The collection’s floor tile plays with illusion in its own way: an Escher-esque pattern of stacking cubes rendered in complementary colors.

This is the second consecutive year Marazzi USA has received the award’s honorable mention in the Tile category.

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Fuse Alliance names Marazzi USA as Preferred Supplier

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 8.40.56 AMAurora, Colo. — Fuse Alliance announces Marazzi USA as the newest Fuse Alliance Preferred Supplier.

“Having Marazzi USA as a Fuse Alliance Preferred Supplier allows our Members to specify and source some of the world’s most beautiful tile products in designs and colors that reflect the company’s global heritage and styling leadership,” said Ron Lee, executive director, Fuse Alliance. “We are very glad that they are now a part of our organization.”

Marazzi USA plays a key role within the strong global presence of Marazzi Group by decisively meeting the tile needs of the North American market. Manufacture and sourcing of a vast array of products—porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, metallic—brings a total tile package that addresses aesthetic and performance requirements of designers and architects.

“We are very excited to be a Preferred Supplier for Fuse Alliance,” said Hector Narvaez, vice president of sales for Marazzi USA. “The Marazzi USA brand is well known and respected for standing out as a leader in design and innovation. Not only will Fuse Alliance members benefit from technically superior products, but trend setting designs that will address the needs of their customers, at a great value. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Fuse Alliance.”

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Marazzi USA to show latest wood looks at HD Expo

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 4.14.30 PMDallas — Marazzi USA will feature their latest wood look collection alongside six current collections at the 2014 HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 14-16.

Treverkchic, inspired by natural walnut and teak graining, will complement six other collections including four color body porcelain collections–EvolutionStone, Monolith, SistemA and Treverk—a crystallized porcelain collection, an unglazed porcelain collections SistemN, SistemC-Cittaa ceramic wall tile.

“We are excited to showcase the latest addition to our range of porcelain and ceramic floor and wall tile selections to the hospitality industry,” said Marianne Cox, director of brand marketing, Marazzi USA. “The range of product offerings provides classic and contemporary options for high-traffic, public and private spaces.”

Attendees can view collections from Marazzi USA at booth #2029.

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Made in the USA: Faster lead times, better control

Volume 27/Number 26; April 28/May 5, 2014

By Ken Ryan

One of the major storylines in 2013 and early 2014 was the decision by four major flooring companies to build LVT production facilities on U.S. soil. The benefits Mannington, IVC, Shaw and Mohawk expect to reap from this move include shorter lead times, better quality control, quicker turnaround for sample replenishment and back-order fulfillment.

It comes down to this, according to David Sheehan, vice president of commercial hard surfaces for Mannington: “Those who have the inventory that can serve the customers’ needs get the business. You control your own destiny by having manufacturing here.”

Flooring is not the only industry making this push. According to the Boston Consulting Group, more than half of U.S.-based manufacturing executives at companies with sales of more than $1 billion plan to re-shore production to the U.S. from China—or are actively considering it.

When considering the cost of transportation and logistics along with the quality of the workforce here (productivity improvements due to automation are trimming per-unit labor costs in the U.S.), it’s very easy to justify bringing that production back to the U.S.

Indeed, as the cost of freight coming into the U.S. remains high, the opportunity for domestic manufacturing will continue to be strong, experts say. Some flooring executives suggest this onshoring may be the beginning of a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. If true, that would represent a very positive sign for the economy (only 9% of U.S. jobs are manufacturing related, according to statistics), particularly the ability to grow and retain jobs here.

Speed to market

MP Global Products, a manufacturer of acoustic and insulating underlayments, is currently assessing commercial storage facilities in strategic locations around the U.S. with the intent to warehouse inventory regionally and add inventory capacity to more quickly fulfill customer orders.

“Certainly, to fulfill an order, delivering from a regional storage facility is a lot faster than waiting for product shipped across the high seas,” said Jack Boesch, director of marketing at MP Global Products. “Right now, we are looking at locations that are close to our largest customers.”

Manufacturing close to the customer enables companies to offer a wide array of available products without lengthy lead times required to ship items from other countries.

Speed to market is critical in today’s market. Having the ability to deliver in five to 10 days, as would be the case with many domestic plants—compared to, say, 15 weeks from a facility overseas—offers a major competitive advantage. A company with overseas operations can try and build up their inventory, but one missing SKU could cost a large-size order.

“Availability, quality control and quick supply are three key benefits to selling domestically manufactured tile to the domestic market,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing at Dal-Tile Corp.

Kirk-Rolley said the tile industry in particular is known for style and sophistication that was previously limited to European markets; however, with advancement of design and manufacturing technologies, companies like Dal-Tile are helping the domestic tile market make significant gains.

Green benefit

Products that are produced domestically also have a sustainable story to tell in terms of fewer transportation miles, less fuel costs and better monitoring of manufacturing efficiencies. That is the case with Dal-Tile, which recently completed

the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development process for all products manufactured in its North American production facilities. “With third-party validation from PE International and certification by UL Environment, Dal-Tile is the first manufacturer in the ceramic category to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts from all Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno USA products with UL Environment certified EPDs,” Kirk-Rolley said.

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Dal-Tile gets first EPD for ceramic tile category

daltile-industry-first-epd-north-america-fullDallas—Dal-Tile said it recently completed the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development process for all products manufactured in the company’s North American production facilities.

With third-party validation from PE International and certification by UL Environment, Dal-Tile is the first manufacturer in the ceramic tile category to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts from its products—from Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno brands—with UL Environment certified EPDs. Continue reading Dal-Tile gets first EPD for ceramic tile category

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Marazzi USA debuts trio of product collections

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Marazzi USA’s new Oxford collection is designed for both floor and wall applications.

Dallas—Marazzi USA has launched three new product collections: Oxford, Divine Woods and Metal Mania. Oxford, the only one of the three that can be used on both the floor and wall, comes in 5 x 15- and 10 x 15-inch sizes which showcase the elegance reminiscent of classic padded walls reinvented for contemporary spaces. Continue reading Marazzi USA debuts trio of product collections

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Marazzi donates tile to Double H Ranch

marazziDallas—What do you get when 12,000 square feet of free tile, 100 willing (and quite capable) volunteers donating 1,500 hours of free installation and products come together with a strong leadership team? The answer: Great big smiles on the faces of seriously ill children—a.k.a., a wondrously rewarding experience. American Marazzi Tile recently donated the porcelain tile to this “Hole in the Wall, A Serious Fun Camp” for use in the main building’s welcome center, game room and three dining rooms plus the conference and theater areas. Continue reading Marazzi donates tile to Double H Ranch

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Filippo Marazzi recognized as Tile Person of the Year by TCNA

Gianni Mattioli, left, president and CEO of Marazzi USA and Mauro Vandini, CEO Marazzi Group.

Marazzi USA is proud to share the news that Filippo Marazzi was honored  posthumously as Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) 2013 Tile Person of the Year in an award ceremony during Coverings 2103 in Atlanta. Prior to his death in November of 2012, Marazzi was chairman of the board and president of Marazzi Group and had been widely recognized as a dynamic leader within the international tile arena. TCNA is one of the most influential ceramic tile trade associations on the continent. Continue reading Filippo Marazzi recognized as Tile Person of the Year by TCNA

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Make the most of your Coverings 2012 experience

Orlando, Fla.—Anyone heading to Coverings 2012 will find the greatest business payoffs if they come armed with a plan of attack. For all that the annual tile and stone show offers when the doors open at the Orange County Convention Center here April 17—with more than 800 exhibitors representing 50-plus countries, nearly 70 educational seminars, live demonstrations and countless networking opportunities—the four-day event can put even the most seasoned show attendee into sensory overload. Continue reading Make the most of your Coverings 2012 experience