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Total Solutions Plus 2012 ‘best yet’

By Louis Iannaco 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

Rancho Mirage, Calif.—Officials at the recent 2012 Total Solutions Plus (TSP) conference were pleased that more than 400 participants took part in networking and educational opportunities in the ceramic tile segment. The significant growth encouraged guests to deem the event the best Total Solutions Plus show thus far.

TSP was sponsored once again by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)—the third consecutive year of these combined efforts. Continue reading Total Solutions Plus 2012 ‘best yet’

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First ever certified sustainable tile products unveiled

After 5 years developing an all-encompassing multi-attribute sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials, the very first certified sustainable products are being announced.

Cumulatively, eight major manufacturers of tile and installation materials have hundreds of products that are already certified or will be certified by the start of Coverings on April 17, with yet even more of their products still in the evaluation process and expected to earn certification this year. At least six additional manufacturers have started the certification process for hundreds more products that are expected to be certified within the year. Continue reading First ever certified sustainable tile products unveiled

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Coverings 2011: Exhibitors report business, optimism, traffic on the rise

LAS VEGAS—For a show making its Las Vegas debut—a month earlier than past events, six weeks after Surfaces and just four weeks following Cevisama in Spain—Coverings, the third largest tile show in the world, held its own. Continue reading Coverings 2011: Exhibitors report business, optimism, traffic on the rise

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Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

ORLANDO, FLA.—The use of state-of-the-art technology to create innovative products has become standard practice in ceramic tile. And late last month Coverings 2010 served as the industry’s showplace for innovation, texture, style, color and education.

“We felt the momentum, energy and buzz of a show that, much like the world, is coming back from a really tough 2009,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of National Trade Productions (NTP), manager of Coverings. “We had many new programs we believe helped do that. The show was up 5% in attendance with 23,500 attendees, and up [about the same amount] in space as well.”

In a sign that the economy might be finally beginning to rebound, there were nearly 160 new exhibitors at this year’s show. “The fact that the number of first-time exhibitors nearly quadrupled from last year is irrefutable evidence that the show is an invaluable opportunity for both exhibitors and attendees.” Continue reading Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

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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

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Tile producers debut innovative looks, bolder colors

Spring is in the air, and soon homeowners will be looking to clean their homes as well as remodel their surroundings. What better way to refresh their castles than with new products underfoot, and what better time for tile producers to offer retailers and consumers the latest and hottest in ceramic and porcelain offerings than the spring? The following covers some of what tile manufacturers are coming out with for the new season.
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