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    Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

Technology: Emser Tile, Chameleon Power test virtual reality tool

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Nicole Murray   Las Vegas—Emser Tile and Chameleon Power gave Surfaces attendees a “virtual” first look at an innovative tool that allows consumers to browse through products using high-tech goggles and sophisticated software. The program essentially lets users design their household in the virtual world to see what the final product will look like prior to purchase and installation. How it

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    Ceramic: Latest designs reflect demand for larger formats

Ceramic: Latest designs reflect demand for larger formats

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Nicole Murray   When it comes to emerging trends in tile, the prevailing theme seems to be the larger the format the better. Suppliers say bigger tiles translate into greater design options for the consumer. “Larger tiles continue to grow in popularity, especially planks sized at 5 x 10,” said Barbara Haaksma, vice president of marketing at Emser Tile. “People are looking

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    Tile: Innovations help category recoup share

Tile: Innovations help category recoup share

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By K.J. Quinn Tile suppliers are not just applying advanced technologies for the sake of aesthetics. Experts say another goal is to bolster the category to help fend off competition from LVT, which in recent years has done a much better job in replicating tile and stone. “The more  LVT and other similar lines mimic the real thing, the more customers will

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    Surfaces tile coverage: Larger, bolder patterns define latest introductions

Surfaces tile coverage: Larger, bolder patterns define latest introductions

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Nicole Murray The bigger the pattern, the better. That pretty much sums up the overarching trend seen in tile introductions unveiled at Surfaces 2017. Daltile, via its Panoramic collection, introduced a porcelain slab measuring 10½ ft x 51⁄3 feet. The products are available in eight colors in- thicknesses of 6mm and 12mm. According to Kim Albrecht, brand manager, the large slabs

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    Ceramic: Domestic production fueled by burgeoning demand

Ceramic: Domestic production fueled by burgeoning demand

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By K.J. Quinn   Once upon a time, the U.S. ceramic business was dominated by foreign competition, which had a leg up on their local counterparts in production technology, styling and distribution channels. But that is no longer the case, as domestic companies bolster capacity and open more factories in their efforts to strengthen market share and take advantage of a fast-growing market.

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    Ceramic: Digital printing advances boost realism in visuals

Ceramic: Digital printing advances boost realism in visuals

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By K.J. Quinn Groundbreaking production technology is one of the greatest factors impacting the evolution of ceramic and porcelain floor designs. Vendors are pushing the envelope to reach new aesthetic heights and still satisfy consumer demands for in-style products. “Through digital printing, we are able to scan in virtually any image and reproduce that image on tile, just like scanning and printing a

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    Executive Forecast: Tile—Technology, pent-up demand to fuel consumption in 2017

Executive Forecast: Tile—Technology, pent-up demand to fuel consumption in 2017

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By K.J. Quinn The outlook for ceramic tile has never been better, as new production technologies are enabling producers to introduce game-changing formats and designs. Fresh off a year where sales and volume approached 10% spikes, marketers are bullish about growth prospects for 2017, as key economic indicators such as the new housing market and a rebounding economy are trending in the right

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    Ceramic: Solutions to not-so-common tile problems

Ceramic: Solutions to not-so-common tile problems

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Donato Pampo Editor’s note: The following Q&As were reprinted with permission from the Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, CTaSC, which provides expert witness and forensic failure investigation services. In addition, CTaSC provides quality control services for products and installation methods, testing services, online and classroom training, market research and outsourcing services. Excessive lippage on wood plank tiles I recently had porcelain tile

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    Ceramic: State of the Industry—Housing strength, buying trends boost consumption

Ceramic: State of the Industry—Housing strength, buying trends boost consumption

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By K.J. Quinn While much excitement in the U.S. flooring industry surrounds innovations in LVT, the irony is most of these faux designs resemble a product requiring no introduction: ceramic tile. The category is making some noise of its own, as new digital printing technologies and larger formats are driving pent-up demand in the residential market. “Speaking with various manufacturers and tile distributors

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    Natural stone poised for mainstream move

Natural stone poised for mainstream move

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 By Ken Ryan Flooring retailers searching for new revenue streams may need to look back a few centuries for the next great opportunity—natural stone. Executives tout natural stone as a product that brings the colors and texture of nature to homes while adding a quality and warmth to a room that proponents say is not possible with any other material. “As a natural

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    Ceramic: Technology enables suppliers to render more realistic designs

Ceramic: Technology enables suppliers to render more realistic designs

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By K.J. Quinn It’s hard to believe a category representing one of the world’s oldest forms of floor covering can undergo a makeover. But that is exactly what is transpiring with ceramic tile, as new digital printing technologies are enabling producers to introduce game-changing formats and designs not seen since inkjet technology was introduced about 16 years ago. “Digital printing– especially when combined

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    Women in Stone launches award program, scholarship

Women in Stone launches award program, scholarship

Oberlin, Ohio and Chestertown, N.Y.—Women in Stone has unveiled two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to promote women in the stone industry. The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retain and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational.Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International said, “The

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    Ceramic: Housing drives sixth straight year of increases

Ceramic: Housing drives sixth straight year of increases

June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Ken Ryan The U.S. ceramic tile market turned in a stellar performance in 2015, its sixth consecutive year of growth. Led by gains in the construction and housing markets, and buttressed by low interest rates and an improving employment picture, industry experts estimated sales increased 9.8% to $2.613 billion, with volume up 9.9% over 2014 to 2.187 billion. That compares to a

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    Crossville acquires Contempo Tile & Stone

Crossville acquires Contempo Tile & Stone

Crossville, Tenn.–Officials with Crossville, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, have announced the company’s acquisition of Contempo Tile & Stone, a distribution business with four locations in Utah, and one in Boise, Idaho. Contempo is now part of Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), the existing company-owned distribution division. “The holding group that previously owned Contempo felt the timing was right to divest itself of the business,” said David

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    Ceramic: Inkjet technology expands design possibilities

Ceramic: Inkjet technology expands design possibilities

February 29/March 7, 2016; Volume 30, Number 18 By Nadia Ramlakhan There is no doubt that digital technology has made a significant impact on—if not altogether transformed—many industries. The ceramic tile industry is no exception with inkjet technology being touted as the most advanced method to date to print a design on ceramic or porcelain tile. For tile manufacturers, digital printing technology has become a driving force for new possibilities

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Amorim Revestimentos invests 10 million euros in Hydrocork

São Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—After only two years of Hydrocork’s launch, Amorim Revestimentos is taking a significant step and investing 10 million euros in its production infrastructure and procedures. This

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UofCTS releases updated ITS Verification course

San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has released an updated version of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA and Canadian versions of this

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Gerflor USA increased LVT shipping in 2016

Chicago—In 2016, Gerflor USA recorded a 500% increase in LVT shipments from its Chicago-based warehouse from June 2015-December 2016—significantly exceeding its U.S. growth goals. Contributing to Gerflor’s significant growth of

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