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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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    SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Ceramic tile: New products aim to  cover more surface area

SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Ceramic tile: New products aim to cover more surface area

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan Tile booths at The International Surface Event showcased all kinds of innovation in terms of visuals, shapes and sizes. Traditional wood looks have become the norm but manufacturers continue to develop ways to expand the beloved style while brick designs are gaining prominence. Larger formats and hexagons have also found a place and bright colors reflect optimism within the design community. To

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    Ceramic: Making the most of mosaics

Ceramic: Making the most of mosaics

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By K.J. Quinn The latest varieties of mosaic tile options provide even more creative freedom than ever before as some coordinate with traditional tile products while others allow designers to match virtually any theme. “Tile companies are expanding the décor options in their collections to provide a whole range of coordinating tiles for one project,” said Vittorio Borelli, chairman of Confindustria Ceramica, the association of

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Epoxy settings coming of age for installers

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Epoxy settings coming of age for installers

November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Historically installers have shied away from using epoxy grout. While these products satisfy the needs of the end user with uniform color, durability and stain resistance, they are more difficult to install. The consistency of the epoxy grout makes it

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    Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost

Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) In many flooring applications tile is used because the installation area is likely to be exposed to excessive water. However, a ceramic tile surface is not necessarily the waterproof solution, which is why a waterproof membrane must be incorporated into the

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    Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan  The U.S. ceramic tile market is on pace for its sixth consecutive year of growth with 2015 sales expected to increase an estimated 8% to 12% in volume, according to executive forecasts and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Despite ongoing labor shortages and a somewhat tepid housing industry, the ceramic market continues to be one of the strongest performing sectors

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    Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, has acquired all assets belonging to CAPCO Tile & Stone, a Denver-based distributor. CAPCO will join Crossville’s existing company-owned distribution arm, Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), which has a presence throughout parts of the Southeastern U.S., Oklahoma and Texas. “We’ve built our nearly 30-year-old business on an immovable commitment and loyalty to our distributors, who are truly our partners in the

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Grout does more than fill voids

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Grout does more than fill voids

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) When retailers discuss the merits of stone or ceramic tile flooring with their customers, benefits such as aesthetics, versatility and longevity are often top of mind. Grouting is usually not mentioned within the first few minutes of conversation, but it

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    Stone: Not just for high-end budgets

Stone: Not just for high-end budgets

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By K.J. Quinn Once upon a time, stone was perceived as a flooring and countertop material purchased only by affluent shoppers. Thanks to advances in technology and lower installed price points, that is no longer the case. More retailers are expanding into the category and positioning these products as affordable upgrades to other hard surfaces. “Today, natural stone is quarried in more countries than

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