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    Surfaces 2011: Ceramic producers show innovative design, realism

Surfaces 2011: Ceramic producers show innovative design, realism

When it comes to ceramic tile, state-of-the-art technology has raised the bar in recent years to where mills can create any look they want. Natural stone, travertine and slate looks continue to proliferate in a category where porcelain has become king. This was evident once again at Surfaces where companies showcased the latest cutting-edge designs. And with the StonExpo show joining the festivities, there were more stone offerings available to

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    Congoleum adds Scotchgard Protector to DuraCeramic

Congoleum adds Scotchgard Protector to DuraCeramic

Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum’s residential tile line, DuraCeramic, now features Scotchgard Protector and silver antibacterial protection. “We are very excited to work with 3M to incorporate their Scotchgard Protector in all of our Dura products—DuraCeramic, DuraCeramic Options and Duraplank,” said Dennis Jarosz, vice president of sales and marketing, Congoleum. “With the incorporation of Scotchgard Protector, DuraCeramic has a significant performance advantage over the competition. Add to that the silver antibacterial protection which

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    Ceramic: State of the industry, second quarter offers optimism for rest of the year

Ceramic: State of the industry, second quarter offers optimism for rest of the year

It is more than a coincidence: Consumer confidence is on the rise and ceramic tile manufacturers saw some of their highest numbers in the second quarter that they had in the last several years. Though the ice hasn’t frozen solid, the category has shown more than just stability with an increase in units sold. No one denies the category took a hit when the housing market crumbled, but consumers seem

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    Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

Not unlike flooring’s other categories, ceramic tile experienced a significant double-digit decline in 2009. In the minds of many ceramic executives, it was a year to forget. And while the economy played a prominent role, with the usual suspects being high unemployment, tighter lending practices, soaring foreclosures, falling home prices and a more cautious buyer, many industry pundits put the blame more squarely on poor housing starts— something tied very

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Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

Ceramic tile producers continue to hit home runs when it comes to innovation, colors, styles and expanded product offerings. The plan of attack continues to provide distributors and retailers with the best product possible so they can be armed and ready for the recovery. “We estimate the overall tile industry was down 20% to 25% in 2009, with the commercial sector down a similar amount,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing

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    Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

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.

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    J.J. Haines to distribute Avaire porcelain tile

J.J. Haines to distribute Avaire porcelain tile

Omaha, Neb.—J.J. Haines is the latest major distributor to partner with the makers of Avaire porcelain tile. With distribution headquarters in Glen Burnie, Maryland, it will expand opportunities for the ceramic tile company from Pennsylvania to Florida. “Our management, our salespeople, and our customers all see the value that Avaire product provides,” said Richard Cutting, ceramic marketing manager with J.J. Haines. “We showed the Avaire program at our J.J. Haines

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    Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

Ceramic producers launch upscale designs, colors

Nowhere 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

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WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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Novalis taps Ehrlich as VP of sales, marketing

Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring has tapped industry veteran Steve Ehrlich as vice president of sales and marketing for its North American operations. Ehrlich most recently directed new business activity at Invista

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Crossville unveils 2018 Color Trends look book

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has released its 2018 Color Trends look book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. In addition

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