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    CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing programs during The International Surfaces Event (TISE) in Las Vegas. These demonstrations will include step-by-step procedures for both the installer taking the test and the evaluation process.

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Emser Tile collections bring color, movement to the wall

Los Angeles—Emser Tile has introduced two glazed ceramic wall tile collections, Ombre and Craft, inspired by the subtle shifts and movement of color. Ombre is an avant-garde expression of a classic subway tile. The series creates a luminous effect on the wall fading from a bright center to a darkened edge. Available in a 6 x 12-inch size, Ombre includes four tinted neutrals—White, Ivory, Silver and Taup—and two saturated accent

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    Tile: Innovation provides inspiration behind stone designs

Tile: Innovation provides inspiration behind stone designs

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By K.J. Quinn   Stone flooring flourished as a premium upgrade over ceramic tile, high-end faux stones and even certain hardwoods the past several years, industry experts say. And while the green movement continues to influence consumer preferences toward materials made of or replicating natural materials, the category is experiencing some bumps in the road that threaten to slow down sales growth into

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    Marca Corona: Modern industrial style for ‘Made in Italy’ porcelain tiles

Marca Corona: Modern industrial style for ‘Made in Italy’ porcelain tiles

Sassuolo, Italy—Marca Corona, one of the oldest ceramic tile manufacturers in northern Italy, has been producing top-quality ceramic tiles since 1741. The company has consistently been a part of the ceramic industry’s evolution by combining the most advanced techniques and aesthetic designs. Today, Marca Corona produces top-quality products and distributes mosaics, wall and floor coverings in Italy and across the world. In 2006, Marca Corona USA was established, introducing North

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    Ceramic: Domestic expansion continues to pick up steam

Ceramic: Domestic expansion continues to pick up steam

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   U.S.-based ceramic tile manufacturers—as well as several foreign entities—continue to ramp up domestic production with new builds or plant expansions. This latest trend began earlier this decade and has been picking up steam ever since. Market leader Dal-Tile Corp. has been making the most noise lately. In July the company announced plans to build a second plant in Dickson,

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    Kent Klaser joins CTaSC

Kent Klaser joins CTaSC

San Diego, Calif.—Kent Klaser has joined Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants (CTaSC) as a project manager. He will work alongside founder Donato Pompo. In this position, Klaser will work as a forensic investigator, expert witness and will oversee tile and stone investigations. Klaser will also work on developing new specifications for new construction and projects that are remediating failures. In addition, he will develop quality control and quality assurance plans to

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    MSI finds ‘window of opportunity’ with recycled glass

MSI finds ‘window of opportunity’ with recycled glass

By Nicole Murray Over the years, floor covering manufacturers have incorporated recycled materials into their products—the most common examples including used tires repurposed for rubber flooring; old wood panels recovered from dilapidated barns or railroad ties re-milled for rustic-plank flooring; and sawdust captured from woodworking operations that is then converted into MDF fiberboard for laminate flooring planks. MS International (MSI) continues in that tradition with the launch of Urban Cool,

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Bostik video chronicles 2017 DNG mosaic mural campaign

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    Bostik video chronicles 2017 DNG mosaic mural campaign

Bostik video chronicles 2017 DNG mosaic mural campaign

Wauwatosa, Wis.—Lisa Darroh-Pouls of Pouls Hospitality Design based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the grand prize at Design ‘N Gather 2017 (DNG), the international mosaic design competition co-sponsored by Bostik and Artaic Innovative Mosaic. Bostik created a state-of-the-art video to showcase the competition and winner. Darroh-Pouls’ masterpiece, “Champaign Wishes” was unveiled in front of over 600 hospitality architects and designers as a backlit, mosaic mural permanently installed at Hyde Bellagio,

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    Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Lindsay Baillie   Digital printing has helped to change the tile industry by providing manufacturers with limitless designs that mimic what is trending amongst consumers. Whether it’s natural stone, cement, marble, slate or wood looks, digital printing offers consumers the looks they want, the ability to put it where they want and at a desirable price range—all of which ultimately benefits the specialty

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    Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan Ceramic tile remains a heavily imported flooring product, with imports making up 68.6% of U.S. tile consumption (in terms of square feet) in 2016, down a tick from 68.7% in 2015, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). A decade earlier in 2006, however, imports represented 80% of U.S. consumption. Industry observers say the trend toward lowering imports as

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    Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The U.S. ceramic tile market, bolstered by steady growth in the all-important housing and construction markets, recorded its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2016. FCNews research shows sales rose 5.7% to $2.761 billion while volume increased an estimated 5.5% to 2.31 billion units. The 2016 numbers were off slightly from 2015, when sales rose 9.8% and volume increased 9.9%.

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    Crossville collections installed in smart home for wounded veteran

Crossville collections installed in smart home for wounded veteran

Crossville, Tenn.—As the tile supplier for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program in 2017, Crossville recently contributed the tile for a specially adapted smart home for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas David Cifka (Ret.) and his family. The house was dedicated in a ceremony on June 15, in Canyon Lake, Texas. More than 1,000 square feet of Crossville tile was installed in the master bath, the guest bath, the mudroom

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    Emser Tile opens new branch in Houston

Emser Tile opens new branch in Houston

Los Angeles—Emser Tile has opened its 72nd branch in North America. The new location marks its fourth branch in Houston and 10th in Texas. Emser has experienced exponential growth in the Houston market throughout the last 14 years. The company adds a fourth location to strategically position itself in all four quadrants of the metropolitan area as well as contribute new jobs to the southeast Houston economy. “We are honored

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    Ceramics of Italy presents 2017 Tile Competition winners

Ceramics of Italy presents 2017 Tile Competition winners

Orlando, Fla.—Now in its 24th year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is proud to award six outstanding projects that wholly represent the competition’s goal of honoring the admirable use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency, the competition attracted high-quality submissions in each of the three categories: residential, commercial and institutional. The international

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CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the

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Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors

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Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year

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