Del Conca USA to double capacity

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Chicago–Two years after opening its U.S. production facilities, Del Conca USA, a subsidiary of Del Conca Group based in Italy, has put in motion plans to double its capacity of porcelain tile production from 32 to 65 million square feet per annum.

“We are proud to announce that our positive estimates when we opened our U.S. facilities were not wrong,” said Enzo Donald Mularoni, CEO of the Del Conca Group. “To the contrary, there has been enough demand to double our production lines in just two years.  This will equate to an increase in our capacity from 32 to 65 million square feet per year and new jobs for the community. We have already signed contracts with our suppliers and once again the technology will be entirely Italian—making it a perfect combination of Italian and American talent.”

The expansion, with work expected to begin during the second half of 2016, and production to start in early 2017, involves a further investment of $30 million both for construction and the purchase of new Italian technology.

To date, the U.S. plant, located in Loudon County (Tennessee), covers 320,000 square feet, but during the course of 2016 it will be expanded to cover 430,000 square feet. This increase of production will also involve the hiring of additional local personnel. About 40 new employees, all Americans, will be hired for the new production lines, in addition to the 85 currently employed.

The installation of two new production lines will be advantageous to the market, not only by increasing production—with the expansion of the range of sizes and styles manufactured—but also in the improvement of services to the American clients, with faster deliveries. The new facilities will be dedicated to the production of large formats and tiles of increased thickness.

In 2015, import of tiles from Italy to the United States increased by 9.3% in value and 12.8% in quantity compared to 2014. The American market is becoming increasingly sophisticated with a greater demand for products of Italian design. “This additional investment in the United States, a truly strategic country for us, will allow us to increase our market share, making the entire group stronger,” Mularoni said.

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