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    Ceramic: Positive factors fuel eight-year winning streak

Ceramic: Positive factors fuel eight-year winning streak

June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1   By Ken Ryan   The U.S. ceramic tile industry registered its eighth consecutive year of growth in 2017, buoyed largely by a strengthening economy, sizeable gains in the construction and housing sectors, falling unemployment numbers and favorable interest rates. FCNews research shows sales rose 5.8% to $2.921 billion while volume increased 5% to 2.426 billion square feet. The 2017 numbers were

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Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

Chattanooga, Tenn.–Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS) has opened a new, 68,500-square-foot service center in Lakeland, Fla. According to Darrel Harris, CEO, the new facility allows XGS to more efficiently service a greater footprint in Florida. “Analysis showed us that a much larger, more modern facility in Lakeland would provide better service to our valued customers and allow us to improve efficiencies,” Harris stated. “The Lakeland facility fits well with our

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    Ceramic: New formats, designs emerge

Ceramic: New formats, designs emerge

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By K.J. Quinn and Nicole Murray   Several of the industry’s major players have invested significant capital and resources into the development of next-generation tile flooring and wall products. Judging by the introductions making their respective debuts at various markets this winter, those investments are paying off. On one hand, advances in digital printing are enabling producers to introduce head-turning formats and designs.

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    Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Nicole Murray   One thing still seems to be true regarding the tile trends at this year’s Surfaces: the bigger the better. Large slabs with infinite design possibilities due to printing technologies were seen all over the showroom floor in varied thicknesses. These new slabs are available for floor, wall or countertop applications. Roy Viana, Dal-Tile’s director of slab and natural stone

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    Tile: Technology advances inspire new designs, formats

Tile: Technology advances inspire new designs, formats

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By K.J. Quinn   Ongoing investments in R&D and improved capabilities across manufacturing footprints are expected to pay off for ceramic tile makers. Specifically, advances in digital printing are enabling producers to introduce game-changing formats and designs that meet consumer and commercial end-user needs for performance, styling and sustainability. “With new technology in digital decoration techniques bringing the highest aesthetics and emerging formats,

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    Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Words like “sluggish” and “tepid” to describe growth in the flooring industry are being replaced by “healthy” and “sustainable” as some of flooring’s top executives see an industry that is now accelerating to a respectable cruising speed as we approach 2018. The catalyst driving this momentum is winning products—the still-booming LVT market and across-the-board innovations in other segments.

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    Retailers recall top intros of 2017

Retailers recall top intros of 2017

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of

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    Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By K.J. Quinn   Slow but steady. That’s how industry experts describe the current state of the ceramic tile business. Still in recovery mode several years after the Great Recession, the industry continues taking gradual steps forward with economic indicators pointing in the right direction and significant investments being made to improve styling and performance. When you look at the numbers, ceramic is

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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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    Tile: Spanish suppliers steal the show at Cersaie 2017

Tile: Spanish suppliers steal the show at Cersaie 2017

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 Bologna, Italy—More than 90 Tile of Spain companies showcased their latest ceramic tile innovations and styles at Cersaie 2017 held here earlier this fall. Spanish tile manufacturers unveiled collections that reflected popular design trends. It should come as no surprise that Spanish tile manufacturers drew a lot of attention at Cersaie. According to ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association, Spain is the

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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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    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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    Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in

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Touch of Color donates carpet tile to Habitat for Humanity

Harrisburg, Pa.—Touch of Color Flooring, headquartered here, recently reached out to the local team at Habitat for Humanity ReStore to make a donation of over 14,590 square feet of carpet

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IWBI launches global concept advisories, taps Shaw’s Virgo

New York, N.Y.—The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has formed a network of global concept advisories to explore, better understand and, ultimately, more accurately quantify the impact of specific health

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Havwoods presents high performance underlayments

New York, N.Y.—Havwoods International, a UK-based hardwood flooring supplier, is now providing options to absorb, block, break and isolate sound with three different underlayment products—Provent underlay, Unda-Tech Silver Backed underlay

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