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Tile of Spain Companies Celebrate Ceramic Excellence at the 40th Anniversary of CEVISAMA

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain manufacturers returned to Valencia, Spain last month for the landmark 40 th edition of CEVISAMA , the International Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings. This year’s fair was held from February 26 – March 1, 2024 at Feria Valencia, located in Valencia’s center city. Photo Courtesy of Marcos Soria, Feria Valencia STATE OF THE INDUSTRY During Tile of Spain’s annual Press Conference, held on the second day of the exhibition, Vicente Nomdedeu, President of The Spanish

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Mercury Mosaics strengthens team new leadership

Floor Covering News

Minneapolis, Minn.—Mercury Mosaics, the female-founded maker of sustainable, handcrafted ceramic tiles , has expanded its leadership team with the appointments of Sarah Lien as chief marketing officer, Emma Remer as product manager and Emily Awaijane as sales and business development director. “I am incredibly grateful for the value these women bring to the team and the fresh energy they have imbued into this dream,” said Mercury Mosaics founder, Mercedes Austin.

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From the Underground

Diary of a Tile Addict

Using two waste materials created in plentiful numbers during the creation and operation of London’s Underground system – London clay and dust rich in iron oxide – designer Jeffrey Miller has performed alchemical genius by combining the two to create a unique set of tiles. Photo credit: Sarel Jansen London clay – the material most of the city is built on top of and the Underground system is built within – is not usually an ideal product to form ceramics from (due to

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Atlas Concorde receives the Export Capital award for the second consecutive year

Ceramics of Italy

Last February, Atlas Concorde received the Export Capital award for the second consecutive year and was recognised as the top company in the Export Excellence category for the ceramics and marble sector. The award recognises Italian companies’ international sales achievements and their ability to enhance the global standing of Italian industry based on official statistics from the Italian Customs and Monopolies A gency.

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2024 Tile Trends: Denim to Danube

Why Tile

For our next trend as we lead up to Coverings 2024, let’s get into some blues, a range encompassing denim to Danube (think the color of broken-in jeans, to the shade of blue streaming down the Danube). Blue tiles bring casual elegance to any interior design. They evoke a sense of familiarity and comfort. It’s… The post 2024 Tile Trends: Denim to Danube appeared first on Why Tile.

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JiaShiYiBao becomes Unilin licensee

Floor Covering News

Waregem, Belgium—Unilin and Zhejiang Jiashiyibao Flooring Co. Ltd. (Jiashiyibao), a prominent player in the flooring industry, have entered into licensing agreements for four innovative technologies. The move enables the company to elevate its flooring collections with diverse design choices and enhanced functionality, addressing the varied tastes of consumers.

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Making Our Homes Quieter – A Key To Wellness!

JG Kitchens

Noise was one of the factors that inspired me to leave my New York City hometown. Even though I lived on the 10th floor of my building, the constant honking and sirens was stress-inducing. In researching this topic, I learned that the effects of noise extend far beyond hearing loss to whole mind and body effects. The post Making Our Homes Quieter – A Key To Wellness!

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French Limestone: A Staple of Parisian Charm

As The Tile Turns

Romantic and sophisticated, Paris has long provided a wealth of inspiration. It’s a fashion mecca and an artistic powerhouse – and there’s no denying the beauty of the city’s iconic architecture. The Eiffel Tower attracts plenty of attention, but any casual stroll along cobblestone streets will reveal plenty of architectural wonders. The most beautiful buildings hold something significant in common: they’re clad in French limestone.

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Tile of Spain celebrates Cevisama 40th anniversary

Floor Covering News

Miami, Fla.— Tile of Spain manufacturers returned to Valencia, Spain earlier this month for the landmark 40th edition of Cevisama, the International Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings. This year’s fair was held from February 26-March 1, 2024 at Feria Valencia, located in Valencia’s center city. During Tile of Spain’s annual press conference, held on the second day of the exhibition, Vicente Nomdedeu, president of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), rep

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New Model Makes it Easier to Build Sustainable Structures of Textile-Reinforced Concrete

The A to Z of Building

By reinforcing concrete with textiles instead of steel, it is possible to use less material and create slender, lightweight structures with a significantly lower environmental impact.

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Nuovo Showroom Supergres

Ceramics of Italy

Le preesistenti strutture industriali non più in funzione, ma ormai simbolo del territorio locale, sono state parzialmente restaurate e riutilizzate , donando loro nuova vita. Le eleganti capriate a volta in cemento , poste a oltre sei metri di altezza , sono state mantenute, donando un grandissimo respiro all’esposizione ceramica. Sono stati inoltre ricavati dei giochi di pieno/vuoto alternando zone con la copertura a spazi aperti segnati solo dalle arcate consentendo di far entrare una grandis

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Concrete Cleaner 101: Top 10 Concrete Cleaners and Degreasers

Onfloor Technology

Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world. It’s durable, low-maintenance, and relatively affordable compared to other materials.

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An infusion of youth produces ‘Ultimate Floors’

Floor Covering News

Ultimate Floors was founded in 2012 by Ofer Dardashti, a 30-year contractor who wanted to step out of construction. Since then, the brand has evolved from a supplier of traditional laminate products to what is now a provider of waterproof laminate, rigid core/SPC, glue-down LVT and even moldings. And while it might not be a household name—not yet, anyway—that may soon change.

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Konecranes Launches Smart, Connected Crane: Setting a New Standard in Industrial Cranes

The A to Z of Building

Konecranes today launched its flagship Konecranes X-series industrial crane, the successor to its popular CXT model with a new compact design and safe, reliable technology that — thanks to its wireless upgrade capabilities — can adapt to customer needs now and in the future.

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Wienerberger announces the 11th Brick Award 2024

Ceramics of Italy

Wienerberger, a leading supplier of innovative and sustainable building solutions with a history dating back more than 200 years, has announced the upcoming 11th International Brick Award to be held in 2024. For almost two decades, wienerberger has been celebrating the outstanding achievements of brick architecture and highlighting the transformative power of this material in contemporary design. wienerberger first launched the Brick Award as a biennial event back in 2004 to highlight the versat

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Cevisama Trends 2024

Diary of a Tile Addict

As I wasn’t there to gather up goodies, collect curiosities, and scout the trends, Joe (my dad and Tile Addict in chief) did all Cevisama the leg work for me, writing up a full report of everything that was worth seeing. And here is what he had to say about the trends. 1) Light Cotto and Deep Green There are currently two clear colour trends. The first is light cotto – now the background tone of choice in both wall and floor tiles.

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NRF Distributors Flooring Market draws Northeast dealers

Floor Covering News

Amy Lemelin of NRF welcomes guests to the NRF Distributors New England Flooring Market. Ledyard, Conn.— FCNews is here for NRF Distributors’ New England Flooring Market, a one-day trade show that draws more than 250 flooring retailers from the Northeast, primarily New England states. NRF is something of an anomaly among flooring distributors. In an age when many of the majors are being acquired or tapping into private equity money, the Augusta, Maine, wholesaler is now in its fourth generation a

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Interface releases new carpet introductions

Floor Covering News

Atlanta— Interface , a global flooring solutions company and leader in sustainability, has released three new carpet introductions—Open Air Stria, Open Ended and World Woven Two. Open Air Stria and Open Ended The Open Air product platform from Interface is billed as a revolutionary approach to carpet tile manufacturing, providing an expansive offering of high-quality products at an accessible price point.

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Natural Stone Institute announces Thor Lundh Quarrier Award

Floor Covering News

Thor Lundh Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) has released a new industry recognition award for 2024. The Thor Lundh Quarrier Award will recognize a NSI member who has made an extraordinary contribution to quarrying natural stone. The recipient will be recognized at either the NSI Study Tour or Marmomac. The jury panel will include representatives from both the North American Quarry Advocacy Group and the Global Advocacy Group.

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ICG Italia celebrates Women’s History Month

Floor Covering News

(panelists from left to right) Federica Minozzi, Michelle Hatton, Jean Rainer, Aida Ribar. San Francisco—In recognition of Women’s History Month, ICG Italia hosted an empowering event, Inside The Architect Studio: A riveting exploration into the lives of women leading the industry, on March 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., here at the ICG Gallery. The women-led ICG Italia, brand of Iris Ceramica Group, developed this program as part of an important Women’s History Month initiative to honor women’s leader

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Florim USA introduces digital texture glaze technology

Floor Covering News

Clarksville, Tenn.— Florim USA , a supplier of porcelain tile and manufacturer of the MILEstone brand, has introduced Digital Texture. This cutting-edge innovation marks a significant advancement for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the surface of tiles, creating a unique tactile experience, reminiscent of natural, random textures. “We are excited to be the first U.S. porcelain tile manufacturer to introduce this new glazing technology,” said Rodolfo Panisi, president and CEO of Flo

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Fuse 2024: Conference breaks all-time record

Floor Covering News

Phoenix—The title of 2023’s memorable Fuse Alliance conference was “Ignite the Spark,” so it was only fitting that the group raise the ante with “Fuse on Fire,” the theme and rally cry for this year’s record-breaking event. “We’re thrilled to see the passion and involvement of our members reflected in this year’s conference theme,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director of Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional commercial floor covering contractors.

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Ron Lee named first Fuse Alliance Hall of Famer

Floor Covering News

Geoff Gordon, left, presents the inaugural Fuse Hall of Fame Award to Ron Lee. Phoenix—Ron Lee, a legend of the commercial floor covering industry who is credited with founding both Fuse Alliance and Starnet, was named the recipient of the inaugural Fuse Hall of Fame Award. Lee was presented with the honor during a special ceremony here earlier this month at the group’s annual conference.

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Godfrey Hirst broadens U.S. market appeal

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Godfrey Hirst is broadening its U.S. market appeal with refreshed branding and elevated product introductions with over 150 years manufacturing experience in Australia and New Zealand. “Godfrey Hirst resonates with individuals who value community and connection while honoring heritage, authenticity and artisan craftsmanship,” said Denise Silbert, vice president of marketing, soft surface.

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Performance Accessories enhances portfolio

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—With easy-to-sell, easy-to-order and easy-to-install products, Performance Accessories is enhancing its portfolio with new innovations and upgrading its digital experience to address industry challenges. Performance Accessories offers a total system of industry-leading flooring solutions—including trims and transitions, stair solutions, adhesives, underlayments and cleaners—designed to complement and complete any flooring installation.

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Why digital marketing alone won’t save you (part 2)

Floor Covering News

In my last column I said everyone is using digital media to shout the same, copycat message: here’s our name, here’s what we sell, here’s how to find us. You’ll never win the customer-acquisition game in a toe-to-toe match against the big boys using this approach. So, what can an independent retailer do? Let’s look at some strategies. Create powerful messaging One way to create powerful messaging is to figure out how to answer the unspoken question on the mind of every prospective client: “W

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Tuesday Tips: Better ways to sell

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips ,” Tom Jennings reminds us that all too often, as a result of the way we sell, we’ve changed the way the customer is conditioned to buy—based solely

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LX Hausys stakes its claim in the LVT market

Floor Covering News

Alpharetta, Ga.—LX Hausys may not be a household name when it comes to LVT, but if new vice president Steve DeCarlo has anything to say about it that is about to change. DeCarlo, who was instrumental in building Shaw’s LVT business from the ground up, has designs on growing LX Hausys’ market share in the U.S. DeCarlo is quite familiar with LX Hausys given this is the company from which he initially sourced at Shaw.

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Myers Carpet Company opens Atlanta store

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—Myers Carpet Company opened a new floor covering store located here. The completely renovated 80,000-square-foot building includes a 25,000-square-foot showroom and 55,000-square-foot custom rug workroom and warehouse. This spring, Myers Flooring Atlanta will host a formal grand opening. Myers Carpet Company was founded in 1957 by Gene Myers who started buying scraps of carpet from local mills and reworked them into stair treads and small rugs, which he then sold through area chenille st

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IFC’s Canopy collection ‘covers’ all the bases

Floor Covering News

Dalton—It has been 12 years since Piet Dossche turned the flooring industry upside down when he launched WPC in the United States and soon after its SPC iteration, all under the “waterproof” umbrella. All totaled, this segment reached nearly $6 billion in 2022 and helped put many retailers’ kids through college and then some. Fast forward to 2024 and Dossche’s sons, Julian and William, are looking to make a splash of their own with their Hall-of-Fame father as an advisor.

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Retailers React: What are the keys to a successful retailer/supplier relationship?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week, we asked: What are the keys to a successful retailer/supplier relationship? Here are their responses: We treat our vendors as partners. We can’t do our job without them, and they don’t have a job without us. I like the saying: ‘You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

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Alliance Flooring members confident in Perfect Home

Floor Covering News

Alliance Flooring co-CEOs, Ryan Dunn and Kevin Logue. O r l and o —The early returns on the Alliance Flooring new Perfect Home retail merchandising system and technology platform point to a clear-cut winner that will ultimately yield higher margins for dealers and more satisfied customers. That was the consensus among the retailers who had the selling solution (carpet only) installed in their showrooms during the initial rollout phase in October-November 2023.

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FCEF seeks partners in building ongoing support

Floor Covering News

As we approach the end of March, I find myself on the cusp of achieving my gold status through travel for the year—an accomplishment I hadn’t anticipated so soon. Yet, what truly amazes me are the discussions among industry professionals nationwide. Whether we’re discussing installer issues, exploring the disconnect within our industry segments or simply reflecting on the state of the flooring industry, it’s remarkable that, until now, no singular voice has endeavored to represent our combined i

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What Gen Z expects from in-store experiences

Floor Covering News

Even though Baby Boomers control the lion’s share of the world’s disposable income, remember that millennials represent the largest group of consumers and will be inheriting the Baby Boomers’ money. Also keep in mind that right behind them is Gen Z, and their spending power is on the rise. In fact, today they represent about $360 billion in disposable income and, more important, they like to spend their money.

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There’s no better time than the present for a refresh

Floor Covering News

I recently found myself in a dire situation after my computer crapped out. In a panic, I reached out to my trusty computer wizard, knowing he couldn’t come immediately but could make it the next day. This wizard of mine, typically engrossed in networking for a large company, also dabbled in troubleshooting on the side. When he arrived, I noticed there was a certain glow about him.

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Abbey Floor and Home help members elevate their online game

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— Abbey Floor & Home is stepping up efforts to drive traffic into members’ stores via a new, state-of-the-art web-based tool called FloorHub. While Abbey members always had access to online tools, the infonet update unveiled here at the group’s convention is designed to help retailers take their digital game to the next level. “We provide [members] with a full toolbox that’s easy to use and beneficial,” said Dave Hardy, executive vice president of merchandising and member services

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Mapei’s Planitop 3D wins Disruptive Innovation Award

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—Mapei Corporation’s mortar/ink, Planitop 3D, has been awarded the Expert’s Choice award for Disruptive Innovation in Concrete Construction Materials at the 2024 Innovative Product Awards, which was held in conjunction with the World of Concrete trade show. “We are excited to receive the Expert’s Choice award for Planitop 3D,” said Fabrizio De Rossi, Mapei Corporation’s national sales director for concrete restoration systems (CRS)/building and major projects.