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Formica Introduces Writable Surfaces

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Formica Introduces Writable Surfaces

Posted on 24 January 2017 by CRadmin3

Formica Writable SurfacesFormica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, brings surfaces to life with the introduction of Formica® Writable Surfaces. These surfaces offer beautiful and durable chalkboard and markerboard options in on-trend colors and patterns. The new Formica® Writable Surfaces, part of the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection, were shown for the first time in the Formica Corporation booth at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando.

Formica Writable Surfaces feature six colors and designs, each providing the chance to write a personal creative expression directly on it, and to simply wipe it away when finished. As practical as they are inspirational, the surfaces provide a new platform for homeowners to stay connected, manage schedules, play a game or just create. Like all Formica Brand products, they are also budget friendly and durable.

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L.E. Smith Company Launches New Quartz Program and Quoting Technology

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L.E. Smith Company Launches New Quartz Program and Quoting Technology

Posted on 20 January 2017 by CRadmin3

A screen shot of LE Smith's new SQUAD countertop quoting system

A screen shot of LE Smith’s new SQUAD countertop quoting system that allows clients to quote jobs independantly

The L.E. Smith Company introduced a unique quartz countertop offering and a web-based quartz quoting tool. Both investments support the evolving business needs of their broad client base, and exemplify L.E. Smith’s passion for bringing meaningful value to the construction and kitchen and bath industries.

According to the company, the new quartz countertop program is unique to the industry because clients are not charged for offall. “Clients are amazed and ecstatic when I share that they are only charged for the material that they use. They are all accustomed to having to pay for full sheets and additional square footage. This program eliminates that issue for them,” stated Brian Smith, Owner and Director of Sales. Smith also shared that the variety and quantity of “in stock” colors from known brands Viatera®, Hanstone®, Silestone®, Wilsonart® Quartz, and TruQuartz is unique to the industry.  The program boasts 40+ colors (with more coming,) a fast lead time (just 2-3 weeks from sign-off,) and the ability to quote countertop projects online.

To offer quoting in real time, L.E. Smith developed a web-based technology solution named SQUAD.  SQUAD allows clients to independently quote a Quartz kitchen, bathroom, or multi-unit project in minutes and with confidence.  SQUAD houses quotes in a client library, and long term, will allow clients to quote and order for all projects and in all surfaces.  SQUAD will also house online training, industry resources, and sales analytics.  When asked about the unique name, Laura Juarez, CEO and President of L.E. Smith indicated that, “We liked the name SQUAD because it really conveys who we are to our clients.  We’re their SQUAD, working for them 24-7.  We have their back, and we’re always striving to bring them the products and technology that they need to succeed.”

For more information about the company and its offerings, visit www.lesmith.com.

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MSI Introduces New Stacked Stone Colors

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MSI Introduces New Stacked Stone Colors

Posted on 11 January 2017 by CRadmin3

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Calacatta Cressa 3D Stacked-Stone

MSI added 12 new natural stone colors to its Stacked Stone Collection. The fresh new colors are: Alaska Gray 3D Honed, Arctic Golden Splitface, Arctic White 3D Honed, Calacatta Cressa 3D Honed, Coal Canyon 3D Honed, Glacial Black 3D Honed, Gray Oak Splitface, Gray Oak 3D Honed, Mountain Bluestone Splitface, Princess White Splitface, Statuarietto Capri 3D Honed, and White Oak Multi Finish. Stacked stone’s natural beauty and dimension lends warmth and architectural detail to any space. According to the company it is also impressively durable and versatile, making it suitable for a wide-range of interior and exterior applications, such as accent walls, backsplashes, home facades, and barbeque islands. Consumers can choose from splitface, 3D honed, and multi finishes, which complement a broad range of design styles and installations.

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

Posted on 06 January 2017 by cradmin

groves catalogGroves Incorporated has released the new 2017 edition of its “Stone Storage, Fabrication and Transportation Systems” catalog. The catalog features several new products, such as its Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack-Long; Heavy-Duty Backsplash Cart; and Heavy-Duty Drywall Cart, as well as a variety of fabrication tables and storage/material handling products for granite, quartz and numerous other slab and countertop related materials. It can be downloaded at Groves website or the company will send a printed copy to those requesting one.

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Park Industries Introduces FASTBACK II Flat Edge Shaper and Polisher

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Park Industries Introduces FASTBACK II Flat Edge Shaper and Polisher

Posted on 05 January 2017 by CRadmin3

park-industries-fastback-ii-_-nov-2016Park Industries introduced the FASTBACK II Edge Shaper and Polisher. The company states that the FASTBACK II will edge, polish and chamfer countertops and backsplash at a rate of up to 150 lineal feet per hour. This tool can manage material that is 1 – 6 cm thick, 16 in. to 12 ft. long, and 3 in. – 30+ in. wide, producing straight flat edges to 45 degree chamfer top and bottom edge corners up to 1/16 in.

The FASTBACK II’s exclusive Spindle Stagger feature allows an operator to adjust the point at which the tool engages and disengages with the leading and trailing ends of the material. This is said to ensure consistent and total polish end-to-end which is essential for tightly nested slab layouts.

The FASTBACK II includes new features such as intuitive touch-screen controls, optimized oscillation, exclusive Armor Shield protection, and metrics tracking capabilities.

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LG Hausys Adds New Styles to Its Musica Collection

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LG Hausys Adds New Styles to Its Musica Collection

Posted on 04 January 2017 by CRadmin3

lg musica collectionLG Hausys introduced four new styles in the Musica Collection. The new Musica Renewal Collection features a rich combination of large-movement and marble-like patterns and shades of earth and rock. Inspired by the complexity and beauty of the finest orchestral music from eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, the endless variety and complexity of the patterns reminds one of the luxury and depth of the great composers’ works. The new styles are: Lento, a smoky grey backdrop with hints of warm beige tones; Clarino, a warm white background contrasted with a chorus of gold toned veins; Quartet, a spectrum of subtle shades of grey compose a look rich in volume and sound; and Waltz, a warm beige background is accented with marbling in rich brown and dynamic white tones.

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Oceanside Glasstile Introduces New Colors and Pattern

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Oceanside Glasstile Introduces New Colors and Pattern

Posted on 28 December 2016 by CRadmin3

Muse Collection - Repose pattern in Mauna Blend

Muse Collection – Repose pattern in Mauna Blend

The newest colors, blends and pattern in the Oceanside Glasstile product offering represent the serenity of Hawaii’s natural landscape and bring to mind a sense of peace and calm that can transform any space into a little piece of paradise.

“When creating the new colors we wanted to broaden the range of two complimentary spectrums, allowing for softer gradient transitions,” reflects Oceanside Glasstile Designer Cathy Aroz, “The three new colors are the result of playing with hues and shades of popular colors Clear, Bondi, and Truffle.”

Looking at these three new additions together, Oceanside Glasstile’s creative team was reminded of the beauty and depths of a tropical paradise and wanted to pay tribute to the spirit of Hawaii by using Hawaiian names Nalu (wave), Kai (ocean) and Koa (native tree) for the colors and Puna, Kalani and Mauna to describe three new blends created with these colors.

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Each blend is a combination of some of the company’s most popular colors. The company states that these new colors and blends are ideal in applications such as a pool water line, along shower walls, in the kitchen, a powder room, or entry way, to transform any space into a place of serenity and balance.

Complimenting these warm island colors is a new Muse collection pattern: Repose. The pattern is inspired by the minimalistic, nature-oriented designs of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Henry Greene. Creatively designed for multiple applications, glass tile in a Repose pattern can be used to enhance an entire wall or be applied as a border. Oceanside describes the pattern as being direct and understated, but when combined with creative colors and finishes, it lights up and dances with humble exuberance.

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OHM International Introduces AUREA STONE New Innovative Surfacing Product

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OHM International Introduces AUREA STONE New Innovative Surfacing Product

Posted on 22 December 2016 by cradmin

aurea stoneOHM International, historically an importer and wholesaler of quality natural stone products, has introduced AUREA STONE, a second-generation quartz surfacing.

Aurea Stone is being billed as Quartz 2.0 because of its realistic match to natural marble. The high-definition look of this quartz surfacing provide for its sharp, clean, tight lines of movement. It also has a translucent quality that allows for depth in soft subtle undertones of color that allow for its realistic marble look. It offers very bright whites and a grainless surface that result in solid light reflection and shine.

The material is nonporous, making it highly stain-resistant, easy to clean and exceedingly hygienic for food preparation. This durable surface is also etch-, scratch- and heat-resistant.

Slabs are jumbo sized at 3cm thick and 126 by 63 in. The material comes in seven marble-like colors/patterns: Paragon, Venatino Sfumato, Phidias, Calacatta Dinergy, Lincoln, Etched and Epitome. AUREA STONE comes with a 15-year warranty. For more information, visit www.ohmintl.com/aureastone/.

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Sappi North America Introduces Neoterix™ST

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Sappi North America Introduces Neoterix™ST

Posted on 13 December 2016 by CRadmin3

sappi-na-sharkletSappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has entered into a license agreement with Sharklet Technologies, Inc. to manufacture and distribute casting and release paper featuring the ground-breaking Sharklet™ microtexture. The new release paper is the first of its kind that creates surfaces that inhibit bacterial growth without the use of toxic additives or chemicals. The product will be the first in Sappi’s new Neoterix™ line and will be available to customers under the name Neoterix ST.

The patented Sharklet microtexture is biomimicry in action, as it is inspired by the texture of shark skin. Shark’s skin features a unique texture and pattern which naturally slows the growth of barnacles and algae. According to a published study in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, when applied to high touch surfaces, the microtexture reduced surface contamination of methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) by as much as 97 percent and 94 percent, respectively, compared to controls.

Like all of Sappi’s release papers, Neoterix ST acts as a mold for coated fabric and laminates. It is used to transfer texture and gloss onto these surfaces and is then stripped away. Sappi has developed new technology to impart the Sharklet microtexture, at micron-level fidelity, onto its release papers. Manufacturers will be able to transfer the Sharklet micropattern and its microbial resistance properties onto new product surfaces. Sappi is ramping up production and expects Neoterix ST to be commercially available globally in early 2017.

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Lotte Offers New Marble Inspired Surfaces by Radianz

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Lotte Offers New Marble Inspired Surfaces by Radianz

Posted on 09 December 2016 by CRadmin3

lotte-radianzLotte Advanced Materials offers the new Radianz® Marble Collection. The collection features free-form, directional veined-patterns in popular hues and colors. Comprised of color-controlled, natural quartz, Radianz can enrich any interior space and is suitable for high-use countertops, work-surfaces, furniture and many other interior applications. The company states that the material is engineered for durability and inspired by elements found in nature. Radianz natural quartz surfaces are backed by a limited commercial-use warranty and are NSF and Greenguard Certified. The new collection includes Ashford Fog, Denali Cloud, Impala Black, Kiani Cream and Lucenrn Lake.

You may also be interested in this article about HanStone’s Cascina Collection.

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