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Performance of Laminam Ceramic Compact Surface

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Performance of Laminam Ceramic Compact Surface

Posted on 17 January 2017 by cradmin

While this video, produced by Laminam, starts off looking like a commercial for a restaurant with a chef making pasta and such, it soon becomes apparent it is a demonstration of how the company’s ceramic compact material performs under heavy use conditions. The material is subject to cutting and chopping, oil and acidic materials poured directly on it, liquids that are commonly known to stain, etc. After this, it is simply wiped clean and appears to have no damage.

Laminam is along the lines of Dekton or Neolith compact materials, but it has been said it is “tension free” meaning no relief cuts need be made in it when fabricating.

We’d love to hear your experiences using this product. Post a response to this video below or drop us a line.

You may also be interested in this video showing Dekton’s performance tests.

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U.S. Tile Use up, Says Spanish Tile Producers, Cersaie App Released

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U.S. Tile Use up, Says Spanish Tile Producers, Cersaie App Released

Posted on 22 September 2016 by cradmin

According to information released from the Tile of Spain group, tile sales are on the rise for Spanish producers. The organization, which is the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) representing 125 manufacturers made the following information available:

“During the first six months of 2016, Spanish Tile producers have exported 1,349 million Euros to 183 countries. Sales have grown by 6.8 percent in comparison with the same period in 2015,” stated the release. “The United States is the fastest growing market this year, whereas sales in the Russian Federation and the Middle East North Africa region have ceased to grow or, in some countries, decreased. The growth of the sales to the United States in the last years has been remarkable. From January to June (2016), the sales grew by 36.6 percent. The United States is the second most important market for the Spanish Ceramic Tile producers (6.9 percent of total sales) behind Europe.”

This information reaffirms what fabricators around the United States have been saying – business is booming. And while most research, such as that conducted by Freedonia or Catalina show tile usage as a countertop surface slowing down in America, plenty is still being used in backsplash applications, as well as bathrooms and flooring.

tos-appIn related news, Tile of Spain launched the Cersaie ’16 App in advance of this month’s show that runs Sept. 26 through Sept. 30 in Bologna, Italy. Once again, the group of Spanish ceramic companies is the largest foreign delegation at the show. The free Cersaie ’16 App, which is available for iOS and Android devices, allows access to all Spanish ceramic tile companies at the event. Participants can search through exhibitors, filter by sector and add their favorite companies to a “must visit” list, which can be shared with colleagues via email.

The Tile of Spain Cersaie ’16 App can be downloaded by clicking here, or at the Google Play or App Store.

We’d love to hear your take on the tile market in the United States or elsewhere. Post a response or email us at info@countertopresource.com.

You may also be interested in this article on countertop and kitchen trends in 2016.


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Daltile Acquires Mexican Facility, while also Constructing Tennessee Plant

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Daltile Acquires Mexican Facility, while also Constructing Tennessee Plant

Posted on 16 July 2015 by cradmin

Ceramic tile manufacturer Daltile acquired Cerámica San Lorenzo’s North American operations. This includes a Mexicali, Mexico, -based manufacturing facility along with a warehouse and showroom in Southern California. This brings the number of North American manufacturing plants owned by the company to 11. The new facility makes tile under the “San Lorenzo” brand for the builder, remodeling and commercial segments of the industry. John Turner, Jr., president of Daltile, was reported to have said that the company will invest in the Mexican plant to enhance its capabilities.

Additionally, the company is in the process of building a 12th ceramic tile manufacturing plant and distribution center in Dickson, Tenn, which is scheduled to open this year and begin full-scale production by early next year.

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UofCTS Changes Tile Installer Certification Renewals To 2 Years

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UofCTS Changes Tile Installer Certification Renewals To 2 Years

Posted on 03 January 2014 by cradmin

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) increased the amount of time between renewals for its Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification certificate to two years from one. Now tile installers only have to retake the updated course every two years in order to stay current with new industry standards. Installers were previously required to retake the course annually. The change to extend the renewal date of the ITS Certificate to two years was part of an agreement made between UofCTS and the Tile Marble Terrazzo Union Local 18. The ITS Verification course instructs installers, setters and finishers, on industry standards and practices, manufacturers’ requirements and proper installation methods for tile thin-set applications that apply to ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass and other types of adhered tile materials. It also teaches how to inspect and prepare substrates and tiles, how to achieve full thin-set coverage, and quality workmanship requirements and practices.

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Great Insight For Specifying Tile, Stone

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Great Insight For Specifying Tile, Stone

Posted on 05 October 2012 by cradmin

If you work in the commercial arena – whether fabricator or specifier – there is a great article I ran across that you should check out. It’s entitled “Good Specs Mean Good Tile and Stone Installations” and can be found here.

The article ran in the December issue of the Construction Specifier magazine and was penned by Donato V. Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA, of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc. (CTaSC).

Not only does it discuss the importance of meeting critical industry standards and writing a spec for the specific job rather than just cutting and pasting in generic language, it also talks about quality control and the value of using a quality product, and just as important, a quality fabricator/installer that has been properly trained.

And it was awarded by the Construction Specifier Institute as the best article of the year, so others are taking note too.

Read it, share it and send us your feedback – we’d love to hear your opinion…

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clé Introduces Handmade Metallic Tiles

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clé Introduces Handmade Metallic Tiles

Posted on 10 September 2012 by cradmin

clé introduces metallic tiles in porcelain, ceramic and limestone that have been painted, glazed, and printed with the glimmer of silver, gold, iron, platinum and copper. The tiles are produced by different international tile artists. Along with gold, the Byzantina rectangle series by Italian artist Adriano Ricchetti of Il Monile, includes iron, platinum, and silver.

Brenda Bates creates her Welbeck tile in her potter’s studio in Cornwall, England. Fascinated by aquatic life in the Celtic Sea, Bates has created the Coast Collection, immortalizing sea stars in hand made tile, delicately painted in 24k gold and platinum. Her Platinum Collection is a study in abstraction, using metallics to define irregular shapes.The weight of the precious metals against the delicate translucent glaze causes the random crackled surface.

The clé Classic Tile Collection has taken the traditional material of porcelain and rendered it modern with faux metal finishes of oxidized steel, iron and copper.

The Metallic Porcelain series allows for installation of a tile where weight or temperature would be problematic for metal. The tile slabs are 13 by 40 inches and can be installed on floors and walls, indoors and out.

The Dutch artist Hanneke Steenmetz silk screens her Shakespeare inspired graphics onto limestone tile for her Studio H.  All of her images are available in gold, silver and copper.

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