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NTCA Holds Executive Elections at Recent Annual Meeting

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NTCA Holds Executive Elections at Recent Annual Meeting

Posted on 03 November 2016 by cradmin

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) elected new members of the executive board and several new regional directors at its recent annual meeting.

Martin Howard of David Allen Company was elected President. Chris Walker, also of David Allen Company, was named 1st Vice President. Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile and Marble was elected 2nd Vice President. Outgoing President James Woelfel was elected Chairman of the Board, and Dan Welch was named Executive Committee advisor.

The newly elected Regional Directors include Robert Showers (Region 2), Paige Smith (Region 3), Mike Weaver (Region 4), Dirk Sullivan (Region 9), Stan Platt (Region 10) and Sam Bruce (Region 12).

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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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Tile of Spain Expands Quick Ship Collection

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Tile of Spain Expands Quick Ship Collection

Posted on 22 July 2016 by CRadmin3

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Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), announced new additions to the Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection. The updated catalog of Spanish tile now includes 50 ceramic tile companies and 195 products.

Established in 2013, The Quick Ship Collection is a select group of tile products from Spanish manufacturers that are in stock and available for immediate purchase in the U.S. To qualify for the program products must be available for delivery within 4 to 8 weeks. The collection is updated annually to ensure the most up to date information is available to purchasers.

Available online at www.tileofspainusa.com/quickship, the Quick Ship Collection interactive catalog makes it easy to search for Spanish tile. Users can search by product category – dimensional, exterior, floor, innovations, metallic, mosaics, nature inspired, wood look and wall tile – or by company name. Each entry includes the tile series name, color image, detailed description of each pattern, available sizes and uses and contact information to purchase the product in the U.S.

“We’re pleased to see how the Quick Ship Collection has grown over the years,” states Rocamador Rubio, Tile of Spain Director. “The collection continues to be a great tool to connect U.S. based designers, architects and tile installers with a variety of Spanish tile companies.”

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Clé Introduces Artist Cement Collection of Tiles

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Clé Introduces Artist Cement Collection of Tiles

Posted on 15 July 2016 by CRadmin3

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Design by Sarah & Ruby featuring softened geometric shapes

Clé, the international artisan tile e-boutique, introduced its exclusive Artist Cement Collection of hand- made encaustic cement tiles. The tiles were designed by eleven artist studios located in Europe, South America and the United States. The series includes architects, artists, designers, and sculptors that include: ALT for Living, Boris Aldridge, Coletivo Muda, Deborah Osburn, Erica Tanov, Gachot Studios, John Whitmarsh, Michelle Weinberg, Ruan Hoffmann, Sarah & Ruby, and Smink Things. Each tile reflects personal visual inspirations from vintage textiles to the abstraction of nature. The tiles are 8in. by 8in. square and hexagons. The tiles are pre-polished and pre-sealed and can be installed indoors or out, on walls and floors.

“Our current encaustic cement tile collection is anchored with 19th century patterns, and so it’s exciting for us to introduce new work that has been envisioned by such provocative minds outside a revered segment of our traditional tile world. These artists are creating alluring interpretations of a classic tile, merging historic techniques with their own distinctive sentiments to create modern design,” said Deborah Osburn, founder and creative director of clé. It is Osburn’s goal to provide a forum for discovery and conversation about tiles created by impassioned artists creating remarkable surfaces.

You may also be interested in this video about tile backsplash ideas for showrooms.

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Emser Tile Named Newest Distributor of Laticrete Products

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Emser Tile Named Newest Distributor of Laticrete Products

Posted on 24 June 2016 by CRadmin3

LATICRETE announced that Emser Tile will distribute LATICRETE products through its nationwide service and distribution network. The partnership provides Emser Tile customers access to LATICRETE products. In turn, LATICRETE gains greater access and exposure to Emser Tile’s significant customer base.

The two family-owned companies share similar values and have seen significant growth in recent years. With its award-winning training programs and technical sales support, LATICRETE offers Emser Tile and its customers excellent service to complement its premium products. In turn, Emser Tile offers LATICRETE expanded access to the residential and commercial contractor market.

Over the past three years, LATICRETE has acquired three companies and expanded the product lines it offers. Similarly, Emser Tile has experienced significant growth over the last few years through market share gains and by expanding its national footprint with the addition of branch service locations.

“This year LATICRETE celebrates its 60th year of building a chemistry of trust with its customers and partners, and we are delighted to celebrate this anniversary by announcing a relationship with our newest partner, Emser Tile,” said LATICRETE Vice President of North America Sales Ron Nash. “Two factors drive our business, the development of innovative products and access to valued customers. LATICRETE provides the former and Emser Tile provides the latter.”

Established in 1968 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Emser Tile offers a high level of service and a dynamic selection of tile, natural stone, decorative and setting material products designed for both residential and commercial projects and applications. The company has a nationwide service and distribution network that combines the strengths of a national presence with the benefits of local service to quickly respond to changing trends and technologies.

“The addition of LATICRETE to our offerings is consistent with our strategic plans of partnering with the industry’s best-in-class suppliers and will be an important part of our program moving forward,” said Emser Tile Chief Marketing Officer Bob Baldocchi. “Easy and local access to LATICRETE products throughout our distribution network is a major win for our customers, who are always looking for high-quality products designed for their business. By carrying a full line of LATICRETE products and offering access to the company’s training programs, we can offer new options to meet their every need.”

Emser will begin rolling out the full line of LATICRETE products by July 1, 2016.

You may also be interested in this article about LATICRETE’s 60th anniversary.

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NTCA Endorses Online Training Courses by UCTS

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NTCA Endorses Online Training Courses by UCTS

Posted on 15 April 2016 by cradmin

The National Tile Contractors Association has officially endorsed the core curriculum of the University of Ceramic, Tile and Stone (UCTS) to allow aspiring tile and stone industry professionals to gain the correct knowledge and skills without necessarily leaving the confines of their current jobs. Structured to be delivered online, UCTS is currently offering three online courses that can be completed within 14 days. These include Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile, Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone and Tile Installer Thin-set Standards Verification Course. 

The basic tile and stone courses are geared towards salespeople in the tile and stone industry to equip them with the correct knowledge about industry standards, stone and tile technical information and the different sales techniques for such products. The ITS Verification course is geared to setters, installers and finishers, and reportedly equips them on industry standards, manufacturers’ requirements and best practices on the installation of tiles.

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clé Introduces Chinoiserie Hand-painted Porcelain Tile

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clé Introduces Chinoiserie Hand-painted Porcelain Tile

Posted on 11 April 2016 by cradmin

cleclé introduced Chinoiserie, a new collection of hand-painted porcelain tile. Designed by Deborah Osburn, the  collection is a collaboration with a traditional chinoiserie artisan studio in China. The fine china porcelain is decorated with the historic iconography of traditional images:-song birds, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, pomegranates and butterflies. The tiles can be created as large as 3 by 6.5 ft. and are painted in china paints and triple fired, which provides a luster and reflective depth. The diffused background field colors are available in Winterberry Red, Absinthe Green, Serenity Blue, Teal, Poached Pear, Platinum and Dusk.

You may also be interested in this article about the Tile of Spain Awards.

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Backlit Tile Kit Offers Glass Tile, Translucent Surface Backlighting System

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Backlit Tile Kit Offers Glass Tile, Translucent Surface Backlighting System

Posted on 28 March 2016 by cradmin

Backlit tile kitBacklit Tile Kit provides a patented removable system to backlight glass tile or translucent surfaces. The kits can be used with virtually any tile and are designed for easy installation. They include multi-color LED lights that can form up to 16 million colors, and can be controlled via Bluetooth technology from a smartphone or tablet. Kits come in multiple sizes to fit different tiles. Available heights include 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12 in. Lengths are 5-, 10- or 15-ft., and can be easily cut to fit any installation, according to the company.

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Laticrete Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Laticrete Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Posted on 08 March 2016 by cradmin

2016-02-LaticreteLaticrete, a global manufacturer and leader of  installation and finishing systems for the building industry, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The theme of the celebration was “60 Years of Building Chemistry,” which recognized the products and relationships the company built over the last 60 years.
The company’s founder, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg, was noted for revolutionizing installation techniques for ceramic tile and stone using the “adhesive mortar method.” Dr. Rothberg’s research in the chemical engineering field is now reportedly the basis for all modern adhesives used in ceramic tile and stone installations.

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Winners of 14th Annual Tile of Spain Awards Announced

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Winners of 14th Annual Tile of Spain Awards Announced

Posted on 22 February 2016 by cradmin

tosThe 14th Annual Tile of Spain Awards, organized by the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER),  recently chose winners that display the best architectural and interior design skills. In the architecture category, the judges awarded the first prize to the multi-purpose pavilion project entitled “Pabellón Docente Polivalente Escola Gavina” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martinez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. In the interior design category, the first prize was awarded to a project titled “Blue Wave Cocktail Bar” by Equipo Creativo.

The Tile of Spain Awards also includes a category that acknowledges the best Graduate Project presented by students of schools of architecture that highlight the use of ceramic tile in their projects. The first prize was awarded to the project titled “Transient Refurbishment” by Laura Alonso Blasco of the ETSA School of Architecture in Madrid.

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