More from Cersaie 2014
 
September 29th, 2014

From Joseph Lundgren with Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Day 3 & 4

OK day three came and went fast so I reviewed some halls and spent half a day at the show before boarding a train to Verona for Marmomacc, if I find anything interesting I will pass that on.

Hall 25

Marazzi – Always in the game on technical products. Evolution Marble – great looking marble look , tops their Timeless line that was one of the first generation ink jet marble lines.

Slimline- large wall tile in 6mm coming soon! Wow, this could be real nice in the maraward as iketplace, it’s a FLAT 16” x 48”!

My Stone – this line gets the SKU award 31 colors and 8 sizes. However, they did a great job and nailed the look of a variety of stones and if they can figure out the right mix to bring into stock in the US watch out!

Hall 16

Ege – A different concrete look called Elements very nice!

Hall 15

Gamma Due/Ornamenta – EXCELLENT job on upgrading the offering they went above and beyond with design and are going to be a high end supplier to be reckoned with!

Marmomacc-a sleeper company to watch is Logix Stone they are a very well run tile factory out of Egypt and will be adding slabs next year!

www.logixstone.com


Cersaie 2014 Happenings from JLC
 
September 25th, 2014

From Joseph Lundgren with Joespeh Lundgren Consulting

Day 1

At first glance concrete looks are back again along with wood looks and beautiful marble collections. Of course every “leap year” with get to see some new Cotto looks! In terms of sizes hexagons are in! In addition to different visuals in 4×8 and 4×12’s.

Hall 36

LaFaenza – I Marmi a beautiful take on a variety of marble looks, a must see

Del Conca – Murales – a nice brick looks in a 4×12 with a radius outside corner.

Ergon –Cornerstone – a nice variety of stones looks gathered into one line: Slate Multicolor is very nice!

Emil – Millelegni – seven wonderful wood colors!

Hall 16

Serenissima- Chicago –(aka Mediterranea’s Chicago Brick) is a wonderful take on the brick look in a 4”x8” and hexagon with a beautiful radius outside corner.

http://www.mediterranea-usa.com/chicago.html

Kalebodur – 4×12 La Crete – with a cement, wood and Terra Cotta mix

Edilgres – nice concrete/stone look

Living Color – Mayolica six colors in a handmade look in 3×6 & 3×12

Hall 18

Atlas – Marvel – Wonderful marble looks!

Coem/Fioranese – Horizon –Sandstone mix & Marne 2 Beautiful color palette with extensive decorative package and a 3×12 pressed, hexagon and 8×8!

Vallelunga-marble look

Flaviker-Supreme-gets the STRONG graphic award!

Marca Corona – best Cotto look thus far in their new 1741 Brand Terra.

Hall 19

Saloni – Dorex- Nice Onyx look, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Mosavit- nice mosaics in inkjet!

Onix – another mosaic company with nice ink jets!

Dune – Michael golden line – Groove, very nice and different!

Hall 22

Bisazza – Octagon ceramic looks???

 

Day 2

Did I say Hexagon….. and of course let’s not forget 2 CM pavers…… Great product for the landscaping market and has made it’s way into that channel already on a limited basis but will grow in the US!

Hall 25

Cerdomus – great looking wood in Tahoe and nice deco in wood. Kywan – another nice cement looks with great colors. Folia – awesome colors/textured product (except the Orange)

Impronta – Shine wall tile , nice decorative wall tile more commercial and high end

DOM – Approach – Cotto look with a large size package & variety of colors

Fiandre – Architectural Surfaces – Just go look, beautiful panels. Once we figure out how to use these (and can afford them) watch out!

Mirage – Jewels – Wow, lots of SKU’s but very nice colors in a marble look. Eleven colors, six sizes and a few sizes in two finishes.

AB Wood – awesome color of wood on the outside of booth

Hall 16

Rondine – yes I missed it yesterday. Bristol – Nice looking Brick look in 2-1/3” x 10”, great colors especially the “Dark”

Hall 26

Apavisa – 2.0 Metal is nice in three colors, but the white is washed out.

Tonalite – Wall tile line – Silk very nice.

Cedir – San Marco – great look, don’t need all the colors

Hall 20

La Fabrica – Kauri – one of the nicest wood color palettes I have seen-Specifically Victoria & Tasman

Piemmegres- Cool solar lighting system at website below:

www.gecoluce.it

Ceasar – Anima marble look

Gamberelli- Lamborgini anyone? Very high end collaboration with the car company

Panaria – Cotto look

Cinca – extended hexagon in a variety of colors

Cisa – Avorio Imperiali – Great concept of a stone mix in four light colors. You can get the by themselves or they can mix 1,2,3 or all four colors in three sizes. One of my favorites!


H.B. Fuller Company Acquires ProSpec® Construction Products
 
September 8th, 2014

H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) announced today that it has acquired ProSpec® Construction Products, which is a provider of tile and stone installation products. This acquisition supports H.B. Fuller’s growth strategy by strengthening the company’s customer profile in the southeastern and western regions of the United States, where tile consumption is largest. The addition of ProSpec also increases the depth of H.B. Fuller’s product offerings and enables lower-cost and better service to customers through a larger manufacturing footprint.

ProSpec, with 2013 net revenue of $27 million, will be included in H.B. Fuller’s North America Construction Products operating segment. H.B. Fuller has purchased the business from Bonsal American, a subsidiary of Oldcastle, Inc., the North American holding company of CRH plc. The acquisition includes three factories and expands the manufacturing footprint of H.B. Fuller’s construction business into Texas and California. It also improves the company’s manufacturing efficiency in the Southeast and Northeast US.

“Construction is one of our key growth segments in North America, and this acquisition is an exciting move for H.B. Fuller,” said H.B. Fuller President and CEO Jim Owens. “With ProSpec, we will be able to better serve our big box customers with locations in the West and Southwest, broaden our product line, reduce our manufacturing and freight costs, and increase our presence with customers and key distributors in the Southeast.”

ProSpec has a long history of providing architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems, and concrete repair and restoration products.

About H.B. Fuller Company:
For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2013 net revenue of $2.05 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses. And our promise to our people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit us at www.hbfuller.com and subscribe to our blog.

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