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Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at Coverings for Forbes
 
May 16th, 2019

Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at @Coverings for @Forbes. Standout trends included moody marble looks, dimensional whites, tropical florals and more. Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2019/04/19/design-biz-pros-share-their-coverings-tile-show-takes/#1eb42de33f04WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-5 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-6


CTDA Technical Committee Update
 
May 14th, 2019

by Frank Donahue, CTDA Technical Committee Chairman, Best Tile

 

1.  Work continues by the ANSI A-108 committee to establish guidelines for the application of large format gauged porcelain tile to exteriors using a direct bond method.

This guideline has major potential to open building exteriors as an additional surface for the use of porcelain tiles.

 

2.  Discussion continues with regard to the variety of training available in the marketplace for contractors that install large format gauged porcelain tile with the goal of ensuring that training is sufficient, and it aligns with the qualified labor language in specifications or installation instructions.  Not all training is the same but should meet a minimum criterion that will ensure a proper installation.

 

3.  The TCNA Handbook committee is working with Scott Conwell from the IMI to propose an outreach to the architectural and design community that promotes knowledge of the TCNA Handbook.

A great deal of work has been accomplished by the TCNA Handbook committee to create and perfect a usable body of knowledge and the next step is ensuring wide dissemination of this information.

 

4. I encourage our CTDA members to get involved on the CTDA Technical committee and to attend our industry technical meetings.  CTDA members have an important role to play in the education of the consumer and installer of ceramic tile, porcelain and stone products.  It is critical that the CTDA membership provide 2-way communications to the industry committees on issues from the field as well as to the installation community on matters addressed by the industry.

 


2019 Tile Trends: Textured Tile
 
May 9th, 2019

Sticking to a monochromatic pallet? Textured tile is a great way to add visual interest without introducing too many colors. It also provides a tactile quality that’ll have your guests walking right up to touch the walls. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/04/2019-tile-trends-textured-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-3 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-4


Tile America Announces Supplier of the Year
 
April 26th, 2019

NEW HAVEN, CT, April 26, 2018 – Tile America is proud to announce Island Stone with their “2019 Supplier of the Year” award. For over ten years, Tile America has been recognizing one industry partner each year for an exceptional level of service; high quality and innovative products, on time delivery; responsive field support and product training; effective sales promotions and marketing.

“Island Stone is the go to for spa-like projects with their innovative flat pebble stone product that is soft to the touch and inspired by organic shapes in nature.”  said Lana Camera, Product Manager & Showroom Coordinator for Tile America.

Island Stone’s goal is to reflect nature’s raw, exotic beauty by offering a wide range tile collection which boasts Indonesian Pebble Tile, to Asian contemporary within a variety of looks woven throughout the collection.  The Island Stone team strives to maintain a strict level of quality and consistency from their choice of materials to manufacturing.

 

Tile America’s Purchasing Manager, Laurie Ruotolo, said, “Island Stone is awesome with confirmations, solving problems, and conveying any issues with orders.”
Tile America suppliers are nominated and chosen by Tile America employees.  The award was presented at the annual industry trade show, Coverings, which was held in Orlando, Florida in April.

About Tile America

Tile America has been a Connecticut based family business for over 50 years. With seven showrooms, Tile America offers an endless selection of quality products, highly specialized design consultants and an exceptional experience, every time.

 

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From Left to Right: Jeff Nibler, COO/President of Sales at Island Stone North America | Brian Knies, Owner/President of Tile America | Right: David Menez, National Account Manager of Island Stone North America

 

For more information contact: Cailin Cerruto | Tile America | ccerruto@tileamerica.com


Rick Church, Executive Director of CTDA, will be chairing the panel debate on the Globalization of the Ceramic Tile Quality
 
April 17th, 2019

Rick Church, Executive Director of CTDA, The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, will be chairing the panel debate on the Globalization of the Ceramic Tile Quality which will take place at Qualicer 2020. Also participating on the panel are Federica Minozzi, CEO of group Iris Ceramica and Alfredo Peña, CEO of Graiman.

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QUALICER, the forum for ceramic tile, originated in 1990 when the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Navigation, and the College of Industrial Engineers joined hopeful expectations, efforts, and resources in creating an event exclusively dedicated to the ceramic tile sector, a watershed event in the history of such a dynamic and powerful sector, which has been the true engine driving the economy of this Mediterranean province.

 

QUALICER was born as a modest forum for debate on tile as a product; it became a world congress on ceramic tile quality, and later not only addressed the quality of the process, the product, and tile installation, but also the quality of every element involved in the complex network of the ceramic business world.

 

In the course of the years, QUALICER has matured and extended its frontiers, consolidating itself as a key international event for the world of ceramics.

More information may be found here: http://www.qualicer.org/en/rick-church-executive-director-of-ctda-confirms-his-participation-at-qualicer-2020/


CTDA is excited to announce the 2019 Supplier of the Year, Crossville, Inc!
 
April 10th, 2019

Last night at CTDA’s Coverings Happy Hour, Crossville, Inc. was announced as the Supplier of the Year. This is Crossville’s THIRD time winning this award and is the first supplier to do so!

The Supplier of the Year award, which is voted on by CTDA’s members, recognizes domestic and international supplier(s) who provide the most value to our distributor members and the ceramic tile and stone industry.

Congratulations, Crossville, Inc.!

 

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Crossville, Inc. staff receiving their award from CTDA’s President, Rudy Llerena of D&B Tile Distributors.


COVERINGS ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE INITIATIVES AT THE 2019 SHOW
 
March 18th, 2019

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(ARLINGTON, VA—March 18, 2019) Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will give back to the local community through a range of charitable initiatives at this year’s show in Orlando, Florida from April 9-12. Continuing its tradition of supporting the host city, Coverings will partner with both Clean the World and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

 

“Coverings wouldn’t be possible without the support of our host cities, so it’s incredibly important that we give back to the communities that welcome us each year,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the management company for Coverings. “With so many industry professionals gathering in one place, we are honored to band together to benefit the area and build even deeper connections here.”

 

For a second year, Coverings will continue its partnership with Clean the World, assembling and providing hygiene kits for veterans’ associations in the Orlando area. Participants, including the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Tile of Spain, Ceramics of Italy and Coverings exhibitors Mapei and Florida Tile, will meet on Monday, April 8 for Coverings’ official service event, assembling kits onsite with daily items like toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrushes, lotion, Chapstick and more. The group hopes to double the output of last year’s initiative, with the aim of creating 1,600 kits for distribution to local veterans and will include handwritten notes within each kit as a thank you to those who have served their country.

 

“We’re excited to bring the initiative to Orlando and build on the success of Clean the World’s 2018 partnership with Coverings in Atlanta,” said NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga. “This joint service event brings the industry together for a truly positive and energizing start to the show, while generating immediate impact for those who have served our country living in our host city.”

 

Coverings 2019 also marks a continuation of the show’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In collaboration with both Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka and Freeman – the general service contractor for the show – Coverings will donate tile and building materials to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes for those in need. The three organizations will work together during show breakdown to identify and collect usable tile, stone and other products from exhibitor booths.

 

Additionally, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and 21 of its members will continue their generous support for Orlando-area pets through TCNA’s tiled doghouse program at Coverings 2019. Showcasing tile’s versatility and style, participating members will design and build custom tiled doghouses. During the show these one-of-a-kind, handmade creations will be on display at the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard (Booth #4209), where attendees can see the craftsmanship firsthand and meet furry friends from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. A donation ceremony will be held in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th.

 

“We’re honored to bring the tiled doghouse program back to Coverings as a creative and charitable way to showcase the beauty and versatility of tile,” said Kathy Meyer, TCNA director of marketing. “We invite Coverings attendees to visit the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard to see these incredible works of art generously provided by our members, meet the dedicated volunteers from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and learn more about how this program benefits pets in the local community.”

 

Coverings returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 9-12, showing the latest and greatest from over 1,100 exhibitors. For more information, and to register to attend, visit coverings.com.

 

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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show areThe Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER),Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica,National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and theTile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed byTaffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visitcoverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.


Announcing Masterful E-Learning Modules For Wholesale Distribution Industry Branch Managers
 
February 28th, 2019

(Syracuse, NY – February 28, 2019) Jim Ambrose, best-selling author and a leading authority on wholesale distribution, has just launched a series of e-learning modules for branch managers that will enhance operations and lead to improved profitability.

With more than 40 years’ experience in the wholesale distribution industry, Ambrose has expertly packaged the multi-module series to include essential business skills and time-tested leadership techniques for branch managers to be successful in this constantly evolving sector. The programs teach how to motivate and engage employees to increase their job satisfaction, while aligning the operation to maximize overall profitable share gain.

“I’ve been providing consulting services and coaching on wholesale management for a myriad of businesses across North America for decades,” said Ambrose. “Additionally, my webinars have been highly successful in reaching a broad branch management audience, allowing me to effectively share my experience and insights. Now, this new

e-learning program expands the reach of my messaging, conveniently providing branch managers with the necessary business and employee interaction tools to enhance productivity and profitability.”

Internationally recognized for providing a roadmap for success in the wholesale industry, Ambrose is making the e-learning workshop series available as digital content, for easy access anywhere with an internet connection. There are two featured workshops to choose from: the sales management focused Cracking Accounts: The Ultimate Toolkit for Sales and The Complete Jim Ambrose Masterclass, with sales techniques, financial analysis, management insights, leadership skills and employee engagement tactics.

 

To learn more on this new e-learning offering, visit www.jimambroseworkshops.school.

 

Ambrose has an outstanding track record of assisting hundreds of companies striving to improve their performance. For more information on all of his programs and services, including client reviews, visit www.jimambroseworkshops.com


COVERINGS LEADS NATIONAL TILE DAY CELEBRATION WITH 2019 PRODUCT PREVIEWS & SOCIAL ACTIVATIONS
 
February 12th, 2019

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(ARLINGTON, VA—February 12, 2019) Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will honor the beauty and durability of tile this National Tile Day as the February 23 observance enters its third year. The show will showcase inspiring images of tile products and applications, including previews of products that will be unveiled at Coverings 2019, on its social media channels, inviting designers to share their favorite products with the hashtags #NationalTileDay, #Coverings2019 and #WhyTile.   Coverings will kick-off National Tile Day celebrations with the help of influencers attending Coverings 2019, who will share their insights on products and trends starting this month and throughout the duration of Coverings, which takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Participating designers and tile lovers include Amber Clore, Ashley Moore, Crystal Nielson, Holly Baker, John McClain, Kirsten Grove, Milton Miller and Sarah Gibson. Leading up to National Tile Day, these influencers will start the celebration of tile, discussing some of their favorite projects and the product’s key benefits such as durability, sustainability, versatility, affordability, and more.   “National Tile Day is an opportunity to reflect on the true impact and advancements of tile – while giving designers a chance to showcase their favorite projects,” said Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings Industry Ambassador. “We are thrilled to spotlight to one of the oldest known building materials, which serves as the foundation of so many designs.”   Celebrating the best of tile’s style and versatility in honor of National Tile Day, Capra has created a 2019 trends forecast. Here’s a look at the patterns, colors, sizes and textures, which will continue to shape the industry:

  • Florals & Leaves: With its pop of personality, florals and leaves are a perfect alternative to wallpaper – especially in commercial spaces seeking durability.
  • Mirror Tile: One of the fastest rising trends, mirrored tile amplifies light and adds personality, with antique or frosted finishes and beveled edges being integrated in particular.
  • Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs: Thin tile applications have become more widely used, appearing as cladding on buildings, walls, floors and installed as countertops or other surfacing.
  • Bold Color: While blue remains America’s favorite color, brighter hues are on the rise, as are sophisticated blacks and dark greys as “new neutrals” – particularly in marble-inspired looks.
  • Pattern Play: As wallpaper and patterns regain popularity, the trend has translated to tile – with striking shapes, complex geometric patterns, pop art, graphics and patterned wood options.
  • Large-Format Tile: As production technology continues to evolve, tiles have become larger and larger – with current styles in up to 60” x 120”.

Bringing these latest trends to life, Coverings 2019 will feature an extensive range of product showcases, with highlights including:

  • Aparici (Booth 4620), Tango: Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 20s and 30s, these geometric shapes create sophisticated environments with sensitivity to nostalgia of past eras.
  • Atlas Concorde (Booth 1737), Marvel Edge: Available in three different looks (marble, concrete, and stone) and two finishes (matte and glossy), a new 6mm, 48”x109” format expands the collection.
  • AVA Ceramica (Booth XX), Marmi: Reproducing the textures and veins of marble, the collection spans 12 colors, seven 6mm formats, two 10mm formats and one 127”x64” 12mm format.
  • Ceramica Gomez (Booth 4939), Zante: Zante introduces textures and reliefs which turn ceramic tile into works of art, spanning weathered, high-gloss, volumetric, rugged and embossed finishes.
  • Ceramica Sant’Agostino (Booth 1221), Newdecò: Paying tribute to marble grit floors, NEWDECÒ is available in six colors, 10mm thick square floor and wall tiles and a range of sizes.
  • Cerdisa (Booth 2112), Stonemix: From Burgundy Stone to marble and small fossils, Stonemix is available in five colors (White, Gold, Grey, Antrax, Multicolor), seven formats and two finishes.
  • Cevica (Booth 4639), Manhattan: Bringing functionality and personality to any space, this collection lends an air of avant-garde with straight and simple lines with a pop of color.
  • Crossville (Booth 2600), Reformation: Offered in a quartet of warm-to-cool hues, Reformation’s three large-format plank tile sizes, two mosaic options, and trim package offer unique versatility.
  • Decocer (Booth 4655), Menara: Renowned for its unique, handmade, irregular finish & vibrant glaze, this range cleverly emulates the charm of traditional Zellige tiles.
  • Fiandre (Booth 3609), Maximum Marmi Collection, Sahara Noir: Nothing is more intriguing than black, yet the extraordinary veins make this product recognizable and create plays of light and shadows, which increase in intensity with matte or polished finishes.
  • Florida Tile (Booth 3620), Divinity HDP® Color Body Porcelain: Distinguished by the veining, striations and imperfections of natural stone, this floor and wall tile is available in four colors.
  • Keraben Groupo (Booth 4811), Maranta: Inspired by traditional Mediterranean ceramic, Maranta reproduces their colors and classic shine on 25×70 tiles, with decorative motifs traditional to vintage cement tiles.
  • Lunada Bay Tile (Booth 3600), Custom Glass Mosaic Blend: Lunada Bay’s made-to-order service offers 11 patterns and nearly 70 colors (in multiple finishes) to create a custom glass tile blend.
  • Marca Corona (Booth 1731), Ossidi: Offering a combination of solid colors, beautiful graphics and unique formats, this porcelain stoneware line includes five shades and a variety of graphic effects.
  • Metropolitan Ceramics (Booth 3025), METROBRICK®: The METROBRICK Fast Ship offering features six new blends added to the product line for 2019.
  • Oceanside Glass & Tile (Booth 107), Zoetic: A collection inspired by their nature to find joy, spontaneity, and delight in everyday surroundings, Zoetic is composed of dimensional mosaics.
  • Panaria Ceramica (Booth 2125), Eternity 0.3: Inspired by the aesthetic of marble veining, patterns, shades and designs, the collection is available in two 6mm sizes and four colors.
  • Peronda (Booth 5141), FS Yard: FS Yard’s geometrical pattern brings personality to living spaces. The tile model comes in three colors– black, blue and sage.
  • Realonda (Booth 5422), Riga: Combining colorful patchwork with a traditional Provencal shape, this decorative collection is full of character and available in a range of colors, textures and styles.
  • Sicis (Booth 2131), Vetrite Gem Glass: With glass sheets that capture the beauty of precious stones and lava rocks, these 47″x110″ slabs are available in 6mm and 10mm, in a range of effects.
  • Vitromex (Booth 3124), Brooklyn: Expanding the Brooklyn ceramic wall tile collection with the best features of glossy subway tiles, Vitromex introduces four new colors, offered in a 3”x 10” wall tile and coordinating 3”x 10” bullnose.

To achieve true impact, projects require the best in both tile and installation. Key tools, installation materials, and technology anticipated at Coverings 2019 will include:

  • James Hardie (Booth 3835), HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board: The first and only waterproof cement board, this introduction passes ANSI 118.10 for waterproofness and protects tile installation and wall cavities from wall penetration, eliminating the need for added coating.
  • LATICRETE International Inc. (Booth 2641), MULTIMAX™ Lite: The ultimate one-step, non-sag, Large and Heavy Tile mortar for interior and exterior ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone installations, MULTIMAX Lite exceeds the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar and can be more easily transported and troweled.
  • Noble Company (Booth 3132), Noble Deck™: One of the only sheet membranes approved for primary waterproofing for exterior applications over occupied spaces, Noble Deck sheet membrane is engineered for outdoor use, providing waterproofing and high-performance crack isolation for thin-bed tile installations.
  • Pearl Abrasive (Booth 3072), Tuscan SeamClip TruSpace: This all-in-one tool, made in the U.S.A. brings tiles into alignment and sets the grout spacing without the need for additional spacers. Clips hold tiles in place until they are set, then are easily snapped off leaving a level tile surface.
  • Protecto Wrap Company (Booth 4029), Protecto Deck™: Protecting roof deck surfaces from costly water damage, this system’s nominal 70 mil membrane and liquid detailing serve as the primary roof deck waterproofing in an installer-friendly application. Its peel-and-stick application with a fabric-top coating makes an excellent bonding surface for latex modified thin-set mortars.
  • TEXRITE (Booth XX), Epoxyplus #372 Starbrite: A new technology for grouts, this product is made with a special aggregate that transfers color from glass tile to grout in a “chameleon-like” manner.
  • The Tile Doctor (Booth 4425), ZHERORisk® Products: This new line of non-toxic, non-corrosive and sustainable products includes introductions like Litokol® Aquamaster Waterproofing, a solvent-free, ready-to-use liquid membrane for waterproofing moist environments; Litokol® Litoelastic EVO, a two-part adhesive for ceramic tiles and natural stone; and Litokol® Epoxy Elite EVO, an acid-resistant epoxy mortar/setting for the installation and grouting of ceramic tiles.

For further exploration of tile, design professionals can attend Coverings 2019 at no cost from April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show brings together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries and will feature the latest in innovations, trends and live demonstrations, as well as a range of educational conference sessions and CEUs.   Learn more about Coverings and opportunities to participate in National Tile Day at coverings.com. # # #     Press Contacts: Caroline Foley CF@sharpthink.com   Jillian Rosone JR@sharpthink.com Sharp Communications 212-829-0002 Coverings Social Media Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2019 Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367 Google +: google.com/+Coverings Blog: coverings.com/blog     About Coverings Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.   The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.   Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER),Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.   Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

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