Member Blogs from Turkey-David Benson, Architectural Ceramics, Inc.
 
June 29th, 2015

CTDA members recently traveled to Turkey on a Trade Mission and blogged about their experiences.

Architectural Ceramics, Inc. takes on Istanbul: Part One
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When you are a part of the CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distributor Association), you’re given a unique opportunity to explore parts of the tile community you’d never have been able to before. As a member of the CTDA for over 10 years, Architectural Ceramics has time and again been able to expand our tile selections, our product knowledge, and our design network thanks to opportunities like this.
Earlier this year, the CTDA approached its long list of members and suggested everyone join together for a trip to Istanbul on behalf of Turkish Ceramics Association of Turkey. In early June, Betty Sullivan and David Benson from Architectural Ceramics embarked on a journey with the rest of the CTDA to the country of Turkey. The trip was three days long, with the flight over spanning about 10 hours.

Upon our arrival in Turkey, we were delighted to see that our trip from the airport to where we were staying offered several amazing views along the way. While it was a long drive, it felt amazing to be in such a new place with several days of excitement still in store for us. When we did finally arrive at the hotel, we were greeted and checked in flawlessly which was no surprise because the CTDA always makes sure to pick the most accommodating stays. After getting some rest, Betty and David headed to the opening reception on an amazing roof top, the nice breeze cooling them as they got to meet with many manufacturers and learn a little bit more about what was to come the next couple of days.

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Day 1 officially started the next morning, beginning with a European breakfast bar call Manzara. Manzara had everything from eggs, to sliced meats, to fresh honey literally hanging from the honeycomb. Everyone loved it! After breakfast, we went to our morning session, which was like a mini-tradeshow almost. We had the opportunity to hear from multiple professionals in the industry. Guvan, the head of a well known marketing group, taught us the history on ceramics in Turkey, as well as more about the culture itself. We were then introduced to the President of the Turkish Ceramics Association and we learned about the 30+ porcelain/ceramic manufacturers in Turkey trying increase exports to the USA, instead of just appealing to the European market.

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Trade shows are always exciting because they show us more of what their factories have to offer. Below are some photos of what really stood out from a product standpoint. A really great aspect to know is that Turkey can produce HD quality products, just like the US or Italy. However, consensus seems to show there is still a lot of growth that needs to occur.

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Facebook Updates for Businesses
 
April 15th, 2015

This year, Facebook grew to a mind-boggling 3 billion views per day, and 53% of these views came from posts that were shared by users. But as the platform constantly adjusts to this growth, it can be difficult to keep up with the changes and updates.

Facebook’s developer conference took place recently and included several big announcements. These announcements included future improvements to existing applications and exciting new features inside of Facebook. Do you know about all of them?

Facebook Messenger is a text feature used inside of Facebook or as a separate application, and is available on mobile devices. Messenger will be updated with the following:
* Payments can now be sent and accepted through Messenger.
* This application can now be embedded on any website and used as a chat feature.
* Individuals can contact a business through Messenger and the experience will be the same as contacting a friend through the application.
* Customers can track interactions with business such as delivery date, package location or customer service updates.
* Interactions through Messenger will result in the company’s posts listing higher up in the customer’s Facebook feed.
* Greater amounts of data will be available for the company if a customer contacts them through Messenger (for example, past orders, age, gender, FB preferences…)

Currently, video posts are the best way to communicate with fans on Facebook. These posts receive the most views, shares and feedback rates along with the highest preference from Facebook’s algorithms to place higher on the feed of individual fans. The changes to Facebook Video include:
* Facebook videos can now be embedded on websites, whether they belong to the
* Any videos can be embedded by anyone – whether they own the video or not.
* Videos on Facebook now have a size limit of 1.5Gb.
* Videos can be scheduled to go live at specific times and be taken down at specific future dates.
* Video data is still accessible when taken off of live feed (accessible by owner).
* Video can be restricted to certain groups (divided by age, gender, location…).
* A Call-to-Action can be added to the end of a video that will pull the user to any page, even one not connected to Facebook.
* Uploads can now be resumed if cut off during the upload process.
* Bulk uploading is now available even if all videos will not be published simultaneously.
* Live feeds can be published on Facebook feeds.

Facebook is constantly changing. Keeping up with all of these modifications can be a tough job, but hopefully the items listed above will help!

Special thanks to Creating Your Space for this informative guest blog. Shannon Vogel of Creating Your Space is a tile industry staple and has presented well received webinars for CTDA and sessions at TSP. Visit their website for more information about marketing and social media in the tile industry: www.creatingyourspace.com


Florida Tile complements Maltese porcelain floor tile with ceramic for walls
 
February 25th, 2015

LEXINGTON, KY – Florida Tile has “turned another corner” with the introduction of MalteseDP ceramic wall tile. The wall tile complements last year’s introduction of MalteseDP Digital Porcelain floor tile, its popularity based on the ability to differentiate from traditional limestone looks via the use of contemporary colors.

According to Marketing Director Sean Cilona, “Through the use of Florida Tile’s proprietary DP-Digital Printing, the entire MalteseDP line presents a superior natural stone look with the high shade variation and graphic resolution in superior-performing tile, both porcelain for floors and ceramic for walls.”

Initially introduced late last spring, MalteseDP porcelain floor tile was inspired by traditional limestone with small characteristic pits and slight veining. “Now,” says Cilona, “we have added the complementary wall tile to complete the line. Effective with this announcement, both products are in stock.”

“From the start, we wanted this MalteseDP to be a nod to the modernist style of mid-century American designers like Phillip Johnson and Charles Eames. The minimalist, yet warm aesthetics of MalteseDP make it the perfect backdrop for the style conscious. A versatile line, at home in a Midwestern suburb, bank lobby, or boutique hotel, the elegant look of limestone coordinates so well with any décor.”

Three earthy colors, Palma Brown, Porto Cream and Roman Grey, are presented in a smooth natural finish for both porcelain floor tiles and ceramic wall tile. Sizes are 12×12, 12×24, 18×18, and 10×13. Decorative accents include a geometric-styled listello, M12 mosaic and full floor and wall bullnose package.

With the exception of select trim, decorative and ceramic pieces, this product line is Made in the USA of at least 40% pre-consumer recycled content, is GREENGUARD Certified and Porcelain Tile Certified, and meets the new DCOF AcuTest requirements to be installed in wet areas.
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Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market.


Visualize, Customize, Realize With Arizona Tile’s Just Design™
 
December 22nd, 2014

TEMPE, Arizona (Dec. 2014) – Arizona Tile cordially invites you to visit our three visualizing tools-literally at your fingertips-with Just Design™, Just Imagine™, and Custom Blend Program.

The Arizona Tile Just Design program allows you to create a custom product from over 70 designs:
medallions, feature walls, backsplashes, listelles and mosaics. Once you select your design, you may
select from over 27 natural stone and 60 porcelain colors. To place your order and get more information, including pricing, please contact your nearest Arizona Tile location.

Just Imagine is a remarkable online tool that helps you visualize how our products will look in your
space-before you buy! This custom visualization tool allows users to create their own space in a few
easy steps. Paired with our Custom Mosaic Blend Creator, you finally have all the tools at your fingertips to create a one-of-a-kind in your home.

The Arizona Tile Custom Blend program is a great addition to our current mosaic offering. A customer can create a unique design that is perfect for their project. The mosaic can be a combination of glass or stone and glass. The program is available by accessing our website or by visiting one of our showrooms.

The Arizona Tile app is available for free through: App Store and Google Play.

With this app, you will find:
•All Arizona Tile products, and you can create a list of your Favorites!
•Product Finder, another way to easily find what you are looking for
•All Arizona Tile locations
•Gallery of hundreds of photos for design inspiration
•Links to your favorite Arizona Tile tools: Just Design, Just Imagine, Custom Mosaic

About Arizona Tile

Founded in 1977 in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributor with more than 25 showrooms throughout seven Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230 varieties of granite, travertine, onyx, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus medallions, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 35 years.


2015 Calendar Features Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry
 
November 13th, 2014

Akron, OH – October 30, 2014 – NAC Products, Inc., the company that introduced the flooring industry to ECB® and crack isolation membrane technology, released their 2015 calendar, “Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry” at the Total Solutions Plus show in San Antonio, Texas.

The 3rd annual calendar release continues a tradition started with the 2013 calendar that was designed to celebrate NAC’s 30th anniversary and recognize people throughout the flooring industry who have classic vehicles.

2015 Calendar Cover

“After the success of the first two calendars and the tremendous response we received about it from people inside and outside of the industry, we knew we had to step up the design this year,” said Vice-President Operations Brian Petit. “This project has been a lot of fun, and to see the wide variety of vehicles from people throughout the flooring industry shows that collecting classic vehicles is a hobby that is not going away any time soon.”

The layout of the 13 month calendar begins with a Holiday greeting for the month of December 2014, and each subsequent month features a classic vehicle from someone within the Flooring Industry. One of the design highlights includes the use of actual state license plate images representing the year of the car or a plate that was popular at the time or resembles how the car is currently tagged. A few anecdotes about the car and the restoration populate the plate image.

The calendar also highlights a different NAC product offering each month and includes the dates of many industry related tradeshows, like the International Surface Event, NAHB/KBIS and Coverings just to name a few.

3200 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44319 • Phone: 330.644.3117 • Fax: 330.644.3557

“Once again, we have vehicles from all over the US and that helps to make this project special,” says Petit. “It showcases our products and keeps the NAC brand visible in the marketplace year round.”

NAC offers a variety of floor protection systems for crack isolation, sound control waterproofing and moisture control over substrates like concrete, wood, tile and backer board among others.

For more information about the NAC family of flooring solutions, visit www.NACproducts.com or call 800-633-4622.
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Arizona Tile Offers Eco-Friendly Option with Curava Glass from Italy
 
August 25th, 2014

The newest products in the stone and tile industry can be found at Arizona Tile. From the latest innovations using digital printing, to recycled products, to glass murals as pieces of art, to Curava Recycled Glass countertops from Italy.

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Curava recycled glass countertops are an eco-friendlyoptionwith60%recycled glass; these products save bottles, windshields and windows from landfills. Given its environmentally-friendly attributes, it can contribute LEED points to a project.Once the glass is collected, it is ground into small chips and combined with quartz and resin, as well as shells in two of the colors, to form beautiful slabs that are stain and heat-resistant. Curava recycled glass requires very little maintenance, is non-porous and is offered in five colors. This product is the only recycled glass slab on the market available in2cm(3/4”), as wellasthetypical3cm(1-1/4”)thickness.

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To see the five amazing colors available in recycled glass at Arizona Tile, just navigate the new Arizona

Tile app now available for free through the App Store and Google Play.

With this app, you will find:

  • All Arizona Tile Products, and you can create a list of your Favorites!
  • Product Finder, another way to easily find what you are looking for
  • All Arizona Tile Locations
  • Galleryof100’s of photos for design inspiration
  • Links to your favorite Arizona Tile tools: Just Imagine Visualizer, Social Media sites& more!

This app was designed to offer a simple, fast and intuitive way to browse the various tile and countertop slab products available, including Curava Recycled Glass, at Arizona Tile’s 25locations.

About Arizona Tile

Founded in 1977in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributorwithmorethan25showrooms throughout seven Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230varietiesof granite, travertine, onyx, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus medallions, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 35 years.


Cool, Contemporary Stainless Steel Added To Florida Tile’s PietraArt Bliss Collection
 
June 12th, 2014

LEXINGTON KY ¾ The addition of stainless steel to the Florida Tile PietraArt Bliss line continues to advance this fusion of stone, glass and metal into a cool, contemporary collection.

According to Florida Tile Marketing Director Sean Cilona, “The already popular decorative Bliss line which incorporates natural stone and glass goes to a new level with the addition of new elements.”

“We took the seven best colors of existing high-quality granite, marble travertine and glass in the most modern colors, then incorporated a new vein cut marble along with the stainless steel. The result of this fusion is one of the hottest concepts in decorative tile,” Cilona adds.

The rectangular-only line is offered in eight colors which incorporate different grays, blues and brown earthtones: Arctic Night, Deep Grotto, Fossil Rock, Nature Trail, Nordic Storm, Seacoast, Twilight Mist and Woodland Park.

According to Cilona, “Florida Tile took cues from high-end residential and hospitality design in creating these color blends so they would lend themselves to virtually all interior style tastes and work with virtually any other hard surface in porcelain, ceramic, natural stone and wood.”

The new line is available immediately.

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For more information, visit www.floridatile.com

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Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. 

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Pebbles Natural Stone Mosaic Collection Extends Florida Tile’s PietraArt Line
 
June 9th, 2014

LEXINGTON KY ¾ Florida Tile continues to expand its PietraArt stone collection with the introduction of the Pebbles line of natural pebble mosaics for walls and floors.

Pebbles was unveiled in Las Vegas late April at one of the industry’s largest conferences and trade shows, Coverings, and is available immediately.

According to Florida Tile Marketing Director Sean Cilona, “Memories of wading barefoot in a pond or stream and the feel of soft pebbles underfoot are the inspiration for this new line.”

“Pebbles is an another extension of our popular and growing PietraArt stone line,” Cilona says. “We focused on the best-selling colors of traditional rounded-surface pebbles and added flat-surface ones for a different texture. Then, because Florida Tile sees Pebbles as an up-and-coming look, we added some new and coordinating colors.”

“Pebbles is unique in two ways,“ Cilona says. “First, these mosaics are offered in smooth and naturally rounded surfaces and also standing stones, meaning presented on their edges. The result is unlimited new looks in texture for interior design, whether it is for a traditional, stand-alone floor or wall installation, accent, pool or spa environment or fireplace surround.”

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“Second, Pebbles is unique in that the styles are handmade by highly trained mosaic artisans,” Cilona adds

He added, “Furthermore, because this is a natural stone product, no two stones, no two mosaics ever look alike.”

Pebbles is offered in 12×12-inch, interlocking mesh-mounted mosaics for floors and walls, and 6×12 and 4×12-inch for walls.

Colors are Black Pearl, Cotton, Mixed Salad (browns, blacks and grays), Redwood, White Snowball and Yellow Stone.

Decorative trim options are available in a 6×12 round version and a 4×12 standing pattern (stones are set on edge). For more information, visit www.floridatile.com

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Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. 

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NAC Products Unveils New Website
 
May 12th, 2014

PRContact:DavidHanna,NACProducts,Inc.MarketingManager
330.644.3117, dhanna@nacproducts.com

Akron,OH–April24,2014–National Applied Construction(NAC)Products, Inc., the company that introduced the industry to ECB® and crack isolation membrane technology, has unveiled a brand new website at the same domain www.NACproducts.com.

This is the latest addition to the NAC Products brand identity progression that began last year with our 30th anniversary celebration and the release of the 2013 NAC calendar “Classic Vehicles from the Tile Industry.”

 

“The new website design has been in the works for several months and is the next step in the continued evolution of the NAC brand,”said Brian Petit,Vice-President of Operations. “Our goal is to be an educational resource, a place to go for answers, and we want to provide an exceptional experience for visitors from a functionality stand point and that includes a refreshed brand image.”

The new website will be on display in the NAC booth(#7101) at the Coverings Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV beginning on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

NAC offers a variety of floor protection systems for crack isolation (ECB®, ECB®75, ECB® Green), sound control (SAM®3, SAM®390, SuperSAM®125) and waterproofing (Strataflex sheet and SubSeal® liquid membranes, Extreme Deck Waterproofing System) over substrates like concrete, wood, tile and backer board among others. NAC also offers companion products such as primer, sealant, tape and ready-to-install kits. For more information about the NAC family of flooring solutions, call 800-633-4622 or visit www.NACproducts.com.


CTDA & Confindustria Announce “Good Phytosanitary Practices Program”
 
April 29th, 2014

More than two years ago, CTDA began dialogs with Confindustria, USDA and US Customs regarding challenges CTDA member distributors were having with imported products. Distributors were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to have unwanted pests (animals and plants) removed from their imports after arrival in the US. Additionally, shipments were being significantly delayed by US Customs for inspection and removal. In some cases, products were even shipped back to the manufacturers at the distributors expense.

Today, April 29th, Confindustria, the Italian Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers, announced the “Good Phytosanitary Practices Program” to significantly reduce or eliminate pests from containers and pallets of ceramic tile shipped to the United States.

“This program has been established after thorough research, discussion and negotiation among the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), Confindustria and representative from USDA and US Customs’, said Steve Cerami, chairman of CTDA’s Customs Task Force. “The proper implementation of the guidelines described in this program will eliminate the problems US importers have faced with pests being found on products shipped from Italy. In fact, we invite manufacturers in other countries to consider using these guidelines to avoid similar problems with their exported products”

CTDA & Confindustria announce "Good Phytosanitary Practices Program" during Coverings Press Release April 29, 2014.

CTDA & Confindustria announce “Good Phytosanitary Practices Program” during Coverings Press Release April 29, 2014

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