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Australian homewares chain House plans UK launch

Australian homewares chain House plans UK launch

Australian homewares retailer House is planning to launch in the UK and is searching for suitable locations to launch its first tranche of stores by April 2018.  House plans to open 75 stores in the UK over the next three...

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London Build 2017 to take place 25th and 26th October

London Build 2017 to take place 25th and 26th October

London Build 2017 will take place on 25th and 26th October at Olympia, London. London Build, now in its third year, is billed as the UK's largest construction expo dedicated to opportunities in London and the South of England. London Build...

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National bathroom supplier launches first showroom in North West

National bathroom supplier launches first showroom in North West

National trade bathroom and tile supplier Easy Bathrooms has launched its first showroom in the North West, following £200,000 investment.  The new store, in Chester, opened on 17th July 2017.  With 10,000 sq ft of space and over 100 displays...

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Mandarin Capital Partners fund acquires Elios Ceramica

Mandarin Capital Partners fund acquires Elios Ceramica

Elios Ceramica, the tile manufacturer based in Fiorano Modenese., has been sold by the Levoni family to the Italian MCP II (Mandarin Capital Partners) fund.  This is the latest step in a multi-stage plan to create a top end Italian-made...

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Céragrès's Guy Gervais named Finalist in Ernst and Young Award

Céragrès's Guy Gervais named Finalist in Ernst and Young Award

Guy Gervais of Céragrès has been named as a Finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Business-to-Consumer Products and Services category.  This competition runs across more than 145 cities in over 60 countries and aims...

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Leiths acquires stone wholesaler Pisani

Leiths acquires stone wholesaler Pisani

Fyfe Glenrock, the Scottish arm of stone wholesaler Pisani - which went into Administration in June - has acquired by aggregates and construction company Leiths, which has its HQ in Aberdeen. Fyfe Glenrock can trace its history back to 1846.  Its...

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Inspiring Business Award presented to Bond It

Inspiring Business Award presented to Bond It

Bond It, one of the UK's fastest growing manufacturers of building chemicals, recently picked up an Inspiring Business Award.  Staged by Datel - the business management software and CRM solutions provider - the Inspiring Business Awards are designed to acknowledge...

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ISO Accreditation Awarded to STS

ISO Accreditation Awarded to STS

STS is now ISO 9001:2015 accredited.  ISO 9001:2015 is an international standard that specifies the requirement of a Quality Management system.  Companies that hold the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation are able to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services...

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Chinese Tile Exports Fall for Third Year in a Row

Chinese Tile Exports Fall for Third Year in a Row

The final 2016 figures for ceramic tile export volumes from the People’s Republic of China, the world’s largest exporter, reveal a significant fall for the third year running towards all major geographical regions with the exception of Oceania, where sales...

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TheSize wins Plus X Award for Best Product

TheSize wins Plus X Award for Best Product

Neolith La Bohème, by Spanish sintered stone manufacturer TheSize, has won the prestigious Plus X Award for Best Product for the second year running. La Bohème, from the Neolith Timber collection, was awarded for its innovation, high quality and startlingly realistic...

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Reduced Fares for Cersaie Visitors

Reduced Fares for Cersaie Visitors

Getting to Cersaie 2017 will be easier than ever. The organisers have stipulated an agreement with Trenitalia and Italo which enables visitors to reach Bologna, from 25 to 29 September, with reserved seats on the Freccia Rossa, Freccia Bianca and...

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Esmalglass acquired by Lone Star Funds

Esmalglass acquired by Lone Star Funds

Investcorp announced today (13th July) that it has agreed the sale of Esmalglass to global private equity firm Lone Star Fund X for €605 million.  Established in 1978 in Villareal, Spain, Esmalglass is a world leading producer of ceramic colours...

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Tilemaster Adhesives acquired by Kerakoll

Tilemaster Adhesives acquired by Kerakoll

Tilemaster Adhesives has been acquired by Kerakoll. Following the acquisition, the two brands will continue to run separately, in order to continue building and progressing both brands. Tilemaster’s Managing Director, Mark Kelly, and the rest of the team – including...

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BAL tiling course taking place 24th-28th July

BAL tiling course taking place 24th-28th July

Get up-to-date with the latest skills and techniques by signing up to BAL's new five day wall and floor tiling course from 24th - 28th July at BAL's Innovation and Technology Centre. Perfect for apprentices or tilers looking to refresh...

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What Do Specifiers Want?

What Do Specifiers Want?

NBS’ latest survey focussed directly on what specifiers expect from building product manufacturers in 2017 and beyond.  NBS received over 500 responses to the survey, from a wide variety of roles and practice sizes, with 70% of respondents involved in...

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Old and Cool Classics

Old and Cool Classics

The retrieve of vintage models is still one of the hottest trends in terms of home design and décor. This is according to Tile of Spain which has just published its latest tile trend report.  This finds that those ceramic...

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Findings of Acimac Research Report Published

Findings of Acimac Research Report Published

The trading performance of tile production equipment manufacturers is continuing to improve, led by specialists in digital decoration.  The fourth edition of Acimac Research’s report titled “Financial statement analysis of world manufacturers of machinery for the ceramic and brick industries...

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Transformation of Oldham Town Hall

Transformation of Oldham Town Hall

Craven Dunnill Jackfield has replaced over 2,000 original ceramic wall tiles as part of a £37 million re-development at Oldham Town Hall. In 2009 Oldham Town Hall was named by the Victorian Society as one of the top ten...

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Heritage Skills Festival to be held at Lincoln Cathedral

Heritage Skills Festival to be held at Lincoln Cathedral

The Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers is joining up with more than 20 other City of London Livery Companies for an new event to be held at Lincoln Cathedral. Designed to celebrate Britain’s unique heritage crafts and trades, the...

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Mapei at 100% Design 2017

Mapei at 100% Design 2017

Mapei has just announced that the company will be exhibiting at 100% Design, which will take place 20th to 23rd September at Olympia London. One of main technical innovations being explained by Mapei experts will be the more than 500 possible...

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Solving the fleur-de-lys challenge at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa Piccadilly

Solving the fleur-de-lys challenge at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa Piccadilly

Jamie Oliver has opened his second Barbecoa restaurant, in the heart of Piccadilly. The restaurant is accommodated on two floors with seating for 285 diners and a sizable liquor bar. The design style draws on that of the1920s, blended with...

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Impey’s We Are Wetrooms tour adds extra date

Impey’s We Are Wetrooms tour adds extra date

Impey’s We Are Wetrooms 2017 training tour is proving so popular that the UK-based manufacturer has decided to add an extra date. The extra training course, which will take place on Wednesday 4th October at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, gives installers the...

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Strong figures from Italian tile manufacturers

Strong figures from Italian tile manufacturers

The 147 leading companies in the Italian ceramic tile manufacturing sector generated a turnover of more than Euro 5.4 billion in 2016 (up 5.9% on 2015), not far short of the Euro 5.5 billion posted in 2008. Investment by Italian ceramic...

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Introducing the latest Laura Ashley collection from House of British Ceramic Tile

Introducing the latest Laura Ashley collection from House of British Ceramic Tile

The Heritage Collection combines two of Laura Ashley’s archive inspired prints, Mr Jones and Wicker, offering a contemporary grey colour palette of charcoal and dove grey. Highly versatile, each 331 by 331mm tile can be used on both walls and...

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Setting high standards

Setting high standards

Instarmac Group acquires Granfix Products One big news story in the tile adhesive and grout sector in the last 12 months was the acquisition of Granfix Products by Instarmac Group.  Granfix Products has been manufacturing wall and floor tile adhesives,...

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Concrete look delivered with Italian bravura

Concrete look delivered with Italian bravura

Claymood also features a line of wall tiles inspired by natural materials and by artisan clay work.  The colour palette offers four shades of grey and sand, with hazy effects and shadings, which, combined with the 3D stone effect and...

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The shifting hues of Craven Dunnill’s new Brilliance wall tiles

The shifting hues of Craven Dunnill’s new Brilliance wall tiles

The appealing character of the textured surface is accentuated in an eye-catching lustre-glaze, which shimmers discreetly. The colour palette features pretty tones of milky blue, green, white, grey and ivory, whilst the play of light drifting over the gentle sheen of...

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Johnson Tiles relaunches Kerastar floor tile range

Johnson Tiles relaunches Kerastar floor tile range

The Kerastar range of porcelain floor tiles – developed specifically for the commercial interiors market – features a new, expanded, architectural-friendly colour palette from the lightest shades of Chalk and Linen right through the spectrum to the darker tones of...

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Playful palettes and gleeful geometry

Playful palettes and gleeful geometry

The Spanish tile industry comes together once a year in Valencia to share all that is beautiful, inventive and designed to perform in the world of ceramics. An impressive heritage and a renowned spirit of innovation, combined with a commitment...

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Upstanding Solutions!

Upstanding Solutions!

Upstand strips most often take the form of a 70/120mm wide impermeable sealing strip with a pre-applied high tack adhesive bed on one side that allows bonding the strip onto a shower tray or bath side wall before final installation...

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Thin porcelain tiles: practical benefits, design options and proven installation techniques

Thin porcelain tiles: practical benefits, design options and proven installation techniques

By offering an extensive range of exquisite porcelain tiles, exemplary customer service and a real dedication to state-of-the-art testing, Porcel-Thin has established a peerless reputation for thin porcelain contract tile supply. But, as Ray Smith, Managing Director, is quick to...

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20mm tiles open up new exterior opportunities for UK ceramic tile retailers and distributors

20mm tiles open up new exterior opportunities for UK ceramic tile retailers and distributors

Combining the proven technical performance of porcelain tiles, such as frost- and slip resistance with the aesthetic appeal of advanced digital decoration, these new tiles offer UK ceramic tile retailers and distributors an exciting new commercial opportunity, says TSJ’s Editor,...

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Protect and maintain the perfect finish

Protect and maintain the perfect finish

Rocatex Satin Finish Sealer is an easy-to-apply, low maintenance, self-shine, satin finish, film forming acrylic sealer.  It enhances colour and texture, protects against staining and stubborn dirt, and is easy to maintain.  It is suitable for brick, concrete, paving and...

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Are anhydrite screeds still causing you a headache? by Instarmac’s Martin Cummins

Are anhydrite screeds still causing you a headache? by Instarmac’s Martin Cummins

The use of calcium sulphate screeds offers extensive benefits from both a design and application viewpoint, so they are here to stay.  A great number of installations of flooring and tiling products are carried out on a daily basis, so...

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