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Gaia UFH Rep reaches new heights for charity

Gaia UFH Rep reaches new heights for charity

Matthew Janney, sales representative for Gaia Underfloor Heating, has conquered the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in an epic five-day trek.  Matthew is raising money for Movember UK, a charity which raises awareness of men’s health issues. The fundraiser...

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Luxury bathroom brand Devon&Devon acquired by Italcer

Luxury bathroom brand Devon&Devon acquired by Italcer

Italcer, the holding company created by Mandarin Capital Partners and led by Graziano Verdi, has acquired luxury bathroom brand Devon&Devon, world leader in the luxury bathroom furnishing. Italcer’s goal is to create a luxury cluster in the ceramic tile sector.  It...

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Why not enter the CID Awards 2018?

Why not enter the CID Awards 2018?

The Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.  Submissions for the 2018 CID Awards, run in conjunction withe the USA's foremost ceramic tile and surfaces...

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Counting down to WorldSkills with the UK Tiling Team

Counting down to WorldSkills with the UK Tiling Team

With the WorldSkills 2017 final in Abu Dhabi fast approaching, anticipation is rising for the UK Tiling Team. On Thursday 7th September, Schlüter-Systems caught up with them at the Greenbank Campus of Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland (SRC), to hand-deliver a...

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Sarah Beeny is Topps Tiles’ new Brand Ambassador

Sarah Beeny is Topps Tiles’ new Brand Ambassador

Topps Tiles has announced that TV’s property expert, Sarah Beeny, is the company’s new Brand Ambassador. In her new role, Beeny will undertake an extensive portfolio of activity, including writing guest blogs for the Topps Tiles website, featuring in a selection...

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Trade open day set to welcome tilers

Trade open day set to welcome tilers

Bathroom and tile specialist Easy Bathrooms is inviting for tilers across the UK to attend its trade day on Thursday 5th October. The Leeds-based firm will open its doors to tradespeople between 8am-12pm for a morning of advice and demonstrations from...

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Wood-effect tiles taken to the next level

Wood-effect tiles taken to the next level

Many in the industry felt that the wood-effect floor tile trend had finally run out of steam.  Cersaie 2017 proved them wrong.  While not quite enjoying the dominance of three or four years ago, there were still plenty of new wood-effect tiles on...

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Yurtbay Seramik has won the Wallcovering Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2017

Yurtbay Seramik has won the Wallcovering Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2017

Top interiors mag design et al has announced that Yurtbay Seramik has won the Wallcovering Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2017.  Yurtbay's winning design was Cube: a 300 by 900mm rectified, high relief, moulded wall tile.   The Cube design...

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Voyager collection launched by Refin at Cersaie 2017

Voyager collection launched by Refin at Cersaie 2017

Several strong new ranges have been launched at Cersaie this year, but the real trendsetter discovered so far is Refin’s novel interpretation of antique and distressed metallic-effect tiles.  This stunning range mimics the patina, care-worn metallic tones and sophisticated relief...

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Cersaie 2017: Dark stones continue to make an impact

Cersaie 2017: Dark stones continue to make an impact

Early signs are that the 2016 trend towards darker, more dramatic, stone-effect tiles will continue to be one of the underlying themes at Cersaie 2017. One of the first of these uber-masculine ranges to catch the eye in Bologna was Grespania’s...

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Ceramic and resilient product training days at Mapei

Ceramic and resilient product training days at Mapei

Mapei is pleased to confirm remaining training dates for 2017 ceramic and resilient product training. 25th September – Ceramic Training Event 26th September – Resilient Training Event Mapei’s courses are free of charge and carried out by a dedicated team of training...

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Kale leverages LB's Divario and Freestile technologies

Kale leverages LB's Divario and Freestile technologies

The long-established collaboration between LB and Kale, the leading Turkish tile manufacturer Kale will bear fresh fruit this year with the commissioning of a dedicated new granito line.  This will make large-format technical porcelain tiles up to 1,200 by 1,200mm...

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RGB opens new Legends Lounge at Exeter City FC

RGB opens new Legends Lounge at Exeter City FC

RGB Building Supplies opened the new Legends Lounge at Exeter City Football Club on Tuesday 8th August during the home game against Charlton Athletic. Throughout the evening, former City players Alan Banks, Jimmy Giles, John Hore, Peter Hatch and Scott Hiley...

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Lewis Alderson & Co is a finalist in the SBID Awards 2017

Lewis Alderson & Co is a finalist in the SBID Awards 2017

Lewis Alderson & Co have been shortlisted in the KBB Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2017.  The Wandsworth Kitchen has been selected as one of the qualifying projects by the judges in the first stage of the...

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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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