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Fincibec aims to Fire the imagination at Cersaie

Cersaie 2017 will witness the presentation of the Fincibec Group’s new Fire programme of large ceramic panels.  

Created using new technology, brought on line in the last few months by Sassuolo company, the Fire brand is reserved for new panels, made with Continua+ technology, in  1,200 by 2,400, 800 by 1,600, 1,200 by 1,200 and 1600 by 3200mm formats.

The Fire range is aimed at architects and interior designers, for both floor and wall coverings in commercial, residential and public spaces, as well as for outer walls, and also for the production of custom furniture.

Fire was conceived as an expansion of the existing collections from the Group’s three brands, starting with Transalp by Monocibec, Uptown by Century and Grand Tour by Naxos, and aims to amplify their expressive power through the use of these new large formats.

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Caesar celebrates successful CDW

Clerkenwell Design Week, the London event dedicated to design and architectural trends, was very positive for Ceramiche Caesar, the Italian manufacturer with a showroom at the heart of London’s design hub.

During the three days of CDW,  Urban Lab - the company’s showroom in Great Sutton Street - welcomed over 1,000 visitors, including architects, journalists and designers.

At the event, Caesar presented, for the first time in Europe, Fabula and Anima Select, two new porcelain stoneware collections.

Great interest was expressed about the CrossDesign Contest 2017, the contest for international architects and designers. Inspired by the CrossDesign Magazine 2016-2017, a tool and guideline for design developed and published by Ceramiche Caesar, the contest invites people working in the sector to create an architectural project for an area of the new Caesar Gallery, the company showroom that will be opened in September 2017.

Between 23rd and 25th May  Urban Lab became a meeting place for professionals of the sector that have had the opportunity to experience a dynamic approach to design that takes account of the latest trends in the field of ceramics but also in the fields of fashion and visual art in general.

This concept was perfectly expressed by the three live performances from Curtis Hylton, a London artist from the Graffiti Life team, chosen by Caesar to enliven the afternoon events of the Urban Lab.  Hylton used 1,200 by 1,200mm ceramic slabs as backgrounds for his own interpretation of the three design moods: Rise, Reverb and Peaceful.

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Ceramique Internationale supplies surface solutions for new Yorkshire Spa

Ceramique Internationale (CI) has completed a prestigious spa project, using its experience in tile design to add the finishing touches to Rudding Park’s new £9.5 million spa.  Continuing a partnership which spans more than ten years, CI was selected to provide Rudding Park with new tiles for its pool and changing room areas, working closely with contacts at some of Europe’s finest tile manufacturers to provide the highest quality products.

Closely overseen by owners Simon and Judi Mackaness, the spa adds to the resort’s already sizable list of luxurious amenities, and incorporates an indoor swimming pool, which utilises natural filtered spring waters from Rudding Park’s 300-acre grounds, a Juniper Log Sauna, a Rasul, extensive Mind and Sense Zones, beauty facilities as well as an awe-inspiring Roof Top Spa.

This is the home to a Hydrotherapy Infinity Pool and a panoramic sauna, which both overlook Rudding Park’s landscaped gardens. The Roof Top Spa also includes two steam rooms, an ice fountain, a snail shower experience and a first-of-a-kind Rooftop Spa Garden.

David Longbottom, CI’s Specification Sales Manager, liaised with Italian manufacturer Casalgrande Padana to put forward a selection of tiles, with Rudding Park choosing the Amazzonia in Dragon Grey, to provide striking detail along the edge of the indoor pool. Some of the Amazzonia pieces were made specially in the UK to blend with the pool’s bespoke drainage system.

For the inside and surrounds of the Hydrotherapy Infinity Pool and the indoor pool CI worked with Italian manufacturer, Ragno, to specify its Landscape tile in Sabbia (beige). The tiles on the pool surround feature a Bocciardato anti-slip surface to enhance the safety of guests, while those in the pool tanks had a Natural surface to create an overall seamless finish.

For the resort’s changing and treatment areas, Casalgrande Padana’s Marte range, in tones of beige and grey, was used extensively; with Marte Grigio Egeo and Botticino tiles on the walls, and Grigio Maggia and Grigio Egeo on the floors.

CI Director, Cameron Fraser, said: “The Rudding Park Spa is destined to be one of the finest in the country and truly recaptures Harrogate’s spa heritage so we are more than delighted to have been able to play a part in its creation.”

“We work hard to build relationships with Europe’s finest tile manufacturers, enabling us to offer the best products on the market and meet design briefs for exciting projects such as this one,” continues Fraser.
“We do believe that being able to put forward our personal recommendations and draw on our expertise, in terms of the right sort of tiles for swimming pools and spas, brings huge benefits to our clients.”
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Bond It recommits to the Giants for two years

Bond It has renewed its commitment to professional rugby league club, the Huddersfield Giants.  On Friday 14th July, during half-time of the Giants’ last home game of the regular season at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Bond It signed a two year deal that will see the business continue as main partner of the club until the end of the 2019 season.  

Bond It, whose HQ is located in nearby Elland, has been the Giants’ main partner since 2014.  Prior to that, the company was associate kit partner.

Bond It’s on-going support of the Giants reflects the company’s wider commitment to corporate social responsibility. It enables the business to ‘give something back’ to the local community which is home to many of the company’s staff and suppliers.  The renewed sponsorship will also help Bond It to maintain and increase awareness of its brand as it pursues aggressive plans for further growth.

Under the deal, the Bond It logo will enjoy pride of place on the front of the Giants’ home and alternative shirts as well as on the team’s training kit. Bond It branding will also feature prominently on hoardings and other areas around the Giants’ home ground.  This will ensure good visibility both at matches and during televised coverage which is regularly carried by the BBC, Sky and other broadcasters.

“Our long-standing partnership has proved highly effective in enabling us to forge closer links with the local community and also in getting our brand in front of hundreds of thousands of league followers every week - many of them potential trade or DIY users of Bond It products,” says MD David Moore.

“The on-going backing of such a high-profile brand is an obvious boost not only for the Giants but for Super League as a whole. It also provides clear evidence that we are doing the right things by our partners,” states the Giant’s, Richard Thewlis.

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Tilemaster helps Jackie Nash complete Finlay’s Garden

Tilemaster Adhesives has supported mosaic artist, Jackie Nash in the completion of a remembrance garden for Finlay Church.  Officially opened by his parents, Finlay’s Garden is located at Alvechurch Middle School in Worcestershire, where Finlay was a pupil.  

Before losing a year-long battle with a brain tumour, 10-year old Finlay raised £100,000 to help others, broke the world record for the longest line of teddy bears - 15,534 in total – and received numerous accolades, including The Pride of Birmingham Award.

Finlay’s Garden is approached down a pathway containing 26 stepping stones, designed and produced with help from Finlay’s school friends. Each stepping stone represents images that reflect Finlay’s life and they lead to a central mosaic designed by Nash, with outer sections designed by Finlay’s family. Head Teacher, David Snell, supported the garden’s creation and all adhesives, grouts and primers used to fix the intricate ceramic mosaics were donated by Tilemaster Adhesives.  

Finlay’s charity has now raised over £150,000 for Brain Tumour research and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  The garden will provide a lasting legacy to Finlay and will also highlight brain tumour research – which currently receives less than 1% of national funding, despite being the biggest and most serious cancer threat for UK children.

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BAL backs The Big Sleuth 2017

BAL  have lent their backing to a mosaic artist taking part in  The Big Sleuth; a fund-raising initiative organised by Wild in Art and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  More than 200 large and small fibreglass bears are currently being decorated by artists, schools and community groups across the West Midlands.

Caroline Jariwala, a member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, has created Sweet William Bear; fixing the mosaics with BAL Max Flex Fibre tile adhesive and grouting with BAL Micromax2 Ebony.
Sweet William Bear has been on display in front of Birmingham Cathedral since 11th July as part of a city art trail.  Each bear will be sold off in a charity auction in the autumn to raise money for the children’s hospital.

Caroline said: “The mosaic features ceramic tiles, porcelain and broken vintage crockery and draws inspiration from Shakespeare’s love of flowers used in his plays and sonnets,” says Jariwala. “The Sweet William flower is said to been named after the Bard himself! A fitting name for a flora related bear! I have I have been using BAL Max Flex Fibre which has been wonderful to use and BAL Micromax2 Ebony grout. The texture, durability and true black finish of the grout is perfect to complete the project.

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DHS supplies Tilemaster for Swim Alderney project

Tilemaster LevelFlex has been supplied, by DHS Ltd, at Alderney Community Sports Centre (ACSC): the Island’s first swimming pool and gym facility, which is being crowd-funded.  

The new facility is the result of huge funding efforts by the Island’s residents, local businesses, sponsors and donors that has raised over £600,000 to date.

ACSC is located in the grounds of St Anne’s School; Alderney’s only state school.  Once completed, facilities at the new centre will include a three-lane swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, changing rooms and reception.  Current works include the lesser-abled shower area, where Atlas Concorde’s Ever Moon wall and floor tiles have been installed.

Tiling has been carried out by James Walker, with all materials supplied by DHS Ltd.  

Tilemaster LevelFlex was used to level substrates and walls.  Atlas Concorde ceramics were fixed onto the smooth surfaces after three hours.  

It is hoped that Tilemaster products will also be used within the pool areas and gymnasium.

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Instarmac’s digital marketing recognised

At this year’s TTA Awards Instarmac won in the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ category for the company’s website and product planner app.

Both the Instarmac website and product planner app were launched in 2016, providing all the business’s stakeholders with two perfectly designed sources of information and contact.

Rebecca Talbot, Instarmac Marketing Manager commented: “I am extremely proud that Instarmac have won the TTA Excellence in Marketing award and would like to congratulate the finalists across all categories.”  
“In a digital world the team were keen to offer accessible information to the industry, the app and website have proved to be valuable tools for tiling professionals.  I would like to thank all those who voted: the fact this award was voted for by industry specialists makes winning all the more special.”

Established in 1977, Instarmac is the home of British manufactured tile adhesive brands UltraTile and Granfix.  The app may be downloaded free from either Google Play or the App Store by searching ‘Instarmac’.  
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Entries for Surface Design Awards 2018 are now open

Now in its sixth year the Surface Design Awards recognise progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects, both in the UK and internationally.  The  Awards are part of the Surface Design Show; the only event in the UK that solely focuses on interior and exterior design, allowing innovative materials to connect with architects and designers.

Launched in 2013, Surface Design Awards has grown in both stature and quality.  The 2018 Awards is unlikely to be short of variety; with 94 projects from 10 different countries having entered in 2017.  There are 13 Awards across seven different categories with most being divided into exterior and interior.  Each project is judged on a variety of criteria including materials used, type of surface and aesthetic design.

The 2018 judging panel will be co-chaired by Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design and Tina Norden from Conran and Partners.  They will be joined by six fellow professionals from the architecture and design world:
Jenny Jones of Jenny Jones Studio   
Sacha Leong of Studioils
Jo Littlefair of  Goddard Littlefair    
Howard Sullivan of YourStudio
Nir Gilad of Nous Design        
Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London

In 2017 there were 34 finalists with ARUP/ Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensle,r receiving the honour of becoming Surface Design Awards Supreme Winner 2017 for The Broad Museum in Los Angeles (above left).

Pavlina Arkitas, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup, said: “It’s clear that this is an incredibly special, visually stimulating building and it’s great for it to have been recognised with this award. The airy, honeycomb-like ‘veil’ that envelopes the structure effectively filters natural daylight across the space, which was a unique and exciting challenge for us to work with. I really believe that this project wouldn’t have been possible without the close collaboration between the client, the architect and the design team”.

Sponsors for the 2018 Awards are Business Design Centre, James Latham and Eden Anglo Veneers.

Projects can be submitted by the client, architect or designer, surface supplier or their representative.  Entries to The Surface Design Awards should be made via the website before Friday 29th September 2017.

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Stone and ceramic surfaces get the full Fila treatment at 190 Strand, London

Fila surface treatments have been specified, by Stone & Ceramic, for its most extensive project to date at 190 Strand.  

The flagship development, by St Edward, includes a collection of bespoke suites, penthouses and apartments set in London’s cultural heartland.  Fila PKerridge’srotect worked alongside Stone & Ceramic to provide ‘initial clean’ and maintenance solutions for the multiple tile designs specified, including a dramatic stone feature wall within the development’s private spa complex.

Situated on Westminster’s world-famous Strand, the development spans six iconic buildings, designed by Grid Architects and set within a private, landscaped square.

Natural stone and porcelain surfaces feature throughout the luxurious kitchens and bathrooms, and residents’ Business and Leisure Suites.

Stone & Ceramic’s installation includes mosaics and porcelain tiles for the stunning pool surround and stone for the imposing 70 sq. metre feature wall.  A variety of porcelain and natural surfaces were also installed throughout The Colonnade business centre, including a five-metre long stone feature desk.

Working alongside Stone & Ceramic, FilaProtect recommended a range of treatments for the different surfaces and their specific locations.  

They included concentrated acid detergent, Fila Deterdek, which has a safe, buffered formulation; degreasing and stain removing Fila PS87; universal, ph-neutral FIla Cleaner; organic stain remover, Fila SR95, and water-based gel cleaner, Fila NoPaint Star.  

All treatments provided high performance while safe-guarding the surface characteristics.
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Florim achieves 2016 sales of €406 million, up by 8.7%

Florim Ceramiche closed 2016 with revenue of €406.8 million, up 8.7% on 2015; EBITDA up to €107.1 million (26.3% of turnover); and net profits of €49.3 million, up 13.9%.

According to the Fiorano Modenese-based group’s management, these results have been driven by investing €210 million over the last five years, which have focused on latest-generation technologies for the factories in Italy and the United States, research into materials with high technical and aesthetic qualities, human resources and corporate image, aimed in particular at promoting the quality of Florim’s products.  

The technical investments made in 2016 amounted to €53.5 million.  The most significant included continuation of the work on the factory in Mordano nr Bologna, to renovate the raw materials preparation department and to double the production capacity of traditional porcelain tiles; completion of the renovation work on the raw materials preparation department and construction of a new technical building at Florim USA in Clarksville, Tennessee; and investments in modernising the production lines in Fiorano.

During the year the group also launched two new brands onto the market: Florim Stone, aimed at furnishing professionals, and Cedit - Ceramiche d’Italia, for which a brand store has recently been opened in Milan.

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Tilemaster Adhesives is acquired by Kerakoll

Tilemaster Adhesives has announced that it 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 Paul and Rhona Kelly, will continue in their roles, with “business as usual” at the Lancashire-based firm.

During the transition period, and going forwards, there will be no change to the service and support provided by Tilemaster; with Tilemaster delivering and operating the high-quality service for which it is renowned.

“It’s been an incredible journey at Tilemaster over the last few years and our family has taken the decision to sell the company to Kerakoll, in order to take our journey to another new and exciting chapter.  Time spent with the Sghedoni and Kerakoll family over the last few months has shown that our families and companies have many similarities and synergies; it was clear that Kerakoll is the perfect fit for Tilemaster Adhesives to work with, to continue the growth of both companies.  It shares the same values, ethos, motivation and customer care as we do – and an absolute commitment to customers.  Working together will provide us with a wealth of experience and investment to ensure that we continue to maintain our high levels of product innovation, product performance, service, support and care for our customers,” explained Mark Kelly.  

“On behalf of the Kelly family, Tilemaster Adhesives and Kerakoll, I sincerely thank you for your support and loyalty and invite you to join us as we embark on this exciting new chapter of our journey!” Mark added.

“We’re delighted about the acquisition of Tilemaster Adhesives; the company has grown considerably in recent years and is incredibly well thought of by the industry, in terms of its product innovations and customer service. The acquisition establishes Kerakoll Group as a market leader in the UK tiling and flooring industry – and it’s just the beginning.   Over the next four years, we plan to invest £30 million to expand the production plant in Leyland; identify an additional UK production site and construct a new research and development centre, as well as new offices.   Product ranges will also be extended and new Kerakoll technologies introduced,” explained Gian Luca Sghedoni, CEO at Kerakoll.

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