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Caesar's new trends for architecture featured in Lyon

Caesar's new trends for architecture featured in Lyon

Architecture and innovation are the focus of the Architect@Work travelling event, which feeds design professionals on the lookout for creative ideas and new trends.  For two days, international cities host the various editions, where exhibitors and visitors can meet to share...

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The largest regeneration project in the UK

The largest regeneration project in the UK

Spread across 650 hectares in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, and Brent, The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is the largest regeneration project in the UK. Over the next 30 to 40 years the...

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SOLUS PARTNERS WITH BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE

SOLUS PARTNERS WITH BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE

The architectural wall and floor tile supplier Solus Ceramics has partnered with ‘Blueprint for the Future’ to showcase the work of the brightest architecture students graduating across London.  Since 1983, Blueprint Magazine has been committed to supporting new and emerging designers...

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Norcros Adhesives is a three time environmental winner

Norcros Adhesives is a three time environmental winner

Norcros Adhesives has just the TTA Award for Best Environmental Initiative: the third year in a row that the company has won this prestigious accolade.  The Award is in recognition of the many measures the company has put in place...

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London Festival of Architecture takes in Royal Wharf

London Festival of Architecture takes in Royal Wharf

Royal Wharf, Ballymore & Oxley’s flagship development in London’s Royal Docks, will join the capital’s finest architectural plans, projects and minds as part of the annual London Festival of Architecture this June.   Within this year’s programme, Ballymore & Oxley will host...

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Innovations promised for Marmomac's 53rd edition at Veronafiere in September

Innovations promised for Marmomac's 53rd edition at Veronafiere in September

At a recent press conference in Milan, the President of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese, and CEO, Giovanni Mantovani, were joined by Luciano Galimberti, President of ADI; Raffaello Galiotto, designer; and Fulvio Irace, architect and architecture historian, to announce plans for Marmomac 2018; the most important global event...

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Interface acquires Nora Systems

Interface acquires Nora Systems

Atlanta-based Interface, a global commercial flooring manufacturer, has signed a deal to acquire Nora Systems, a manufacturer of rubber flooring.  Under the agreement, Interface will acquire Nora in a stock purchase valued at roughly $420 million.   Founded in 1938 in Weinheim,...

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Caesar wins  La Ceramica e il Progetto competition

Caesar wins La Ceramica e il Progetto competition

Located in the corner between Corso Tassoni and Piazza Bernini near the centre of Turin, the early 20th century Bernini Villa and Torre villa is part of Bernini²; an eclectic real estate renovation and expansion project based on sustainability, innovation...

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Dekton presents the Sustainable Restaurant Accolade to Azurmendi

Dekton presents the Sustainable Restaurant Accolade to Azurmendi

Dekton, Cosentino’s innovative ultra-compact surface, sparkled at the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.  Besides being an overall sponsor and the official worktop partner, Dekton sponsored the Sustainable Restaurant Award.  Cosentino vice-president of communications and marketing, Santiago Alfonso presented the...

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Neolith Krater makes an impact at Muuuz International Awards 2018

Neolith Krater makes an impact at Muuuz International Awards 2018

Neolith has received a Muuuz International Award 2018 for Krater: a dark, swirling-patterned slab which pays homage to natural soapstone.  The Muuuz International Awards communicates with 25,000 architects, interior architects, decorators and layout professionals to select the most innovative products,...

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Government bans the use of combustible cladding

Government bans the use of combustible cladding

Following the publication of the Hackitt Report, which was instigated after the Grenfell Tower disaster, The Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire MP, has announced a ban on the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings...

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Construction struggles continue as new work dips to a five year low

Construction struggles continue as new work dips to a five year low

The value of new construction contracts in May reached £4.5 billion, a decrease of almost 10% compared to April and the lowest amount for over five years.  The two largest sectors in construction - residential and infrastructure - both saw...

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CTD Architectural Tiles Supplies Harley Davidson Manchester

CTD Architectural Tiles Supplies Harley Davidson Manchester

The iconic Harley Davidson brand demands particular attention to detail when it comes to the design of its showrooms.  Working closely with Focus Architecture and Surveying, CTD Architectural Tiles has just completed its second Harley Davidson garage in Manchester.  No...

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Siti BT Group successfully launch bt-Space

Siti BT Group successfully launch bt-Space

More than 500 attendees converged on Fiorano Modenese in late May for the preview of bt-Space; the new venue devoted to communication between Siti BT Group and its partners.  The event to launch this new centre that aims to build...

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Advanced Xaar printheads adopted by Scientifica Tiles

Advanced Xaar printheads adopted by Scientifica Tiles

Scientifica Tiles, the new family-run manufacturing business from Morbi, has become the first Indian ceramic tile producer to adopt the new Xaar 2001+ GS12C printheads installed on a KeraJet Eco printer.  The company, which manufactures high-quality glazed vitrified floor tiles,...

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Blizzard Vitrified selects MS-Drytech prep plant

Blizzard Vitrified selects MS-Drytech prep plant

Blizzard Vitrified, a recently-formed ceramic company based in Morbi, India, has commissioned Manfredini & Schianchi to supply an MS-Drytech dry preparation plant with Fusion granulation technology at its new glazed porcelain tile factory.  The M&S plant is already undergoing installation...

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India and Sri Lanka adopt LB's Easy Color System

India and Sri Lanka adopt LB's Easy Color System

LB, one of the leading Italian tile manufacturing equipment suppliers, has strengthened its position in the dry colouring technology sector in to India and Sri Lanka by signing new contracts to supply Easy Color System plants.  One of these began...

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Joint venture sees launch of Laminam China

Joint venture sees launch of Laminam China

Laminam’s CEO, Alberto Selmi, and Chinese entrepreneurs James Huang and Ge Fei, owners of the company FHR Resources, have recently signed a joint venture agreement in Shanghai to set up Laminam China. Laminam, the producer of large-size ceramic panels and slabs,...

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Another year of positive results from Sacmi Imola

Another year of positive results from Sacmi Imola

Sacmi Imola has posted very positive results for the third consecutive year, ending 2017 with growth in both revenue and EBITDA against 2016.  The group results also showed an improvement over the previous year with sales of Euro 1.434 billion.   Exports...

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SME builders now better represented on CITB Board

SME builders now better represented on CITB Board

The appointment of two construction SME representatives to the CITB Board is an important step forward, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).  Commenting on the CITB’s announcement regarding the new appointments to the CITB Board, Brian Berry, Chief...

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Five top design trends for 100% Design 2018

Five top design trends for 100% Design 2018

100% Design’s core exhibition covers Interiors, Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms, emerging brands and, new for this year, 100% Build London; a dedicated show for the construction and architectural industries. 100% Design will provide a platform for a mix of new interior...

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100% Design shakes up its programme for 2018

100% Design shakes up its programme for 2018

100% Design returns for its 24th edition this year and has announced a shake-up to traditional programming, demonstrating its renewed vision to be the unmissable show for design in London’s creative calendar. 100% Design will present new features, fresh design...

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Bold vision of the future at UK Construction Week

Bold vision of the future at UK Construction Week

Innovation is the key theme for this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) which returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 9th to 11th October.  UKCW will champion innovating and pioneering ideas, projects and products via a new Innovation Trail which...

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Panariagroup ceramic surfaces chosen for the Holy See Pavilion

Panariagroup ceramic surfaces chosen for the Holy See Pavilion

Panariagroup has been chosen for the construction of one of the buildings of the first Holy See Pavilion at the XVI International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 26th to November 25th 2018. The Panariagroup has...

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Direct Tile Warehouse celebrates 40th anniversary

Direct Tile Warehouse celebrates 40th anniversary

Direct Tile Warehouse hosted special trade events at their Cardiff and Swansea showrooms, on 30th and 31st May respectively, as part of the company's 40th anniversary celebrations.  Tilers, builders and plumbers from all over the South Wales area attended the...

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Tilemaster's Paul Kelly receives TTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tilemaster's Paul Kelly receives TTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tilemaster Adhesives’ Paul Kelly has received the coveted TTA Lifetime Achievement Award.   Presented by The Tile Association at its recent annual awards ceremony, Kelly was recognized for his tremendous business achievements; all underpinned by an absolute customer focus.  The Association also acknowledged Kelly’s...

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September event brings together landscape industries

September event brings together landscape industries

Landscape, the key trade show for this important sector, returns in September uniting garden designers, landscape architects and contractors under one roof for two days dedicated to sourcing the latest innovations and technologies in the landscaping industry.  The event will...

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MultiPly pavilion set for the Sackler courtyard at the V&A

MultiPly pavilion set for the Sackler courtyard at the V&A

Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP are collaborating to present ‘MultiPly’, a modular cross-laminated tulipwood pavilion, in the Sackler courtyard of the V&A from 15th September.   ‘MultiPly’, one of London Design Festival’s Landmark projects, will be comprised...

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Stone Federation 'village' set to expand at London's Natural Stone Show

Stone Federation 'village' set to expand at London's Natural Stone Show

At the heart of London's Natural Stone Show is the Stone Federation ‘village’, an area reserved exclusively for Stone Federation Great Britain and its members.  Stone Federation members already booked in to the village demonstrate the Federation's broad coverage of...

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Dates announced for Inalco Design Days 2018 in Castellón

Dates announced for Inalco Design Days 2018 in Castellón

Inalco is set to host the Inalco Design Days 2018 at its headquarters in Alcora, Castellón, Spain, from 13th to 16th June.   This is the fourth edition of this international event which is held every two years.  In 2018,...

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VitrA starts 2018 with a series of design awards

VitrA starts 2018 with a series of design awards

After winning 11 Good Design awards in January, VitrA returned from the 2018 iF award ceremony on 8th March with eight iF awards, including a Gold.  VitrA’s gold prize winner was the Stix ceramic tile range (pictured), which has a...

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Seafront selfies on the South coast

Seafront selfies on the South coast

Thanks to local gallery Ambassadeur Art, and Bournemouth and Poole Tourism, a variety of artists, many based in or from the area, have created a series of murals that make fun, vibrant and colourful backdrops for people’s pictures. The Selfie...

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Prestigious award for System China

Prestigious award for System China

System China has won the Science and Technology Innovation award - one of the honours presented as part of the 14th China Ceramics Industry Awards promoted by Ceramic Town Weekly - for the innovative Lamgea mouldless press for large ceramic...

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Bond It offers golden opportunity

Bond It offers golden opportunity

Stockists, trade professionals and DIY enthusiasts now have an additional reason to buy Gripbond Pro: the ‘hybrid' sealant and adhesive from Bond It.  From June through to October 2018, Bond It will be promoting this popular product with an exclusive...

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ABK Group offers fresh ideas for bathrooms

ABK Group offers fresh ideas for bathrooms

At this year’'s Salone del Mobile Milano, ABK Group showcased an extraordinary collection of materials from the latest ABK and Flaviker ranges. The two brands used the International Bathroom Exhibition, to be held from 17th to 22nd April 2018 at Fiera...

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La Fabbrica opens stunning exhibition in Imola

La Fabbrica opens stunning exhibition in Imola

La Fabbrica, part of the Italcer Group, has opened a new exhibition centre inside the enchanting C15 Palazzo Dal Monte Casoni, in the heart of the Imola.  The company, based in Castel Bolognese, specialises in the production of high quality Italian ceramics...

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Luke Browning places CTC Tiles in Pole Position

Luke Browning places CTC Tiles in Pole Position

Luke Browning has hit the front in the Ginetta Junior Championship standings following an impressive double win in the second meeting of the year at Donington Park; backing up his maiden win in the series at Brands Hatch.  Luke was on...

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Construction Barometer shows decline in optimism

Construction Barometer shows decline in optimism

The latest UK Construction Market Barometer, published in May 2018, shows that sales expectations in the construction sector over the next six months have dropped since April last year. 44% of companies are confident of a sales increase over the next...

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Caesar sets out its stall at Olympia

Caesar sets out its stall at Olympia

Today (2nd May) and tomorrow, Olympia will be hosting retail design professionals who will get the chance to see innovative solutions for improving the performance of commercial spaces.  Caesar will be showcasing four ceramic tile collections that bring the latest interior design...

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Façade experts Aliva appoint new UK Sales Manager

Façade experts Aliva appoint new UK Sales Manager

Aliva UK, the UK façade design and engineering company, has appointed a new regional UK sales manager to support continued business growth.  With a background in architectural specification and a passion for visually creative solutions, Tiffany Ejilogo-Wooward will help strengthen...

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Architecture Today launches bold seminar programme for Vision 2018

Architecture Today launches bold seminar programme for Vision 2018

Vision 2018 is a two-day conference and exhibition focused on the key challenges facing architecture and development today.  With three content-packed seminar theatres over two days, Architecture Today is featuring some big names in architecture, engineering, and urban development.  They...

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Nature to the fore at Fuorisalone 2018 for Gruppo Romani

Nature to the fore at Fuorisalone 2018 for Gruppo Romani

Mother Nature and Planet Earth are at the centre of a tale of materials set to the tune of creative irony in a dual exhibition trail created by the artist Nero/Alessandro Neretti for Gruppo Romani at Fuorisalone 2018. The title...

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Carmody Groarke Takes Top Honours

Carmody Groarke Takes Top Honours

The Schueco Gold Award is presented annually to the practice that the Architect of the Year Awards judges deem to have made the most significant contribution to British architecture over the past year.    This year the Gold Award is being presented...

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Casamood pops up at Domus

Casamood pops up at Domus

For one month only, the Casamood design pop-up installation will be on display exclusively at Domus's Clerkenwell showroom.  This temporary installation within the main showroom space will showcase seven new porcelain collections from Casa Dolce Casa, with inspiring room set...

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System supplies automation for American Wonder Porcelain plant

System supplies automation for American Wonder Porcelain plant

American Wonder Porcelain, the US division of the Chinese Marco Polo Group is investing in System automation for its new porcelain tile plant in Lebanon, Tennessee.  The new investment will allow the company to expand its product range and introduce...

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Material prices continue to rocket, says FMB

Material prices continue to rocket, says FMB

More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders...

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Domus Tiles offers sumptuous New Terracotta collection

Domus Tiles offers sumptuous New Terracotta collection

Offering striking new shapes in a rich palette, the New Terracotta collection from Domus Tiles embraces the trend for a luxurious aesthetic with a handcrafted edge.  Interesting glaze techniques, jewel like colours and a metallic lustre channel a modern glamorous...

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Inalco set to exhibit at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Inalco set to exhibit at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Inalco, a leading player in the ceramic sector known for its innovation and design, will be exhibiting at the International Bathroom Exhibition in Milan from April 17th to 22nd, as part of the Salone del Mobile Milano. Salone del Mobile Milano brings...

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Parkside at Clerkenwell Design Week

Parkside at Clerkenwell Design Week

Contemporary tile specification company, Parkside, will be showcasing two distinct bathroom concepts in their customised industrial shipping container located in St John’s Square during Clerkenwell Design Week, which runs from 22nd to 24th May in London EC1. Parkside has been accepted to be...

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Must-see installations at Clerkenwell Design Week

Must-see installations at Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations.  From 22nd to 24th May, CDW will be celebrating its 9th year and is now firmly established...

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Monika Slowikowska wins Inspirational Individual Award 2018

Monika Slowikowska wins Inspirational Individual Award 2018

Monika Slowikowska wins Inspirational Individual Award 2018   Monika Slowikowska, the founder and Managing Director of Golden Houses Development, has won the prestigious Inspirational Individual Award in the National Federation of Builders Awards 2018.   The NFB Awards 2018 judges commented: "Monika is clearly a driven...

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Trimline Trade Event

Trimline Trade Event

Come along to the Trimline Trade Event, at the Teardrop Centre on Wednesday the 16th May 2018. Building on the success of the last event, this promises to be a brilliant, not to miss event, for everyone involved in...

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BIID hosts CPD Providers Showcase in Mayfair

BIID hosts CPD Providers Showcase in Mayfair

On Tuesday 20th March 2018, The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) held a successful CPD Providers Showcase at The Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London.  Designed to provide delegates with an invaluable learning experience and networking opportunity, 62 BIID members attended...

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Seiko printhead offers outstanding gloss effects at Equipe

Seiko printhead offers outstanding gloss effects at Equipe

The new Seiko RC1536 L high-discharge printhead has proved a winning solution for Equipe Ceramicas, which has adopted it to apply the special gloss finish on its wide range of small-size decorative ceramic floor and wall tiles, produced in square,...

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Peronda Group presents its new online image

Peronda Group presents its new online image

From now on, information about the Peronda Group's latest products and collections, in addition to technical information, can be sourced on four new individual websites dedicated to the Group's brands.  These websites also feature the new strap lines for each...

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British Ceramic Tile gets obsessive in its national brand campaign

British Ceramic Tile gets obsessive in its national brand campaign

British Ceramic Tile has embarked on its national brand campaign, sharing its obsession for creating amazing spaces with consumers.  Brave, bold and determined, this new campaign seeks to position British Ceramic Tile as the leading brand in tiles giving consumers...

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Infrastructure thwarts construction as slump continues

Infrastructure thwarts construction as slump continues

After a volatile 2017, and a poor start in January, February has not fared much better for the construction industry, with the value of new contracts awarded at £4.9 billion, which is 24% lower than at the same time last...

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Obituary: Francisco Garcia Felipeneri, Adex

Obituary: Francisco Garcia Felipeneri, Adex

Adex's 3rd generation leader, Francisco Garcia Felipeneri, known as Paco, passed away on March 9th.   Paco served as President of Cevisama for 12 years, and, in 1993, received the Medalla de Oro de la Villa de Onda for his contribution to the...

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Ceramics in Society: Demanding Environments conference serf for 11th April 2018

Ceramics in Society: Demanding Environments conference serf for 11th April 2018

Lucideon, in collaboration with the British Ceramic Confederation, Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network and The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, is hosting the Ceramic Innovation Network Conference, Ceramics in Society: Demanding Environments on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at Lucideon’s Stoke-on-Trent...

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Classic tiling for contemporary housing development

Classic tiling for contemporary housing development

Brook Valley Gardens, a development of contemporary homes by Countryside Properties, recently completed Phase 2 of the project consisting of 1 to 3 bedroom apartments and 3 and 4 bedroom houses. Forming part of the major regeneration of the Dollis...

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UK contract floorcoverings market worth in excess of £1bn

UK contract floorcoverings market worth in excess of £1bn

After achieving strong growth of 4% in 2015, growth rates in the contract floorcoverings market were slightly disappointing in 2016 and 2017, according to the latest statistics from AMA.  A number of factors had a negative impact on the market,...

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Thomas & Adamson appointed project manager for the UK’s first Virgin Hotel

Thomas & Adamson appointed project manager for the UK’s first Virgin Hotel

India Buildings has appointed Thomas & Adamson as project managers and quantity surveyors for the landmark development of the first Virgin Hotel outside of the USA. The 225-bed project will occupy the 19th century India Buildings on Victoria Street in Edinburgh...

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Spain reports positive results for 2017

Spain reports positive results for 2017

As announced during Cevisama 2017 by the newly elected Chairman of Ascer, Vicente Nomdedeu Lluesma, the Spanish ceramic tile industry closed the year 2017 with positive results, confirming the trend from 2016. According to Ascer (The Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile...

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Stefano Baraldi appointed General Manager of SITI B&T Group

Stefano Baraldi appointed General Manager of SITI B&T Group

In January, Stefano Baraldi was appointed General Manager of SITI B&T Group.  After graduating in physics, Baraldi gained many years of experience in the positions of Product Manager, Operations Manager, Sales & Marketing Manager and most recently General Manager for...

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Rüdiger Grau takes charge at Norddeutsche Steingut

Rüdiger Grau takes charge at Norddeutsche Steingut

Norddeutsche Steingut, part of the German ceramic giant Steuler Fliesen Group, has appointed Rüdiger Grau to its board of directors. After graduating in geology with a specialisation in ceramic materials, Grau gained extensive experience in the ceramic industry in Germany, initially...

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Motto Tiles invests in Lamgea technology

Motto Tiles invests in Lamgea technology

Motto Tiles, the ceramic manufacturer founded in Morbi, Gujarat, India in 2003, has developed a new facility  equipped with System Lamina technology for the production of porcelain panels and slabs in sizes up to 1,200 by 2,400mm in thicknesses between...

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Second XXL porcelain plant for Inalco

Second XXL porcelain plant for Inalco

Inalco, on of the leading Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers, is set to start-up of a second plant for the production of extra-large porcelain panels at its facility in Alcora, Castellón, Spain. The new line uses cutting-edge H2O IPlus Full Digital technology...

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Gold Art boosts poprcelain tile capability

Gold Art boosts poprcelain tile capability

LB has signed a major supply agreement with Gold Art, the Italian manufacturer of unglazed porcelain tiles based in Pavullo nel Frignano, Modena, Italy. For the new large size tile production plant, due to start production in the first half of...

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Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour for the 9th year

Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour for the 9th year

Instarmac Group plc has been selected for the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For’ for the 9th year.  The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies – research which involves completing an anonymous survey on topics...

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Markit highlights sluggish construction sector

Markit highlights sluggish construction sector

February data pointed to a continuation of the subdued growth conditions reported across the UK construction sector at the beginning of 2018.  Total business activity increased only marginally during the latest survey period, while new work decreased for the second...

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Design discussion with Perrin & Rowe

Design discussion with Perrin & Rowe

On Tuesday 6th March from 13:00 to 14:00, Perrin & Rowe will be hosting a champagne reception and designer Q&A with its senior design engineer, Umeshwar Thakur.  The discussion will include the role of research and development and the creation...

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AMA forecasts 7% growth for the UK floor and wall tiles market

AMA forecasts 7% growth for the UK floor and wall tiles market

The UK wall and floor tiles market delivered a strong performance between 2014 and 2017 with overall growth of 8%, according to AMA's latest market report.  However, growth rates have slowed to around 2% in 2016-17, with this more modest...

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Raimondi's robot takes the strain of large ceramic slabs

Raimondi's robot takes the strain of large ceramic slabs

Raimondi has come up with a way to handle mega-format gauged ceramic panels safely and securely on site.  The Roboslab system allows users to lift (from a case/pallet or an A-frame) large ceramic panels up to 200 Kg in weight;...

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Piemme collaborates with Gordon Guillaumier at Fuorisalone 2018

Piemme collaborates with Gordon Guillaumier at Fuorisalone 2018

Period inspiration, colour and movement characterise Shades; the new ceramic tile collection from Ceramiche Piemme.  Here the ethereal beauty of watercolour painting is recreated on ceramics using the most advanced digital technologies.  Shades is the product of a fruitful collaboration between...

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CITB confirms it will exit direct training role

CITB confirms it will exit direct training role

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has confirmed it will end all direct training by 2020, following a major restructuring in November 2017. The CITB’s Chief Executive, Sarah Beale, explained the full implications in an e-mail last week. “The plans...

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Portobello set to launch Pura Matéria at Revestir

Portobello set to launch Pura Matéria at Revestir

Movement, texture and special pieces are the key ingredients of the new collections that Portobello will launch at Expo Revestir, Brazil in March.  Gathered under the name of Pura Matéria (Pure Matter), the ranges bring together design and innovation.  Among...

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Delta delivers marble's classic beauty at Revestir

Delta delivers marble's classic beauty at Revestir

Delta Porcelainco will presents three new collections at Brazil's leading tile exhibition in March.  Gaua offers the perfect contrast between digital technology and the tradition of elegant Italian travertine, in polished porcelain.  Egon delivers a timeless, classic design that opens...

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Castelatto presents the Colors Collection at Revestir

Castelatto presents the Colors Collection at Revestir

Castelatto will unveil the Colors Collection at Revestir, offering the choice of formats and textures for which the brand is already well known, but adding new colours and surprising surface effects.  The highlight is the Infinity range which delivers a striking...

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Novoceram's Origami puzzle explained

Novoceram's Origami puzzle explained

If you were one of many visitors mystified by the origami birds found throughout Cersaie 2017, (or thought you had inadvertently stepped onto the set of a re-make of Blade Runner) here's an explanation.  They were the work of Novoceram,...

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Extragres 2.0: Versatile, durable, functional

Extragres 2.0: Versatile, durable, functional

Casalgrande Padana has gathered up all its 20mm thick tile ranges to create Extragres 2.0: monolithic tiles in porcelain stoneware, square-edged, and rectified, with a non-slip surface, ideal for outdoor paving.   With an extensive range of colours and surfaces to cater...

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Caesar stresses tile creativity at Maison&Object

Caesar stresses tile creativity at Maison&Object

Under the glamorous spotlights of the Parc des Expositions in North Paris, Ceramiche Caesar has just displayed its designer tiles at Maison&Objet Paris.  The Italian manufacturer showcased its latest new porcelain stoneware collections, which combine aesthetic value and technical functionality. Caesar...

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Moroccan flavours from the Big Apple

Moroccan flavours from the Big Apple

New from renowned USA-retailer Nemo Tile + Stone is Aster, a Moroccan-inspired collection of porcelain tiles in three colourways - Classic, Black and White, and Colors.   Aster is suitable for both wall and floor applications  with each colourway is available...

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Parkside open showroom in Chelsea

Parkside open showroom in Chelsea

Parkside has opened its first UK showroom in Chelsea Cross.  This new contemporary porcelain and ceramic tile showroom sees two tile stalwarts, Mark Williams and Richard France, collaborating to create a dynamic architectural tile concept that aims to engage visitors’...

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Ceramique Internationale adds finishing touches to historic London pub

Ceramique Internationale adds finishing touches to historic London pub

Ceramique Internationale has used its experience in pub and bar design to add the finishing touches to an historic London pub, The Spotted Horse in Putney. Ceramique Internationale worked with leisure design experts Fusion by Design on the renovation, specifying tiles...

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Real Stone and Tile’s showroom investment

Real Stone and Tile’s showroom investment

Real Stone & Tile has invested in their Cheadle showroom to enhance the experience for their customers.  Nine new room displays, including five product displays, have been created to offer a more immersive experience.  The store has also upgraded the...

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Tecnargilla is set fair for success in 2018

Tecnargilla is set fair for success in 2018

Nine months prior to opening, Tecnargilla, the world’s top tile manufacturing fair, already looks set for success, with broad international representation and impressive numbers both in terms of exhibiting companies and anticipated visitors. Registrations have already been received from the most...

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Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola invests in Continua+

Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola invests in Continua+

Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola started up a new Continua+ line from Sacmi in 2017; the first step in a three-year €40 million investment project. The company also fired up a new 140-metre Eko kiln that will serve both the new line...

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Faboce chooses Multigecko as its end-of-line solution

Faboce chooses Multigecko as its end-of-line solution

After commissioning three Creadigit E digital printers at its facilities in Tarija, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra in early 2017, Bolivian ceramic tile manufacturer Faboce has again chosen System technology for the modernisation of its end-of-line department. Specifically, it...

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Catalan Ceramics commissions new line from Sacmi

Catalan Ceramics commissions new line from Sacmi

As part of an investment plan aimed at expanding its portfolio in the high-end segment, Vietnamese tile manufacturer Catalan Ceramics has commissioned Sacmi to supply a new production line for medium- and large-format glazed tiles spanning all stages from the...

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Portobello invests in a digital future

Portobello invests in a digital future

At Ceramica Portobello the latest two Durst Gamma digital printers are now up and running; bringing to 15 the number of Gamma range printing systems in operation at the facility of Brazil’s largest ceramic tile manufacturer. The partnership between Portobello and...

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UK construction industry growth falters

UK construction industry growth falters

The UK’s Construction sector had an underwhelming Q4 2017 with only a 2.26% growth in sales and a 2.28% rise in failed businesses, according to the Creditsafe Watchdog Report. The report tracks quarterly economic developments across construction and 11 other sectors.   The report showed that the...

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Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends 2018 Part 4

Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends 2018 Part 4

Taking a cue from the recent revival in 1970's décor, interior styling sees a real shake up this year with the mixing and matching of patterns and colours.  This is the last of Tile Trader’s top tile trends.  The company...

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Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends 2018 Part 3

Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends 2018 Part 3

Continuing Tile Trader‘s analysis of the top tile design trends for interiors in 2018, the company has identified Wabi-Sabi as a breaking trend.  This is an eclectic look: a cool mix of Scandi and Japanese simplicity and style.  One benefit...

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Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends 2018 Part 2

Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends 2018 Part 2

According to Tile Trader, another of the hot design directions for 2018 will be home owners seeking to transform the bathroom with a luxury resort vibe.  This year, home owners will seek to recreate the elegance of a boutique spa...

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Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends for 2018

Tile Trader's Interior Design Trends for 2018

On-line retailer Tile Trader is the latest company to flag up what it feels will be the top 2018 Interior Design Trends for tiles.  As ever, the New Year brings with it fresh opportunities for home owners to reinvent and...

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Fourth production  line for Neolith

Fourth production line for Neolith

Neolith is creating a fourth production line to meet  the rapid increase in global demand for the brand’s sintered stone surfaces.  The new line, based at Neolith’s HQ in Castellon, Spain, will commence operation in early 2018 and will almost...

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Tile Mountain among The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones To Watch 10

Tile Mountain among The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones To Watch 10

Stoke-on-Trent based online tile retailer Tile Mountain has been awarded a place in The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones To Watch 10.  This represents companies whose sales are set to grow rapidly in the future.   Jeremy Harris, Managing Director, commented:...

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Talasey Group announces the winners of its Landscaping Professional Awards

Talasey Group announces the winners of its Landscaping Professional Awards

Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Talasey Group, said: “The awards are our way of recognising our members’ loyalty and is also an opportunity to showcase some of their inspirational exterior designs that have been created with our products...

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Marazzi's Evolutionmarble features in luxury Polish resort & spa

Marazzi's Evolutionmarble features in luxury Polish resort & spa

Marazzi has supplied a range of designs, finishes and tile sizes for the new Hotel Lambert in Poland.  The Hotel Lambert is a modern facility at Ustronie Morskie, a delightful beachfront resort located within the protected landscape of Koszaliński Pas...

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Cotto d’Este tiles specified for SAP’s new Hungarian offices

Cotto d’Este tiles specified for SAP’s new Hungarian offices

Tiles from Cotto d’Este have been chosen by SAP, the German multinational specialists in IT solutions, for the flooring of the new SAP Business Centre in Budapest, Hungary.   The space, designed by the Vikár És Lukács Építészstúdió Kft Studio, used Argerot...

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ASCER President, Isidro Zarzoso passes away

ASCER President, Isidro Zarzoso passes away

Tile of Spain has announced the death of Isidro Zarzoso, President of ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Association).  A very popular and well-known personality in the ceramic tile industry, Zarzoso died on 3rd January, 2018 at the age of...

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Souto de Moura stars at Cevisama's Architecture and Design Forum

Souto de Moura stars at Cevisama's Architecture and Design Forum

Cevisama, which runs from 5th to 9th February at Feria Valencia, continues to develop its value-added events programme for 2018.  This year the Architecture and Interior Design Forum will feature renowned individuals from the fields of interior design and architecture. Among them will...

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Strong growth continues at System Group

Strong growth continues at System Group

Following increases of +15% and +18% in the two-year period 2015-2016, the System Group will close 2017 with 23% growth in consolidated revenues to Euro 530 million.  This is net of the sale of a 60% share in System Logistics...

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Brace of customer conferences for Intact iQ ERP software

Brace of customer conferences for Intact iQ ERP software

Intact Software recently held two customer conferences for its leading ERP software product, Intact iQ, in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin; and Mercedes Benz World, Surrey.  The conferences’ theme was using Intact iQ to elevate customers’ businesses. CEO, Justin Lawless explained that...

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SCCB’s Centre of Excellence status renewed

SCCB’s Centre of Excellence status renewed

The Tile Association has announced that South and City College Birmingham has had its status as a TTA Centre of Excellence renewed for a further period up to June 2021.  This follows a TTA audit carried out during the summer,...

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Travis Perkins’ apprentices take a pit stop to ramp up their careers

Travis Perkins’ apprentices take a pit stop to ramp up their careers

UK builders' merchant Travis Perkins took over the Silverstone F1 pits from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th November to train up their apprentices.  In a three-day ‘Apprenticeships Skills to Service Challenge’ more than 135 Travis Perkins apprentices used the F1...

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Mapei UK annouces 2018 product training days

Mapei UK annouces 2018 product training days

Mapei’s free training courses are carried out by a dedicated, award winning team of training experts. Their extensive knowledge, coupled with Mapei’s experience in manufacturing industry-leading products, ensures Mapei offers informative training sessions which contain up-do-date information for industry regulars,...

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Entries sought for the Natural Stone Awards 2018

Entries sought for the Natural Stone Awards 2018

Stone Federation Great Britain has announced that entry for the Natural Stone Awards 2018 is now open.  The Awards is a biennial event and is established as the most prestigious awards event in the UK natural stone industry's calendar.  The...

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Acquisition of Domus by Headlam Group PLC

Acquisition of Domus by Headlam Group PLC

Following an in-depth process of investigation and evaluation, the acquisition of Domus by Headlam Group PLC was completed on Wednesday 6th December 2017. Headlam is Europe’s largest distributor of floorcoverings, having grown significantly via organic growth and acquisition since 1992. The...

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Iris Dunbar is awarded The IFI Fellowship Medal

Iris Dunbar is awarded The IFI Fellowship Medal

Iris Dunbar, founder of The Interior Design School, based in London’s Queens Park, has been awarded the IFI Fellowship Medal which recognises exemplary international achievement in interior design and honours those who lead, connect, inspire, enrich and influence the profession...

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Geometrics a go-go

Geometrics a go-go

Geometrics are a key interiors trend for 2018 and that, together with the vogue for all things Art Deco, means zigzag patterns are back in a big way. With chevrons having replaced offset brick tiles as the wall decoration...

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Housebuilding stalls after a summer boom

Housebuilding stalls after a summer boom

After a positive summer for housebuilding with more than £7 billion of housing contracts awarded between June and August, the sector experienced a cooler autumn with figures decreasing by 10% and falling for the second month in a row.    The latest...

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Kerakoll #HappyTiler Campaign

Kerakoll #HappyTiler Campaign

Biogel adhesives make for happy tilers – there are only two products in the revolutionary new range of gel adhesives: Biogel No Limits, as standard set adhesive in powder form, and Biogel Extreme which is a two part adhesive.  They...

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Sealux HydroHALT shower seal wins Architect’s Choice award

Sealux HydroHALT shower seal wins Architect’s Choice award

Sealux has been awarded ‘Best Interior Product’ at the annual Architecture and Building Expo 2017 in Dublin for its revolutionary new HydroHALT shower tray and bath joint sealing system.   Gerard Robinson, Sealux’s Managing Director, says: “We thought the Architecture and Building...

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Xaar technology moves 3D printing towards volume manufacturing

Xaar technology moves 3D printing towards volume manufacturing

This year’s InPrint show in Munich saw Xaar’s Chris Noble highlight how inkjet – and Xaar technology, in particular – is transforming 3D Printing from a prototype industry to volume production.  During his conference talk “Opportunities in 3D Printing for...

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Wacker opens new Technical Centre in Istanbul

Wacker opens new Technical Centre in Istanbul

Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its range of services in Turkey by opening a technical centre for construction, textile and consumer-care applications in Istanbul.  The facility will serve as an application and test laboratory for polymeric binders and silicones.  This new...

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Lighting the Way at Surface Design Show 2018

Lighting the Way at Surface Design Show 2018

Light School will be hosted within Surface Design Show 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London from 6th to 8th February 2018. The revealing programme of talks from the UK’s leading lighting experts along with the newest innovations in...

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Trading performance of tile production equipment manufacturers continues to improve

Trading performance of tile production equipment manufacturers continues to improve

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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PWTAG launches updated Swimming Pool Water Book

PWTAG launches updated Swimming Pool Water Book

PWTAG’s much-anticipated new book - the third edition of Swimming Pool Water: treatment and quality standards for pools and spas - was launched on 22nd November at The Drayton Manor Hotel in Tamworth. Over 160 delegates attended an all-day launch seminar...

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Victoria acquires Spanish tile giant Keraben

Victoria acquires Spanish tile giant Keraben

Victoria’s Chairman, Geoff Wilding, who has overseen an expansion drive since taking over the business five years ago, said: "We believe that Keraben is a high-quality addition to the group.  Notwithstanding its further strong organic growth prospects, the acquisition of...

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RGB's Wayne Brooks completes Great West Run for charity

RGB's Wayne Brooks completes Great West Run for charity

Wayne Brooks, who works for RGB Building Supplies’ Wellington branch, recently completed the Great West Run in Exeter and raised £225 for Children’s Hospice South West.   The event saw Wayne run 13.1 miles down country lanes and through the city centre...

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Marca Corona at Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up

Marca Corona at Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up

Marca Corona attended Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up (8th November 2017) at Home House, London to present its brand-new collections to top and emerging hoteliers, designers and industry suppliers.   Marca Corona's wide range of concrete, stone, marble, metal, wood and 3D-effect collections enables designers to give...

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Tile and Bathroom Suite retailer supports homeless community

Tile and Bathroom Suite retailer supports homeless community

Cheadle-based Real Stone & Tile has joined forces with The Wellspring Stockport charity; an organisation which supports homeless and disadvantaged people living in Stockport and the surrounding areas.   Earlier in the year, Leigh Price co-director of Real Stone & Tile launched...

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Impey Announces 2018 ‘We Are Wetrooms’ Training Tour Dates

Impey Announces 2018 ‘We Are Wetrooms’ Training Tour Dates

Now entering its third year, Impey’s ‘We Are Wetrooms’ installation training tour continues to grow in popularity.  During 2018 Impey’s specialist wetroom training event will visit nine locations, giving plumbers, bathroom installers and tilers the opportunity to develop or refresh...

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Caesarstone running 40%-off price promotion

Caesarstone running 40%-off price promotion

Caesarstone UK is pleased to announce a promotion throughout November, offering up to 40% off selected colours and finishes.  For a very limited time only, classic colours from current collections will be available at discounted prices, exclusively for fabricators.   UK Managing...

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Waxman Ceramics Architectural Tiles unveils new showroom

Waxman Ceramics Architectural Tiles unveils new showroom

Waxman Ceramics Architectural Tiles has opened a brand new showroom specifically designed to showcase the company's extensive range of architectural tiles.  Available by appointment only; architects, housebuilders, and other industry professionals are invited to visit the new architectural tiles showroom, to...

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North East is the UK’s slowest property market

North East is the UK’s slowest property market

Sunderland is the slowest-moving property market in the UK, with 28.5% of properties currently advertised for sale, first listed at least six months ago, according to research conducted by online estate agents HouseSimple.com. Liverpool (24.9%), Bradford (19.8%), Middlesbrough (19.8%) and...

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BAL relaunches popular five-day training course

BAL relaunches popular five-day training course

Following a surge in requests from tilers and contractors, BAL have relaunched their intensive five day wall and floor tiling course.  Held at BAL’s Innovation and Technology Centre, the course combines modern training techniques - including presentation, workshops, demonstrations -...

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Trimline & Kerakoll to run evening refresher on Bio

Trimline & Kerakoll to run evening refresher on Bio

The Trimline Group and Kerakoll are jointly hosting an evening Technical Refresher Course on Wednesday 15th November 2017 from 6.30pm t0 8.30pm.  It will be held at the London Elstree Holiday Inn Hotel, Barnett Bypass, Borehamwood,  London  WD6 5PU. This informative...

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France's premier building show opens next week

France's premier building show opens next week

The top French construction show Batimat is a multi-specialist and international exhibition focusing on building and architecture.  This year’s event takes place from 6th to 10th Novovember at the Parc des expositions, Villepint, Paris Nord, France. The show aims to bring...

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Ripples seeks new franchisees to cope with growing demand

Ripples seeks new franchisees to cope with growing demand

Established in 1988, Ripples is now one of the most respected bathroom retailers in the UK.  The company’s founding partners have over 40 years of industry experience and Ripples’ proven franchise model has been successfully operating for nearly 20 years.   All...

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Blanc De Bierges makes plaques to honour war heroes

Blanc De Bierges makes plaques to honour war heroes

"A lot of our work sees us making steps and paving slabs for large commercial and public projects such as schools, universities and large office complexes.  One of our most recent projects saw us provide paving slabs for the plaza at Brighton’s...

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Design, build, maintain

Design, build, maintain

This is the ethos of the new edition of FutureScape, which will be taking place at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher on 14th November. Delegates, including architects and designers, will be engaged in a day of live debates and seminars dedicated...

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Rapid growth in Italian ceramic tile sector

Rapid growth in Italian ceramic tile sector

2016 international financial data analysed by the Acimac Research Department reveals that the Italian ceramic tile industry continued its process of consolidation and posted significant growth in 2016. The results were especially positive compared to those of companies in the...

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Free Report for Survey Participants

Free Report for Survey Participants

ITC (The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica, Spain) is currently conducting a survey of the current state of the UK ceramic tile distribution sector; a research project funded by IVACE and Feder Funds. ITC would like to invite all UK tile distributors...

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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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Headline speakers announced for 100% Design

Headline speakers announced for 100% Design

'Talks with 100% Design' returns with an unbeatable line-up of the biggest names and topics in the industry.  All talks are free for registered visitors and provide a forum for conversations, inspiration, tips and ideas. Highlight sessions include:  one by leading...

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New Pearl using technology from System to enter the mega-format ceramic panel segment

New Pearl using technology from System to enter the mega-format ceramic panel segment

New Pearl, the largest ceramic tile manufacturer in China, has selected Lamgea technology from System to enter the mega-format ceramic panel segment, aiming to become the leading local producer in this new product category. The Lamgea mouldless press will be installed...

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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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