TTA lobbies for the removal of  anti-dumping duties on porcelain tiles

TTA lobbies for the removal of anti-dumping duties on porcelain tiles

March 2020

The Tile Association is lobbying for the removal of EU Anti-Dumping Duties (ADD) levied on the imports of wall and floor tiles from the People’s Republic of China.  It has written to the Department for International Trade saying these are anti-competitive barriers to trade which serve no purpose in a post-Brexit economy.

The current EU duty, known as AD560, is set at rates varying between 30.6% and 69.7%.  The Department for International Trade has stated that these duties will remain in place even after the UK leaves the EU.  However the UK’s withdrawal from the EU opens up the possibility of the UK establishing its own national tariff system regarding the import of foreign-made products.

TTA believes the removal of anti-competitive barriers to trade on porcelain tiles, in the first in-stance, will benefit the UK tile distribution sector and UK customers, by reducing costs on these products.

The intention of the EU ‘Trade Remedy Measures’ has been to protect the interests of European producers from the anti-competitive practice of dumping low cost foreign-made products on to the market.  The levies currently apply equally to both ceramic and porcelain tiles, particularly those sourced from The People’s Republic of China.

However, there are no UK manufacturers of porcelain tiles.  So TTA is supporting its members involved in the retail and distribution of porcelain tiles, who are pushing for abolition of the tariff. As applied to porcelain tiles, the duty will serve no purpose once the Brexit transition period ends, since:

  1. There is no domestic manufacturing base of porcelain tiles to protect.
  2. The existing duty means retail prices on porcelain tiles are held artificially high.
  3. The high prices disadvantage retailers of porcelain tiles.
  4. The high prices disadvantage consumers.
  5. Maintaining the current Duty prevents retailers and consumers from enjoying the earliest possible benefits of Brexit.

AD560 is due for review by the EU in November 2022, in any case, at which point the Government will set up a new UK Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate, which will be empowered to adjust or remove any duties being levied in the UK market.

“However this is an unacceptably long delay and we are supporting our retail members who are calling for an earlier review,” says Paul Luff, TTA Chairman.
“AD560, as applied to porcelain tiles, benefits no one in the UK market – whether manufacturer, distributor or consumer.”

TTA Awards: 2020 shortlist unveiled

With just a couple of weeks until the TTA Awards on Friday 27th March at The Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the excitement continues to build regarding who has won the various categories.  

The judging process is now complete.  Many thanks both to our illustrious panel of judges and also to all those who participated in the public vote.

Many thanks to our Gold sponsors for this year. They are: Banks & Lloyd, Jackoboard, Mapei, Norcros Adhesives, Palace Chemicals, PCS, Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd., Tilemaster Adhesives, Trimline Group, UltraTileFix and Verona. Silver sponsors are CITB and Lithofin.

The full shortlist is as follows:
Best Commercial Project – Small
Craven Dunnill Jackfield for The Tiled Corridor, Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Palace Chemicals for International Centre for Life, Newcastle
Parkside for the Juno Rooms, London
Pro-Tilers UK Wall & Floor for The Residence, Deansgate, Manchester
Stortford Tiling & Marble for Building 4650, Oxford Business Park, Oxford
Best Commercial Project - Large    
Ardex and Dyson-Briggs for Butlins, Bognor Regis
Mapei for The Royal Pavilion Spa, Dorchester
Saint-Gobain Weber for International Advanced Manufacturing Park, Tyne & Wear
South Coast Stone for International Convention Centre Wales
Stone & Ceramic for 6 and 7 Southbank Place, London
WB Simpson & Sons for Ray Building, Farringdon Road, London
Best Domestic Project    
Arrow Tiling for 75 Eaton Square, Belgravia
Boss Contract Solutions for a domestic installation
Ceramic Tile Merchants for a barn conversion in East Yorkshire
Kerakoll for The Pool House, Warwickshire
Laticrete UK for the Wentworth Estate
Best E-Commerce Website/App    
Tile Choice    
Tile Mountain    
Trimline Group    
Best Environmental Initiative    
Building Adhesives    
Jackon UK    
Best Heritage Project    
Armatile for St Comgall's Parish, Bangor, Co Down
Building Adhesives for the restoration of Ullet Road Unitarian Church, Liverpool
Palace Chemicals for The Loft
Pontcanna Tiling for Merches Gardens, Grangetown
Best Innovation    
Building Adhesives for Enhanced Standard Set Technology
Kerakoll for Fugabella Color
Laticrete for Hydro Ban
Mosa Tiles for Pattern Generator and Mosa Viewer
Tilemaster Adhesives for Tilemaster External Leveller
Employee of the Year    
Jess Banks from Jackon UK
Lisa Jordan from House of Mosaics
Sean Martin from Tilemaster Adhesives
Vicky Biggs from Mosa Tiles

Excellence in Marketing    
Building Adhesives for MUDD
House of Mosaics for the launch of Fiesta
UltraTileFix for 'Win a Holiday of a Lifetime'
Verona     for the Al Fresco trade marketing campaign
Walls and Floors for its 2019 marketing campaign
Excellence in Retail    
Casa Ceramica    
East Midlands Ceramics    
Tile Choice    
Tile Mountain    
Excellence in Supply & Services    
Craven Dunnill Group    
Norcros Adhesives    
Trimline Group    
Excellence in Tile Contracting    
Dyson-Briggs & Sons    
Pro-Tilers UK Wall & Floor    
Floor Tile of the Year    
Casa Ceramica for Mixture
Craven Dunnill & Co for Fellstone
Royal Mosa for Global Collection
N&C for Polished Sugi Wood
RAK Ceramics for Detroit Metal
Wall Tile of the Year     
Casa Ceramica for Policroma
Craven Dunnill & Co for Lume
House of Mosaics for Fiesta
Parkside for Sequel Vibe
Verona for Definitive
Tile Fixer of the Year    
Andy Carroll, Andy Carroll & Son Tiling
Bradley Gemmell, The Caledonian Tile Company
John Simons, V-TA Architectural Tiling

Three fixers in the running for the top tiling prize
This year three fixers are shortlisted for the top prize in tiling – Tile Fixer of the Year.  As usual we are featuring short profiles of each of the shortlisted fixers.

Andy Carroll
Manchester-based tiler Andy Carroll has worked ‘on the tools’ for 21 years. He started his career as an apprentice, going on to complete an NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling.

In 1999 Andy started his own tiling business, which has been successfully trading in the Manchester and North West area, completing over 2,000 projects to date. Andrew Carroll (junior) joined the business in 2011 and has since been learning and perfecting the trade under the guidance of his father. Andy (senior) is as passionate about developing the next generation as he is about his own tiling work.  

Andy Carroll & Son Tiling carry out all their work to British Standards. They are TTA members, CSCS registered and are also listed by Tameside Trading Standards as a trusted trader. They are also endorsed by UltraTileFix, a partnership which promotes best practice via demos and videos, as well as product research through testing.

Andy is also an industry advocate. A keen social media user, he has over 3,850 followers on Twitter. He uses this platform not only to promote his own work, but to network within the industry. Offering advice, support and reviews, @ACTiling is well known and a source of the latest products, technologies and techniques which many engage with.  

In 2017 Andy was called as an industry expert to advise on the Judge Rinder ITV show. His technical advice was critical to securing damages for the client whose kitchen floor had been poorly laid and left unfinished and uneven.

John Simons
John Simons started a three-year City & Guilds tiling apprenticeship at Stockwell Building College in London, straight after school 34 years ago. From there he was sponsored by Parkinson’s Wall & Floor Tiling Contractors, while he took the CITB qualification. Once he had finished his apprenticeship, he worked for himself for about eight years.

He then decided he needed a new challenge and started working as a sub-contractor for large tiling contractors often as tiling foreman for particular jobs. These included Carters, The Tiling Company, Jonathan James, Magna Tiling and Wilson & Wylie.

For the last 12 years, he has been working for himself, tiling both new builds and refurbishment projects, and works alongside some of the top tile showrooms in London, such as Capitol Designer Studios and World’s End Tiles.

Even though he has been in the business for over three decades, John says that he is still learning, as the industry evolves, for example the growth in the size of tiles with large format panels now becoming increasingly popular has meant learning new techniques.

Bradley Gemmell
You could say that Bradley Gemmell has tiling in the blood. His father was a tiler and Bradley stated helping him out at weekends when he was still at school. From the earliest age, Bradley always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a tiler himself.

He gained enough experience and enthusiasm for the trade while working for his father, that he was able to start his own apprenticeship. Now 27 years old, he feels it was really important that he learned at a young age not only the different installation techniques, but also about the tiling industry as a whole.

He underwent a four-year apprenticeship, during which time he installed tiles on his own, while under the supervision of his father. He learned all the basics of the profession, including first aid training, and also carried out large format tile training with Porcelanosa.

Soon Bradley was installing tiling in showrooms to a very high standard all over Scotland. Now he runs his own business – Caledonian Tile Company – which specialises in high end installations all over the UK in both residential and commercial properties.

Projects of which he is particularly proud include:

  • Dumfries House (with support from The Prince’s Trust)
  • Fairmont Hotel
  • The Scotsman Hotel
  • The Thistle Hotel
  • Sanctuary House
  • Warner Brothers Studio
  • Porcelanosa showrooms
  • Ideal Home Show exhibitions

Bradley has a website for his business at and has also recently started an Instagram and a Facebook page.

Last chance to get tickets for TTA Awards 2020
If you have not got your tickets yet for TTA Awards in Birmingham on 27th March, this really is your last chance.

Individual tickets cost £175 + VAT, with a table of 10 at £1,575 + VAT. A second table of 10 is available at a discounted rate of £1400 + VAT.

For more detailed information on the venue, please visit the TTA Awards website at To book places please email or phone 0300 365 8453.

Visit The Tiling Show on Friday 27th March
For 2020 the Show is back bigger and better than ever before, with the support of Tile Doctor as sole event sponsor.

The Show will take place in the Kings Suite of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, a bigger space than last year. For anybody in the tiling business, this will be one exhibition of the year that you really need to attend.

Free car parking will be available for all visitors for four hours right outside the Show venue, subject to availability. Complimentary tea and coffee will also be available to visitors and exhibitors throughout the day.

The Show will be open for all to visit and TTA expects to welcome visitors from all sectors of the industry - independent fixers, major tiling contractors, retailers and architects. TTA is additionally running a couple of special attractions for fixers and contractors. Fixers who pre-register and attend will be able to claim a complimentary goody bag containing really useful products from exhibitors at the Show.

Full information relating to the Tiling Show can be found on the website at or by contacting TTA on 0300 365 8453 or emailing

The main Tile Doctor website is at:

Start your Awards day with a round of golf
With all the excitement of the Awards ahead of you, what better way of starting off the day than a round of golf at The Marriott Forest of Arden Golf & Country Club, Warwickshire!

This year’s TTA Golf Day will take place on Friday 27th March, with the Awards themselves being presented that evening.  The Golf Day will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with industry colleagues for 18 holes of golf.

Over the years this course – which is now well-known to TTA members – has played host to seven English Opens and five British Masters. Colin Montgomery, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke have been amongst the illustrious winners here. And it is just 20 minutes away from the Awards venue.

The Golf Day starts at 8.30am for tea, coffee and bacon rolls, with tee-off time at 9.42am. The cost is £70 inc VAT.

To book places for the golf day please email Places are limited, so book early to guarantee your spot.

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