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Trailblazing Designs in Ceramic Tile Set Trends at Cersaie 2006
As the largest ceramic tile tradeshow in the world, Cersaie is the place where design trends for the coming year are forged, with manufacturers competing to command the attention of designers and consumers. This year’s show featured trailblazing designs that should help tile maintain its remarkable growth during the coming year. From futuristic cubist designs and retro flavors to traditional hand-painted tiles, Cersaie 2006 truly offered something for everybody.

by John Moore

6 Technical Training Schools & Seminars

Tile Troubleshooting:
Ceramic Tile in Showers: Opportunities and Challenges

The Tile Council of North America recently held a board of directors meeting in Naples, Florida. In addition to benefiting from the exchange of ideas with some of the best minds in our industry, we were treated to a presentation by Michael Carliner, staff vice president in economics of the National Association of Homebuilders. Michael offered an enlightening glimpse into the current housing and remodeling situation and provided some forecasts for the future.

by Bart Bettiga

Tecnargilla’s 20th: a staging area for technology
More than 30,000 visitors from over 100 countries gathered recently at Tecnargilla’s 20th exhibition held in Rimini, Italy, an international trade show of technologies and supplies for the ceramic and brick industries.

Sloan joins NTCA as training director
The National Tile Contractors Association has named Gerald Sloan director of training. The 24-year veteran will be responsible for conducting training programs and workshops around the country for tile contractors and installers. Sloan succeeds Justin Woelfel, Jr., who resigned in August to pursue other opportunities.

Hakatai’s new web tool combines blends
In helping architects, designers and homeowners create tile blends and gradients from various color options, Hakatai Enterprises’ website now features the Combined Custom Blending Tool.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Smyth recognized by TCAA
The Tile Contractors Association of America recently honored Robert L. Smyth with the Giacomo DeLazzero Lifetime Achievement Award at TCAA’s 98th annual convention in San Francisco. Smyth, who founded Western Tile and Marble with his uncle 50 years ago, has played a key role in the association since joining in 1963.

Art Tile Collection
Glass Sinks, Glass Tile, Glass Style! All created for your clients to your specifications, or from stock designs, for full tile installations or accents, sinks to lighting and other accessories.

Bonsal provides preformed niches
Bonsal preformed niches occupy ‘in wall’ designs, enabling them to be installed with the same tiles as surrounding walls, according to the company.

Bullet Tools
Bullet Tools introduces the TurboShearFC. The tool attaches to any AC or cordless drill, allowing mobility for working.

Custom’s new tile and stone mortars
Custom Building Products introduces its MegaLite Crack Prevention Mortar and ProLite Tile and Stone Mortar.

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