World’s Largest Tile Show (CERSAIE) Returns to Bologna, Italy

The 35th edition of Cersaie—the most important international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—will take place at the Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy from September 25-29, 2017. The show is attracts over 800 exhibitors from around the world including architects, interior designers, tile installers, distributors, and media. Cersaie is organized by Edi.Cer SpA and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in collaboration with Bologna Fiere.

With over 800 companies unveiling their latest products to the world (from porcelain tiles ranging from 3-30mm thick to solar roof tiles and antibacterial ceramics) as well as inspiring vignettes, and a robust conference program featuring Pritzker Prize winning architects, Cersaie is a must-attend event for tile professionals and design trade.


Cersaie’s annual conference and seminar series Building, Dwelling, Thinking will include notable figures from the international architecture and design community. Award-winning Chilean architect Sebastián Irarrázaval will be a guest speaker, alongside the talented Elisa Valero Ramos from Spain. Most recognizable today for his Caterpillar House, Irarrázaval has represented Chile three times at the Venice Biennale and is a winner of numerous awards including aoa (asociación de oficinas de arquitectura de chile) award in 1999 as best young architect. Ramos specializes in bio-climatic and energy saving design, as well as educational architecture.

The winners of the Ceramics of Italy Journalism Award and next year’s Beautiful Ideas contest winner will be announced during the International Press Conference, which will take place on Monday, September 25 at the beautiful Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo.

Cer-Sail – Italian Style Concept—a 1,500 sq meter collective exhibition curated by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli—will explore the vision of an ideal port inspired by classic Greek and Latin examples, as places of trade and cultural exchange.

Inspired by the popular 70s Italian show from which it gets its name, Milleluci, will be an exhibition and event space for the public to engage in a multisensory journey of different theatrical atmospheres.

The 6th edition of Cersaie designs your home will be held on Thursday & Friday, September 28-29, where leading Italian interior design magazine professionals offer a consulting service to consumers on their personal design projects.

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SOLID Care announces strategic alignment with FILA USA

SOLID Care has formed a best practice partnership with FILA, to provide combined world-class application and chemistry expertise for natural surface maintenance and restoration programs.  Working in tandem, SOLID Care’s team of skilled craftsman will utilize FILA’s award-winning range of surface care solutions, for projects spanning from post-installation cleans to restoration programs.   The service will be available for commercial clients throughout the US.

Both SOLID Care and FILA share a commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible practices and are pioneers in green care solutions for tile and stone surfaces, including marble, limestone, porcelain, ceramic, concrete and wood. Key drivers of the partnership will include on-going innovation in sustainable treatments, practices and methods; use of the lowest VOC products; extension of product life; reduced resource consumption and landfill impact; and product and package recycling.

“We are extremely excited to announce our alignment with FILA. The partnership of these two best in class brands fills a void in the industry for proactive maintenance and protection of stone and tile products, and will drive customer delight through enhanced product performance and appearance retention. Only through the combination of world-class chemistries and application methods, delivered with a client-centric management approach, can long-term client satisfaction be assured. Our partnership closes the loop in the product lifecycle,” comment SOLID Care President, Mike Crippen.

Jeff Moen, Sales & Marketing Director at FILA USA added, “FILA is pleased to finally “close the circle” of problem solving, from chemical recommendation to professional application of the solution.  We’re also excited to offer ongoing maintenance to keep surfaces performing as specified, using FILA chemicals and SOLID Care applicators.  The manufacturer, distributor and end user all benefit from this turnkey solution.”

To find out more, please contact:

FILA’s toll-free technical line on 844-FILA123, call FILA USA at 305-513-0708 or visit

Remembering Dave Yarborough: 11/27/30 – 6/30/17

David Yarborough and his company D&B Tile are long time members of NTCA. His family was honored by the association several years ago with our Joe A. Tarver Service to the Industry Award.

The construction industry lost a giant June 30 with the passing of Dave Yarborough. He was co-founder of D&B Tile Distributors, one of the largest and most respected companies in South Florida and is known worldwide in the tile industry for his humble presence and leadership. Married at 16 to Betty Marley, he was a child of the Great Depression. He saw, at an early age, the bright future for quality porcelain and ceramic tile, stone and marble for businesses, condominiums and individual homes in South Florida.

He was a leader in the industry and was In addition, he was active in a number of construction-related trade associations including the Associated Builders & Contractors and the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA). This is an international association of distributors, manufacturers and allied professionals of ceramic tile and related products. He was installed in this organization’s Hall of Fame, an extremely notable recognition. It was with these organizations and in his own business that he stressed the need for continuing education for all in the industry and particularly for those who worked with and for him. He could see the virtually unlimited demand for these products at an early age and developed a chain of nine locations throughout South Florida.

His business practices led his company through difficult times and placed D&B Tile Distributors at the top of a very competitive industry. His commitment to community service was legendary as he quietly donated tile, stone and marble to various charities, including churches, Boys and Girls’ Clubs and Habitat for Humanity. He was truly a man of the people and knew most of his employees by their first name and found time to know them on an individual basis. His first wife Betty, the “B” in D&B Tile, passed away in 2006. He is survived by his present wife, Annette and his children David William (Bill), Cindy Marie Helen (Bell), Harold George and Betty Ann Yarborough in addition to nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.  Step Children Michele Penrod, Tracie Higney and Michelle Penrod.

Dave was a 32nd degree Mason, a measure of how he lived his life. Architects, engineers, designers, contractors, business owners and homeowners in South Florida have been impacted by Dave Yarborough in more ways than they know. He will be missed and remembered.
His memorial will be held July 21st at 4:00 p.m.
Charity donation in lieu of Flowers – In Memory of David Arthur Yarborough to The Humane Society of Broward County 2070 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33312