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BOE: “Best of Everything” bursts onto the scene

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In this interview, “Best of Everything” president Rick Baldini introduces his new company and explains the advantages it brings to the industry.

So Rick, please explain your new business model or concept. What is “Best Of Everything”?

Our Best of Everything model is not really a new concept, but more of an implementation of a couple of proven business concepts. Basically, there are two elements: 1). Build strong individual, high quality brands of installation accessories; and 2). Reduce the cost and simplify the process for getting those brands to our customers. Over the course of my 30-plus years in the tile and stone industry, I recognized the opportunity to develop a synergistic family of “the best brands” of specialty installation products. This concept has been perfected and implemented in other industries by a number of highly successful companies such as MASCO and Proctor & Gamble. But, in our industry, we have not yet seen the family of brands concept. By the way to have a little fun, we are calling Best Of Everything by its initials BOE and pronouncing it as “Bowie.”

Funny. But there are a already number of companies that supply products across a number of different installation categories.

You are absolutely right and that is precisely, why I am convinced BOE will be highly successful. Let me explain. The other companies that supply products across a number of categories often do so under one brand name. It has been proven over and over again that strong brands drive sales and profitability. But it has also been proven that brand extensions often lead to brand confusion and the loss of identity. In our industry, we have seen numerous situations in which smaller successful specialty brands have been acquired by larger companies. And in many — but clearly not all cases — over time the specialty brands are integrated into the larger company and that once happens, the successful brand either goes away or at the very least, becomes markedly less important. With BOE, we will keep the individual company brands separate and focus on the specific factors that will make them successful in each of their specialty installation product categories. However, we will also promote the benefits of having the individual brands as part of BOE family of companies.

So what exactly is BOE then?

Think of BOE as a highly-effective sales logistic company supplying wholesale distributors in the tile and stone industry with the best installation accessory brands. It is sort of like a one-stop shop for specialty installation products. That means distributors will only have one purchase order, one invoice, one sales rep and one key point of contact for multiple companies. And with the combination of the numerous product brands, BOE will be able to ship them all together with free freight (with low to no combined minimum order quantities). This will help distributors with their inventory turns as well as cash flow. They will also enjoy transaction cost savings as they will have fewer purchase orders to place and invoices to process and other administrative activities. There will also be volume rebates programs that will make purchasing these brands not only convenient, but even more profitable. In part, the inspiration for BOE comes from a book a friend of mine wrote a number of years ago about his experience transforming a conventional electronics distribution business into a global powerhouse. The title of his book is Free, Perfect and Now: Connecting to the Three Insatiable Customer Demands. My buddy was eminently successful and his book is an inspiring read, but what most stuck with me was the notion of meeting customers’ desire for products that are as cost effective as possible (free), perform exactly as intended (perfect), and available when needed (now). That is what we striving for with our Best Of Everything business model.

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Interesting, so what are the brands that a distributor can purchase through BOE?

Under BOE the brands we will initially have are SpongaUSA, Primo Tools and OMNI, our recently-launched sealer company. I intentionally said “initially,” as the BOE business model “begs” for other “best of” companies to be part of the synergistic family. We are actually working on other companies right now. However, I do not foresee BOE ever entering the setting-material business, even though I actually started in the tile and stone industry — a very long time ago — with a setting material company.

 Okay, tell me about OMNI Sealers. You were previously in the sealer business. Why do you think the industry needs another sealer company?

That is a great question. And in all honesty, I do not think our industry “needs” another sealer company. What I do think is that there is a tremendous opportunity for another sealer company to provide quality products, operate with integrity and provide support to the distributors, dealers and contractors and our industry. By the way, that is really the how and why OMNI Sealers came to be. In one of our many strategy sessions, we asked ourselves what we can bring to the marketplace with OMNI. And thus evolved our company position and tagline: Quality. Integrity. Support. When you asked about our industry needing another sealer company, I cannot help but think back at the decade or so that I was the president of Aqua Mix. I had a great team around me that helped take the great company that Manuel and Jill Magallanes started on a really great run. It was a special time and a very special company –and we had a lot of fun and success along the way. With the sale of the company, I had a non-compete that kept me out of the care-and-maintenance business for quite awhile. As that non-compete has now expired, I could not resist the opportunity to replicate the fun and success we had at Aqua Mix. And with all the positive things going on with SpongaUSA and Primo Tools, it makes perfect sense to use OMNI as the catalyst to launch the BOE family of companies.

So will there be anything unique about the OMNI product line?

The answer is both yes and no. As technology has evolved in the last decade, obviously OMNI products are based on the latest technology. But as much as we tried, the reality is that our technology is not revolutionary or breakthrough, but it certainly is “at least as good” as anything in the market today. That is one of the key benefits of starting fresh; we were able benchmark the competitive marketplace with a deep understanding of what worked in the past. To be sure, we will continue strive for that “game changing” technology. But OMNI does have some pretty unique natural and micro components that have been incorporated into our formulas. Depending on the product, we have found great benefit from the addition of ingredients such as baking soda, lamponite clay, distilled vinegar, essential oils as well as an amazing new surfactant. All of the products will be VOC-compliant and very user-friendly. And with the individual product names, it will be very easy to understand which products are to be used where, when and why.  With our standard 40 colors of Grout Re-Coloring Sealer Kits (colorants), we will have one of broadest designer-oriented coloring offerings available. We also think the bold red and black packaging will be both unique and exciting. We actually used a number of different design groups working in collaboration to develop our brand identity. So in effect, with OMNI we have kept all the good stuff we learned in the past and added some pretty new cool stuff.

Okay, so let’s get back to BOE for a minute. You asked me to think of it as a sales logistic company. Does that mean that the various company’s product brands will be warehoused together?

Yes. While the individual brands are manufactured at various sites around the world, we decided to inventory all of the company’s products at one location in Southern California. Eventually, we would expect to have at least one other distribution center somewhere in the East. But by centralizing all of our brands, we can reduce freight costs and improve service.

Anything else unique about BOE?

I am not sure it would be considered unique as much as implementing “industry best practices.” By that I mean, we want to provide the best possible support to our distributors, dealers and contractors. We have engaged a tile contractor to provide ongoing technical service/support. We are hiring the best sales reps in each territory to get our products placed (still have a couple of openings). We will be implementing a comprehensive social media marketing campaign — something a few short years ago we did not even know existed. In all seriousness, support of our industry associations such as CTDA, NTCA, TCNA and CTEF and their events like the Coverings Trade Show, Total Solutions Plus, and the NTCA Tile & Stone Workshops will be a big part of our focus. And finally, as this industry is so relationship-oriented, we will be spending a lot of time in front of customers sharing our passion for our products and listening for ways to improve the way we supply them with the Best Of Everything.

(Ed. note – visit BOE at Coverings Atlanta, April 29-May 2 at booth 7423 and check out the website at www.BOE-Companies.com.)

 

 

GranQuartz Moves to New Expanded San Leandro Store

San Leandro, CA –March 5, 2013 – GranQuartz,  a leader in the stone tools and equipment market, recently moved into a larger store location to serve  San Leandro, Calif.- area customers. The new location at 2781 Teagarden St. , San Leandro, CA 92805 offers the same great service, more inventories and a larger location.

The San Leandro store is one of 10 GranQuartz stores located across the country. Each store has a complete offering of tools and equipment for the stone, tile and concrete professional.

“We are committed to continually improving our service and shopping experience, making it easier for our customers to find what they need in their area”, said Ted Skaff, director of marketing & communications.

For more information about the new GranQuartz store in Anaheim, California, please visit www.granquartz.com or call 800-458-6222.

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Pearl is Now the Exclusive Supplier of Dongsin Products in the United States

Los Angeles, CA – March 5, 2013 – Pearl Abrasive is now the exclusive supplier of Dongsin products in the U.S. With the exception of the CNC products, you can now purchase all Dongsin products from Pearl.

Pearl has been supplying top quality abrasive tools, diamond tools, equipment and accessories since 1968, with customer satisfaction as its top priority. Pearl strives to provide top quality products at competitive prices, with an experienced sales team that  always gives the best possible service.

The Dongsin product line is a perfect fit to the Pearl line of products, allowing Pearl to offer more of the stone cutting, grinding, shaping and polishing products to better serve its customers.

For more information on our products, please visit  www.pearlabrasive.com.

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TCAA joins CTDA, NTCA and TCNA in hosting Total Solutions Plus 2013

TSP-logo NTCA TCNA CTDA TCAAThe Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) has joined the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to jointly host the 2013 Total Solutions Plus (TSP) October 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

TSP brings the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other.  Initially launched in 2010 the annual event  features a substantial seminar schedule, the individual meetings of participants like CTDA, NTCA,  and TCNA , an increasingly popular tabletop show, and unparalleled opportunities for formal and informal networking.

TSP has benefited from the enthusiastic participation of distributors, manufacturers and contractors. The addition of TCAA adds a welcome dimension to programming and participation. In making the announcement,  Chris Pattavina of TCAA noted: “We are confident that by joining this industry-wide event, TCAA members will receive significant value from substantial  technical and management education offerings on tap for Total Solutions Plus, plus opportunities to learn about the newest industry products and solutions from an expanded pool of vendors.  With a solid program, great social events and a beautiful location, we believe TCAA members will find Total Solutions Plus an informative and enjoyable event.”

Rick Church, executive director of CTDA, said: “We are hoping that this will increase industry participation and attendance this year and create an even better TSP in the future.”

Highlights of Total Solutions Plus 2013 include an insightful pair of keynote presentations. The 2013 opening keynote,” It’s Showtime…and Life Isn’t a Dress Rehearsal,” presented by Jon Petz, reminds attendees that “merely meeting expectations” is no longer enough.  The closing keynote by Mark Scharenbroich is “Nice Bike – Hitting the Road to Make Meaningful Connections.” Scharenbroich successfully mixes thousands of black leather, bandana wearing Harley-Davidson riders, one 100th year anniversary celebration and a beige Ford Taurus to see the Nice Bike principle in action and build stronger and more meaningful connections in your personal and professional lives.

Strategic, Successful Growth Elicits Top-Level Promotions at LATICRETE

 February 17, 2013 —LATICRETE International, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, announced today strategic promotions of several key sales and marketing individuals. LATICRETE has experienced strong growth in North America and International markets over the past 5 years through a deliberate and disciplined approach to fulfilling its long-range strategic vision. According to Ed Metcalf, LATICRETE President, North American Division, “Every LATICRETE team member is aware of and aligned to our overall 5-year goals, and we have benefited greatly through this clear focus on one distinct mission. Happily, as a result of our strong growth in North America, we are strengthening our bench of management talent there through a number of key promotions.”

 Ron Nash has been appointed LATICRETE Vice President, North America Sales & Marketing. Nash, who has been a LATICRETE Team Member since 2004, most recently held the position of Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. His added responsibilities include the LATICRETE Specialty Products Division, as well as the Marketing and Technical Services departments. “I’m looking forward to working even more closely than before with the most talented Marketing and Technical Services teams in the tile industry,” Nash commented. “In particular, I’m excited to work in tandem with them, and with our capable Specialty Products Division team, as we pursue new product categories and new markets in the future.” Metcalf notes, “Ron has shown himself to be both aggressive and creative in crafting the direction for our sales team, and I’m sure this same energy will be as effectively applied to the united team efforts of our combined North America resources.”

Rob Smith has been promoted to LATICRETE Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. A LATICRETE Team Member since joining the firm in 2008, his previous position was that of LATICRETE Assistant Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. He stated, “I am very excited to be at the helm of the best sales force in our industry. I am fortunate to have such a great team of people to work with, from our Reps in the field, to the owners of our company.”  Nash adds, “Rob demonstrated amazingly strong leadership in all of his past roles; I’m looking forward to watching what he does with his new, expanded responsibilities”.

Eric Pucilowski has been promoted to Assistant Director of Sales. Pucilowski, who has been a LATICRETE Team Member since 2004, assumes this new position after holding the title of LATICRETE Regional Sales Manager. “I’m looking forward to the challenges of overseeing both our MVP Program and National Accounts, as well as continuing with some previous regional sales responsibilities.   I feel lucky and honored to have these opportunities.”

Ed Metcalf retains his title of LATICRETE President, North America Division, but will be taking on additional responsibilities as his promotion includes assuming direction of Research & Development as well as Operations with the North America Division. A LATICRETE Team Member since 1985, Metcalf has served on the Board of Directors of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the National Tile Contractors Association, and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. He was the recipient of the Tile Partners for Humanity “Tile Partner of the Year Award”, and in 2011 was inducted into the CTDA Hall of Fame.  “It is a blessing to work with, as I do, so many talented individuals”, says Metcalf. “All share a commitment not only to their jobs, their customers and to the company that they work for, but to each other and to the industry as a whole. LATICRETE International has always been committed to the industry and to the communities around the world within which we operate, and we look forward to continuing our growth in a responsible and sustainable fashion moving ahead”.

LATICRETE International, Inc. provides globally proven construction solutions for the building industry.  LATICRETE® products are manufactured and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Engineered and produced in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of independently certified low VOC sustainable products. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 15! Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

 2013tilecomplogo (2)Confindustria Ceramica – the Italian Association of Ceramics comprised of over 150 Italian ceramic tile manufacturers – and the Italian Trade Commission announce the official call for entries for the 2013 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its 20th year, the competition honors the exceptional work of North American architects and designers who have featured Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality projects. It celebrates the pairing of innovative design ideas and products from leading manufacturers of Italian ceramic tile in creating spaces that are well appointed, versatile, timeless, and sustainable. Recent winners include Fractal Construction, Leo A. Daly and RSP Architects.

For the 20th edition of the competition, North America-based architects and interior designers are invite to submit new or renovated domestic and international projects completed between January 2008 and January 2013. A special panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project; innovative use of tile; tile design; quality of installation; degree to which tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Winners will be announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference during Coverings in Atlanta, Georgia from April 29 – May 2, 2013, where the winners will present their projects to the public. The winning architect/designer in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2013—the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning contractor/tile distributor team in each category.

The Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is completely digital and free to enter. The online application, guidelines and an inspirational archive of winning projects from the past 20 years are available on the competition’s official website www.tilecompetition.com. The deadline for entries was today extended to February 15, 2013.

 

Marazzi launches new “Marazzi Your Space” blog

Marazzi Your Space (www.marazziyourspace.com) is a space on the web to share the latest news from Marazzi and provide updates and suggestions about ceramic and porcelain stoneware products that have made Marazzi famous all over the world.

The new Marazzi blog is dedicated to ceramics, design and architecture. It provides information about references, competitions, events and special collaborations. Here is an online forum where designers and architects, retailers and customers can share ideas, projects, suggestions and comments with Marazzi, each other — and you!

All entries are presented in both Italian and English. The Dialoghi/Dialogues section is designed for professionals, clients, colleagues, friends and partners to upload and publish their profiles, ideas, comments and significant projects, as well as offer ideas for collaborations.

Online right now are posts about the new Marazzi sun screen system in porcelain stoneware, the DB Hotel Verona Airport and Congress – a new structure for the business travel-and interviews with the architects Ariberto Colombo and Marcello Bozzarelli.

Crossville’s Bluestone Collection Featured on ‘Designing Spaces™’ Airing on the Lifetime Network starting this Thursday, January 10

CROSSVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2013 – Tune in to Designing Spaces™ airing on Lifetime this week to see the national home improvement show give the McKamey Animal Shelter in Chattanooga, Tennessee a makeover. Crossville donated tile from its Bluestone Collection for
this extensive renovation project.

The Crossville tile is featured in the reception areas of the 26,087 square foot facility, which has space capacity to provide shelter for up to 500 animals at any given time. This project was completed as a community effort, with the help of local, regional and national participants.

What: Designing Spaces – Pet Spaces of Hope on the Lifetime Network
When: Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/CT/MT/PT) – Part One
Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/CT/MT/PT) – Part Two
The episodes will air again in March. Check local listings for details.

Entering its 10th year Designing Spaces™ continues to be one of America’s favorite home improvement shows. The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step by step home improvements to help make every space count and provide solutions to help you enjoy the space you live, work and play in. Designing Spaces™ Family of Spaces includes Think Green Spaces, Kids Space, Pet Spaces and it’s widely popular Spaces of Hope which prides itself on assisting people and places in dire need of a makeover including children’s shelters, animal shelters, military families and more. Designing Spaces™ airs at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime. For more information and to view the episodes visit www.designingspaces.tv

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About Crossville, Inc.
Founded in 1986, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications. An industry innovator, Crossville is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:

· produce large format tile on site,
· manufacture tile with certified recycled content,
· develop the Tile Take-Back™ Program for recycling fired porcelain tile
· achieve certification of its waste recycling programs
· achieve TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
· distribute a complete line of large format, 3mm-thin porcelain panels (Laminam by Crossville)
and
· become a net consumer of waste.
For more information on Crossville, visit www.crossvilleinc.com.

Mohawk announces purchase of Marazzi Group: Marazzi and Daltile brands to maintain separate identities in the U.S.


Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK) today announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Marazzi Group, which will make Mohawk — the parent of Dal-Tile Corporation — the worldwide leader in ceramic tile.
The Marazzi Group is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile in all its major geographies, including Russia, the United States, Italy, France and Spain. Marazzi’s 2011 revenues were about €833 million, or $1.16 billion, with EBITDA of approximately 15.5% under historical IFRS accounting. Marazzi is held by the Marazzi family and two private equity funds—Permira and Private Equity Partners.
Mohawk is acquiring Marazzi for €1.17 billion, or approximately $1.5 billion, with a combination of cash and equity. Marazzi’s estimated 2012 EBITDA of €145 million represents a purchase multiple of about eight times. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2013 pending customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Mohawk anticipates that the transaction will be accretive in 2013.
Ceramic tile remains the world’s most widely utilized flooring product with an estimated worldwide consumption of more than 110 billion square feet and annual growth of 5 to 6%. Marazzi distributes ceramic tile in more than 100 countries through a strong international sales force, which will increase Mohawk’s worldwide growth.
Founded and managed by Filippo Marazzi, Sr. and his family, the Marazzi Group has become a global leader in ceramic tile with worldwide brand recognition. Marazzi’s product line features glazed ceramic, glazed porcelain, technical tile and color body porcelain. Marazzi introduced the single fire process that revolutionized the industry, making ceramic more accessible to a wider market.  Technological innovations continue today with new introductions such as crystalized porcelain and single-fired thin tiles. Marazzi operates manufacturing facilities in Russia, the United States and Western Europe and employs around 6,300 people.
Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk’s chairman and chief executive officer, stated, “This acquisition represents the next step in the expansion of Mohawk’s global business and will make Mohawk a stronger company.  We found Marazzi attractive because of its solid management team and leadership positions in the U.S., Russia and Europe. Marazzi’s differentiated products, leading-edge design, efficient manufacturing and exemplary service have created one of the most valued brands in the industry. We have many opportunities to improve results by leveraging best practices, operational expertise, product innovation and manufacturing assets.”

U.S. plans
In the U.S., Marazzi’s products are sold through independent distributors, home centers and a few company service centers. Mohawk expected to leverage the combined manufacturing expertise, design capabilities and distribution systems to enhance its ceramic business.  Marazzi and the Daltile brand will maintain separate identities in the market, with the expectation that streamlining manufacturing, technical and marketing capabilities will strengthen both brands. The total residential and commercial offerings complement each other and can satisfy every requirement in the market. Additional products from facilities in Mexico, China and Europe will help the company compete directly with the large quantity of imported ceramic tile.

In a letter to its customers, Daltile vice president John Cousins said, “While we are still in the process of closing the transaction, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2013, we want to share with you some key points as we move forward:

  • We are committed to preserving the unique strengths that made Dal-Tile’s and Marazzi’s   businesses successful over the years. The brands will maintain separate identities in the market and they will continue to serve each channel as they do today. To a large extent, you will continue to do business with us in the same way that you have done in the past.
  • The combination of these two companies will leverage complimentary product, manufacturing, technical and marketing capabilities that will be focused on helping you profitably grow your business.
  • Through access to the global capabilities of each organization, we will be able to bring new, innovative products and services to market more quickly.
  • We are also committed to maintaining the high level of sales and customer service support that you have come to expect from our organizations.

I hope you share in our excitement as Marazzi joins with us, and together, we become North America’s premier manufacturer and marketer of tile and stone products.”

Lorberbaum added, “The combination of Mohawk and Marazzi creates opportunities to expand U.S. distribution through service centers and other channels, source ceramic from our worldwide assets, utilize our relationships to expand all product categories and deploy leading innovation and design trends to all of our ceramic businesses around the globe. Mohawk and Marazzi’s strong management and solid financial position combined with process and material knowledge, distribution expertise, and synergies with other products will deliver additional value to our shareholders.”

European dominance

Marazzi has the number one position in the Russian ceramic market (similar in size to the United States), where it operates two manufacturing sites and 21 regional distribution centers as well as owning and franchising more than 300 retail stores that carry only Marazzi products. About 50% of the Marazzi Russian business is sold directly to end users. Retail advertising done by the stores has created a strong consumer brand. The company expects increase its geographic reach by expanding company owned and franchised stores, other distribution channels.
Presently European flooring is at a low point where Marazzi has leading positions in Italy, France and Spain.  Marazzi has rationalized its capacity to align with the market and is implementing new strategies to enhance its sales in the region and adjacent countries. Improvements have been made that enhanced the manufacturing efficiency, quality and sales effectiveness. Additional investments are planned to further reduce manufacturing cost, increase sales and expand the company’s design capabilities.

 

Marazzi Group mourns the death of its Chairman Filippo Marazzi

Chairman of the Board and President of Marazzi Group Filippo Marazzi died on Tuesday night of natural causes.

Filippo Marazzi, born in Sassuolo in 1949, has been responsible for the growth of the company founded by his grandfather in 1935.

If Marazzi today is one of the few true Italian multinationals, a brand and a business model renowned around the world, it is thanks to its Chairman Filippo Marazzi, his entrepreneurial spirit, the novelty of his ideas and his humanity, which have always been recognized within and outside the company.

Filippo Marazzi led this important ceramic company from the ceramics district of Sassuolo to the top of the industry at an international level.

Since the early 80s, after taking control of the company following the death of his father Pietro in 1978, Filippo Marazzi began the Group’s internationalization process  with the establishment of production facilities in Spain and in the United States by Marazzi Iberia S.A. and American Marazzi Tile Inc.

In February 1992, he was awarded the first honorary degree in chemistry granted by the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences of the University of Modena (Italy), for his “pioneering work in promoting the study and application of avant-garde ceramic materials and for his important scientific contribution to the development of a very important sector in solid-state chemistry”.

In June 1995, Filippo Marazzi was given the honorary title of “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the then President of the Italian Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.

In 2002, he received the Pico della Mirandola Prize in “recognition of one who, with passion, conviction and spirit of self-sacrifice, throughout his business dealings supported an enterprise culture which promoted and consolidated the ‘Made in Italy’ label worldwide”.

Marazzi Group is today a world leader in the design, manufacture and sales of ceramic tiles and porcelain floor and wall tiles, with production plants in Italy, France, Spain, Russia and the United States, with over 6000 employees, an overall production of over 100 million square meters of ceramic tiles, and over 14,500 points of sale in more than 130 countries.

 

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