US Industry’s China Unfair Trade Petition

Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the trade association of America’s ceramic tile producers, issued the following statement today in response to the filing by domestic tile manufacturers of a Petition with the federal government, seeking tariff relief from dumped and subsidized imports of tile from China:
“America’s tile manufacturers are happy to compete against fairly traded imports. We have been hammered, though, by a flood of unfairly traded imports from China. Chinese tile producers benefit from extensive government subsidies and dump their tile into the United States at ridiculously low prices,” said Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America. “Domestic manufacturers had no choice but to seek relief from the federal government from these unfairly traded imports. The future of the U.S. industry and of our member companies’ thousands of employees and their families depends on it.”
Today, several of the largest U.S. ceramic tile manufacturers filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the federal government. The industry’s anti-dumping petition seeks the imposition of tariffs on imports of ceramic tile from China to remedy unfairly low-priced imports that have injured domestic manufacturers. The countervailing duty petition seeks the imposition of tariffs to remedy the impact of Chinese government subsidies —  subsidies that have resulted in low-priced imports that have injured domestic manufacturers. If the federal government, after an investigation, agrees that Chinese imports are unfairly traded and have injured or threaten to injure U.S. tile manufacturers, the government will impose tariffs on Chinese imports. The government would first impose preliminary tariffs in a few months, and would impose final tariffs at the conclusion of its investigation in approximately 16 months.
About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.
The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Ka-nū at Coverings – Booth # 3600

With thousands of miles of scenic shoreline, tranquil rivers, and intricate canal networks, there are infinite opportunities to explore Japan’s natural and architectural beauty by canoe or sea kayak. Lunada Bay Tile takes inspiration from the streamlined vessels that traverse these waterways in its newest tile collection, Ka-nū.

Japanese for canoe, the Ka-nū ceramic tile collection comprises three architecturally dimensional surfaces: Keel, a canoe-shaped tile with a raised center; Plank, a rectangular field tile; and Buoy Mosaic, a round tile with a single dimple.

Artisans implement a specialized glazing process to create vibrant pearlized colors with an exquisite luster. “The brilliant color and shine of Ka-nū is something very special,” said Feras Irikat, director of design and marketing, Lunada Bay Tile. “Our Japanese artisans combine centuries-old techniques, which include a double-firing process, with modern invention to create this gorgeous, pearlized glaze. The high luster is something only these artists can create to accentuate today’s most eye-catching commercial and residential interiors.”

The diverse selection of 10 hues and six color blends are available in all three patterns to reach your desired destination.

About Lunada Bay Tile
Lunada Bay Tile creates handcrafted glass, ceramic and concrete tile with an emphasis on artistic simplicity, texture, and color. Inspired by the aura of Southern California coastal living, Lunada Bay Tile takes a distinct approach to designing products with a philosophy that blends traditional craftsmanship and modern influences. Our artisans use specialized techniques to create unique effects that capture the imagination and reflect the way people want to live. To learn more about Lunada Bay Tile and view the entire product line visit www.LunadaBayTile.com or call 310-257-1300.

Marazzi, American Olean Create “Eclectic” Doghouse For Charity

As part of The Tile Council of North America’s doghouse donation to a local charity during this week’s Coverings tradeshow, the Marazzi and American Olean brands have teamed up to produce a custom tiled doghouse that showcases the distinct personality of each brand and provides some lucky dog with a house that is the epitome of on-trend style and fun.

“This year we wanted to create a doghouse design that mixed both our Marazzi and American Olean brands,” said Sarah Morales, product design assistant for Marazzi and American Olean.  “The result is a wonderfully eclectic house for Fido that artistically combines the bold Italian styling of Marazzi with the clean lines and soft colors of American Olean.  Because Marazzi is the style leader in tile, it was only fitting to choose one of its new encaustic-look tile designs to cover the entire roof, creating a stylish focal point that is both fun and chic.”  (Roof:  Marazzi’s D_Segni Color Collection – Honeycomb)

“We then complemented the bold, over-the-top encaustic design with a soft, weathered white wood visual on the rest of the house,” said Morales.  “Covering the four walls of the doghouse is American Olean’s Waterwood Collection – White Oak.  Inspired by the bricola wood pillars that grace the waterways of Venice, this unique wood-look tile provides the visual softness of authentic water-worn oak wood.  Then, to top it all off with a nice trendy touch, we put 1 ½” hexagon mosaics from the Waterwood Collection on the floor of this little pooch palace.”

The Marazzi, American Olean doghouse will join several others donated by fellow TCNA members and will be on display during Coverings in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard (booth #4209).  Following the show, all doghouses will be donated to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Orlando-area pets.

Designer of the doghouse was Sarah Morales of Marazzi and American Olean.  The tile installer was Albert Pena of Mecca Design.

About Marazzi

With a bold vision for the future, Marazzi built the first Italian-owned ceramic manufacturing plant in the U.S. in 1982, assuring domestic access to world-renowned technology and style.  Manufacturing a vast array of quality tile products, including porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones and metallics, the brand continues to evolve for the savvy homeowner, designer and architect. Bold, daring and occasionally over the top, Marazzi provides captivating designs that integrate Italian style into exciting and imaginative environments. For more information, visit www.marazzitile.com and follow Marazzi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

About American Olean

Since 1923, American Olean has been offering an extensive array of quality tile products. Through an appealing selection and a trusted network of industry professionals, American Olean empowers the creative visions of residential and commercial design and construction. For more information, visit www.americanolean.com and follow American Olean on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.

COVERINGS HONORS EMERGING LEADERS WITH 2019 ROCK STAR AWARDS

Coverings, the largest tile and stone trade show in North America, has announced the 2019 Rock Star Awards winners.  The Coverings Rock Stars – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. The awards continue Coverings’ mission to support industry growth by recognizing young talent and fostering new opportunities. Since its inception five years ago, the program has awarded dozens of young leaders, who have connected at Coverings through mentorship, networking and educational opportunities.

“Coverings Rock Stars exemplify the continued vitality of the tile and stone industry, and we’re honored to provide a platform to highlight their new ways of thinking about the industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “Coverings offers its congratulations to these young stars and looks forward to seeing their continued success.”

Representing varying industry professions, the 12 2019 Rock Star honorees are:

  • Kayte Becker, Paris Ceramics, Midwest Architectural Sales Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Joe Bellew, Bellew Tile, Owner/General Manager; Rockland, MA
  • Ashley Donaldson, Florida Tile, Director of Customer Care; Lexington, KY
  • Chris Fischer, Garden State Tile, Product Team Manager; Wall Township, NJ
  • Kirsten Gable, Anthony Wilder Design Build, Kitchen & Bath Designer; Cabin John, MD
  • Jacob Harris, Coastal Custom Tile & Design, LLC, Owner; Swansboro, NC
  • Ashley Hertz, Onyx TIle Studio, Owner + Curator; Bozeman, MT
  • Stephanie Jackson, Apex Stone, Director of Sales; Sealy, TX
  • David Mastrangelo, The Tile Studio, Inc., Operations Manager; Doylestown, PA
  • Lisa O’Donnell, Architectural Ceramics, Regional Sales Manager; Middletown, MD
  • Paige Pomerene, P2 Customs, Owner; Herndon, VA
  • Nick Teefy, Counter Reactions, President; Lindsey, Ontario, Canada

 

Coverings Rock Stars are nominated by colleagues in the tile and stone industry and reviewed by a committee of industry leaders. Eligible candidates must be under 35 years old and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association or manufacturer.

2019 honorees were recognized for their achievements with their nominators and Rock Star Alumni at a Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9, the first day of Coverings 2019. At the luncheon, Rock Stars were presented with an award and received a special Rock Star ribbon, denoting their win on their show badges. Rock Stars also receive a one-night stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, Coverings social media promotion, and are featured on the Coverings website. 2019 honorees can be viewed online here.

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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

COVERINGS 2019 CELEBRATES 30 YEARS, EXPANDS INSTALLATION & DESIGN EXPERIENCE

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, opened its doors Tuesday to an enthusiastic crowd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. To kick off the start of the show’s 30th year, representatives from Ceramics of Italy, the Tile Council of North America, Tile of Spain, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, and the National Tile Contractors Association gathered for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Open through Friday, April 12, Coverings will showcase the latest in tile and stone from over 1,100 exhibitors and more than 40 countries.

“The strong attendance on the first day of Coverings and thousands of inspiring displays from our global exhibitors truly showcases significant growth in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “With 2019 marking Coverings’ 30th Anniversary, we’re honored to continue fostering valuable connections and expanding industry knowledge.”

In celebration of Coverings’ anniversary, attendees were greeted by music from the show’s 1989 launch year as they entered the convention center. A timeline with highlights from Coverings’ heritage further showcased the show’s long-standing history and recognized exhibitors who’ve participated annually. To create new memories, attendees also were encouraged to take pictures in a 30th Anniversary-branded photo booth.

On the show floor, the newly expanded Installation & Design Experience (Booth 3538) was abuzz as attendees explored demonstrations, interactive learning features, and inspring vignettes showcasing the synergy between design and installation. The vignettes were designed by locally-based designers and architects: Reginald Dunlap Interior Design design and  Welch Tile & Marble installation, using  ESTIMA Ceramica products; Interstruct, Inc. design and C. C. Owen Tile Company, Inc. installation, using Crossville, Inc. products; and HHCP design and Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc. installation, using Ceramics of Italy products. This year, Tile Council of North America (TCNA), offered a new feature— its highly respected Product Performance Testing Laboratory — which explains the tests that are commonly conducted within the TCNA Lab, exemplifying how vital this information can be for product suitability and performance.

Color expert Leatrice Eiseman was one of several prominent speakers that kicked off the robust conference program. Her popular session discussed how the culinary and auto industries will impact 2020 color trends and noted that copper and black-and-white patterns will remain popular this year.  Through its duration, attendees will have the opportunity to attend more than 50 conference sessions where leaders in the tile and stone industry will provide daily education and trend insights.

Additionally, tile and stone industry colleagues reconnected at a wide range of networking opportunities available on the show floor, including daily happy hours inside the Installation & Design Experience booth, the TCNA booth (Booth 3219), and the Coverings Connect lounge (Booth 5832). Also at the Coverings Connect lounge, “Byte Size” speaking sessions – which focus on maximizing social media and technology for business – kicked off with a session on tile’s sustainability.

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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 50 educational offerings throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

 

Marazzi Launches Three Stunning Collections for Summer

The latest offerings from Marazzi give customers timeless design, monochromatic style, and a hygge-inspired natural look that will create intrigue in any space. Leveraging innovative technology, the latest collections from Marazzi demonstrate high performance and align with today’s hottest design trends.

“The latest introductions from Marazzi bring timeless design options for bold room statements. Calling on popular styles – such as stone and marble accenting, monochromatic design palettes and outdoor living – the new collections deliver customers stunning, on-trend surfacing solutions,” said Micah Hand, senior marketing manager of Dal-Tile, parent company of Marazzi USA. “From high-fashion designs to contemporary color palettes, Marazzi collections always add beautiful statements to residential and commercial spaces, while maintaining the high performance customers expect.”

With a hint of the antique, Historia™ whispers of marbled halls in timeless estates. Designers and homeowners can select from this well-rounded offering of stone-look colors with dramatic veining, aged to perfection by generations of use. These glazed porcelain tiles are available in large-format sizes, 12×24, 24×24, and 24×48. The collection also includes a 4×8 half hex that offers multiple design options when mixing colors to create unique patterns. Anchor room designs in the solidarity of the past with Historia.

Inspired by dark-colored, fine-grained basalt, Basalto™ offers smooth monochromatic style. This new collection is available in four neutral colors in 12×24 or 24×24 large-format sizes. The collection also offers 2 CM thick outdoor pavers in 32×32 and 20×40. Crafted with Italian precision, Basalto is a Colorbody™ porcelain tile that will stand the test of the ages.

Welcome the hygge-inspired warmth of Merona™ into your designs. Smooth color in a light, natural grain invites relaxation. Proprietary Stepwise™ technology makes Merona 50 percent more slip resistant than regular tile when compared to tile meeting ANSI Standards, making it an ideal selection for indoor and outdoor installations. Long planks in 8×40 offer the look and feel of continuity throughout. Keep design simple yet stunning with Merona.

The latest products from Marazzi, join four additional 2019 Marazzi tile collections that were introduced at The International Surfaces Event in January 2019 – each a high-performing surface option that nods to the latest design trends.

D_Segni Terrazzo™ combines the vintage look of terrazzo with eye-catching patterns commonly associated with encaustic tile. This glazed porcelain tile is available in a retro 8×8 size; four solid colors and four patterns can be combined to fit any design aesthetic. Vibrant and bold, the D_Segni Color™ collection reimagines encaustic tile for an exotic element in spaces. This 8×8 collection of glazed porcelain features three vibrant solid colors and four coordinating encaustic-inspired patterns, which can be mixed and matched for a rug-like quality.

Marazzi’s best-selling wood look tile, American Estates™ expanded and now features three additional colors – white, natural and gray – adding modern options to this collection of artisanal, hand-scraped wood-look porcelain tile. Persuade™, a fresh take on a concrete-look, features a calming linear grain on a soft plaster aesthetic, making it a beautiful option for upscale designs. This glazed porcelain option is available in three neutral colors and three rectangular sizes applicable for floors and walls. The design can be elevated with a brickjoint mosaic for added visual texture.

All of the new Marazzi 2019 products will be on display at Coverings 2019 in Orlando, Fla., from April 9-12 in booth #2100. To learn more about the new collections, as well as the full line of Marazzi products, please visit www.marazzitile.com.

Marazzi-Coverings-Fact-Sheet-Summer-Spring-2019

About Marazzi
With a bold vision for the future, Marazzi built the first Italian-owned ceramic manufacturing plant in the U.S. in 1982, assuring domestic access to world-renowned technology and style. Manufacturing a vast array of quality tile products, including porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones and metallics, the brand continues to evolve for the savvy homeowner, designer and architect. Bold, daring and occasionally over the top, Marazzi provides captivating designs that integrate Italian style into exciting and imaginative environments. For more information, visit www.marazzitile.com and follow Marazzi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Ragno Unveils Five Collections in Time for Summer

Drawing on inspiration from materials found in nature, Ragno launches five new collections for summer, letting homeowners and designers invite the outdoors inside with beautiful iterations of marble, stone, and travertine. The popular visuals of concrete and encaustic tile are also included.

“Inspiration is all around us and designers and homeowners now have five new tile collections that each call upon the beauty of natural materials, reimagined for indoor spaces,” said Micah Hand, senior marketing manager of Dal-Tile, parent company of Ragno. “The latest Ragno collections provide gorgeous, refined porcelain surfaces with a tailored look as well as the quality and durability we know designers and consumers demand.”

Rediscover a past era of refinement full of muted colors and geometric patterns blended with a contemporary reinterpretation of encaustic and granulated marble tile. The Abitare™ collection is available in six shades and eight patterns. The retro 8×8 size is perfect for floors or walls. Create an attractive addition to your design with this original porcelain tile.

Create designs with distinguished marble looks that are destined to turn heads. Replicating dreamy and sophisticated Italian marble, Romantic Marble™ offers large-format Colorbody™ porcelain tile and a unique rhombus mosaic. Choose from several finishes or a new soft, natural finish.

Showcasing variations in color that look like curing concrete, ConKreto™ Colorbody™ porcelain tile features monochromatic tones with a hint of a history. Three large sizes in four colors plus a coordinating triangular mosaic provide plenty of options for designing beautiful residential or commercial spaces.

Offering the look of travertine limestone in elegant, unexpected colors, Dinamico™ will inspire designers and homeowners to design outside the box. The large-format sizes expand a space using either 12×24 or 18×36 tiles with a coordinating 1×4 mosaic. Linear influences enhance the travertine stone look of this Colorbody™ porcelain tile whose details are enriched by a glossy application to create dynamic light reflections. Available in White, Grey, and Beige.

Inspired by Burlington stone, a British stone celebrated for its beauty and practicality, Liverpool™ has just enough movement to draw the eye and a uniform background for a calming influence. This porcelain tile is a top choice for builders in either commercial or residential applications.

The new Ragno collections will be on display at Coverings 2019 in Orlando, Fla., from April 9-12 in booth #2100. To learn more about the new summer 2019 collections, as well as the full line of Ragno products, visit www.ragnousa.com.

Ragno-Coverings-Fact-Sheet

About Ragno
Created for tile aficionados, Ragno provides premium, innovative products that integrate true tile craftsmanship with a modern twist. Using state-of-the-art production capabilities and advanced technologies Ragno produces fully-rectified, digital and Colorbody porcelain tiles with micro-beveled edges for a precision finish with the highest design and quality.

American Olean Introduces Two Summer Collections

Continuing in the tradition of reinventing the classics, American Olean launches two new collections for summer that offer designers a fresh perspective on concrete and marble.

“Designers and homeowners seek inspiration in the materials found around us and in nature, which led us to create these contemporary styles that invite the outdoors inside with accents to refresh spaces,” said Micah Hand, senior marketing manager of Dal-Tile, American Olean’s parent company. “The latest collections from American Olean provide elegant, inspired solutions without sacrificing the trusted quality and durability that designers, architects, and consumers have come to expect from our porcelain products.”

NeoConcrete™ is the concrete-look tile that delivers both style and enhanced slip resistance, for spaces that demand higher performance. Five svelte colors in two finishes come in large sizes, as well as a contemporary 3-D cube mosaic. Designed to coordinate with one of our favorite collections, NeoSpeck, NeoConcrete completes the offering as a rectified Colorbody™ porcelain tile featuring Stepwise™ technology. Proprietary Stepwise technology makes NeoConcrete 50 percent more slip resistant than regular tile when compared to tile meeting ANSI Standards, making it an ideal selection for indoor and outdoor installations.

Beautiful, elegant, timeless — words that define white marble. Ideology™ brings the history of white marble and contemporary design together. Updated larger sizes and fascinating geometric mosaic and decorative tile options let designers and homeowners insert marble veining into today’s designs. These glazed porcelain products are available in three colors, including Vein-Cut Calacatta, Lasa, and Carrara.

The latest new summer launch collections from American Olean join three new spring launch tile collections that were introduced at The International Surfaces Event in January 2019 — each an elegant take on natural materials.

Rich graphics come to life through the Waterwood™ collection, which pulls inspiration from the bricola wood pillars that grace the waterways of Venice. Bricola is transformed by years of water exposure and the Waterwood glazed porcelain series emulates this unique wood found in only one place in the world and delivers a nontraditional oak look.

With a captivating mix of color movement, sleek lines and clean finishes, Presario™ marble is sure to create an elegant design. Three cosmopolitan colors of natural marble stone modernize this classic look, and a variety of mosaic shapes allow designers to make a lasting impression in their projects.

The calming effects of the sun setting over the water infuse the Sunset Falls™ collection. This travertine stone-look delivers classic style in several sizes, rectangular shapes and a herringbone mosaic. Offering design flexibility, these porcelain tiles lay a stunning foundation that will check all the boxes when it comes to beauty and performance.

All of the new 2019 American Olean products will be on display at Coverings 2019 in Orlando, Fla., from April 9-12 in booth #2100. To learn more about the new collections, as well as the full line of American Olean products, visit www.americanolean.com.

American-Olean-Coverings-Fact-Sheet-Summer-Spring-2019

About American Olean
Since 1923, American Olean has been offering an extensive array of quality tile products. Through an appealing selection and a trusted network of industry professionals, American Olean empowers the creative visions of residential and commercial design and construction. For more information, visit www.americanolean.com and follow American Olean on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

2018 U.S. Ceramic Tile Industry Update

Note: Updated information from 4/9/2019 release
U.S. Tile Consumption Overview:
Total U.S. ceramic tile consumption for 2018 was 3.11 billion sq. ft., up 1.5% vs. 2017.1
The following table shows U.S. tile shipments, imports, exports, and total consumption in thousands of sq. ft.
Year US Shipments (incl. Exports) Imports Exports Total Consumption* Consumption
 Change vs. Previous Year
2018 940,300 2,196,935 29,746 3,107,489 1.5%
2017
990,972
2,099,307 28,492
3,061,787
5.7%
2016 945,245 1,987,929 36,198 2,896,977 5.8%
2015 897,943 1,881,051 40,718 2,738,276 9.9%
2014 816,050 1,711,571 36,996 2,490,624 0.5%
*Note: U.S. Shipments + Imports – Exports
The chart below shows total U.S. consumption of ceramic tile (in sq. ft.) over the last several years.
Imports:
 
In 2018 the U.S. imported 2.20 billion sq. ft. of ceramic tile, up 4.7% from 2017 (2.10 billion sq. ft.).2
Imports comprised 70.7% of 2018 U.S. tile consumption in sq. ft., up from 68.6% in 2017.
China remained the largest exporter of ceramic tile to the U.S. (in sq. ft.), a position it has held each year since 2015. Chinese imports made up 31.5% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.) in 2018, the highest annual percentage China has ever held of the U.S. import market. The 10% tariff increase on Chinese ceramic tile imports imposed by the Trump administration took effect at the end of Sept., but it is unlikely this will have any meaningful impact on China’s market position.
Despite the peso’s significant decline vs. the U.S. dollar over the last five years, losing nearly half of its value, Mexican ceramic tile exports to the U.S. have fallen each year since 2015. In 2018 tile from Mexico comprised 17.3% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.), their lowest share since 2006.
Italy was the third largest exporter of tile to the U.S. in 2018, making up 16.4% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.), down from 18.1% in 2017. The next largest exporters to the U.S. were Spain (14.1% import share) and Brazil (7.3%).3
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in 2018 based on sq. ft. were:
Country
Sq. Ft. 2018
Sq. Ft. 2017
2018/2017
% Change
2017/2016
% Change
China
692,147,717
657,563,014
5.3% 12.7%
Mexico
379,093,644 397,514,645 -4.6% -14.4%
Italy
360,060,284 378,957,771 -5.0% -1.7%
Spain
310,208,579
244,858,241 26.7% 32.8%
Brazil
159,575,661 111,176,480 43.5% 12.0%
On a dollar basis (CIF + duty) Italy remained the largest exporter to the U.S. in 2018, comprising 30.9% of U.S. imports. China was second with a 27.3% share, and Spain was third with a 15.6% share.
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in 2018 based on total U.S. $ value (including duty, freight, and insurance) were:
Country Total Val 2018 Total Val 2017 2018/2017
% Change
2017/2016
% Change
Italy 709,898,735
747,819,530
-5.1%
-0.4%
China 626,339,930
589,660,075
6.2% 13.8%
Spain 359,297,060
307,444,773
16.9% 25.2%
Mexico 230,421,036
220,463,848
4.5% -16.9%
Turkey 108,526,735
117,440,187
-7.6% 8.9%
All Countries 2,298,042,045
2,218,153,090
3.6% 5.7%
 The average values of tile4 (including duty, freight, and insurance) from the five countries from which the most tiles were imported (based on sq. ft.) in 2018 were:
Country Sq. Ft. 2018 Total $ Val 2018 Value per
Sq. Ft. 2018
Value per
Sq. Ft. 2017
China 692,147,717 626,339,930 $0.90 $0.90
Mexico 379,093,644 230,421,036 $0.61 $0.55
Italy 360,060,284 709,898,735 $1.97 $1.97
Spain
310,208,579
359,297,060 $1.16 $1.26
Brazil 159,575,661 101,396,208 $0.64
$0.70
All Countries 2,196,934,718 2,298,042,045
$1.05 $1.06
U.S. Shipments:
 
U.S. shipments (less exports) in 2018 were 911 million sq. ft., down 5.4% from 2017. This marks the first year-over-year decline in domestic shipments since 2009.
In 2018 domestically-produced tile accounted for 29.3% of all U.S. tile consumption in sq. ft., followed by China (22.3%), Mexico (12.2%), and Italy (11.6%).
In dollar value 2018 U.S. FOB factory sales of domestic shipments were $1.39 billion, down 4.4% vs. 2017 ($1.45 billion). Domestically-produced tile comprised 37.7% of total U.S. tile consumption by dollar value.
The per unit value of domestic shipments increased from $1.51 sq. ft. in 2017 to $1.53 sq. ft. in 2018.5
Exports:
U.S. ceramic tile exports in 2018 were 29.7 million sq. ft., up 4.4% vs. 2017. The lion’s share of these exports were to our North American neighbors, Canada (79.6%) and Mexico (4.5%).6
Economic Highlights:
New Home Starts
Total new home starts increased for the ninth consecutive year and were at their highest annual level since 2007. The estimated 1.25 million units started in 2018 represented a 3.9% increase from the previous year.
Even with this consistent growth, there is still a long way to go to achieve pre-recession levels, as 2018 starts were off 40% from 2005, when there were nearly 2.1 million starts.7
New Single Family Home Sales
New single family home sales were at their highest level in more than a decade. The 619,000 units sold in 2018 represented a 1.0% increase from 2017.
While new home sales have steadily increased each of the last seven years and have more than doubled since 2011, in 2018 they were less than half of what they were in 2005, when a record 1.28 million new single-family units were sold.8
Foreclosures
U.S. foreclosure filings, a key inverse indicator of the residential market’s health, fell for the eighth straight year. The 625,000 filings (0.47% of all U.S. housing units) in 2018 represented a 7.7% decrease from 2017.
This was the lowest annual total of foreclosures since 2005 and was a 78.2% decrease from the all-time high level of 2.9 million filings in 2010.9
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1 U.S. Dept. of Commerce & Tile Council of North America
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Neolith announces new ceiling application potential

Ceiling trends continuously change, from dramatic vaulting to ornate crown molding, however one aspect remains the same: the demand for something that is both beautiful and will stand the test of time.

Neolith®, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone, is bringing this demand to life with its application to ceilings, offering architects greater scope for material consistency in their designs.

Developed in response to the current trend for the ‘back to nature’ look, where a holistic application of natural and organic materials is preferred, this innovation gives architects and specifiers a plethora of design options that are guaranteed to stimulate the senses.

Bringing the outside in

Imagine you are taking a stroll outdoors and are surrounded by trees, their leaves rustling in the breeze, a few of which have fallen onto the ground and crunch beneath your feet. You admire your surroundings and notice the abundance of natural shapes and patterns on display, from the granite domes that cradle a babbling brook to your left, to the cascading limestone outcrop to your right.

Now imagine the outdoor scene you are in is actually your kitchen, and you haven’t left the house. This is what homeowners and industry professionals alike can expect to see this year, as the architecture and design world brings the great outdoors into a variety of spaces.

Neolith Estatuario, Nero Marquina, and Beton kitchen ceiling, Neolith Food & Roll Truck

The application of Neolith to ceilings essentially evokes the sky and opens up any space. Whether pristine Arctic White or daring Mar Del Plata, there is a choice for anyone who seeks inspiration and relaxation.

For those who want to feel as though they are dining al fresco, or hotels that seek to immerse their guests in nature without them having to even step outside their rooms, Neolith offers a wide range of colors and finishes that mimic natural elements, such as wood, iron, marble, granite and quartz.

The only way is up!

Neolith ceiling applications have already been successfully completed in a number of projects, including the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria (AC Marriott Hotels) in Dallas, Texas; further afield in a Neolith Show Home in Amsterdam, Netherlands; the Unisensor building in Liège, Belgium; and the Clinique Saint Jean hospital in Brussels. Neolith material was also applied to the ceiling of Clinique Saint Jean’s Botanique parking garage.

For the AC Hotel Dallas, the architect carefully considered both the aesthetic and practical requirements, as he sought to establish a harmonious relationship between indoors and outdoors. Calacatta Silk, which faithfully recreates the look of Italian marble, was selected for its natural, yet chic, appearance and because its light hue keeps exterior facades cool in hot weather.

Neolith Calacatta Silk exterior, AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria

In addition to being visually appealing, the new application provides a reliable solution to an array of ceiling-related structural issues, such as water damage, drooping drywall, cracking paint and bulging.

In kitchens, Neolith ceilings are immune to smoke and grease stains, and in bathrooms they are resistant to steam. They can also give an open-air feel to bedrooms, helping you to drift off to sleep. Wherever the Sintered Stone material is applied, you will not only feel at one with nature, but rest assured that your ceiling will last for years to come, requiring minimal upkeep and maintenance.

Neolith is available for all interior ceiling and exterior overhang applications in 1/8” and 1/4” thicknesses for a seamless look in any residential or commercial property.

Sheets in 1/8” thickness are available in 142” x 47”, and sheets in 1/4” thickness are available in 102” x 47”, 142” x 47 and 126” x 59”. All sheets can be cut to size to meet project specifications.

For more information about Neolith and its uses, please visit: https://www.neolith.com/.  

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To receive further information or images, please contact Lauren Samhoun, [email protected].

 

Notes to Editor

Founded in 2009, Neolith, the market-leading brand of Sintered Stone, is a revolutionary product category which has become a material of choice for architects, designers, specifiers and fabricators.

This pioneering material can be specified for the most demanding interior and exterior building projects. Combining high-definition detailed decoration with high-performance qualities, Neolith offers the triple reassurance of strength, beauty and longevity.

What is Sintered Stone?

Sintered Stone is a 100% natural material based on granite minerals, glass minerals and natural oxides:

  1. Granite Materials: Quartz and feldspar, giving hardness and strength to the surface
  2. Glass minerals and silica, which ensures chemical stability
  3. Natural oxides, which deliver chromatic properties

How is Sintered Stone produced?

Neolith is produced using the very latest in sintering technology, replicating the thousands of years’ process by which natural stone is formed in a matter of hours.

The raw materials which form the slab are first subjected to extremely high pressure, going through a pressing machine where a weight of 400 bars is applied. In the second phase of the process, the slab goes through a kiln where temperatures reach more than 1200° C (2200° F).

This process of ultra-compaction creates full-body surfaces with unique technical features.

Decoration

Neolith has always been at the forefront of sustainable approaches within all of its manufacturing processes. A 100% natural composition requires an equally ecological production method.

Building on the brand’s pioneering Neolith Digital Design (NDD), it has aimed to incorporate organic practice into the way they print their slabs.

Hydro-NDD 2.0 takes the technology to the next level. Using a water-based ink, as opposed to the industry standard solvent base, Neolith has succeeded in offering a sustainable surface which never compromises on the quality expected from its Sintered Stone. All its slabs maintain the same definition and detail of pattern and design.

Performance

Tried, tested and trusted, Neolith’s combination of realism, high performance and versatile formats make it a go-to material for architects, designers, specifiers and fabricators.

Applications

Neolith is the optimum surfacing material for both indoor and outdoor applications. From a skyscraper façade to a kitchen worktop, Neolith’s physical and mechanical characteristics deliver ultimate performance, unmatched beauty and long-term value.

Website: https://www.neolith.com/

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +34 964 652 233

Address: Polígono Industrial Camí Fondo, Supoi 8., C/Ibers 31. 12550 Almazora, (Castellón).

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