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Video: How Dekton Compact Surface Is Made

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Video: How Dekton Compact Surface Is Made

Posted on 28 June 2018 by cradmin

Dekton by Cosentino and other compact surfaces are becoming more popular since they hit the market and the category is predicted to continue to grow. While there is a learning curve to fabricating the material, it is growing in demand. But, just how is this product made?

This video produced by Cosentino explains how Dekton is made. While it is a little salesy, it does provide some insight into the manufacturing process.

You may also be interested in this video on how cultured marble sinks are made.

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OSHA Begins Silica Rule Enforcement for General Industries

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OSHA Begins Silica Rule Enforcement for General Industries

Posted on 26 June 2018 by CRadmin2

 

While enforcement for the newly revised silica rule began some months ago for the construction industry, it just now started for maritime and general industries on June 23. The new standard establishes an 8-hour time-weighted average for silica exposure at 50 µg per sq. meter as the permissible exposure limit (PEL) and 25 µg per sq. meter as the action level (AL). Although, states have the power to create standards even lower than the federal minimum.

OSHA is offering compliance assistance until July 22 to employers who are making good-faith efforts to meet the new standard, and interim enforcement guide will be issued to employers that make a request until the final standard is set.

For now, OSHA has available the Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime as a free PDF download. This guide discusses compliance methods, exposure level assessment, respirator use, medical surveillance and written exposure plans.

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

Posted on 25 June 2018 by cradmin

Lunada Bay Tile has introduced Contourz, a tactile collection of concrete tiles that elevates the beauty of vertical and horizontal planes.

Contourz three-dimensional tiles transform walls into sculpture, while flat field tiles create an atmosphere that ranges from quiet elegance to industrial.

The tiles measure just 8 millimeters thick, a similar thickness to standard ceramic and glass tiles, extending design opportunities with the ability to combine easily with other tile collections within the Lunada Bay Tile portfolio.

Designed and manufactured in Lunada Bay Tile’s new facility in Southern California, the collection consists of nine shapes:

• 3 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
• 6 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
• 4-inch Hex — hexagonal flat field tile
• Fanfare Hex — three-dimensional 4-inch hexagonal tile with raised linear peaks
• Trifecta — three-dimensional triangular tile with intertwining patterns of slopes and curved lines
• Zen Break A and Zen Break B — three-dimensional 3 x 9-inch rectangular tiles with angled inclines that can be coordinated to create striped, diamond and chevron patterns
• Retro Curve — liner featuring soft bullnose edges
• In & Out — liner featuring a bullnose edge on one side and a cove edge on the other

Contourz is available in 18 modern hues, including warm and cool grays and shades of taupe and brown. The collection can be specified for interior and exterior walls, including wet/dry walls, such as a kitchen backsplash. The material has similar characteristics and care requirements as natural stone.

You may also be interested in this article about new tile shapes from clé.

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StoneTalk Episode 40: Jon Lancto

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StoneTalk Episode 40: Jon Lancto

Posted on 21 June 2018 by CRadmin2

In this all-new episode of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley speaks with Jon Lancto of Artisan Group and the Marble Institute of America (MIA). Among the wide variety of topics discussed are the following:

  • Sharing best practices and buying power across companies
  • The trend toward paperless
  • A simple way to reconcile inventory
  • Ever increasing quality

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 40 – Jon Lancto

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Braxton-Bragg Renews Distribution Partnership with Alpha Professional Tools

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Braxton-Bragg Renews Distribution Partnership with Alpha Professional Tools

Posted on 20 June 2018 by cradmin

Braxton-Bragg and Alpha Professional Tools have reinstated their business relationship, enabling Braxton-Bragg’s expansion of precision diamond tooling offering for the stone fabrication industry, as well as enhancing tools and equipment for the tile industry. As of June 1, 2018, Braxton-Bragg has Alpha products in stock and ready to ship.

“We have heavily increased our vendor partnerships this year in order to provide our customers the full spectrum of stone fabrication products and brands so that we are a one-stop-shop for stone fabrication tooling needs,” says Rick Stimac, Braxton-Bragg CEO. “Our previous agreement with Alpha® lapsed nearly a decade ago.  We knew that reactivating this dynamic partnership would provide Braxton-Bragg customers with even more diamond tool options.”

Alpha is one of the first name-brand companies in the industry known for its innovation and development of high quality tools, polishing systems, diamond blades and other related products.  Its extensive product line also offers specialty tools for the newest market trends such as sintered slabs and thin panel materials.

 

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Tenax Introduces Glaxs 2+1 Colored Cartridges

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Tenax Introduces Glaxs 2+1 Colored Cartridges

Posted on 18 June 2018 by cradmin

Tenax has introduced Glaxs 2+1 Colored Cartridges as the newest addition to its line of adhesive dispensing systems. Glaxs fast glues are two-part cartridge glues that are suitable for stone, marble, granite and ceramic. Once inserted into the proper dispenser gun (Use with M200XMR cartridge gun), the product is ready for use. It can be used for bonding and mending. Includes 2 extrusion nozzles.

Product features include:
• Zero yellowing to sunlight
• Excellent adhesion
• No gray lines or shadowing
• Approx. 20 minute cure time
• Pre color matched – ready to use
• Indoor/outdoor use
• Zero VOC
• 50+ colors available – most popular colors matched

You may also be interested in this article about StoneBond Acrylic Adhesive.

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USITC Continues Investigating Quartz Antidumping Claim

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USITC Continues Investigating Quartz Antidumping Claim

Posted on 15 June 2018 by CRadmin2

In April, Cambria, the largest U.S. Manufacturer of quartz surfaces, filed a claim that China had violated antidumping laws, suggesting that strict duties be imposed on imported quartz slabs and fabricated countertops. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) was compelled by law to consider whether this claim had merit by the end of the month.

On May 31, the USITC took a vote and “determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of quartz surface products from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

This means that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will continue to investigate Cambria’s claim and will make a preliminary countervailing determination on or around July 11, 2018. Pending this proceeding, an antidumping determination is scheduled to be made around September 24, 2018.

“Dumped and subsidized Chinese imports are harming American workers, American businesses and American manufacturing,” stated Marty Davis, President and CEO of Cambria.  “We are encouraged by the actions taken thus far by both the Department of Commerce and the ITC to stop this unfair trading and restore a level playing field where we can compete fairly in a free-market economy.  The unfairly traded Chinese imports have disrupted healthy competition and threaten to gravely injure the quartz surfaces product industry at all levels of trade in the U.S.”

The Freedonia Group, a prominent industrial research company that publishes a comprehensive countertop industry outlook, also weighed in on the matter. According to the firm, China accounts for nearly half of the total quartz used in the U.S., and since 2012, imports have surged in response to growth in the engineered stone market. This has caused a slide in the market share from the leading producers, such as Cambria, Cosentino and Caesarstone.

“If antidumping and countervailing duties are imposed as expected, this will have an immediate impact on average slab prices, said Michael Hurley, an analyst for the Freedonia Group.” Hurley went on to explain that imports from China will rise in price, and the demand will increase for quartz slabs produced at with raw materials that are more expensive, which will raise average price levels.

In addition, higher material costs will make countertops made from competitive materials more attractive.

“This will slow engineered stone countertop market growth in area terms to some degree,” predicted Hurley. However, he quickly added that engineered stone will remain the fastest-growing countertop material through at least 2022.

Others believe that the Chinese will find loopholes should duties be imposed, and inexpensive quartz will continue to be available with little, if any, disruption. The jury is still out on what will actually happen should duties be imposed on Chinese quartz, but we here at CountertopResource.com will be watching this story closely and keeping you updated every step of the way.

The full report of the initial USITC investigation will be available to the public as soon as June 29 on the USITC website.

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Natural Stone Institute Accepting Scholarship Applications

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Natural Stone Institute Accepting Scholarship Applications

Posted on 14 June 2018 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute has two scholarships available for emerging professionals in the natural stone industry. The application deadline for these scholarships is July 20, 2018.

The  Natural Stone Scholarship provides educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers, or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. Funds are made through the generous donations of Natural Stone Institute members worldwide. Applications are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors, staff, and industry veterans.

The scholarship will cover travel and registration costs for one or more recipients to TISE 2018, the natural stone industry’s premier exhibition and education event, and the Natural Stone Institute’s Annual Meeting. Attendance at TISE 2018 and the Annual Meeting offers the scholarship winner the opportunity to gain valuable technical and practical knowledge, meet and network with leading stone professionals, deepen his or her commitment to a career in the stone industry, and explore his or her potential for future leadership.

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship includes an all-expenses paid trip to one of the following industry events: TISE, Coverings or Natural Stone Institute Study Tour. The winner will be given the opportunity to gain valuable technical and practical knowledge to deepen her commitment to a career in the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership. The winner will also be given a chance to shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry, including quarriers, distributors, fabricators, installers, and equipment suppliers.

Scholarship requirements and applications can be found on the Natural Stone Institute website.

You may also be interested in this article about Natural Stone Institute Awards call for entries.

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Coverings Announces 2018 Rock Star Honorees

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Coverings Announces 2018 Rock Star Honorees

Posted on 13 June 2018 by cradmin

Coverings announced its new honorees for the annual “Rock Stars” Emerging Leaders Program. Now in its fourth year, the program underscores Coverings’ mission of supporting the continued growth and success of the industry through meaningful connections. Honorees were recognized for their achievements within the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star Luncheon on the opening day of Coverings 2018.

“Coverings is thrilled to welcome this group of impressive industry professionals into the Rock Stars Program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “We look forward to continued success for this exceptional group of talent, and to witness the impactful contributions they will continue to offer the tile and stone industry.”

A committee of industry leaders reviewed an impressive field of candidate submissions shared by veteran colleagues to identify 12 outstanding inductees for the fourth class of Coverings Rock Stars. Representing a diverse array of industry professions, the 2018 honorees are:

• Richard Anuszkiewicz, Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects, Executive Director, Kitchen & Bath Division
• David Benson, Architectural Ceramics, Principal & Vice President of Sales
• Kelly Bowen, Ceramic Technics, Sales Consultant
• Amber Clore, A.Clore Interiors, Principal & Owner
• John Kilfoyle, United Marble Fabricators, Owner
• Joe LaFauci, La Fauci Tile, Showroom Manager
• Cari May, Coldspring, Marketing Manager
• Jason McDaniel, StoneMan Construction, Owner & Regional Evaluator
• Nakul Patel, MSI, Sales Representative
• Cameron Proctor, David Allen Company, Inc., Senior Project Manager
• Amy Oakley, Natural Stone Institute, Communications Manager
• Triniti Vigil CTI, ACT, J&R Tile, Inc., Director of Evaluation and Training

You may also be interested in this article about Coverings CID award winners.

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MSI Adds Augmented Reality Tool To Company Website

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MSI Adds Augmented Reality Tool To Company Website

Posted on 12 June 2018 by cradmin

MSI recently modernized its website and added an augmented reality (AR) tool. With a few clicks or taps, the tool allows users to instantaneously see any of MSI’s flooring products on the floor of their choice.

MSI’s AR feature does not require the user to download an app, nor does it require the user to select the corners of the surface they want to alter—instead, the tool automatically detects the space. To get started, the consumer finds a flooring product they like, then clicks or taps the “See This on My Floor” button conveniently located under the product image. Next, they choose “Take a Photo of My Room” then “Use Photo” and immediately (no waiting like other AR tools) the flooring product is rendered into the image of their room. Alternatively, rather than uploading an image, the user may choose from six pre-populated room scenes including a spacious kitchen, contemporary master bathroom, grand foyer, and more.

Once the image is rendered users can take any number of next steps. Options include selecting a different sized tile, rotating the tile ninety degrees, or tapping “Change Product” to select a new product or filter by look, color, or material type—all without leaving their rendered room scene. This makes the tool incredibly valuable when comparing how several different tiles may look in the same room—a feature designers, retailers, and homeowners are sure to appreciate.

Once the user has honed in on the products they’re interested in they can find their nearest MSI dealer or  MSI showroom to see the products in person. Or, order a sample, share the products via email, or post them to social media. Although optimized for mobile, the AR feature also works well on desktop.

You may also be interested in this article about Cambria’s AR app.

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