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Avonite Releases New Colors

Posted on 07 March 2018 by cradmin

AVONITE SURFACES NEW COLORSAvonite Surfaces Acrylic Solid Surface, a brand of Aristech Surfaces LLC,  released new colors for 2018. The new launch consisted of 16 colors that include: Antique Blue, Azul, Dove Gray, Dove Shimmer, Fuego, Galactic Ice, Ice Blue, Mango, Morning Tundra, New Concrete, Porcelain, Rivers Edge, Signal, Smoke, Storm and Vintage Concrete.

These colors join more than 50 standard colors and patterns offered by Avonite Surfaces. Avonite acrylic solid surface is used in architectural and design applications in hospitality, retail, education, government, healthcare and commercial workspaces. The benefits of Avonite include a non-porous surface, stain resistant, NSF Certified Food Zone Safe, bacteria and chemical resistant, inconspicuous seams, a readily repairable surface and the product is thermoformable for curved and custom applications.

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Aristech Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Posted on 01 August 2017 by cradmin

aristech-surfaces-logoAristech Surfaces LLC announced that Mike Marchi has been selected by the Aristech board of directors as its new chief executive officer. Marchi assumes his new role effective August 1, 2017. Marchi succeeds Ross McMillan, who will remain involved in the company as a board member.

“The Aristech board could not have picked a better person to lead Aristech moving forward. Mike is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the building products industry and brings an intense customer service and quality focus to the position. He is a strong advocate for relationship building and I know our customers will benefit from this,” said Ross McMillan, exiting CEO and continuing board member.

Marchi joins Aristech at a time the company is poised for growth. With a solid base of business through its Aristech Acrylics, Avonite Acrylic Solid Surface, and Studio Collection brands, Marchi will be responsible for defining new organic strategic growth opportunities as well as M&A pursuits.

“I’m excited to be walking into a successful, established organization where my focus will be on strategic growth,” said Marchi. “Ross McMillan is leaving Aristech as a highly functioning organization delivering attractive results year over year. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to lead Aristech into the next wave of growth exploring new market and product opportunities globally.”

Mike Marchi brings more than 30 years of experience to this position, with the majority in the building products industry. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Lixil Water Technology Americas. His other previous posts include; CEO and president of Grohe Americas, president of Kohler Kitchen & Bath Americas and president of Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, a Kohler Company. He spent the initial 15 years of his career at GE where he acquired his strong process and quality management skillset. Marchi is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s General Manager Program and holds a MBA from DePaul University and a BS degree in economics and marketing from Elmhurst College.

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Aristech Announces $11 Million in U.S. Plant Investments

Posted on 20 October 2016 by cradmin

aristech-surfaces-logoAristech Surfaces, a global surface materials company, announced that it is investing more than $11 million in U.S. plant improvements over the next three years as an ongoing, comprehensive commitment to continually improve the quality of its products.

Work will be completed this month on a $4.5 million project to replace a stainless steel belt on one of Aristech’s continuous cast machines in its Florence, KY plant, where it holds four of the world’s largest acrylic casting machines. These machines, measuring more than 100 yards long and exceeding nine feet in width, are key to ensuring sheet size flexibility and supply reliability for Aristech’s customers.  Recently, the company also invested $2 million on the installation of new sanding equipment for its solid surface sheets as well as a new production line to manufacture shower bases in Belen, NM.

“Our investments are an indication of Aristech’s commitment to the future, strategically investing in our equipment and quality to produce acrylic and solid surface with stunning design, quality, and performance-driven characteristics,” said Ross McMillan, CEO of Aristech Surfaces.  “At our Belen, New Mexico facility, we also made investments this summer to launch twelve brand-new design materials under the Studio Collection™ brand; this newly formulated three-dimensional aesthetic combines a striking design look with a thermoformable, repairable surface.  Aristech is committed to driving both product innovation and continuous advancement of product quality.”

The Florence plant produces cast acrylic sheet for the hot tub, bath, and sign markets, as well as acrylic solid surface for commercial industries including retail, healthcare, education, hospitality and recreational vehicles.  Aristech’s Belen plant produces the Studio Collection, a luxury design material for applications such as illumination, partitions, privacy panels, furniture and backlit countertops.

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Aristech Introduces 12 New Design Options

Posted on 28 September 2016 by cradmin


Custom wine wall made in Ocean Breeze

Aristech Surfaces announced that it is introducing 12 all-new architectural and design materials under the Studio Collection™ by Avonite Surfaces brand. The new collection features designs with movement and texture, ultra-translucency, and terrazzo-inspired looks that bring a unique aesthetic for interior design.

According to the company these newly formulated polymer materials, which combine a striking design look with a formable, repairable and seamable surface, are ideal design alternatives to higher-cost surfaces such as concrete and glass, onyx, and other translucent PMMA and HDPE-filled resins. Applications include room dividers and partitions, store fixtures, column wraps, illumination, countertops, and accent pieces where lighting and aesthetics are key elements of design.

“The new Studio Collection represents a next generation of design materials, giving customers a competitive edge in design and functionality,” said Kristina Morgan, Global Marketing Manager for Aristech Surfaces. “Other materials such as concrete and crushed glass can be very expensive, have design limitations, and we’ve found installation can cost two to three times as much. With the increasing design trend of translucency and texture, our veined translucent colors are a true innovation in the surfacing industry.”

Designers are quickly specifying these products for use in commercial applications. “Longevity, ease of install, and custom design without a custom price tag,” said the designer who worked closely with R&R Millwork and Aristech Surfaces on the installation of the new Crushed Garnet color in a chain of restaurants. “People don’t realize how much time and cost can be saved by using these materials.”

The twelve new colors are categorized into three different collections. The Elements series includes the new translucent veined colors Tempest, Ocean Breeze, Jet Stream, and Rose Quartz; The Mosaics series includes Terrazzo and Crushed Garnet; and the Frosted Glass series includes Citron, Harbor Fog, Catalina, Pewter, Grenadine, and Pure Aqua. Custom colors are also available through the company’s Chromatix™ program.

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Avonite Studio Collection Sets the Bar in Aesthetics

Posted on 24 March 2016 by cradmin

Avonite Surfaces Studio CollectionMade from a proprietary resin blend, the Avonite Studio Collection has luminous 3-D characteristics with the properties of solid surface: it’s durable, can be thermoformed, is nonporous and is repairable. The five most recent colors added to the collection are Bluebell, Calcatta Stone, Celestial Pearl, Red Currant and Rosehip.

Inspired by precious metals, glass, and SCS-certified to contain up to 40 percent recycled material, the translucent polyester solid surface creates a depth of color and clarity. By integrating LED lighting with these products, their translucency produces an illuminating effect, and they are known for the beauty produced by backlighting. Custom color options are available and the material is NSF-certified. Sheets are 36 by 120 in. and 1/2-in.-thick.

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35 New Colors of Avonite Surfaces To Debut

Posted on 12 March 2015 by cradmin

avonite international paletteAvonite® Surfaces, a brand of Aristech Surfaces, is introducing its new international palette of 35 acrylic solid surface colors this spring and Studio Collection® Specialty Blend colors. Unique to the new palette, reports the company, is the ability to coordinate solid color neutrals with matching translucent accent pieces, creating new opportunities for color and light. Designers can coordinate various looks in the same space. The new line features a wider breadth of 100 percent acrylic neutrals and earth tones such as Brume and Café au Lait, as well as brilliant Studio colors such as Bluebell and Luna to provide striking looks and accents. The new colors will premier at GlobalShop Show and Conference in Las Vegas, March 24 to 26.

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Aristech Surfaces Adds New Avonite Solid Surface Color

Posted on 24 July 2014 by cradmin

Aristech Avonite Alpine ShimmerAristech Surfaces has added a new color – Alpine Shimmer – to its Avonite Foundations Line of solid surface. The new color has a whitish base color with a subtle shimmer of reflective particulates.

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Aristech Acrylics/Avonite Surfaces Rebrands Identity as Aristech Surfaces

Posted on 12 June 2014 by cradmin

New Aristech Surfaces logoOn June 1, in a letter to the industry, Aristech Acrylics/Avonite Surfaces CEO Ross McMillan announced that the two wings of the company would now be folded under a new name – Aristech Surfaces. “There is a long history behind these two global product brands, which have co-existed since 2003, and we are refocusing our efforts to leverage the obvious synergies between them,” stated McMillan. “As we look toward the future, we are looking at the entire surfacing market with its many product/material functionalities. Our goal will be to further expand our ‘surface solutions’ offering, providing customers and markets with a one-stop shop for their various surfacing project needs. This is a much broader approach than our prior individual product and markets approach, and changing our name from Aristech Acrylics LLC to Aristech Surfaces LLC is a natural progression in line with this philosophy.”

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University of San Francisco Case Study: A look at the usage of the Avonite Wet Wall System

Posted on 29 October 2012 by cradmin

Avonite wet wall CS picIn fall of 2011, first-year students selected to live in Phelan Residence Hall were welcomed by a long-awaited change. As the oldest operating hall on campus since 1955, it’s one of the most popular for young student placement, but was also one of the most unlivable.

The most anticipated renovation was that of the bathrooms. Many Phelan residents were disturbed by the overall cleanliness. “I didn’t like Phelan because of how dirty and smelly it was. I remember in the shower, I would stay in the middle because I was disgusted by touching the walls,” said junior Philip Sy.

The massive scope of work included gutting the interior structure, building a new entrance, and adding seismic reinforcements to the exterior. All of this had to be done in just eight weeks.

This challenge went to the design and construction team of Oculus Architects Inc. and Turner Construction. Avonite® reps Priscilla Miranda & Lisa Meenan had visited Oculus and highlighted the advantages of the Avonite® wet wall system. Solid surface walls were already being considered for the showers, but when Steve Connelly of Oculus learned that the Avonite® wall panels came in 60-in. widths, he began to consider covering all the wet area walls with the Avonite® product. The wall panels could be installed faster than tile and would last longer. However, Turner Construction wondered if it had been done before.

Fischer Tile was just finishing a similar installation at the Veterans Administration Medical Complex (VAMC) in Palo Alto, Calif. Fischer Tile ordered 60-in.-wide panels and custom heights of 108 and 105 inches. Mike Betschart of Turner Construction was introduced to John Salmon of Fischer Tile and allowed to tour the VAMC installation site. Turner was impressed with the clean look of the panels and the quality workmanship. Betschart decided this was the solution he was looking for, but was concerned about the products being ready in time. The owner and designer wanted a color called Cordoba, which is not one of the standard wall panel colors.

This presented a new twist on the timing challenge: custom size orders generally take six weeks. So, with the understanding of the customer’s constraints in mind, Aristech proceeded with the Avonite® panel production preparation so it would be ready to produce and deliver once the order came through. The anticipated order was delayed by several weeks, but once the order was placed, Fisher Tile received the custom color, custom-sized panels in just three weeks.

Then the real fun began. “We only had three and a half weeks to install more than 30,000 SF of solid surface on all of the wall surfaces,” Salmon explained. “We ended up hard seaming everything so it really looks nice. My crews were working seven 12-hour days and even had me helping Thursdays through Sundays.”

“With such a tight time frame, this job could have gone south with a delayed shipment or anything at all,” Salmon continued. “I give special thanks to our Avonite® Surfaces Regional Manager Priscilla Miranda and the production crews back at the Avonite® facility. They really pulled through on their end. After completing our second major project using Avonite® Wall Panels, I told Priscilla we love working with the 1/4-in. wall panels. They have great traits you probably really wouldn’t understand unless you had to sling as much as we have on the walls.”

For more information, go to www.avonitesurfaces.com.

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Avonite Increases Distribution Channels

Posted on 01 October 2012 by cradmin

Avonite Surfaces has expanded its distribution through new agreements with Atlantic Plywood and Dixieply. Atlantic Plywood was given distribution rights for New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Eastern Pennsylvania. The full product line from Avonite became available Oct. 1 through Atlantic.

In the Southeast and the Carribean, Dixieply is now Avonite’s exlusive distributor. Dixie’s locations in Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Miami will inventory Avonite surfacing products and will service markets including Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and the Caribbean.

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