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Conflict Causes Cancellation of Vitória Stone Fair/Marmo+Mac Latin America

Posted on 15 February 2017 by cradmin

vitoria stone fairMilanez & Milaneze, the organizers of the 2017 edition of the Vitória Stone Fair / Marmo+Mac Latin America, cancelled the event on Feb. 10, just four days before its scheduled opening because of local unrest and concern for exhibitor and visitor safety. The announcement was made on the company’s website. According to the announcement, there had been multiple requests from exhibitors and visitors to cancel the event even though stands were already set up and many participants had already arrived.

Organizers of the event stated that the safety and integrity of the customers, exhibitors, visitors and service providers was of the utmost concern after a work stoppage of police patrols in the Brazilian state of of Espírito Santo, which includes Vitória. The stoppage had reportedly led to more than 130 deaths and Brazil’s government sent more than 3,000 troops to attempt to restore order to the area. Vitória public transportation, schools, clinics and many businesses had been closed during the week-long conflict.

The state’s Military Police, which is not actually a part of Brazil’s armed forces, was involved in a dispute with the Espírito Santo government regarding pay issues. Patrol cars were prevented from leaving by family members who surrounded the headquarters. This tactic is meant to bypass Brazilian law that prohibits police from going on strike. The response of the Espírito Santo officials was to threaten charges of insurrection against 703 police officers.

In a statement on the Folha Vitória website, Cecília Milanez Milaneze, company CEO said that although they recognize the importance of this international event, it will not be rescheduled this year.

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

Posted on 18 August 2016 by cradmin

There is still time to register for the full-day Countertop Symposium on Tuesday, August 23, at IWF. The event is put on by ISFA and sponsored by SolidSurface.com, and takes place the day before the show floor opens for IWF. The seminar is designed to provide a wealth of information to both established countertop fabricators and those exploring their options in the countertop industry.

Industry experts will share information and insights to help you learn about the products and business of the decorative surfacing industry.

Topics will include:

• Solid Surface Thermoforming
• Profiting from Diversification of your Countertop Shop
• Solid Surface Casework: Why it Makes Sense
• Countertop Industry Outlook: A Forecast of Factors Affecting the Industry
• Q & A opportunities with a distinguished panel of industry experts
The presenters include the owners of successful surfacing companies and others who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session covers both residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on solid surface, quartz surfacing, stone, laminate and a variety of other countertop options.

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Coverings 2016 ‘Fabricator Day’ to be held April 20, Offers Free Admission

Posted on 15 March 2016 by cradmin

Coverings-2016-logo-copyCoverings 2016, a premier trade show for the stone and tile industry, is once again having its “Fabricator Day” at the upcoming show. The show, which runs from April 18 to 21 at McCormick Place in Chicago and is free to all registrants, will have Fabricator Day on Wednesday, April 20. Fabricator Day is a day of the show that provides enhanced learning opportunities, a round table lunch, networking, a happy hour and more. And this is in addition to a huge display of the latest fabrication machinery, tools and slab materials.

Coverings offers dozens of free educations sessions specifically for stone professionals led by experienced and knowledgeable industry experts. Attendees can refine their skills with free technical and information-rich conference sessions such as:

  • ANSI Dynamic Coefficient of Friction Test for Natural Stone Surfaces
  • Attracting More Designers to Your Showroom – How to Deliver CEU Courses
  • Exterior Wall Cladding: Making the Transition from Interior to Exteriors
  • Featured Session: Stone Trends 2016
  • Natural Stone Characteristics: Protection, Maintenance & Restoration
  • Restoration and Maintenance Standards – 2016 Updates to The Dimension Stone Design Manual
  • State of the Stone Industry – Promotion, Safety and More
  • Supplier and Buyer Guide: Creating International Standards for Importing and Exporting
  • The Stone Zone, in which the Stone Fabricators Alliance will host demonstrations and educational “how-to” sessions specifically designed for fabricators. Check out products that were “born in the SFA” – designed by fabricators for fabricators.
  • And many more! View the full conference program for more details.

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Coverings 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers, Featured Sessions

Posted on 11 February 2016 by cradmin

In today’s competitive environment, the pressure is on to understand and respond to lightning-fast changes in design, business and technology. To help you stay on top of your game, Coverings has put together an impressive lineup of four Keynote Sessions and eight Featured Sessions. Add sessions by these speakers to your “must-see” list at Coverings 2016. The show runs from April 18 to 21 at McCormick Place in Chicago and registration to attend the expo is completely free.

Keynote Speakers

Don’t miss the Coverings 2016 Keynote Sessions featuring some of the industry’s top innovators and influencers. Covering every aspect of the versatile tile & stone industry, these sessions belong on your “must-attend” list.

Keynote sessions have a minor charge to secure your place and include either a hot breakfast or plated lunch.

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Featured Session Speakers

Coverings is the best educational and purchasing event in North America. In addition to the extensive conference program and exciting Keynote Sessions, Coverings offers Featured Sessions that are not to be missed. The free Featured Sessions at Coverings 2016 will connect you with the knowledge and information you need to succeed in the tile & stone industry.

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Read more about the show at www.coverings.com.

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Video: Design Milk's Take on the Best of KBIS 2016

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Video: Design Milk’s Take on the Best of KBIS 2016

Posted on 10 February 2016 by cradmin

This video was put out by Design Milk, an online magazine for designers, and focuses on what the magazine’s editor thought were the highlights of the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) held in January in Las Vegas. If you are into design, this is a good online magazine to check out, and they are on top of trends and put out good stuff.

You may also be interested in this blog article of CountertopResource.com’s Editor Brian Jones of his daily experiences at Design & Construction Week 2016 (KBIS, IBS and TISE/StonExpo).

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The International Surface Event EAST Officially Opens 2015 Attendee Online Registration

Posted on 20 July 2015 by cradmin

Online registration for those wishing to attendee The International Surface Event (TISE) East. This is the second year for the event, which will run from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5 in Orlando, Fla. this year. The trade show has three distint portions – StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, TileExpo and SURFACES. On Nov. 2, only educational offerings will be available, with the exhibit hall opening the next day, Nov. 3. Organizers are planning some new features at this year’s event. “The Porch, Open Air Design Concept” is among the new features and according to the show will be the hub of activity on the show floor. Including a cocktail bar, happy hours and lounges, it will be the central meeting location for tours. The Porch will showcase the high demand design, architectural and retail needs for the ever popular open air design concept. This beautifully designed show feature will showcase exhibitor’s floor covering, stone and tile products, paired with designer accessories. The show will also include the new Peer 180 Conference, a peer-to-peer conference experience in which attendees will share the problems with which they need help, the answers they have learned from their own experiences and make connections with professionals who face the same challenges. It is designed to be a smaller, more intimate and supported environment tailored by and for the individual attendee. The show will also host various parties and networking events, as well as MIA sessions. Pricing and additional information is available at the TISE East website.

You may also be interested in this article on attendee numbers at the recent Coverings show.

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The International Surface Event Honors 2015 “Best of Show” Award Recipients

Posted on 03 April 2015 by cradmin

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GranQuartz was awarded the StonExpo Best Product Award for the Omni Cubed Pro Lift

The International Surface Event (TISE) honored several exhibiting companies with the “Best of Show” awards for its 2015 event in Las Vegas. Participating exhibitors vied for the top honor in several categories.

“The Best of Show awards recognize exceptional companies and true pioneers of products, services, tools and technologies that exhibit not only cutting-edge designs but tried and true products which continue to enhance the industry,” said Amie Gilmore,director of the event. “The increasing popularity of these awards year after year continues to spark the spirit of friendly competition among our exhibitors.”

Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

The Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas awards were presented to winners in three categories: Innovation, Technology and Sustainability.

The winners for Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas were awarded as follows:

• Innovation – Regent Stone Products for the Twist Shim
• Technology – ETemplate Systems for the ELaser CT
• Sustainability – MStone Stone & Tile for Slimline Stone Laminates

The Best of Product StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2015 Award went to GranQuartz for the Omni Cubed Pro-Lift Automatic. The Pro-Lift Automatic was engineered by Omni Cubed for optimum safety, ease and convenience. It allows for much safer lowering, transporting and lifting of very tall and heavy countertops. The Pro-Lift features a long-lasting, rechargeable battery pack; wireless remote; countertop clamp; kick-brake; flat-free, non-marking tires; and weighs only 74 lbs.

Best of TileExpo

The Best Product of TileExpo 2015 Award went to TileRedi USA for the Center Redi Trench. This one piece shower pan is manufactured in several sizes and has been designed with an integral curb, pitch and drain featuring the a designer-look to accommodate any center drain shower application.

You may also be interested in this article on KBIS, IBS and StonExpo 2016.

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Coverings 2015 Features Appreciation Days

Posted on 13 March 2015 by cradmin

Coverings 2015 LogoCoverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, has announced the return of “Appreciation Days,” which will feature tailored programming for specific attendee segments, including architects, designers, fabricators, contractors, builders and remodelers. Comprised of guided tours of the show floor and focused education sessions, Appreciation Days will provide participants with opportunities to further their knowledge alongside fellow industry members during Coverings 2015, which will be held April 14 to 17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Participants of each Appreciation Day will have access to a designated lounge, providing a space dedicated to networking and relaxing during the show. Additionally, all registered participants of Coverings’ Appreciation Days will be offered complimentary lunches and numerous opportunities to network with other professionals during their respective day.

“Each attendee segment is important to Coverings, and their attendance is appreciated, so we are continually searching for ways to enhance their show experience,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Appreciation Days not only allow us to celebrate the diverse range of Coverings’ attendees but also provide them with curated educational and networking opportunities.”

Dates and programming highlights for the Appreciation Days are as follows:

  • Builder & Remodeler Day,  April 14 – Features roundtable discussions in English and Spanish over lunch in the Appreciation Lounge, facilitated by the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (in Spanish) and the Florida Home Builders Association. The focus is on current trends in the builder and remodeler industry in the Southeast market. Guided tours of the show floor will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., starting and ending at the Appreciation Lounge.
  • Architect & Designer Day, April 15 – Begins with breakfast at 9:15 a.m. with Interior Design Magazine’s Hospitality Design Power Panel, moderated by Deputy Editor Edie Cohen. Lunch is provided during Joey Shimoda’s noon Keynote Session where he will present “The Sensuality of Surface,” sponsored by Contract Magazine. In addition, specifier attendees are encouraged to attend the Featured Session presented by American Society of Interior Designers Executive Vice President and CEO Randy Fiser, who will discuss “Designing Wellness.” In between the dynamic education programming, facilitated tours of the show floor will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., leaving from the Appreciation Lounge.
  • Contractor Days, April 15-16 – On these days, the National Tile Contractors Association will host roundtable discussions over lunch in the Contractor Lounge. Discussions will be divided into residential and commercial contracting interests and are open to all experience levels. The Contractor Days also feature eight, one-hour guided tours of the show floor and happy hours with prize giveaways in the lounge in the afternoon.
  • Fabricator Day, April 16 – Features several roundtables over lunch in the Appreciation Lounge on key topics, including, “CEU Immersion Class | Providing CEUs to Architects & Interior Designers Using MIA’s Turn-Key Program,” “How to Handle Wastewater in a Fabrication Setting” and “Perspectives in Benchmarking.” “Stone Zone Passports” will also be available at registration and in the Lounge for fabricators to use as a map and guide to exploring the dozens of exhibitors located in the machinery and allied products area of the Coverings show floor.

To learn more about conferences, programs, exhibitors and special events planned for Coverings 2015, visit coverings.com. Or register now for free!

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IBS, KBIS, TISE (StonExpo) Continue Vegas Co-location in 2016

Posted on 05 March 2015 by cradmin

According to news releases, the International Builder Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and The International Surface Event (TISE – StonExpo) will all return to Las Vegas as part of Design & Construction Week in 2015. The 2016 event(s) will be held Jan. 19 to 21. This comes on the back of the recent shows for which turnout was reported to have included more than 125,000 builders, dealers and suppliers, more than 300 members of the media, and 3,750 exhibiting brands to cover more than 4.7 million net sq. ft. of space.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced their respective trade shows, IBS and KBIS, will continue to co-locate together through 2020. NAHB and NKBA will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan. 10 to 12, 2017, and Jan. 9 to 11, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

You may also be interested in this article on the upcoming Coverings 2015 stone and tile show.

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Coverings 2015 to Feature Conference Program with Industry Authorities

Posted on 10 February 2015 by cradmin

Coverings 2015 LogoCoverings 2015, the largest stone and tile exhibition in North America, returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., April 14 to 17, and the show is slated to feature a robust program of notable, respected speakers. More than 75 educational sessions begin one day before the show proper, on April 13, and they will cover a broad range of topics relevant to the stone and tile industry that are designed to give businesses an edge in today’s highly competitive marketplace.

All educational sessions at Coverings 2015 will be organized into tracks curated for each segment of attendees: fabricators, distributors, contractors, builders, designers, architects and retailers. In addition, a special segment will be provided for professionals wishing to learn about sustainability and green programs. However, sessions are free and open to all exhibitors and attendees, and selection is ultimately based on individual interest.

The conference component of Coverings ranks as one of the show’s most popular features, and it has been a vital element since being implemented in 1990. In addition to providing an excellent educational experience, attendees may benefit by earning valuable CEU credits.

Keynote Sessions

The lineup for the Coverings 2015 educational sessions is headlined by four keynote speakers:

Tuesday, April 14 – 8:00 a.m.
“Industry Update: Latest News on Tile Standards, Specification Issues, and Other Important Developments”
Presented by Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)

Back by popular demand, the TCNA Executive Director will report on industry current events, including regulatory issues, consumption data, changes to standards and the TCNA Handbook. Mr. Astrachan will also discuss a host of other issues and controversies with a focus on how they affect segments of the tile industry. The broad-spectrum update will cover latest developments from the TCNA Lab, the latest on tile and green construction and various pitfalls and liabilities to avoid.

Wednesday, April 15 – 9:15 a.m.
“Interior Design Magazines Hospitality Design Power Panel”
Presented by Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine

The panel will showcase top designers from Interior Design’s Top 100 Hospitality Giants, who will discuss innovations, trends and developments in hospitality design, growth sectors, and how tile and stone comes into play. Panelists will offer their insight and tips on creating inviting and innovative spaces through case studies, projects and more.

Wednesday, April 15 – 12:00 p.m.
“The Sensuality of Surface”
Presented by Joey Shimoda, Chief Creative Officer of The Shimoda Design Group

The Shimoda Design Group has spent more than a decade crafting spaces that celebrate the sensuality of surface. The firm specializes in creating spaces that elevate each client’s brand vision and the innovative use of surfacing materials that set a tone to deliver a focused message about culture and design.

Thursday, April 16 – 8:00 a.m.
“One on One with Bart Bettiga”
Presented by Harris Rosen, President of Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association and Coverings’ 2015 Chairman will sit down with Mr. Rosen for a one–on–one exclusive interview that will address the hospitality business, the design industry and his view of the future of design.

Featured Sessions

Coverings 2015 will also offer six Featured Sessions that provide additional vantage points from the stone and tile industry.

Tuesday, April 14, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
“Future Color/Design Trends: Innovation and Impact”
Featuring Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute

Eiseman will discuss how to stay on top of the latest color forecasts in a highly visual world in order to sell products or services, examine how traditional media such as print and TV commercials have become more inventive and sophisticated and how new technologies have introduced unexpected color stories. This session will also address what is driving these color trends and how they impact ones business to better know how to make critical color decisions.

Tuesday, April 14, 10:45–11:45 a.m.
“Secrets to Creating Remarkable Customer Experiences”
Featuring Sandy Smith of Sandy Smith Seminars

Smith’s presentation notes the decreased dependency of the customer on the seller for information due to the emergence of the Internet, identify the escalating expectation of today’s 24-hour customer and highlight best practices of organizations that consistently deliver remarkable customer experiences. 

Tuesday, April 14, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
“Stone Trends 2015”
Featuring Vince Marazita of Marazita & Associates

Marazita will provide an overall view of the market and market trends at this 17th Annual State of the Industry presentation on the dimensional stone marke
t in the U.S. This session covers information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year with examples of award–winning projects that have been recognized for their use of natural stone.

Wednesday, April 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
“Designing Wellness”
Featuring Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Fiser will advise on how ASID and its members are improving lives through better design in response to the increased attention to wellness. With policy makers and the public focusing on health and wellbeing initiatives, interior designers have taken on a valuable role in this wellness movement.

Thursday, April 16, 9:15–10:15 a.m.
“Design Build Obligations: You May Not Know It, But You Own It”
Featuring Tommy A. Conner of Superior Tile and Stone

Conner will explore Design Build, a project delivery method that provides the owner with a single point of contact for design and construction. This session will provide awareness of the unique financial and liability risks associated with design build that are essential to avoiding unpleasant surprises.

Thursday, April 16, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
“10 Best Practices to Maximize Your Store Experience & Sales”
Featuring Nicole Leinbach Reyhle of Retail Minded

Reyhle will present the 10 best practices in today’s crowded marketplace to help retailers and designers increase their success. This session will review current market trends, in–the–know retail tips, and realistic ways to maximize time and sales. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a checklist to evaluate their own store best practices to grow beyond existing store goals. These 10 tips may be quick, but they are spot on and will offer effective support in surviving in today’s competitive marketplace.

Learn more about the Keynote Sessions, Featured Sessions and all of the conference programming by clicking here. Register to attend this year’s show for free at Coverings.com.


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