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Industry Economist to Speak at AWFS Fair

Posted on 18 June 2021 by cradmin4

Economist Chris Kuehl will offer a keynote presentation at the 2021 AWFS Fair on Thursday, July 22 at 8:00 a.m. The session will begin with a welcome from AWFS Board leadership, followed by an economic update from Kuehl focusing on manufacturing and the construction and housing markets. An additional session will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the fair’s live show stage where AWFS Executive Vice President, Angelo Gangone, will interview Kuehl regarding key topics including supply chain issues.

Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company. He has been Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations for nearly twenty years in industries ranging from credit management to fabricators and manufacturers. He regularly speaks at conferences and events, including FABTECH and the AWI Annual Convention.

“We are excited to have Mr. Kuehl at the AWFS Fair to offer insight into the economic status of our industry and what we may be able to expect in the upcoming year,” said Gangone. “Our industry is reeling from the current supply chain crisis; Chris can shed some light on this issue and how companies can be proactive.”

Both sessions with Kuehl will be free and open to all registered AWFS Fair attendees and exhibitors, no additional registration required.

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MSI Partners with Spectrum Quartz

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MSI Partners with Spectrum Quartz

Posted on 17 December 2019 by cradmin

MSI has announced the establishment of a joint venture with Spectrum Quartz to create a quartz slab manufacturing production facility in the United States.

In May of this year, Spectrum Quartz (part of Hirsch Glass Corporation) announced plans to build a quartz manufacturing plant on a 42-acre site in Latta, South Carolina. MSI and Spectrum Quartz subsequently discussed combining the manufacturing expertise of Spectrum Quartz with the financial backing and sales and distribution network of MSI.

The team has been working tirelessly over the past several months to transform the existing 360,000 sq. ft. building into a state-of-the-art quartz manufacturing facility. The first two quartz lines are slated to begin test production later this month, with commercial production expected in the first quarter of 2020. Two additional lines will be operational shortly thereafter with ample space for further expansion. The venture is expected to create hundreds of jobs and give a significant boost to the economies of Latta and Dillon County as a whole.

According to Rup Shah, President of MSI, “The future for quartz manufacturing in the United States is very bright. The demand for quartz continues to grow at double digit rates as quartz takes substantial market share away from other countertop surfaces. Even with this investment in manufacturing, demand will continue to exceed supply for the foreseeable future. We expect to focus on producing colors catering to the luxury segment of the market, adding to MSI’s diverse palette of approximately 100 colors of Q Premium Natural Quartz. We believe that the combination of Spectrum’s manufacturing expertise and MSI’s unparalleled sales and distribution capabilities will create the leading North American quartz manufacturer.”

Shah added, “We have worked with Alex Xie, President of Hirsch Glass Corporation and Spectrum Quartz for several years and we quickly realized the enormous potential of both parties working together on this venture. We share a common vision for the future of the U.S. quartz market as well as common core values. In addition, Spectrum Quartz not only has incredible manufacturing expertise but also patent protected technology that will allow us to create the next generation of innovative colors and designs.”

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LE Surfaces Announces Formation of LE Mexico

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LE Surfaces Announces Formation of LE Mexico

Posted on 06 May 2019 by cradmin

LE Surfaces announced that it has formed LE Mexico which will further expand the footprint of LE Surfaces worldwide. LE Mexico will be another quartz manufacturing facility that will specialize in basic monochromatic colors and non-directional veined colors. LE Mexico will locate the plant within close proximity to a key logistical hub in Central Mexico. LE Mexico will be a partnership between LE Surfaces, US Surfaces, and an experienced manufacturing operator in Guadalajara. LE Mexico will seek investment support from a limited number of large quartz customers who will gain preferential access to the capacity of LE Mexico. Plant production is scheduled to commence in 1Q 2020.

You may also be interested in this article about Hyundai’s acquisition of Hanwha L&C.

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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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A Look at the New U.S. Caesarstone Manufacturing Plant

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A Look at the New U.S. Caesarstone Manufacturing Plant

Posted on 17 June 2015 by cradmin

In a new video released by Caesarstone various leaders of the company talk about the opening of its first U.S.-based quartz surfacing manufacturing facility just outside of Savannah, Ga. It also gives a basic inside look at the workings of the plant. The facility has been in the works for quite awhile and its opening represents the ability for the company to produce “made in the USA” material, and be closer to, and therefore more nimble towards, the U.S. market.

The facility also has a showroom where industry professionals can view the color selections and even gather for various meetings and events in a “community center” portion of the building.

You may also be interested in this video on the Breton quartz manufacturing process.

 

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How Cultured Marble Sinks and Vanities Are Made

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How Cultured Marble Sinks and Vanities Are Made

Posted on 20 January 2015 by cradmin

There is little doubt that we have all seen hundreds, if not thousands of cultured marble vanities in numerous settings. But, just how is this common and inexpensive product made? Well, this video, apparently an episode of “How It’s Made” from the Discovery Channel, is offered by ‘worldnews33‘ and shows the process of how cultured marble sinks and vanities are developed.

While I doubt most fabricators have any enthusiasm for pushing these lower-end products when tackling a bathroom project, it is worth knowing the process for their creation, if for no other reason than to be able to sell intelligently against them.

This video seems relatively straight-forward, but I know where are some more complex versions in which a variety of more colorful and intricate patterns are created and more eye-catching gel coats are used to take the look of these to the next level, but this will certainly paint you a basic picture.

 

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Old Corian Video Showing the Manufacture of Solid Surface

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Old Corian Video Showing the Manufacture of Solid Surface

Posted on 26 September 2013 by cradmin

We looked long and hard to try to find a video that shows how solid surface is made, however it seems the industry is relatively tight-lipped about the process. Other than a few Chinese videos with no narrative showing minor aspects of manufacturing, there is very little out there. However, this “How it is Made” video from what appears to be the early 1980s has some interviews with the folks behind DuPont Corian solid surface as well as some insightful views at the company’s continuous casting manufacturing line. While it may be outdated a bit, you will get the idea. Thanks to Willis Distribution for sharing it.

If nothing else, the aged nature of it is good for a few chuckles. Enjoy:

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Granex Breaks Ground on New Manufacturing Facility in Tampa, Fla.

Posted on 06 September 2013 by cradmin

Granex Inc., a supplier of granite and other natural stone, broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Tampa, Fla. in August. The $6 million development will process granite and marble slabs from imported raw materials and create up to 50 new jobs upon completion.

“This facility will be a ‘first-of-its-kind’ for the domestic engineering of granite and marble slabs,” said Raj Emandi, president of Granex. “Once operational, we’ll begin to distribute the product within the U.S., as well as export to Europe, Central and South America.”

Construction is projected to last approximately two months, with hiring taking place in late September or early October. Project assistance was provided by local economic development partners, including Hillsborough County, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance.

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How Wilsonart Laminate is Made

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How Wilsonart Laminate is Made

Posted on 02 July 2013 by cradmin

This video showing how Wilsonart, one of the largest manufacturers/suppliers of laminate, was brought to our attention, here at CountertopResource.com, and we checked it out to find a very insightful piece. Anyone working with laminate material, probably has some idea of what the material is composed of, but this shows the actual process of how it is made. With a look at one of Wilsonart’s manufacturing plants, it walks you through the process as if you were touring the facility and provides good explanations of the steps involved.

A must see for those who work with laminate or are interested in learning more about it.

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Breton Quartz Surfacing Manufacturing Process

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Breton Quartz Surfacing Manufacturing Process

Posted on 12 December 2012 by cradmin

Here is an insightful video shared by Marvel Stone in Australia showing the Breton method for manufacturing quartz surfacing (also known as engineered stone). The finished slabs are becoming more and more popular (and trendy) for countertop fabrication. Quartz surfacing is one of the most quickly growing countertop materials in the United States.

From what I know each new Breton quartz line is a little different from previous versions because of refinements, but they are all very similar and this is the most well-known process for manufacturing quartz surfacings. Most, if not all, of the major brands – Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq, Caesarstone, Radianz, Viatera, Hanstone, etc. – use the patented Breton System.

Nowadays there are other methods (and knock-off methods) being used, but this is basically the standard.

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