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Curava Offers Resin-Based, Recycled Glass Surfaces

Posted on 07 November 2013 by cradmin

curava colorsCurava offers a resin-based slab material that contains sea shells and 100 percent recycled glass particulate. The material, which comes in seven colors – Taupe, Toffee, Lemongrass, Arctic, Mocha, Wheat and Savaii – is 3cm-thick and is suitable for indoor use in countertops, vanity tops, shower and tub surrounds, table tops and furniture tops. It is stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant and is made in Italy. The material has greater than 30 percent recycled content, with 70 percent of it being post-consumer. The majority of the recycled glass content comes from beer and wine bottles from landfills; window and windshield glass waste; and broken deodorant bottles from bottling plants. The material also contains no VOCs and may contribute toward several LEED points.

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Wilsonart To Acquire Durcon, Maker of Epoxy Resin Countertops

Posted on 05 November 2013 by cradmin

Wilsonart announced an agreement to acquire Durcon Incorporated, a manufacturer of laboratory-grade work surfaces and sinks. The Taylor, Texas-based Durcon provides laboratory tops, student tabletops, sinks and other work surfaces worldwide, and is best known for its epoxy resin surfaces. Durcon will operate as a new, independent business unit of Wilsonart.

The Federal Trade Commission on Oct. 25 granted early termination of the waiting period for U.S. antitrust review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,  in connection with the acquisition, and Wilsonart expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. The acquisition will reportedly be financed through a combination of available cash and Incremental Term Loan Commitments as provided under the company’s existing credit facilities.”We are excited about the future for both Wilsonart and Durcon,” said Timothy J. O’Brien, CEO of Wilsonart.

“We are investing for growth and adding a great brand, great products and great people to the Wilsonart family. These two organizations are culturally aligned around customer service, which will continue to be a key competitive advantage as we join forces to expand product offerings and reach new customers.”

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Does ‘Natural’ Really Matter?

Posted on 16 September 2012 by cradmin

In the not-too-distant past, I heard a presenter question whether it is really accurate to use the term “natural stone” anymore. He pointed out that a huge number of stone slabs coming into the United States are altered in one way or another – via resination or by the use of mesh backers, etc. He didn’t make a judgement call and actually praised the value of these methodologies as improvements to the slabs. It was the second time I’d heard someone say that the majority of granite slabs are altered.

I also noticed a MIA blog entry  that touched ont he same topic, which actually put forth what it defined as “natural stone.” It was very interesting to read, but really, it seems more of an intellectual debate than a practical one.

Ultimately, the term natural is used as a descriptor to describe quarried slab products from man-made ones, right? What really matters is that a good product is used and that the person paying the bill is happy with the look and quality – regardless of how much it has been “altered” or how “natural” it is.

There is no doubt that granite is a beautiful product with a very appealing look and suitable qualities to match its aesthetics. Rather than debate its “naturalness,” which seems like a red herring, energy might be better spent highlighting its strong points.

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