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Colt Industries Press Conference Announcing Split with Dupont Corian Solid Surface and Zodiaq Quartz

Posted on 22 December 2015 by cradmin

Back on December 8, Colt Industries, formerly one of the largest distributors of DuPont Corian solid surface and Zodiaq quartz surfacing held a webinar-based press conference announcing the reasons for their move away from DuPont products to the lesser-known Durasein solid surface from China and Diresco quartz surfacing from Belgium. The captured the video conference, which included explanations as well as a question and answer portion. Here it is in its entirety:

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DuPont and Dow Announce Merger Deal, Ramifications for Surfacing Unknown

Posted on 15 December 2015 by cradmin

dupont-dow mergerOn December 11, DuPont and Dow announced they have agreed on a merger, valued at $130 billion. After the merger, the new company monikered “DowDuPont,” plans to split into three separate companies within 18 months to two years after the deal closes. DuPont has said it plans to cut 5,000 employees, assuming the deal is approved by regulators, stock holders and board members. The chemical giants have a variety of overlapping products, but in the countertop/surfacing field only DuPont is a player with its Corian solid surface and Zodiaq quartz surfacing products.

Interestingly DuPont’s surfacing line appears to have recently taken a hit when one of it’s largest distributors that covered 17 states, Colt Industries, announced it was parting ways with the DuPont and would no longer be distributing Corian or Zodiaq surfaces. This merger and the potential synergies or chaos, depending on whether or not the building products division is something that receives additional attention or loses focus, is another unpredictable factor tossed in. Certainly as additional details become available, this media outlet will continue to bring you information.

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Colt Industries Parts Ways with DuPont Corian Solid Surface and Zodiaq Quartz

Posted on 09 December 2015 by cradmin

Colt Industries held a live via the Internet press conference on Dec. 8, announcing that it had cut ties with DuPont regarding distribution of Corian solid surface and Zodiaq quartz surfacing. It is unsure how this major shake-up in the solid surface and quartz industry will play out, but Colt is one of DuPont’s largest surfacing distributors, covering 17 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennesee, Texas and Southern Illinois. In place of DuPont’s surfacing products, Colt will now be distributing Diresco Quartz Surfacing, manufactured in Belgium, and Durasein 100 percent acrylic solid surface. Additionally, it will distribute GlueBoss SeamBoss and ClipBoss adhesives in place of DuPont’s.

According to the company, the change was made so the company could offer products of the same quality but at better pricing with faster turnaround on custom color orders. Diresco Quartz has already been stocked in Colt’s facilities and the company expects to have solid surface stocked by the beginning of the new year. The company also reports that the new materials will come in many similar colors as what it previous carried.

You may also be interested in this article on Hanwha’s Hanstone quartz distribution expansion.

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C.H. Briggs Opens New Solid Surface and Quartz Distribution Center

Posted on 22 July 2013 by cradmin

ch briggs new warehouseC.H. Briggs Company, distributor of interior and specialty building products, opened a new 28,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and distribution center in Norcross, Georgia. The Norcross facility will stock and ship DuPont Corian solid surface and Zodiaq quartz surfacing sheet products and accessories.

“Our decision to expand is the result of continued strong growth in the Georgia and eastern Tennessee markets,” said Don Schalk, president and COO. “The addition of the new warehouse enables us to increase local inventory levels of key products so that orders can be fulfilled faster to meet our customers’ needs for quick turnaround. In addition to exceeding our customers’ delivery expectations, we think they’re also going to value having the option of convenient, local pickup.”

The Norcross Distribution Center is located at 6115 Northbelt Parkway, Suite E, Norcross, GA 30071. The warehouse is open for local pickup between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. C.H. Briggs has four other distribution centers located in Reading, Pa., Telford, Pa., Savage, Md., and Fort Mill, S.C., as well as a Corian Design Studio in Philadelphia.

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DuPont Introduces New Corian Solid Surface, Zodiaq Quartz Colors

Posted on 25 February 2013 by cradmin

DuPont introduced nine new colors of solid surface and three new colors of quartz surfacing as 2013 additions to the product lines. The new Corian colors are: Whipped Cream, with light sliver micas accenting rich and creamy veining; Seafoam, with frosted, frothy textures accenting tonal veining and natural white color; Pebble, with large soft brown and pearl flecks suspended in textured micas; Desert, with textured micas complementing soft browns and shimmering veining; Deep Sea, with ripples of blues and frosted grays with silver micas; Luna White, with lightweight ripples that meld with ice white; Stardust, with smoked gray mica fused with tinted pearl and blue flecks; Mineral, with large flecks of blues and grays with silver micas; and Silver Gray, an opaque cool gray.

The new colors of Zodiaq are as follows: Snow Flurry, with intricate flecks that combine with whites and grays; Coarse Carrara (pictured here), with frosted grays in bright white with scattered veining; and Coarse Marfil, with an organic effect veining in light cream and coffee tones.

“As we developed these new colors, our priority was to help architects and designers understand what their customers will be looking for today and in the years to come,” said Elizabeth J. Lawson, strategic project manager – DuPont Building Innovations.  “We’re rigorous in our pursuit of bringing the most powerful and inspiring trends to life for the commercial and residential marketplaces.”

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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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DuPont Begins Manufacturing Private Collection Corian in U.S., Changes Zodiaq Pricing

Posted on 06 August 2012 by cradmin

DuPont is now reportedly manufacturing its Private Collection Corian solid surface at the company’s Tonawanda Yerkes plant. It had been manufactured in South Korea.

DuPont invested an estimated $6 million to make the transition, according to reports. New York state grant money totaling nearly $500,000 was also used to aid the facility in the transition.

DuPont also announced that it has changed the pricing groups for Zodiaq quartz surfacing sold in theUnited States and Canada. The price of 15 selections in the line will reportedly be going down.

A 13 percent reduction on almost 1/3 of the product line is the result of the changes. Surfaces in its Color group “D” surfaces that are being consolidated into “C” pricing are: Calm Springs, Wintergreen, Coriander, Warm Taupe, Flax, Savory, Licorice, Moroccan Morning, Nutmeg, and Mossy Green. Other colors introduced last year to be consolidated to “B” pricing are: Sage, Caraway, Poppy Seed, Chicory and Coarse Pepper.

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