KBB - March 2012 - (Page 36)

ABROAD Vives’ Urbino series Tau’s S3 Smart Surface Systems The Size’s ultra-thin Neolith Material Science Top tech and design trends from Cevisama 2012 Seven hundred and eighty exhibitors from around the world—and 70 percent of Spain’s powerhouse tile industry—showed off their wares at Valencia’s 30th annual Cevisama tile and bath furnishings expo. Four pavilions, two stories each, were filled with the latest technology and hottest trends in residential and commercial tile and bathrooms from February 7-10. Spain exports 73 percent of the tile it manufactures, according to The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) and its U.S. representatives, Tile of Spain. Cevisama is its annual coming-out party. While 56 percent of the country’s annual exports head to other European nations (versus just 3.4 percent to the U.S.), there were plenty of new products and trends of interest to American design pros. Spain’s Castellon region is the Silicon Valley of the tile industry, pioneering many of the innovations seen on the show floor—and in high-end international showrooms. wallpaper, bamboo and especially natural stone—materials against which they’re vying for market share. Ink jets allow them to produce images on increasingly popular non-flat surfaces that screen printing can’t handle. Technology is also driving the production of ever-thinner, ultra-strong and lighter-weight tiles. Inalco is one of the pioneers in this category. Its Slimmker series can install right on top of existing flooring, reducing landfill, install time and shipping costs. Another Spanish manufacturer, The Size, has a line of thin porcelain tiles designed for next-generation countertop fabrication. Sized to rival engineered stone slabs, its Neolith offers comparable low maintenance and durability, as well as heat and scratch resistance. The company is starting to develop a North American fabrication network. Perhaps the most exciting blend of new-age technology and a millennia-old medium at Cevisama is the integration of smart home systems and sustainability into tile design. Ceracasa is launching an Eco series this year that will store energy and release it for heating and cooling purposes. Natucer incorporated LED lights into wall tile panels that can softly illuminate a bathroom or living space. Tau showed off its S3 Smart Surface Systems, which can control your entertainment electronics, climate, light and more with sensors engineered into any of its largeformat tiles. With a single tap on a sleek wall concealing sophisticated Continued on page 38 TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES Technology continues to be a hot trend at Cevisama, and in the tile industry overall. Ink jet processes give tile makers intriguing new capabilities. Ceracasa, for example, employs them to reproduce clientcreated images on custom tile murals. Most of the tile makers in attendance are using ink jet machinery to create handsome tiles that look remarkably like wood, cement, fabric, 36 + K BB March 2012 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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KBB - March 2012
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