Time-honoured trendsetters: Italy

Time honoured trendsettersThe recent history of ceramic tile production has been largely defined by the quantitative supremacy of China and the heightened capabilities of developing countries in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. However, the reputation and progress of ceramic tiles ultimately rests on the technological advancement and manufacturing distinction which can only be achieved through a steadfast commitment to excellence. In this respect, the venerable production hubs of southern Europe continue to capture hearts and minds and receive deserved praise. Read more…

The true cost and performance of carpet, vinyl, timber and tile

True costThe majority of tile importers and retailers that I speak with are content that contemporary ceramic tile still provides the best long term value for money, by comparison with other soft, resilient and hard surface coverings. In the last edition of Tile Today (Issue 86 – February 2015) Peter Halliday reported that imports of ceramic tile had climbed to record levels in 2014, and that local production is steadily growing. Read more…