June 2022: Material Bank acquires Architizer

Material Bank, the world’s largest marketplace for architectural, design, and construction materials, has announced the acquisition of Architizer, home to the world’s largest database of architectural projects and a renowned and trusted source for architects, interior designers, etc.

Currently led by CEO David Weber, Architizer was founded in 2009 with a mission to help architects build better buildings, better cities, and a better world. The platform now has more than 900,000 registered users, and a database of more than 3 million architectural images from 86,000 inspirational projects, alongside building products from 31,000 manufacturers. For the past decade, it has also hosted the prestigious A+Awards, the world’s largest architectural awards program that celebrates the best-designed buildings from around the globe and spotlights the people, products, and technology that bring them to life. 

Material Bank’s Founder and CEO, Adam I. Sandow, notes: “With an incredibly powerful database that provides seamless, curated access to building product information, Architizer allows for creativity and meaningful connections. Architizer has built an extraordinary business with a team devoted to innovation in the architecture community. This acquisition will benefit both our users and Brand Partners, and together we will build an even more comprehensive platform for the industry.”

“It is a winning proposition to bring together Material Bank’s unparalleled database of design products with Architizer’s robust database of architectural projects,” said Weber. “We’re excited to combine our data and resources to build better tools that serve the global community of architects and designers.”

Architizer will continue to operate independently as a subsidiary of Material Bank led by David Weber.  Currently, the Material Bank platform is exclusively available to design professionals in the contiguous U.S. and Canada.



June 2022: Vietnam Altadia equips new tile plant in Vietnam

Esmalglass-Itaca, Fritta, Vetriceramici, and Younexa – four companies belonging to the Altadia glaze, colour, ink, and ceramic frit group –  will be main suppliers to the new plant currently being completed by the Viglacera Corporation near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The factory will produce large size ceramic tiles and slabs using Sacmi’s Continua+ technology for applications on floors, walls and kitchen countertops and as furnishing accessories.

Viglacera Corporation is Vietnam’s largest building materials producer with operations spanning a variety of sectors and a portfolio ranging from ceramic tiles to glass, sanitaryware, bricks and concrete blocks and panels.  Viglacera operates in 40 countries with around 300 offices and distribution centres and has a workforce of approximately 9,000 employees worldwide.



June 2022: Germany Ceramitec opens in Munich

Ceramitec has opened at Messe München (21st to 23rd June). Covering three halls—C1 to C3, this international trade fair for the ceramics industry will not only feature the entire spectrum of the sector – ranging from classic ceramics and raw materials to industrial ceramics, technical ceramics and powder metallurgy – but also a rich supporting programme.  This will, for the first time, fill two forums (Halls C1 and C3), with over 30 slots.

“The programme this year is one that has never been so colourful and varied before,” says Dr. Robert Schönberger, Exhibition Director. “Along with new applications for our high-performance material, visitors to the show will discover ideas that make manufacturing processes and the products themselves even better.”

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June 2022: Italy Tecna: the Future of Surfaces

The 27th edition of Tecna (formerly Tecnagilla) will run from 27th to 30th September 2022 at the Rimini Expo Centre, Italy.  The event will host the top international suppliers of technology and materials for the surfaces industry who have already confirmed their presence in 2022 (see the show´s website for the list of exhibitors). Some 30% of exhibitors are non-Italian companies, mostly from Spain, Turkey, Germany, China, Portugal, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Greece, and the USA.

Tecna will have a new layout with two entrances. The 70,000 sq. metre exhibition area will offer a comprehensive overview of the entire supply chain, and will provide an ideal opportunity for industry players to discuss innovation and the new prospects for production and the market.

The programme of business meetings organised in collaboration with ITA is expected to be well attended.  In 2018 Tecna was attended by 35,000 visitors.  This year’s Tecna will act as a showcase of technological excellence and an international marketplace located in the heart of the most creative, innovative and technologically advanced country in the world of surfaces.


June 2022: Valencia, Spain Àgora València is officially opened

Tile Addict’s Joe Simpson was in attendance when Àgora València, the pavilion of World Design Capital Valencia 2022, opened its doors for the press preview in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.  From this strategic location it will host a programme of activities as the nerve centre of the design capital.  These workshops, meetings, round tables, and presentations will be added to the official programme of World Design Capital Valencia 2022 in the centre of the city.

Miguel Arraiz, architect and project director of World Design Capital Valencia 2022, was responsible for the architectural project of Agora Valencia, together with Arqueha Arquitectura y Urbanismo.

The purpose of Agora Valencia is reflected in the materials and manufacturing of the venue and in its construction, which fuses tradition and avant-garde, crafts and industry, using only wooden rods and a material similar to ceramics known as MDi. The construction of the pavilion has seen the participation of companies such as Inalco, Wandegar, and iGuzzini, and studios and professionals such as Manolo García Carpintería Artística, Radiante Creative Studio, ATG Desarrollos, Josep Martí, and Quatre Caps.

At the opening ceremony, Mayor Joan Ribó stated that: “Starting today, our Plaza del Ayuntamiento has a new building to admire and enjoy.  Agora Valencia tells a lot about what we are, with an architecture that speaks of the Valencian industry through its ceramics, of the waves of the sea through its roof, which is, in turn, a tribute to our festivals: the Fallas.  A place of shade and meeting, of comfort and information, where its design invites everyone who passes by to make it their own.  A space that also offers the first shade of the square.  Moreover, its design and architecture, the materials that compose it, guarantee a much more pleasant thermal sensation than in the rest of the square.”

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June 2022: Italy New award for DIN by Konstantin Grcic

Mutina has announced that DIN by Konstantin Grcic has won the EDIDA 2022 award in the Floor Covering category.  The collection represents a complete new way of conceiving a modern mosaic.  It is conceived in a strictly modular logic that allows to play with the elements and offers a wide scope of possible applications, from simple concepts to the most complex ones, demonstrating an almost unlimited flexibility.

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June 2022: Dune promotes the Design for Peace initiative

A couple of months ago, Dune received a video from the Ukrainian studio We Art, led by Elena Maksymchuk, that explained the difficult situation the studio was going through due to the outbreak of war.  They launched an appeal to the international community, offering their work to maintain the studio.  Faced with this situation, the Spanish tile company contracted a package of 3D environments with interior design projects, to give them visibility through its dissemination channels and provide them with access to new potential clients. At the same time, the firm spread the message of the Ukrainian studio to members of its international interior design community and the response was immediate.  Many of the professionals working with Dune, upon hearing about the situation of their Ukrainian colleagues, immediately got in touch to offer their collaboration altruistically.  This is how the Design For Peace project came about, an initiative that vindicates design as a universal language that does not understand conflicts and which is open to all architecture and design professionals who wish to support this Ukrainian studio.

Participants will be asked to create a photorealistic 3D environment, using Dune products and encouraging the crossover of collections.  As a result, a physical and digital style book will be published, in which the work of the Ukrainian design studio We Art, as well as all the selected works and their creators, will be disseminated internationally.  Design for Peace seeks to give visibility to the Ukrainian studio and all the professionals who collaborate, through the publication and international dissemination of the aforementioned style book, which will include the best projects.

“At Dune, we firmly believe that design is a form of self-expression, capable of moving the masses, which is above nationalities, cultures or ideologies,” says Dune’s Ismael Carne.

In addition to the publication of the best projects in a style book, Dune will award €1,000 to the best residential project and the best contract project.  To choose the best proposals, Design for Peace has a professional and qualified jury formed by Elena Maksymchuk (interior designer), Alexander Kononenko (interior designer), Gina Rosete (architect), Gabriela Pessuto (architect), Lutzía Ortiz (head of ITC’s Observatory of Habitat Trends), and Begonya Segura (Marketing Director of Dune).

Projects can be submitted until 15 July. The jury’s decision will be announced on 25th July.

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June 2022: UK Berkley Group uses geometric formats for maximum impact

Wall and floor tiles from Parkside feature at Royal Exchange, Kingston, a luxury residential development by St George, part of Berkeley Group.  Parkside Acrux and Hexil mosaic tiles are being used throughout the bathrooms and en suites of homes at Royal Exchange, Kingston.

This prestigious development sees a mix of high-specification homes with residents enjoying a 24-hour concierge, gym, screening room and meeting room. Across five main residential buildings, the development provides 320 apartments and homes in Kingston Upon Thames.

Inspired by the architecture of the Grade II listed Old Post Office and Telephone Exchange buildings within the development, the design team at St George selected Hexil mosaics and developed a bespoke tile to create a link to the heritage of the site in new buildings.  The stylish cross motif with a handmade feel is now part of the Parkside collection as Acrux, made with 39% recycled content.

The design team paired the bespoke Acrux wall tile with Hexil, a mosaic available in two finishes, including 36+ PTV, which allowed it to be used as a floor tile throughout Royal Exchange.


June 2022: Red Dot Award for Husqvarna’s K 1 PACE power cutter

Husqvarna’s K 1 PACE high-performance battery power cutter has won the Red Dot Award 2022 in the Product Design category. The Red Dot Design award is one of the biggest design competitions in the world.

As well as boosting productivity and efficiency, K 1 PACE offers cordless convenience, low vibrations, built in X-Halt TM brake function for operational safety and zero direct emissions.

The PACE battery system, 94V with capacity up to 750Wh, can be used for more machines as the battery-powered family expands.  In addition to the power cutters and battery system, diamond blades in 12″ and 14″/300 and 350 mm have been optimised for battery operation.

June 2022: Iris Group inaugurates new art prize

The first edition of an ambitious Prize, promoted by Fondazione Iris Ceramica Group, is set to celebrate ceramics in a world of art, culture, environment and society.

The International Art Prize supports the work of ceramic professionals and offers the chance to the new generations of creative people to make their mark on the art and design world, promoting their ideas, proposals, and visions.

Iris Ceramica Group’s Foundation aims to support new forms of creative and cultural research in building a future in which knowledge and eco-innovation are the guardians of progress.  The International Art Prize comes from the Foundation’s desire to expand its institutional activities, promoting major artistic and cultural projects at both national and international level, focusing on culture and knowledge as the keystones of an increasingly inclusive and fair society.

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June 2022: London, UK Report provides modest UK construction optimism

Glenigan’s June 2022 edition of its Construction Index paints a more optimistic picture after three gloomy months.  After almost a year of steady decline, the value of underlying project-starts increased by almost a tenth during the three months to May. Furthermore, the past twelve months has seen a strong development pipeline of contract awards and planning approvals built-up.  This modest uptick should be approached with cautious optimism. External influences, particularly the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine War and Brexit continue to send shockwaves through UK business and industry, with supply chains tightly squeezed throughout the first half of 2022.

Residential project-starts performed well during the three months to May, increasing 24% against the preceding three month period, with private housing-starts accounting for the bulk of growth. Social housing construction-starts continued to decline.  Office project-starts remained the fastest growing vertical.  Retail (+1%) and health (+8%) were the only other verticals to experience growth against the previous three-month period.


June 2022: Castellon, Spain Grespania named Company of the Year

Grespania has won the highest accolade in the Company of the Year 2021 awards in Castellón at an economic gala organized by El Periódico Mediterráneo.  The award was collected by Luis Hernández, CEO of Grespania from the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig.  The ceremony was held at the Auditorium and Conference Centre of Castellón, and brought together senior members of the Valencian Community’s political and business spheres.

Grespania operates three state-of-the-art factories for the production of porcelain tiles, white-body wall tiles, large-format ultra-thin panels of up to 1,200 by 3,600mm, and for kitchen countertops.  In addition, it has four logistics centres in Spain, and subsidiaries in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK.

The Group is currently working on the expansion of its ceramic slab manufacturing facilities, and the production of spray-dried powder for technical and large-format products.


June 2022: Canberra, Australia Australia construction set for 4.3% growth in 2022

With the Australian Labor party securing a majority in government, GlobalData is positive about Australia’s construction sector in 2022.   The data and analytics company expects growth of 4.3% this year, with a 3-year compound annual growth rate of 2.6% between 2023 and 2026.

Labor has committed to provide $374.4 million on a fast rail link between Sydney and Newcastle.  It has also signalled its intention to support Melbourne’s $36.7 billion Suburban Rail Loop development, committing $1.6 billion towards the $21.4 billion eastern section of the project.

A total of 30,000 new social and affordable houses will be constructed over the next five years, funded by the $7.5 billion Housing Australia Future Fund.

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June 2022: Milan, Italy Tile of Spain at the Fuori Salone in Milan

14 Tile of Spain brands are present at the Fuori Salone (6th to 12th June, Milan) with a ceramic installation in a space managed by

The Tile of Spain installation will feature ceramic pieces from the following brands: Azteca Cerámica, Cevica, Coverlam, Dune, Exagres, Gayafores, Grupo Halcón, Harmony, Museum, Natucer, Peronda, Porcelanosa, Todagres, and Togama; and will show the visiting public the versatility, design, and innovation of Spanish ceramics.

The “Archiproducts Milano” space is located in via Tortona 31, in the heart of the Design District.


June 2022: New Jersey, USA Pantone’s new Color Trends webinar

Pantone is inviting Tile Addict’s followers to join Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Color Institute, as she explores 2023 Home & Interiors colour trends.

“Colors for home furnishings in 2023 entice us to engage with what we believe, what we love and what we want,: observes Pantone.  “Youthful, tech-inflected pastels and vivid brights radiating positivity encourage us to dive into life while warm neutrals and upbeat midtones further communicate their optimistic message in their quieter but nonetheless positive manner.  Cool neutrals take on a celebratory aspect as shimmering metallics displaying undeniable notes of glamour and style.  We are ready for good times and great feelings, and the colors we hunger for capture this wave of delight,” continues the world’s foremost colour authority. This USA-based event will take place on Tuesday 21st June from 10:00am to 11:00am EDT.  Register now here

June 2022: Florida, USA Tile of Spain’s new 2022 digital look book

Tile of Spain is proud to announce the launch of the new 2022 digital look book showcasing ceramic offerings from its manufacturers. Browse through our new digital catalog and discover the true beauty and power of ceramics from Spain.

Tile of Spain is the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER).

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June 2022: Florida, USA Tile of Spain presents: Showstoppers Live! 2022

Join Ryan Fasan, Tile of Spain’s informative and entertaining Technical Consultant for his engaging and popular interview series, Showstoppers Live!

Go behind the scenes with Fasan, who spoke with representatives from six Spanish ceramic companies – Bestile, Argenta, Saloni, Gayafores, Peronda, and Rocersa – during Coverings 2022, to discuss their latest offerings and innovations available for USA architects, designers, contractors, specifiers, and consumers: click here.

June 2022: USA Fiandre fabricates façade for Texas church

The new St. Sarkis Community Center in Carrollton, Texas was designed by award-winning architect David Hotson.  One of the standout elements of this project is the West façade of the Armenian apostolic church, which acts as a powerful commemorative monument to the 1.5 million victims of the 1915 genocide.  Fiandre’s ultra-high-definition Design your Slabs digital decoration technology was used to customise every façade slab.  Using this innovative system, Fiandre printed the architect’s complex pattern on large format ceramic slabs in its Italian plant.  The completed ventilated façade system was installed by Granitech.


June 2022: UK Market growth slow down

The S&P Global, CIPS Construction Total Activity Index highlighted strong demand for construction products and materials.  Rapid cost inflation persisted in May, linked to rising fuel, energy, and raw material costs. The number of construction firms predicting an increase in business activity (46%) continued to exceed those expecting a decline (19%).  

May data signalled another growth slowdown in construction sector.  The headline PMI registered 56.4 in May, down from 58.2 in April … the lowest reading for four months.  Weaker trends in the house building sub-sector were the main brake on growth.  Commercial building was the fastest-growing segment in May, while, civil engineering activity increased for the fifth month running.  Job creation accelerated slightly in May.

June 2022: Italy ABKSTONE to promote hi-tech cooktop at Eurocucina

Visitors to the Milan Furniture Fair will be treated to a spectacular cooking show in the ABKSTONE space at Eurocucina/FTK, Hall 13, Stand H02.  A group of chefs will take turns to demonstrate the advantages of the innovative Cooking Surface Prime invisible induction cooking system, now also available in an OUTDOOR version and a 4.0 version with four cooking zones.  The stand will also feature a selection of ABKSTONE surfaces inspired by marble and natural stone.


June 2022: Mexico Mohawk acquires Vitromex

In a significant expansion of its already massive operation, the world’s leading tile group Mohawk Industries is set to purchase the Vitromex ceramic tile business from Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS) for approximately $293 million in cash.

Vitromex has four manufacturing facilities in Mexico.  When combined with Mohawk’s current Mexican operations, this expanded footprint will enhance the Company’s customer base, manufacturing efficiencies, and logistical capabilities. Vitromex has built a leading position in the $1.7 billion (2.9 billion square feet) Mexican ceramic tile market with a broad distribution network and a product offering that includes glazed ceramic, porcelain, mosaics and decorative tiles.  In 2021, Vitromex generated revenues of approximately $204 million.

In commenting on the acquisition, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Mohawk’s chairman and CEO, stated, “In the past decade, we have significantly increased our participation in the Mexican ceramic tile market, including developing a world-class organization and constructing a state-of-the-art facility in Salamanca.  Ceramic tile is the primary flooring utilized in Mexico, and the market has grown approximately eleven percent in pesos per year over the past five years.  Combined with Vitromex, we will offer our customers a complete array of residential and commercial products at all price points with enhanced service capabilities. Vitromex is one of the most highly regarded brands in the Mexican market and is recognized as a leader in innovation and design.”

June 2022: Spain Cosentino achieves record turnover

Cosentino Group, the global leader in sustainable surfaces, saw its turnover grow by 30% to €1,401 million (€1,078 million in 2020) in 2021.  The EBITDA was €275 million, while the company’s net profit increased by 59% to €104 million.  At the same time, Cosentino continued with its ambitious investment plan, investing a total of €105 million in 2021, as well as strengthening its main asset, human capital, with the creation of 685 new jobs to reach a total workforce of 5,425 employees by the end of last year.

The full implementation of the new production lines for Silestone was completed in 2021.  Significant increases in productivity were achieved on Dekton’s two current production lines.  Simultaneously, the company improved the automation of production plants and implemented new R&D developments, which have resulted in major milestones such as the exclusive HybriQ technology for Silestone.

Cosentino boasts one of the largest logistics and distribution networks of a Spanish industrial company abroad with 142 company-owned facilities – including Centres and Citys -, 4 Hubs and 5 logistics operators worldwide.


June 2022: Wales CTD creates a modern classic in Cardiff

CTD Architectural Tiles has curated a stylish and practical tile package for a new hotel scheme in Cardiff.  The new 4-star Parkgate Hotel has been created following the redevelopment of two historic Grade II civic buildings and construction of a new-build extension.  Once the home of Cardiff’s Post Office and County Court, the new hotel was designed by architects Guant Francis.  The main contractor was BECT Building Contractors.

Marble-effect porcelain tiles from the Delight range were installed throughout the communal areas and washrooms.  A combination of matt and polished tile finishes was used to provide contrast between the floor and wall areas, with safety requirements addressed by ensuring that the specified product had a Pendulum Test Value of over 36.

Limestone-effect ceramic tiles from the Anthology range chosen to create a focal point around the bar.  To complete the commercial tile package, installed by NC Ceramics, glazed tiles from the Poitiers range were used in the shower area of the hotel’s en-suite bathrooms.


June 2022: Italy Italcer’s first Sustainability Report

Italcer Group is presenting its first Sustainability Report, highlighting innovation, excellence, and the pursuit of continuous improvements in terms of design and product sustainability.

The Report provides a detailed overview of the main initiatives run in 2021 and the obligations undertaken by the company for years to come.  The Italcer Group is committed to minimising the environmental effects of company processes, adopting a holistic vision of the life-cycle of floor and wall ceramics, from sourcing the raw materials to their use and application by the consumer.

The Italcer Group now has 919 employees, consolidated revenues of over €260 million, and over 7,000 customers world- wide.  It operates through high-end brands like La Fabbrica Ceramiche, Elios Ceramica, Devon&Devon, Ceramica Rondine, Cedir, Bottega, and Equipe Cerámicas.


June 2022: UK Archaeologists uncover rare Roman mosaic floor

Archaeologists excavating a construction site in London have uncovered a rare Roman mosaic floor; the largest to be found in the UK”s capital in the past 50 years.  The mosaics were discovered during the construction of a multiuse development in Southwark.  The Museum of London Archaeology was brought in to carry out excavations, unearthing two colourful decorative mosaic panels.  The mosaics are believed to have been the floor of a Roman triclinium, or a formal dining room.

Archaeologists have dated the larger of the two mosaic panels to the late second or early third century, making it at least 1,800 years old.  They were astonished to find traces of an even earlier mosaic beneath this panel.


June 2022: Italy Marazzi and the timeless design of Elle Déco

Marazzi surfaces are set to star in the Design Forever exhibition at Palazzo Bovara, Milan, Italy.  The presentation is based on an idea by Elle Decor Italia and designed by Calvi Brambilla.  It will run from 7th top 12th June at Corso Venezia 51 from 10am to 8pm.


June 2022: Italy Marazzi showcases The Top’s potentia

At Eurocucina the Marazzi Group will showcase the potential of The Top slabs, with its Puro Marazzi Antibacterial technology making porcelain stoneware an even safer solution for food preparation surfaces.

The event will run from 7th to 12th June 2022 at Fiera Milano in Hall 9 Stand G02-G06


June 2022: Italy Sacmi Group posts record revenues

The Sacmi Group posted record economic and financial results in 2021 with consolidated revenues back at pre-Covid levels of more than €1.53 billion (up 40% on 2020) and strong growth in EBIT and EBITDA (€82 million and €145 million, respectively).

The sharp increase in revenue was largely a result of a record-breaking performance in the Tiles segment, which posted a remarkable 99% increase in sales.  

Sacmi strengthened its position in all the most important international markets as investments bounced back across Europe and the Americas.  It also performed well in Asia, where it confirmed its role as a key technology provider both in the traditional ceramics and packaging sectors, plus emerging areas such as components for the electric vehicle sector, and advanced ceramics.



June 2022: Italy Italian tiles star at Milan Design Wee

A variety of leading Italian tile brands will showcase their latest collections and inventive designs at Salone del Mobile, including everything from colourful freestanding and wall-hung ceramic washbasins, to invisible porcelain cooktops.  And around the city for Fuorisalone, a handful of Ceramics of Italy manufacturers will host parties, artistic installations, and showstopping designer-collaborated exhibitions – like Atlas Concorde’s Monoliti, an installation curated by Piero Lissoni; Florim’s brand storytelling exhibition designed by Matteo Nunziati; and Italgraniti Group will host a project by architects Andrea Parisio and Giuseppe Pezzano.

In addition, a few Italian ceramic brands are excited to open their new showrooms, including Ragno Ceramiche who will inaugurate its first flagship, designed by Benedetta Tagliabue.

June 2022: UK Brickability buys clay bricks supplier in latest acquisition

Brickability’s acquisition spree has continued with the purchase of Modular Clay Products Limited, which reported unaudited revenue of £10.5 million in the 12 months to 31st  December 2021.  MCP supplies imported clay facing bricks to the specification sector.

The acquisition follows that of timber and cladding supplier Taylor Maxwell in June 2021, and roofing contractor Leadcraft in August 2021.  In the same year, Brickability targeted the renewable energy products sector, with takeovers of HBS New Energies and UPOWA.  In March this year, Beacon Roofing was also added to Brickability’s brand portfolio.