Eco-friendly tiles and new collections that reflect the latest technological innovations will be among the crop of products rolled out at Spain's premier ceramic tile show, Cevisama. Scheduled for February 8-12, 2005 at the 2.4 million-square foot convention center in Valencia, the show this year is expected to surpass last year's attendance figure of 86,500 and attract more than 600 exhibiting manufacturers including at least 200 Tile of Spain member companies.
Cevisama will be staged in a recently renovated exhibition space that allows for greater category segmentation than previous years. Tile of Spain manufacturers will be grouped in Pavilions 1-4 on Levels 2 and 3.
The show will continue its long tradition of offering the top manufacturers a venue to debut the designs and trends likely to shape the future of the ceramic tile business. Notable entries include the following new series:
Tau Ceramica will launch a new porcelain tile line, Yukon, inspired by Rapolano marble. Produced primarily for flooring applications, the tile will be added to the company's successful Corten, Sepelaci, Portland, Manhattan and Patrasi lines. The company has also extended its porcelain-based Sepelaci mosaics. The 1-by-1-inch or 2-by-2-inch cubed tiles are face-mounted on 12.5-by-12.5-inch mesh sheets with narrow grout joints for easier installation. Colors include beige, arena, grana, negro, and noce.
Roca is expanding the company's Stratos range of high-tech porcelains, with the Sigma and Columbia series. Each series boasts a natural look and wide variety of textures. Both are rectified and beveled, with high flexion resistance, low porosity, and resistance to acids and bases. They are also designed to be frost tolerant and well suited for high-traffic areas.
Halcon Ceramicas will show three new series - Adularia, Esfena and Mica - as part of its Attom porcelain collection. The company says advantages of these series over real marble include little-to-no maintenance and less absorption which increases resistance to stains, humidity, wear and chemical products. Porcelatec is composed of a varied selection of high-tech tiles designed for demanding environments. The collection includes white body wall tiles and glazed, double-loading, soluble-salts, and full-body polished porcelain tiles. All are rectified, and micro-beveled.
Inalco will feature its Eiffel line - a line comprised of glazed porcelain tiles pressed in 24-by-24-inch squares available in metallic and oxidized finishes. These tiles are both frost and stain resistant.
Gres Catalan will feature Stonita, a high-tech tile with low water absorption, tolerant of extreme climates. The tile is extremely compact with a high mechanical resistance of PEI V. Size range includes: 25-by-25-, 30-by-30, 30-by-60-, 40-by-60- and 50-by-50-cm.
For more information, call the Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain in Miami at 305-446-4387 or visit www.spaintiles.info.