Laticrete, a global leader in the manufacturing of innovative systems for the installation of stone and tile, supplied the self-leveling product for the existing mortar bed of the main lobby at the Oslo Opera House in the heart of Oslo, Norway. Laticrete Norway locally supplied Latricrete Lataflyt for a level subfloor to install 15- x 24-inch White Carrara marble tiles. Lataflyt is a free-flowing, pumpable cement-based self-leveling mortar for the rapid leveling of interior subfloors, which can be poured from feather edge to 1 inch. It dries to a smooth finish and can be ready for tile in less than four hours, and all other floor finishes in just 24 hours. The Oslo Opera House won the Culture Award at the 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, as well as the 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union prize for contemporary architecture.

At their October 9 shareholders meeting, pending approval of an increase in the number of board members from seven to eight, the Biesse S.p.A. Board of Directors proposed that Dr. Giovanni Barra be appointed to the Board of Directors with the specific role of Chief Executive Officer. The Pesaro based Group, which has been listed in the Star segment of the Italian stock exchange since 2001, operates in the markets for marble, wood and glass processing machinery. Barra has been an active member of the Group’s management team since October 5, and was set to be nominated as CEO at the Shareholders’ Meeting on November 12, 2009.

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