“We theorize that the economic shift this year helped to filter out the serious shoppers from the uncommitteds,” said Glenn Feder, president of client events for NTP.
Now in its 20th year, Coverings is exclusively dedicated to showcasing the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone, fabrication machinery, tools and accessories, and installation and maintenance products. The exhibition is sponsored by a number of organizations, including ASCER (Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain), Confindustria Ceramica (Italian Association of Ceramics), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) and National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).
The show floor featured exhibitors from more than 50 countries and attracted distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers from all over the U.S. Throughout the exhibition, various foreign manufacturers, hailing from countries such as Brazil, India, Italy, Spain and Turkey, presented themselves as a united front in pavilions representing each of their nations.
Coverings 2009 provided a platform for numerous stone and tile manufacturers to exhibit their latest innovations to a worldwide market. Below is just a sampling of what was on display at Coverings 2009:
A. Voguebay Iceberg glass mosaic is a combination of many different circles resulting in a fresh three dimensional surface with real depth and feeling. Together with the series WaterCube, this product is taking to a new age the definition of glass mosaic tiles, according to Voguebay. Suitable for most uses and areas, Iceberg glass mosaic gives a modern and noticeable look to any wall. The series is available in 12- x 12-inch sheets and 4- x 12-inch borders, and in a range of many new colors. The all-new Iceberg mosaic tile is part of Voguebay’s 2009 new range of products.www.voguebay.com
The environmentally sound light bulbs utilized in Light Shape do not disperse infrared or ultraviolet energy, and they disperse only a negligible amount of heat using only three to six watts of power per bulb. Two coordinating designs in a variety of earthy hues from the company’s NewCo.de and Belgian Blue collections are available in a 24- x 12-inch format.www.granitifiandre.com