Now in its 28th year, Cevisama - the annual International Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings Show - was held this year from February 9 to 12 at the Feria Valencia exhibition center in Valencia, Spain. And as in past years, the show provided a platform for more than 600 tile manufacturers to display their most recent and innovative products to visitors that hailed from around the world.
When touring the exhibition halls, it was evident that technology is at the forefront of product development. Tile manufacturers are creating new lines with fine textures, oversized formats and minimal thicknesses, and most importantly, they are demonstrating environmental awareness.
Many of the exhibition stands were promoting tile collections that contain a high portion of post-consumer recycled content. And tile manufacturers are demonstrating that being “green” does not mean sacrificing aesthetics. Tiles made with recycled material are not just limited to standard porcelain tile in basic colors. They are taking the form of dazzling glass mosaics, large-format tiles and textured pieces that have a contemporary look.
Technological advances are also obvious in the tile product lines that resemble materials such as wood, stone and concrete. Using inkjet printing technology, porcelain tiles can be produced with an authentic look of wood graining or stone veining. The printing process ensures that no two tiles will look the same - further replicating the unique characteristics of natural material.
Overall, the exhibition halls of Cevisama 2010 were lined with an assortment of eye-catching tile lines, and one common denominator was certain: tile manufacturers are set on continually introducing high-quality products that offer beauty as well as durability. Below is just a sampling of the numerous products that were on display at this year’s exhibition:
A. Plaza, a Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, recently introduced its new Quartz Slate collection. Offered in shades of Sand or Gray, the porcelain tiles in this collection exude warm rustic tones that resemble the look of natural slate. Additionally, the strong and durable physical qualities of each tile make them ideal for both indoor and outdoor wall and floor applications.