An energetic crowd eagerly awaiting the doors of The International Surface Event (TISE) 2018 to open is a strong indicator of the show’s success. Thousands of visitors from around the world turned out for the international flooring exhibition – comprised of StonExpo, TilExpo and Surfaces – which was held from Tuesday, January 30 to Thursday, February 1. Additionally, the Ignite education series commenced on Monday, January 29.
From the start of the three-day show, the aisles throughout the exhibition hall were bustling. It was evident there were quality attendees looking to research and invest in new products.
Throughout the StonExpo area, machine demonstrations attracted groups of onlookers, and attractions such as The Cage and Marmomac pavilion offered on-the-floor education. Overall, the vibe during TISE 2018 was lively and both exhibitors and attendees seemed pleased with the results. The following are some show highlights.
Natural Stone Institute celebrates stone
The Natural Stone Institute had a more than strong presence at StonExpo/Marmomac Americas — participating in the educational program, presenting its annual Pinnacle Awards and holding a reception for its members, which drew a crowd of over 500 people.
Stone Fabricator’s Alliance educates in The Cage
During the three days of TISE, the Stone Fabricator’s Alliance (SFA) held demonstrations a few times a day to address specific issues and techniques that arise in the stone fabrication process. Among the topics covered were miter seams and rodding, overcoming challenges associated with Ultra Compact Surfaces, quartz surface repair and quartz renew and hand fabrication tools and techniques.
The Marmomac International Pavilion
The Marmomac International Pavilion hosted leading stone and machinery suppliers from India, Italy, Portugal, San Marino, Canada and Turkey during TISE 2018. The pavilion was also a stage for several educational sessions. Additionally, Marmomac sponsored its annual architect day for its “Designing with Natural Stone” program. The day finished with a dinner at RM Seafood in the Mandalay Bay.
Stone Boss Giveaways at TISE 2018
Stone Boss, a distributor of stone tooling and equipment headquartered in Fair Lawn, NJ, attracted a group of attendees by holding a raffle during the second day of The International Surface Event (TISE). Stone Boss is part of the StonExpo area of the exhibition.
Visitors to the Stone Boss booth prior to the time of the raffle where given the opportunity to put their name in the running to win one of five giveaways. One raffle ticket was permitted per scanned company, and the winners had to be present for the drawing, which was held on Wednesday, January 31 at 3 p.m.
Among the prizes were an Alpha Air 680 hand polisher, a Flex circular saw, Abaco carry clamps, a Terminator Bigfoot core bit and a Panther brand mystery giveaway.