Italy’s Iris Ceramica Bets Big on Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile in the US

Italy’s Iris Ceramica Bets Big on Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile in the US

Among decorative tile products, porcelain will remain the fastest growing type in the US through 2023. In particular, technological advancements have allowed large, lighter-weight thin porcelain tile slabs to gain in popularity in recent years, and some major producers are looking to capitalize on this growth.


Brazil Bans Asbestos: Impact on US Imports & Global Roofing Markets

Brazil Bans Asbestos: Impact on US Imports & Global Roofing Markets

Central and South America is one of the biggest consumers of fiber cement roofing – much of which has historically contained asbestos – due to its low cost, durability, and widespread availability in the region.


Grenfell Tower Tragedy Prompts Siding Regulation Changes

Grenfell Tower Tragedy Prompts Siding Regulation Changes

The aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire sparked regulatory changes both within the United Kingdom and worldwide. Find out how these changes may impact key siding products.


Multilayer Flooring, a New Subcategory: Taking the Resilient Market to the Next Level

Multilayer Flooring, a New Subcategory: Taking the Resilient Market to the Next Level

Lately, the resilient flooring market has seen a lot of evolution, in large part due to growth in luxury vinyl tile (LVT). However, this rise in demand is also spurred by advancements in a lesser-known product group: multilayer flooring.


3 Key Opportunities for US Residential Roofing Producers in 2019 & Beyond

3 Key Opportunities for US Residential Roofing Producers in 2019 & Beyond

While weather patterns and housing activity largely govern the US residential roofing market, the devil is in the details when it comes to understanding key growth trends. For example, as builders and homeowners increasingly specify roofing materials of greater durability – and higher cost – demand for some roofing products, such as laminated asphalt shingles, will rise at an above-average rate.

But there’s plenty of opportunity for industry participants to make themselves more valuable. Here are 3 major trends for residential roofing manufacturers to keep an eye on going forward.


With Water Works Funding Secured, What Can Pipe Makers Expect?

With Water Works Funding Secured, What Can Pipe Makers Expect?

That America’s water and wastewater infrastructure is aging past its useful service life is hardly news to major pipe suppliers. The American Water Works Association’s estimate that $1 trillion is required to rehabilitate and expand drinking water infrastructure over the next 25 years points to major opportunities for water pipe companies. And new threats that place pressure on wastewater systems – such as rising sea levels – point to untapped growth prospects for sewer pipe suppliers.


2 Key Ways Commercial Construction Spending to Drive Commercial Roofing Demand

2 Key Ways Commercial Construction Spending to Drive Commercial Roofing Demand

After several years of depressed demand following the Great Recession, commercial roofing sales reached a high level in 2017, fueled in part by reroofing activity in the wake of above average storm activity and gains in commercial construction. Find out which market segments are expected to post the highest gains going forward.


Kigali Amendment to Have Net Positive Impact on HVAC Industry

Kigali Amendment to Have Net Positive Impact on HVAC Industry

While the hole in the ozone layer appears to be on the road to recovery, nations demonstrated their commitment to addressing anthropogenic climate change in 2016, when the landmark Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol was passed.


How Will Cremations Affect the Market for Precast Concrete Cemetery Products?

How Will Cremations Affect the Market for Precast Concrete Cemetery Products?

In general, the popularity of precast concrete products in the US is on the rise. However, there is one funereal exception to this growth trajectory.


Not Just a Fad: Taking Smart Lighting from Niche to Necessity

Not Just a Fad: Taking Smart Lighting from Niche to Necessity

Silicon Valley has a vision for the future, and it starts with the Internet of Things – an algorithm-based, data-centric world in which electronic devices communicate with each other and even determine for their users the best course of action to lasting health, happiness, and overall wellbeing.