Hardware innovations offer better solutions

According to the dictionary, “innovation” can be defined simply as a new idea, device or method. Typically, however, innovation also is viewed as the application of better solutions that meet the needs of today’s market. Better solutions? Those are definitely what hardware companies have in mind when they research, develop and introduce their innovative new products. Here are some of the best new examples of those new products and better solutions from some of the world’s top hardware companies:

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Are you ready for change? Then get ready for MT&D Symposium in Nashville

Like it or not, the only constant in today’s business world is change. Suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and designers must adapt or be left behind by competitors who see disruptions as opportunities. Accordingly, change, disruption and the opportunities they bring will be key themes during the 2018 Material, Technology & Design Symposium @ CPA Fall Meeting, set for Sept. 23-25 in Nashville.

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Countertops: The next frontier

Coming into 2018, many tile suppliers cited countertops as a key opportunity for the year ahead. According to Glenn Harry, general manager, stone and sales operation for Mohawk’s Dal-Tile Corporation, the U.S. countertop industry is estimated to be about $5 billion in sales annually, with roughly half coming from stone, quartz and a newer product known as gauged porcelain. While the sector is still in its early stages in the U.S., it’s definitely growing, and many suppliers are pointing to gauged porcelain tile — which the U.S. has recently started to embrace — as the reason.

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Unity Through Diversification: ILCAM creates strategic internal supply chain to become one of world’s leading door makers

Even if you haven’t heard of ILCAM, you’ve likely seen its products. ILCAM is the biggest supplier of wrapped five-piece doors to North America and the leading manufacturer of furniture frontals in the world, said Andrea Malisan, marketing and account manager.  

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The World’s Most Innovative Surfacing Company Shares What’s Next for Residential Interiors

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces is among the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of innovative, high-performance surfaces. Wilsonart manufactures and distributes High Pressure Laminate, Quartz, Solid Surface, Coordinated TFL and Edgebanding, and other engineered surfaces for use in the office, education, healthcare, residential, hospitality and retail markets.

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Riding the wave: Onshoring, versatility, TFL growth help generate surge at Stevens Industries

Stevens Industries has done an impressive job of building its business since it started as a small wood shop in Teutopolis, Illinois, in the 1950s.From humble beginnings as a residential cabinet supplier, Stevens has grown to become the largest manufacturer of commercial casework and architectural millwork in the United States.

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The cool factor: Just look at this stuff

I must admit that sometimes it’s hard to convince my friends that panel processing can be incredibly interesting. Even exciting. They’ll ask me to explain again what I’m doing these days and what exactly Surface & Panel covers.

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Finest game tables feature fine surfaces: 11 Ravens specifies Chemetal, Treefrog

11 Ravens makes some of the finest, most expensive game tables in the world. Not surprisingly, materials and style matter when you’re playing in such rarified air. Take the Stealth table tennis table. Inspired by the Nighthawk stealth fighter aircraft, the table starts at $26,200 and can cost $70,000 and more when it includes materials such as aircraft grade aluminum, carbon fiber or acrylic.

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