AIS Furniture goes all-in for laminate

The fast-growing manufacturer of laminate casework, panel systems and other office furnishings is content to let its bigger competitors invest tall dollars in speculative product development. It prefers to wait and see which workplace trends actually gain traction and then pounce on the opportunity by designing products that it can quickly bring to market.

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Italian companies combine experience, expertise to offer full range of services to panel industry

Five renowned Italian companies have joined under the name Alliance Décor Technologies to offer the panel industry a complete package from impregnation and coating of décor papers to lamination.

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Quantum Leap

What’s the state of the panel processing industry in North America? John Aufderhaar believes it’s good and getting better, and he should know.

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An Interview with NBMDA President Missy O’Daniel

Missy O’Daniel, president of Web-Don., is the current president of the NBMDA. She shared her thoughts, opinions and vision for the building products industry and the future of the NBMDA in an interview with S&P.

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NBMDA is where the industry’s distributors grow

Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of the NBMDA (the North American Building Material Distribution Association), has worked closely with many distribution executives from some of the industry’s leading distribution and manufacturing companies during his 25-plus years as an association management professional.

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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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