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ITALIAN CERAMIC INDUSTRY RESTARTING

Italian ceramic companies are now restarting their kilns after a five-week production shutdown, according to Ceramic World Web. The go-ahead reflects a new stance from the Italian Government, which now considers all export-orientated companies to be businesses of strategic importance and therefore entitled to resume production, after notifying the relevant authorities. The restart includes not just the […]

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KEMTILE DIRECTOR STEPHEN WESTLEY RETIRES

Stephen Westley, who has run the Kemtile hygienic flooring business with co-director Jamie Cook, for over 40 years, is retiring and moving to an ad hoc consultancy position from this month. The move follows the acquisition of Kemtile by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group 18 months ago. Stephen’s role will be shared going forward. Chris Cloherty […]

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STATEMENT FROM TTA CHAIRMAN

“Our members, our industry and our whole country face an unprecedented and concerning situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Whether you are a tiler, a manufacturer or distributor, we are all in this together and we will get through it if we work together. At TTA we are playing our part, supporting our members, whether […]

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CLIFF SIMS OBITUARY

Surrey-based tiling contractor Sims & Bostock have announced the passing of Cliff Sims. Cliff died at the age of 85 on 3 April, after contracting COVID-19. Cliff started work in the tile industry in 1950 when he was 16, working for Minton Hollins, moving from Stoke on Trent to London. At the age of 21 he […]

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CAN YOU HELP SAVE A PIECE OF CERAMIC HERITAGE?

A ceramic mural showcasing the ‘Tube Line/Majolica’ style of hand painted ceramics was commissioned in 1989 for use in tilers H&R Johnson’s showroom. Designed by Graham Hughes and produced by a team of 12 specialists, the large mural (14’ x 6’) depicts a colourful exotic tropical jungle and is very tactile. The mural attracted much attention […]

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