Surfaces 2006 is shaping up to be the largest gathering in the show's history, with close to 40,000 people set to attend. More than 1,100 exhibitors, including major tile manufacturers, will be displaying their latest products during the show, Feb. 1-3 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. With the number of tile contractors, retailers, distributors and suppliers headed to the show, it's clear that Surfaces aims to provide a wealth of business opportunities to those in the tile industry.

Tile manufacturers can be found three ways. By simply walking the show floor, attendees will come across companies such as StonePeak Ceramics, MAPEI, Laticrete and WarmlyYours. Additionally, showgoers can find a concentration of tile companies in two themed areas: the Tile of Spain and Italian pavilions. Manufacturers in the Tile of Spain pavilion include: Adex, Alcalagres, Emac, Laufen, Pamesa, Peronda, Porcelanosa, Roca and Tau. Companies to be seen at the Italian pavilion include Batik Import Export, Ceramiche Faro, Marca Corona, Davil Travertini, Fila Chemicals USA, Happy House and Marocchi.

Additionally, tile professionals can enrich their knowledge through the Surfaces Conference Program, which offers 42 courses in six tracks - Business, Installation, Marketing, Sales, Design and Window Coverings. Surfaces will also present seven, one-hour installation demonstrations during the run of the show. Expert installers will address the installation of ceramic, stone, self-leveling compounds, carpet, hardwood and resilient. The Installation Showcase, which is sponsored by Laticrete, is produced in conjunction with the World Floor Covering Association, the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Assoc., Floor Covering Installer and National Floor Trends magazines. Editors and columnists of BNP Media's TILE, NFT and FCI magazines will be among the presenters slated to speak at the Conference Program, which is sponsored by Mannington. Before the start of the show, Jan. 31, NFT columnists Janet Carter and Dave Gobis will present workshops ("Making the 5th Wall an Important Feature" and "Ceramic Tile: Meeting the Consumer Demand," respectively). During the first day of the show, Feb. 1, TILE columnist Patti Fasan will speak about "Trends in Ceramic Tile," 8 to 9:30 a.m. On the same day, Al Stewart, editor of NFT, will moderate a retailer panel called "Retailers' Most Valuable B2B Practices," 4 to 5:30 p.m. On the final day of the show, Feb. 3, TILE editor John Moore, FCI columnist Jon Namba, Mickey Moore of NOFMA, and Paul Micalizzi of TCNA will present "Common Causes of Installation Failures."

For further information, phone (800) 547-3477 or visit www.surfaces.com.