Coverings 2004, the annual showcase for ceramic tile and natural stone floor coverings, is fast approaching. Prominent manufacturers the world over are preparing their newest product offerings and latest ideas to showcase at the event.
Coverings 2004 will take place March 23-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The show will feature more than 27,000 industry professionals, with more than 1,400 exhibitors in 500,000 net square feet of exhibit space. In addition to the plethora of exhibitors, Coverings will offer special workshops, events, forums and appreciation nights.
Organizers will launch the 2004 Conference Program, hosting more than 30 sessions. The program will open with a keynote address by Steve Forbes, 8:30 to 10 a.m. March 23.
In addition, Coverings will honor outstanding achievements in ceramic tile design with the 2004 Spectrum Awards. Open to architects and other design professionals, the Spectrum Awards celebrates those whose project demonstrate creativity and achievemtn in the use of tile in residential and commercial design. The $10,000 grand prize will be awarded at the opening general session.
The sponsoring organizations of Coverings are ASCER (Spain's Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association), Assopiastrelle (Association of Italian Ceramic Tile and Refractories Manufacturers), CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distributors Association), NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) and TCA (Tile Council of America). For more information, visit the Web site at www.coverings.com or telephone (703) 683-8500.