A section of Orchid Ceramics' booth displaying its latest tile.


DriTac celebrates its 50th anniversary at Surfaces.

Major ceramic tile manufacturers including Crossville, Daltile, Laufen, Ilva and Orchid Ceramics reported that business was brisk on the show floor at the recent Surfaces 2005 show in Las Vegas.

"All of our key customers were here," said Kurt Graves, Orchid Ceramics president. The company showcased its San Sebastian collection, which was designed with color schemes that leading Orchid customers had requested, according to Graves.

Other introductions at the show included Crossville's new porcelain line, Color Blox. The colors in this series were developed to coordinate with the color palette of carpet manufacturer Bentley Prince Street, Crossville said.

Saicis drew attention with its eye-catching booth housing the company's high-tech porcelain tiles. Manufacturers outside of ceramic tile production also reported good turnouts at their booths. "This year's show has been good for us," said Mindy Wessel, Alpha Professional Tools general manager.

A display showing the complementary colors between Crossville's latest and Bentley Prince Street carpet.

Georges Selvais, general manager of radiant floor heating manufacturer WarmlyYours, said that he was looking forward to bringing new business into the fold. "We are currently seeking to expand our distribution network in the U.S.," he said.

Elsewhere on the show floor, some companies were celebrating anniversaries, including DriTac Adhesive Group, which was feting its 50th year of business. Balloons and signs were scattered around the booth, and pins bearing a 50th anniversary insignia were passed out to patrons.