With all the various trends and innovations in the past 10 years, the tile and stone industry has been one of the most dynamic categories in the building products industry.

Style and new innovation are two reasons 2010 tile consumption is up 6% over 2009. “We are headed in the right direction,”  Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America, in Anderson, S.C., said at Coverings 2011.

Among the many trends making waves at the moment are large-format tiles, thin tiles, texture, and high definition digital printing technology. “Digital  printing technology is very important to us because it allows us to produce a more natural product,” says Dr. Vittorio Borelli, a rep with the Italian tile manufacturer Fincibec Group.

In these video clips, four industry pros talk about some of the other cool innovations happening in the tile industry.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Anderson, IN.