keyboard_arrow_upExplaining full body porcelain tiles
keyboard_arrow_downExplaining full body porcelain tiles

Today we will chat about porcelain and the various textures found on Porcelain.  Just to create a bit of confusion we will refer to a full body porcelain and this does not imply a person with a full body!

keyboard_arrow_upFlorim Magnum now available exclusively from Union Tiles
keyboard_arrow_downFlorim Magnum now available exclusively from Union Tiles

Union Tiles is proud to announce that Florim Magnum large format sintered porcelain stoneware tiles are now exclusively available from its stores nationwide.

keyboard_arrow_upTile trends … what’s still hot
keyboard_arrow_downTile trends … what’s still hot

Union Tiles gives some feedback on tile trends going forward, based on happenings this year.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Hexagon returns
keyboard_arrow_downThe Hexagon returns

Latest design trends are now shifting in the direction of decorative elements and composition patterns, combinations reminiscent of vintage style, created around the theme of memory. The shapes and details of the past weave a material fabric complete with recollections and historical allure.

keyboard_arrow_upThe rise of ceramic tiles
keyboard_arrow_downThe rise of ceramic tiles

In today’s modern world, everyone is looking for convenience. Not only is beauty a key factor in the decor industry, but people want elements that will suit them as well as their environment and cut down on care and maintenance too.

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Tiles celebrates 60 years in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Tiles celebrates 60 years in South Africa

This year marks 60 years since Johnson Tiles was founded in South Africa in 1952. Established in 1901 in the United Kingdom, Johnson Tiles has a proud history rooted in the design and manufacture of high quality wall and floor tiles. Today it has a presence on five continents and is one of the largest suppliers of ceramic tiles in the world. 

keyboard_arrow_upTiles set the scene at Nando’s Gandhi Square
keyboard_arrow_downTiles set the scene at Nando’s Gandhi Square

Tile Africa Contracts supplies porcelain, ceramic, slate and mosaic tiles, as well as bathroom ware, to Nando’s outlets nationally and internationally. The company recently provided tiles for the Gandhi Square outlet in central Johannesburg.  This Nando’s outlet demonstrates how neutral-coloured tiles can be used to great effect to highlight vibrant colours in a restaurant’s design. The Gandhi Square outlet carries the ‘retro’ Nando’s theme – one of four design themes the restaurant group has developed, the others being vintage, chic and organic. The outlet shows off the bold and beautiful colours of the African continent, complemented by colourful artwork and fabric.

keyboard_arrow_upTiles for DoRego’s
keyboard_arrow_downTiles for DoRego’s

Tile Africa Contracts now supplies the Proudly South African restaurant franchise DoRego’s with tiles for front and back-of-house.  This chain of restaurants, which specialises in chicken, fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches, underwent a rebranding in 2009 and is now using striking colours in its store design.

keyboard_arrow_upNew website for tiles and tiling contracts
keyboard_arrow_downNew website for tiles and tiling contracts

Tile Africa Contracts recently launched its new website to keep the industry informed about the company’s latest product offerings and recent projects for which it has supplied tiles and bathroom ware.  Tile Africa Contracts provides building industry professionals, including developers, architects, specifiers and designers, with quality products and a range of services to meet project requirements. Its dedicated team is involved from concept to completion to ensure design continuity and the success of each project and its architectural and design consultants offer on-site technical advice and share their valued expertise.

keyboard_arrow_upNew colour in tile grout
keyboard_arrow_downNew colour in tile grout

 TAL, a leading supplier of tile adhesives, has added a new mushroom colour to its Wall & Floor grout range.  The new colour complements the existing range of lighter-coloured grouts which include super white, white, beige, calico cream, ivory, light grey, and dove grey colours. The mushroom colour has been developed to suit tiles with a neutral tone.

keyboard_arrow_upNew packaging simplifies adhesives’ specification
keyboard_arrow_downNew packaging simplifies adhesives’ specification

TAL, a division of Norcros SA, is changing its product packaging to simplify the selection process for specifiers, tiling contractors and end-users.  TAL is a leading supplier of tile adhesives, primers, additives, grouts, screeds, waterproofing and repair compounds. Its adhesives range consists of standard-set, ready-mix and rapid-set adhesives for tiling floors and walls.

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Tiles launches local website
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Tiles launches local website

Johnson Tiles, a division of Norcros SA and manufacturer of high quality tiles, recently launched its own localised website,, to keep customers informed about its latest ranges and to provide an easy platform where they can conveniently view its tile portfolio.

keyboard_arrow_upChanging colour
keyboard_arrow_downChanging colour

{nomultithumb} If you’ve decided your bathroom tiles are boring, then you might be interested in colour changing tiles – tiles that react to heat and shift colour according to the temperature. Not available in South Africa, as far as we can ascertain, but nevertheless it is always interesting to know about new or unusual products.

keyboard_arrow_upTiles contribute to ‘green’ fire station
keyboard_arrow_downTiles contribute to ‘green’ fire station

Durability and low maintenance were specific requirements for the floor and wall coverings of the Umhlanga Fire Station in Umhlanga Ridge, Durban. Tile Africa Contracts successfully specified and supplied some 2 000m² of tiles, to meet these requirements, for interior and exterior applications.

keyboard_arrow_upTiles and bathroom-ware seen at Cersaie 2010
keyboard_arrow_downTiles and bathroom-ware seen at Cersaie 2010

Every year Cersaie brings together suppliers of tiles, bathroom-ware, adhesives and glazes in a show that features some 800 exhibitors from close to 30 countries. For Tile Africa it is the best place to find out about the latest trends in tiles and the most fashionable bathroom-ware designs.  Lachlan Harris, general manager, and Kate van Niekerk, marketing manager at Tile Africa attended the show.

keyboard_arrow_upTile trends at Cersaie 2010
keyboard_arrow_downTile trends at Cersaie 2010

Visiting Cersaie 2010, the international ceramics show held annually in Bologna, Italy, the team from Johnson Tiles gathered insights into current trends in ceramic floor and wall tiles – in styles, sizes, finishes and textures. Jayson Parrott, national sales manager for Johnson Tiles, says overall new product developments noted at the fair could be summed up under the banner of ‘less is more’.

keyboard_arrow_upGerman tiles for competition pool
keyboard_arrow_downGerman tiles for competition pool

Tile Africa Contracts recently supplied tiles for the new competition swimming and diving pool at St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, as well as tiles for the learn-to-swim pool and for the change rooms.

keyboard_arrow_upTiles create colour at Nando’s
keyboard_arrow_downTiles create colour at Nando’s

Tile Africa Contracts supplies porcelain, ceramic and slate tiles, including bathroomware, to Nando’s outlets nationally and internationally. The company recently supplied tiles to new Nando’s outlets in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth as well as Harare and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. 

keyboard_arrow_upNano technology in tiles
keyboard_arrow_downNano technology in tiles

Nano technology is being used in the tile industry to produce tiles with increased sheen and colour and a greater resistance to stains. Tile Africa imports Nano tiles, making them available locally through its retail outlets and its contracts division, Tile Africa Contracts. Tile Africa’s Nano tile range includes: Simplicity, a 600 by 600mm double-loaded porcelain tile; Jenna, Layla and Gabrielle, all 600 by 600mm soluble salt tiles; Nano White and Nano Black, 600 by 600mm polished porcelain tiles; and Crystal Snow, an 800 by 800mm porcelain tile.

keyboard_arrow_upTiling contracts in new retail developments
keyboard_arrow_downTiling contracts in new retail developments

The recently completed Elgin Mall in Kempton Park, Gauteng, is an 8 000m² retail development by AJP Group. Tile Africa Contracts Division supplied and fitted 1 700m² of tiles for the mall’s floors, walls and columns. Lugano 300 by 300mm, full body porcelain tiles were selected for the project in light grey, cinnamon and light blue, creating a square pattern on the main floor and passageways. Crystal Black 300 by 300mm polished porcelain tiles were used for the walkways and columns.

keyboard_arrow_upNew tiles for conference lodge
keyboard_arrow_downNew tiles for conference lodge

Tile Africa Contracts, a tile supplier and contractor and part of Tile Africa, recently supplied tiles for the upmarket refurbishment of the Orion Safari Lodge in Rustenburg. The project involved the design and floor layouts for the hotel's conference areas, entrance lobby, public bathrooms and outside patios. Tile Africa Contracts also supplied the tiles and bathroom ware for the first ten rooms, and will supply a further ten rooms in the second phase of the project.