Work has begun for construction of Ceramica Del Conca’s new American facilities for the production of porcelain stoneware tile. The industrial complex will be built in Louden County, Tennessee, and will cover an area of over 30,000 m2. The complex will include production facilities, research labs, showrooms and administrative offices.The plan calls for an initial investment of $50 million which will come to a close in 2013 with the hiring of about 100 employees. A second phase will follow within 4 or 6 years — contingent on the amount of business — with a further investment of $20 million and the hiring of another 78 professionals. A total of 178 employees will fill managerial, technical, engineering, administrative, manufacturing and sales positions. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014.Del Conca USA, the name of the American subsidiary behind this initiative, gave birth to this internationalization process to expand the Del Conca Group’s already significant market shares in the United States. In fact, Del Conca exports 75% of its production with half of that going to the States. The choice to work directly in America was dictated by the need to create a stronghold near these already important markets in order to offer a quick and flexible response to orders from U.S. customers.Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Loudon County Economic Development Agency officially welcomed Del Conca USA, thanking everyone for the hard work that made this important milestone possible for both Del Conca and the entire local community that will profit by it. At the same time, significant investments – over 4 million Euros – are being made in the Italian production facilities, to produce high-tech and designer tiles with which to maintain current export volumes. Among other things, a considerable share of these investments is aimed at increasing production of Del Conca Fast, now in great demand in the United States. Del Conca Fast is an innovative patented system for dry-laying of tile floors without adhesives or grout and it can even be installed on top of old flooring in the case of renovations – quickly and with no mess. This system is revolutionary because it means new tile floors can be installed in just a few hours: a stable, continuous surface, without joints and immediately walkable. What’s more, the whole surface or parts of it can be removed if needed, restoring the pre-existing flooring, and the product can be re-used.
PACK EXPO International 2014
Processing and Packaging Conference and Tradeshow
November 2-5, 2014
Chicago, IL -- McCormick Place
Booth #: S-736
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