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For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2017

(Geneva) – Claudio Bizzaglia, Director of Laboratory Services at the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), has been elected to serve as chairman of the International Standards Organization's (ISO) TC189 Committee as of January 1, 2018, the ISO Central Secretariat recently announced.

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Bizzaglia will succeed Dr. Svend Hovmand, former President and former Chairman of the Board of Crossville Inc. Dr. Hovmand, a legendary figure in the tile industry, has served and is currently serving on numerous industry boards of directors, including notably, to name a few of many, those of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, Porcelain Tile Certification Agency, Coverings, and Tile Council of North America.

"Claudio is uniquely qualified to become the chair for the ISO TC189 Committee, as he has extensive work experience in the tile industry on an international basis having worked throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa," Hovmand says. "He has worked in many different capacities, with experience in manufacturing plants on top of his nearly 10 years leading TCNA's laboratory.

"On an international basis, he has worked with the development of laboratory methods and standards for tile for many years. I congratulate him on this appointment, and wish him all the best in this important industry role."

"It's an honor to represent TCNA and serve the industry on this international committee," Bizzaglia says. "Stepping into this role following Svend will not be easy, but I hope to be up to the challenge.

"We look forward to continued innovation and progress on the standards front as the committee moves into 2018," Bizzaglia concludes.

Bizzaglia also participates in the Materials and Methods Standards Association (MMSA) for installation materials standards, ASTM International Committee C21, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A108 Committee, the NTCA Technical Committee, the TCNA Executive Committee, and the Ceramic Tile World Forum.

About ISO

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies.

Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

About Claudio Bizzaglia

Claudio Bizzaglia, Director of Laboratory Services for TCNA, is involved in the development of new testing services and markets, providing technical assistance, and directing overall lab operations, while maintaining TCNA's commitment to quality, confidentiality, and customer service. Bizzaglia has more than 25 years' experience in the tile industry, with a background that includes numerous assignments in product design, research and development, sales, technical services, and laboratory management. He received a degree in chemical engineering from F. Corni College in Sassuolo, Modena, Italy.

About TCNA

TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials, and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became TCNA in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to encompass all of North America.

Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, offers professional training, and publishes industry-consensus guidelines and standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

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