ISSFA Engineered Stone Survey
The results are in and 74 percent of respondents believe providing information, services and training related to engineered stone furthers the best interests of ISSFA members.
Commissioned by the association's board of directors, the June 2005 canvass set out to determine ISSFA members' prevailing attitudes toward engineered stone/quartz surfacing. Overall, the survey posed eight multiple choice questions, and provided space for additional comments at the end of each survey. Of 672 polls delivered via fax to registered ISSFA members, 155 (23 percent) submitted completed surveys to the ISSFA office for tabulation.
In addition to demonstrating strong support for the inclusion of engineered stone/quartz in upcoming ISSFA curricula and services, the survey provided valuable information on other member demographics as they pertain to engineered stone/quartz.
- Roughly two-thirds of ISSFA members offer engineered stone/quartz as part of their product offering.
- Of those companies offering engineered stone/quartz, less than one-quarter (22 percent) fabricate the product in-house.
- Nearly a third (32 percent) of those companies who offer engineered stone/quartz, but do not currently fabricate the product, are thinking of adding fabrication capabilities within the next 18 months.
- Less than one-fifth (18 percent) of respondents believe it serves the best interests of ISSFA members to focus on solid surface only.
Complete tabulated results, as well as a transcript of the full text of member comments accompanying the survey are available online in the Members' Only section of the ISSFA Web site at www.issfa.org. ISSFA members may also login and join the lively discussion now in progress regarding engineered stone products in the bulletin board section of the Web site.
ISSFA Awareness Campaign Launched
Press kits extolling the benefits of using solid surface installed by an ISSFA fabricator are being distributed to members of the consumer and trade press across the country.
The promotional material offers trade and consumer editors at both the local and national level, a first-hand look at the many attributes that make solid surface so appealing to today's consumer.