Carpet

    Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan Advancements in technology and manufacturing have allowed carpet mills to make significant improvements in fiber construction. The result: carpets that are soft, durable and resistant to stains and soils. Mill executives say today’s demanding consumers are driving these innovative breakthroughs. “Performance-based fibers seem to be a big trend,” said Ayme Sinclair, marketing director, Stanton. “The biggest influence is an increased

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    Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates

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    Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   As most flooring dealers know, there are two ways that fibers are colored, and each method produces different characteristics. One way to color fibers is to dip them in a vat of dye after they are extruded. This method, proponents say, yields bright colors and allows manufacturers to create smaller quantities of dyed fibers. In this method, known as

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    Carpet: Karastan retail program goes ‘Platinum’

Carpet: Karastan retail program goes ‘Platinum’

Lead-generation tools drive business for aligned dealers March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By K.J. Quinn   Just call it the gift that keeps on giving. “What we have been doing the last three years is providing several independent programs that help our retailers in digital [marketing],” said Seth Arnold, vice president of residential marketing, Mohawk Industries. “What we’ve learned is if we’re really going to win in

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    Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Everybody who follows the flooring industry knows the biggest trend impacting carpet is the growth of hard surfaces, which in many instances has forced flooring dealers to revamp their showrooms. However, there are other trends in carpet that are both surprising and noteworthy. Executives and design experts offered their takes. Focus on soft For a time last year, the

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    Stainmaster’s LiveWell line engineered to repel allergens

Stainmaster’s LiveWell line engineered to repel allergens

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Ken Ryan It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from airborne allergies, including pet dander and dust mites. Unfortunately, many of these allergens end up embedded in carpet. To address what it deemed an obvious health need, Invista in 2012 began work on a carpet that would be easier to clean and allow for more thorough removal of allergens during vacuuming.

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    Carpet: Mills up the ante in the fight against spills

Carpet: Mills up the ante in the fight against spills

Stain protection update February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Ken Ryan   What drives carpet purchases? If ongoing research is to be believed, it’s all about stain and soil protection. So if you want customers to spend more money, the carpet products retailers offer should incorporate such treatments. Stainmaster PetProtect from Invista was a big hit in large part because it addressed a huge consumer need, executives say.

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    Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—Soft surface still represents nearly 50% of the flooring market and carpet remains the largest single category by a considerable margin. But you might not have known that at Surfaces which was dominated by hard surface introductions. “As a carpet guy I am disappointed,” said Steven Lewis, owner of Lewis Floor & Home, Northbrook, Ill. “I go to

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    Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan With hard surfaces growing and gaining market share over soft surfaces every year, it might be easy to dismiss carpet as a has-been product. And yet, carpet is still the queen of floor covering, the largest percentage category by more than three times that of runner-up resilient, the fastest-growing segment. Carpet has lost market share, no doubt, but the drop-off

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    Executive interview: Phenix rises under Clayton’s leadership

Executive interview: Phenix rises under Clayton’s leadership

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 Industry veteran Mark Clayton has been at the helm of Phenix Flooring for the past five years. In that time the company has evolved into a significant player by introducing innovative products, turning its attention to a better product mix and merging with its yarn suppler Pharr Yarns. Many retailers who have sought alternatives to the big two have turned to Phenix. FCNews

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    Carpet: Campaign for Wool touts the benefits of all-natural fiber

Carpet: Campaign for Wool touts the benefits of all-natural fiber

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Ken Ryan British Royalty will be supremely represented at Surfaces 2017, at least in the figurative sense. The Campaign for Wool (CfW) will attend Surfaces with a Declaration launched by Prince Charles, a.k.a., His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, outlining the international standards of the wool industry in caring for sheep and the benefits of choosing real wool for interiors and

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    Mohawk’s Airo aims to ease installation issue

Mohawk’s Airo aims to ease installation issue

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Lindsay Baillie Mohawk is doing its part to address the skilled mechanic shortage by developing products that are much easier to install. Its latest innovation, Airo, is a step in that direction. The product falls into a new category called “unified soft floor covering or USF. “Airo represents Mohawk’s newest innovation in soft floor covering,” said Tom Lape, president of Mohawk Residential.

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    Area rugs: Color, design take center stage at Atlanta market

Area rugs: Color, design take center stage at Atlanta market

December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan For many years the Atlanta International Area Rug market at AmericasMart has been the premier venue for new rug offerings, with the January show serving as the launch pad for that year’s introductions. However, success brings competition and some executives say the Atlanta show (Jan. 11-14) may have lost a bit of its momentum with the ascent of the World

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    Executive Forecast: Carpet—Mills predict rebound as improving economy takes hold

Executive Forecast: Carpet—Mills predict rebound as improving economy takes hold

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan   While 2016 was less than stellar for carpet mills—due in part to the acrimonious Presidential election that some believe hurt consumer spending—executives are looking to bounce back in 2017. Buoyed by an improving economy that many see gaining significant traction, mill executives are forecasting anywhere from a 2%-5% gain, which, if true, would easily eclipse 2016 figures. Mark Clayton,

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    Shaw opens $85M carpet tile facility

Shaw opens $85M carpet tile facility

New plant to bolster manufacturing capacity, recycling capabilities December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan Shaw Industries, the largest carpet tile producer in North America, officially unveiled its new carpet tile manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Ga., on Dec. 1. The $85 million facility, which became operational this quarter, will provide added capacity and recycling capability for the company’s Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial and Shaw Contract modular carpet brands.

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WFCA University adds to destination training, online offering

Dalton, Ga.–In response to a recent membership drive and member demand, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has expanded its University course offerings with extended online training modules and destination camps

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Briney to retire from Innocor

Red Bank, N.J.—Jeff Briney, senior vice president of Innocor Foam Technologies (IFT), will be retiring at the end of June 2017. As senior vice president, Briney led Innocor’s commercial division,

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Mannington enhances Restoration collection with SpillShield

Salem, N.J.—Mannington’s laminate flooring is adding “moisture resistant” to its list of attributes with the company’s Restoration collection, which now has enhanced performance with SpillShield technology. SpillShield is an innovative

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