Laminate

Revised CDC report shows increased risk from Lumber Liquidators laminates

Lumber Liquidators lost about a quarter of its market value in early trading Feb. 22 after a report by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that people exposed to excessive levels of formaldehyde in some types of laminate flooring sold by the company were three times more likely to get cancer than previously estimated. The CDC said it now estimated the risk of cancer at six to

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    SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Laminate: Category fights back with ‘next-generation’ intros

SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Laminate: Category fights back with ‘next-generation’ intros

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan  “Next generation” was the term that best described the many laminate flooring introductions at Surfaces 2016 as suppliers unveiled a slew of new styles, sizes and designs featuring the latest in technologies. “I really do believe there is a renaissance going on in laminate where everybody wants to step up their game and go to next-generation models,” said Brad Northcutt, laminate sales

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    Laminate: Vying for a bigger slice of the builder market

Laminate: Vying for a bigger slice of the builder market

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By K.J. Quinn Despite steady sales growth in the residential remodeling market, laminate has reportedly been slow to catch on in the builder business. While no longer a commodity, the original product claims that laminate was virtually indestructible and could be installed anywhere in the home have been tempered by concerns over how well the floor will hold up in high-moisture, heavy-traffic areas. “Homeowners have

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    Laminate: How dealers have fared since ‘60 Minutes’ report

Laminate: How dealers have fared since ‘60 Minutes’ report

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15

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    WPC vs. laminate: Which product has the edge?

WPC vs. laminate: Which product has the edge?

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Ken Ryan In one corner you have the new kid on the block, WPC, or wood plastic/polymer composite, which could be the hot product for 2016 as it is expected to make some noise at Surfaces in Las Vegas. In the other corner is laminate, no longer the “it” product of a decade ago but certainly still very much a relevant product in the

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    Laminate: Advanced style, design create opportunity for growth

Laminate: Advanced style, design create opportunity for growth

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    Laminate: Retailers reveal profitable products

Laminate: Retailers reveal profitable products

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Nadia Ramlakhan With 2015 in its final months, retailers across the country are reporting a shift in the laminate category. While there is buzz about newer designs in LVT, particularly with a focus on hybrid products like WPC and EVP, many dealers are prospering in the laminate segment thanks to lack of competition in their particular markets. As such, laminate manufacturers have been

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    Laminate: Positioning helps consumers find the right fit

Laminate: Positioning helps consumers find the right fit

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 By Nadia Ramlakhan Despite recent rumors about the demise of the category, a majority of manufacturers and dealers in the industry agree that laminate isn’t going anywhere. In fact, laminate flooring remains a viable option today, offering benefits such as ease of maintenance, wear resistance, durability and designs that mimic stone, tile and hardwood at affordable prices. Although the product has enough desirable features to

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    Laminate: Manufacturers go beyond style, design to ‘reinvent’

Laminate: Manufacturers go beyond style, design to ‘reinvent’

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4  By Nadia Ramlakhan  With LVT continuing to rise as flooring’s hottest segment, laminate manufacturers have stepped up their R&D game to keep pace. Some have completely refreshed the category with new looks and textures, while others have specifically targeted the product’s moisture-related issues. “There are a lot of people crying the fall of laminate because of LVT, but we’re finding that is not necessarily true,” said

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    Laminate: Category continues to hold its own amid pressures

Laminate: Category continues to hold its own amid pressures

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Nadia Ramlakhan While the laminate segment seems to be the category most vulnerable to the onslaught of LVT and, more recently, WPC (wood plastic composite or wood polymer composite), it is still holding its own. Yes, the gains of the mid-2000s are long gone, but rumors of the category’s demise are greatly overstated. In fact, FCNews research reveals the segment has posted the slightest

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    Laminate: Dealers find new methods to generate profit

Laminate: Dealers find new methods to generate profit

June 8/15, 2015; Volume 30/Number 1 By Nadia Ramlakhan Although laminate seems to have lost some of its popularity—due in part to the rise of competing products, namely LVT—the category still carries with it a number of benefits that appealed to consumers in the first place: durability, ease of maintenance and simplified installation. Retailers who still generate a large profit from laminate focus on its advantages, along with exceptional customer

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    Laminate: How display methods ease the shopping experience

Laminate: How display methods ease the shopping experience

April 13/20, 2015; Volume 29/Number 1 By Nadia Ramlakhan  The techniques retailers use to display products can oftentimes make or break a sale, especially when it comes to laminate. With the attention span of today’s consumers dwindling by the day, sales associates only have a few minutes to make an impression. It doesn’t matter how durable or scratch resistant laminate is—if a customer can’t visualize a product in her home

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    Lumber Liquidators, Lowe’s halt sales of Chinese laminate

Lumber Liquidators, Lowe’s halt sales of Chinese laminate

May 11/18, 2015; Volume 29/Number 3  By Ken Ryan Two months after a damning report of its Chinese laminate flooring products, Lumber Liquidators announced it is pulling all of its Chinese-made laminate flooring, effectively immediately. In a related announcement, it has brought on former FBI director Louis Freeh to help review its sourcing procedures amid widespread concern over the safety of its products. The Lumber Liquidators decision on May 7

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    Lumber Liquidators halts sales of all Chinese laminate

Lumber Liquidators halts sales of all Chinese laminate

Toano, Va.—Lumber Liquidators is pulling all of its Chinese-made laminate flooring, effective immediately, and has brought on a former FBI director to review its sourcing procedures amid widespread concern over the safety of its products. The directive to pull all Chinese laminate went out on May 6 to the company’s 356 stores. The move follows the “60 Minutes” segment that alleged the retailer sold Chinese-made laminate flooring containing levels of

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    NALFA Certification provides quality, CARB compliant laminate

NALFA Certification provides quality, CARB compliant laminate

Washington, D.C.—In light of recent news stating Lowe’s has halted sales of some of its Chinese manufactured laminate flooring products, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) assures retailers that laminate flooring products carrying the NALFA Certification Seal of approval have passed rigorous ANSI performance tests for quality and are also CARB 2 compliant. “Ultimately, we want consumers to have peace of mind that the products they place in their

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Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who

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NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take

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Couristan bolsters sales team

Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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