Laminate

    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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    Lowe’s recalls Chinese laminate brand

Lowe’s recalls Chinese laminate brand

Mooresville, N.C.—Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer, has halted sales of some of its Chinese-made laminate flooring “out of an abundance of caution” after a financial blogger said that it may have the same issues with formaldehyde that dogged Lumber Liquidators. Lowe’s recalled its Tecsun line of flooring, which was only sold online, and plans to do an investigation, according to a spokesman. Back in June 2013, financial blogger Xuhua Zhou claimed that

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    Laminate: State of the industry- Benefits outweigh rumored category pressures

Laminate: State of the industry- Benefits outweigh rumored category pressures

March 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 19 By Jenna Lippin The recent Lumber Liquidators exposé on “60 Minutes” has created more buzz in the laminate category arguably since the mid-1990s when Pergo landed on these shores, which could potentially boost sales for specialty retailers over the long haul. The segment continues to parallel the residential remodel market, which has been slow to recover from the recent economic slump. FCNews’ 2014 statistical

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    U.S. Customs seizes patent-infringing laminate flooring products

U.S. Customs seizes patent-infringing laminate flooring products

Dallas—U.S. Customs officials have seized and destroyed containers of laminate flooring that are using Unilin’s patented click technology without authorization. Recently, multiple containers of laminate flooring manufactured by Changzhou Century Wind were seized and destroyed. In 2007, Unilin obtained a General Exclusion Order from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) stating that products utilizing Unilin’s click patent portfolio without authorization would be blocked from entry into the U.S., and in certain

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    Laminate: Old favorite proves its worth in the face of threats

Laminate: Old favorite proves its worth in the face of threats

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan Contrary to popular belief, the laminate segment is alive and well despite recent threats from LVT, LVP and its latest challenger—the hybrid, which can come in the form of cork plus synthetic WPC, a combination of polypropylene and wood fiber and much more. At Surfaces, laminate manufacturers honed in on the one thing that differentiates the product from any other in

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    Quick-Step launches new laminate products at TISE 2015

Quick-Step launches new laminate products at TISE 2015

Dallas—Quick-Step launched a new collection at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Jan. 20-23. Quick-Step’s new Envique Collection features extraordinary visuals and textures including fire-charred, sandblasted, “wood concrete” and hand-scraped designs. Envique is made with GenuEdge technology, allowing the surface design to roll over the edges of the plank for a truly authentic look. The top layer of each plank also

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    Eternity to waterproof entire laminate collection

Eternity to waterproof entire laminate collection

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 Los Angeles—Eternity Flooring will incorporate moisture-resistant technology throughout its entire 100-plus SKUs of laminate flooring during the first quarter of 2015. While a number of leading laminate floor suppliers have dabbled in implementing moisture resistance into select lines, the additional expense has prohibited the technology from becoming a mainstay offering until now. Eternity embarked on this course earlier in 2014 with the launch of

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    Laminate: What’s selling now? Products that move across the U.S.

Laminate: What’s selling now? Products that move across the U.S.

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 Laminate may have appeared to be overshadowed by LVT in recent years, but many suppliers and retailers would agree that the category does, in fact, have a solid place in the market. Manufacturers continue to enhance laminate’s style and design to keep it appealing to customers. FCNews asked a retail store from each region of the U.S. what its best-selling laminate product is and

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    Laminate: NALFA takes the high road

Laminate: NALFA takes the high road

January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14  Though laminate flooring’s market share has been negatively impacted by LVT—often the result of a direct sales-pitch assault espousing LVT’s superiority due to its water resistant, silent nature—North American Laminate Floor Association (NALFA) members have refrained from responding to the attack. Now, for the first time, NALFA president Bill Dearing discusses the issue in an exclusive FCNews interview. FCNews: Why hasn’t NALFA responded to

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    Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

December 8/15, 2014; Volume 28/Number 12 Laminate By Ken Ryan Flooring manufacturers and association members are forecasting growth of between 1% and 5% for laminate in 2015. While not headline-grabbing numbers, it does represent an increase for a segment that has been hurt by competing products and big boxes. Laminate continues to grow by offering high performing, visually appealing characteristics at affordable prices. Derek Welbourn CEO, Inhaus Overall we see

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    Will digital printing be the next big thing?

Will digital printing be the next big thing?

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 Industry slow to embrace advanced technology By Jenna Lippin Despite some companies’ success with the technology, laminate flooring manufacturers have yet to fully embrace digital printing. Some further education, testing and investments may lead to increased usage of digital printing in years to come, but for now many producers are admiring the process from afar. “Currently digital printing doesn’t offer pure cost advantages, but

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    Laminate: Despite challenges, still a relevant product category

Laminate: Despite challenges, still a relevant product category

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 When discussing the laminate category, it is important to note which segment of the market is being addressed, as the differences are staggering. At the low end, laminate flooring occupies a strong place in the DIY market. However, most of those products reside in the home centers and other big box stores. Most specialty flooring dealers aren’t making money in the low end; many

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Dal-Tile provides jobs for work-study program

Dallas—Dal-Tile Corporation recently held a luncheon to celebrate several of Dallas Cristo Rey High School students who work at the company’s headquarters as part of an innovative corporate work-study program.

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Mohawk Industries releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries has released its 2017 Sustainability Report online, which outlines how business decisions rooted in corporate social responsibility have resulted in great dividends for the company, its customers,

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William M. Bird expands commercial product offering

Charleston, S.C.—William M. Bird has expanded its commercial product offering to include American Tile, InstaFloor and Centaur Floor Systems. The new products will be available throughout William M. Bird’s entire

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