Laminate

    State of the industry: Laminate holds its own at the sweet spot

State of the industry: Laminate holds its own at the sweet spot

Volume 27/Number 21; March 3/10, 2014 By Jenna Lippin The expression “no news is good news” proves to be true when considering the laminate flooring market in 2013. The consensus among industry executives suggests the category posted low single-digit increases in both dollars and square footage, contradicting the sentiment on the part of some that laminate is about to be placed on the endangered product list. Thanks to improvement in

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    NALFA names Quick-Step laminate company of the year

NALFA names Quick-Step laminate company of the year

Dallas — Quick-Step, the style, design, and innovation leader in laminate flooring was recently named “Company Of The Year” by the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA).  This prestigious award is given to only one company each year in recognition of “exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring industry. “We are honored to be recognized — especially by NALFA,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing for Unilin (Quick-Step’s parent

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Armstrong laminate line named Best of Year 2013 honoree

Lancaster, Pa.— Interior Design magazine has named Armstrong Residential Flooring’s Architectural Remnants laminate a Best 0f Year (BoY) honoree for 2013 in the Flooring – Hard Surface category. The BoY Awards is the preeminent design competition recognizing superior interior design products and projects. This year’s Best of Year experienced record-breaking numbers: 1,800 submissions, which is 50% more than last year.  The product voting site experienced double the number of unique visitors (vs. 2012), netting 290,000

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    Distribution: Laminate

Distribution: Laminate

Innovations sustain category By Ken Ryan Oct. 21/28 2013; Volume 27/number 13 Despite several down years, laminate flooring is far from a dormant, forgotten category. All it needs, according to distributors, is a few good products active on the market. The idea of popular laminate is not as far-fetched as it seemed not too long ago. “Laminate is not dead at all,” said Buddy Faircloth, president of Cain & Bultman,

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    How retailers still profit from selling laminate

How retailers still profit from selling laminate

Oct. 7/14 2013; Volume 27/number 12 By Jenna Lippin As an increasing amount of flooring options have become available in recent years, many consumers started to shy away from the laminate category. However, much like luxury vinyl tile (LVT), exotic hardwoods and cork, among others, technological advancements and realistic visuals have given laminate a boost, creating a comeback for the category.

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Mannington brings laminate production to U.S.

Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills announced that beginning this month the company is moving production of its Diamond Bay laminate products to its facility in High Point, N.C., from its current production location in China. 
As a result of the move, the company said all of its laminate products are now being manufactured in the U.S.

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Armstrong launches Architectual Remnants laminate line

Lancaster, Pa. ­– Armstrong Residential Flooring is taking design up a notch with its latest collection, Architectural Remnants, which pairs the look of high-end, reclaimed hardwoods with the benefits of laminate flooring.

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    Quick-Step voted top laminate firm for fourth straight year

Quick-Step voted top laminate firm for fourth straight year

Dallas—Retailers from across the nation recently voted Quick-Step the No. 1 laminate manufacturer in all categories—quality, service and design—of the Floor Focus Retailer Survey. This is the fourth year in a row that Quick-Step has swept the results—winning first place in all categories.

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    Technology spearheads latest visual innovations

Technology spearheads latest visual innovations

Volume 26/number 28 June 10/17, 2013 by Lou Iannaco Since laminate’s introduction into the U.S. marketplace in the mid ’90s, when many products resembled photographs of wood glued onto medium density fiberboard, the segment’s aesthetics have dramatically moved forward. Propelled by technology to mimic wood and ceramic, laminate now fools even the most experienced flooring veterans. FCNews recently asked laminate manufacturers exactly how they create such realistic product, and what

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    Laminate: State of the industry

Laminate: State of the industry

Recovery mimicking economy: Slow, steady By Matthew Spieler Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013 Like many industries and flooring categories in particular, the laminate sector was hit hard by the recession. But executives are quick to note the category’s decline was really no worse than what others experienced. In fact, many will note laminate maintained its overall market share and as the economy slowly improves they see the category regaining traction,

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    The changing landscape of laminate requires creative selling

The changing landscape of laminate requires creative selling

by Melissa McGuire Volume 26/Number 21; March 4/11, 2013 The retail landscape has changed dramatically for the specialty dealer who sells laminate flooring. The onslaught of home centers, price clubs and mass merchants, coupled with easier-to-install click systems, has resulted in the proliferation of products at low-margin price points. “The task at hand for specialty retailers is to evaluate how they have done business in the past and make the necessary

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    Laminate: Neither down nor out

Laminate: Neither down nor out

Segment gets longer, stronger By Melissa McGuire Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013 Las Vegas—Laminate may not have been the largest flooring category at Surfaces, but one thing was certain: The product still has a significant foothold in the marketplace. An overall consensus among retailers confirmed that while luxury vinyl tile is encroaching on laminate’s market share, the category not only has staying power, but growing power as well. “Our business

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    Executive forecast: Things are looking up for laminate category

Executive forecast: Things are looking up for laminate category

By Louis Iannaco  Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012 After a rough few years, it looks as if the laminate segment may be on its way back to better, more profitable times. At least that’s the way industry executives believe, with one chief reason being the positive signs coming from builder business. Increases in the demand for higher end goods are also contributing to a more optimistic outlook for next

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    Mohawk, Quick•Step & Columbia laminate earn FloorScore certification

Mohawk, Quick•Step & Columbia laminate earn FloorScore certification

Dallas – Mohawk, Quick•Step, and Columbia laminate have recently earned the highly-coveted FloorScore certification by passing one of the most stringent indoor air quality certification programs in the world.  FloorScore tests for 78 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), some of which are identified as known carcinogens or reproductive toxins. All Mohawk, Quick•Step, and Columbia laminate products are officially FloorScore certified.

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    Laminate: Hope for lagging sector

Laminate: Hope for lagging sector

By Ken Ryan The laminate category has been on a steady decline since 2007, hurt by eroding prices that have stifled profit potential at the low end and the popularity of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products. While there remains a vibrant market for higher-end laminate, especially 12mil offerings, the middle and bottom have eroded significantly, distributors say.

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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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