Resilient

    Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   Mannington, Shaw and Forbo are among the suppliers raising prices on resilient flooring, mainly sheet vinyl. The price hikes—which are the result of increased costs of raw materials, transportation and manufacturing—are set to take effect in May. Mannington is implementing a 3% to 6% price increase on select residential vinyl sheet products in the U.S. and Canada. “Continued increases

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    Karndean expands portfolio with rigid core rollout

Karndean expands portfolio with rigid core rollout

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has taken the wraps off Korlok, a new rigid core floor that was more than three years in the making. The new line features several elements that are meant to enhance speed and ease of installation; in this case, the objective was to construct a floor that would be suitable for projects that needed to be completed quickly. “We

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    Resilient: Fiberglass-backed sheet expands its base

Resilient: Fiberglass-backed sheet expands its base

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   Fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl is the unsung hero of the resilient flooring category—a product with characteristics that match up well with its more famous cousin, LVT, yet at a price point suppliers say is very competitive. Given its well-documented performance attributes, sheet vinyl represents the best value on the market on an installed cost basis, manufacturers say. Within the

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    Shaw LVT plant ramps up

Shaw LVT plant ramps up

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   Ringgold, Ga.—Three months after its first planks rolled off the line, Shaw Floors is already strategizing to manufacture more of the LVT and WPC products in its portfolio out of its brand spanking new facility here. After a substantial investment to convert the former Shaw Rugs facility to domestic LVT production, the game plan all along was to start

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    Resilient: LVT offerings, exclusivity lift Karndean Elite dealers

Resilient: LVT offerings, exclusivity lift Karndean Elite dealers

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By K.J. Quinn   A major part of any flooring maker’s success is its aligned dealer network, and Karndean is no exception. The specialty LVT supplier is investing in new product development, merchandising and business support services to help boost awareness of elite members’ stores while growing their sales of Designflooring products. “We have been with Karndean for three years,” noted Steve Delamore,

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    Surfaces resilient coverage: Suppliers gamble on new designs, enhanced performance attributes

Surfaces resilient coverage: Suppliers gamble on new designs, enhanced performance attributes

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Lindsay Baillie and Ken Ryan Resilient and its multiple subcategories were heavily represented at Surfaces this year with companies focusing on improvements and innovations in terms of style and design. In addition to the major players in resilient, Surfaces saw multiple mills enter the LVT and WPC scene. For example, Dixie, a longstanding carpet mill with three well-known retail brands, recognized

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Resilient: LVT, WPC—Can the market support both?

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Ken Ryan The two hottest products in the flooring industry today come from the same family with many of the same characteristics siblings might have. You might say LVT and WPC are fraternal twins, similar but different—each with their own strengths. This dynamic duo is likely to blaze similar paths to success rather than one product cannibalizing the other. Flooring executives representing

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    UltraCeramic to make U.S. debut at Surfaces

UltraCeramic to make U.S. debut at Surfaces

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Steven Feldman After a successful launch in Canada, UltraCeramic, American Biltrite’s first foray into the residential market, is set to make its long-awaited U.S. debut at Surfaces in Las Vegas next week. And the plan is to offer the LVT to select retailers. What took so long? “We wanted to make sure we were doing everything right in Canada,” said Roger Marcus,

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    Inhaus looks to break new ground with Sono launch

Inhaus looks to break new ground with Sono launch

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Reginald Tucker Inhaus is looking to kick off the new year in a big way via the launch of an innovative product that aims to break new ground in the waterproof core category. The new product, called Sono, is fundamentally different than WPC offerings currently on the market as it is a homogenous product made in a one-step process featuring Inhaus’ patented

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    WPS expands Fusion program to support U.S. wholesale partners

WPS expands Fusion program to support U.S. wholesale partners

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Reginald Tucker There’s good news for distributors who carry the Fusion brand of rigid core resilient flooring from World Product Sourcing (WPS). The manufacturer recently announced plans to vastly expand the number of products in the line; launch a new website to educate consumers and retailers; and, finally, build a manufacturing plant in Ringgold, Ga., which, when completed, will allow stocking distributors

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    Resilient: Anatomy of a winning product

Resilient: Anatomy of a winning product

December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Number 14 Some products tout high-performance capabilities such as waterproof attributes and resistance to scuffing, scratching and heavy foot traffic. Others, meanwhile, focus on aesthetics—be they visuals that aim to replicate natural materials such as wood and stone, or more abstract designs that draw their influences from art and geometry. These products run the gamut from more recent introductions to the resilient category to existing

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    Executive Forecast: Resilient–LVT/WPC expected to continue its strong surge well into the new year

Executive Forecast: Resilient–LVT/WPC expected to continue its strong surge well into the new year

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan   The double-digit growth that has catapulted the LVT category in recent years is expected to continue in 2017, buttressed by the rise of rigid core products (also known as WPC). The lone caveat may be the very success of LVT, which is ushering in a new wave of players looking to grab a piece of this ever-expanding market.   Larry

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    Spotlight: Divine Flooring ascribes to a higher marketing power

Spotlight: Divine Flooring ascribes to a higher marketing power

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Reginald Tucker In an increasingly competitive market segment such as the mid-range to high end, hard surface suppliers are focusing their efforts beyond core product construction and performance to differentiate themselves from other players in the field. For manufacturers like Divine Flooring, it’s all about marketing and optimal brand positioning. As a supplier of hardwood, LVT, WPC and laminate flooring products for

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    Resilient—Domestic vs. import: Suppliers weigh the pros and cons

Resilient—Domestic vs. import: Suppliers weigh the pros and cons

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Reginald Tucker The continued influx of imported resilient flooring products combined with incremental increases in domestic production is changing the dynamics of this highly competitive market sector. In some cases the market is seeing fluctuations in pricing; in others, a change in product mix and channel marketing strategy is evident. One thing that virtually all resilient flooring manufacturers have observed is an

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    Private-label programs expand opportunities for distributors

Private-label programs expand opportunities for distributors

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Reginald Tucker With the crowded field of established flooring brands available at retail and through distribution, one might think the prospects for new, lesser-known labels might be limited. But several manufacturers are looking to disprove that notion by developing products and programs that cater to their customers’ specific needs while filling voids in the larger marketplace. “Private-label programming is all we do—that’s

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CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed

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Domotex Deutsche Messe to house new creative product showcases

Hannover, Germany—In 2018, Domotex will have a stronger focus on interior trends and lifestyle that will frame floor coverings in the broader context of ideas and innovations from the worlds

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Melissa Quick to head product development, marketing for AVA brand

Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Melissa Quick has joined Novalis Innovative Flooring as the new commercial product and marketing manager for the AVA LVT brand. “Melissa brings over 30 years of experience with

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