Resilient

    Distributors rally behind Raskin’s FloorNation

Distributors rally behind Raskin’s FloorNation

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan With the luxury vinyl tile market bursting at the seams with so many new products entering the fray, distributors are tasked with seeking out products that offer true differentiation. In Raskin Industries’ FloorNation, wholesalers say they have found a winning combination—a line offering great style and design, coupled with a made-in-the-USA story. FloorNation is a phthalate-free, virgin vinyl flooring available

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    Resilient: LVT finds a home across major contract end-use sectors

Resilient: LVT finds a home across major contract end-use sectors

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Luxury vinyl tile has clearly found a home in the commercial flooring market where its footprint is exhibited in all settings and applications. And with the advent of WPC and rigid core offerings flooding the market, specifiers have more options than ever to complete their projects. Prior to taking over as Tarkett’s director of product management and marketing for

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    Resilient: Can WPC/rigid core coexist with LVT?

Resilient: Can WPC/rigid core coexist with LVT?

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   The overarching luxury vinyl flooring category featuring the incumbent LVT/P and newcomers WPC and rigid core continues to flourish and growth rates collectively are expected to exceed that of every other flooring category for at least the near term. Will there be an eventually category champion? Does there have to be one? Flooring executives differ slightly on which segment

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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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    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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Daltile Gallery hosts hundreds at annual NeoCon luncheon

Chicago—Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery recently welcomed over 500 architects, designers and other customers to its annual “Parked At NeoCon” lunch event. Held every year during the international NeoCon commercial design

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Milliken to increase prices for commercial carpet

Spartanburg, SC—Milliken will initiate a 4% to 6% price increase for its commercial soft surface flooring to take effect August 7. The initiative includes its North American portfolio of commercial

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NeoCon 2017 sees increase in attendance

Chicago—NeoCon yet again proved that it is the world’s premier platform for commercial design as it took over The Mart from June 12-14. Registered attendance rose 7% over the 2016

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