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    Strong response greets Metroflor’s Hybrid, combines best features of LVT and laminate

Strong response greets Metroflor’s Hybrid, combines best features of LVT and laminate

The old saying, “Don’t tell me, show me” is perhaps best exemplified when discussing Hybrid, the newest product from Metroflor. “You can talk all you want about how great Hybrid is, but seeing and feeling is believing,” said Harvey Johnson, vice president of Miami-based Mastercraft Flooring Distributors, which carries the product. Craig Folven, vice president of sales and marketing at Herregan Distributors, Eagan, Minn., agreed, adding the company has received

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Resilient story gets a lot greener, NSF 332 will be a game changer

It goes by the unassuming acronym ANSI/NSF 332, but for resilient flooring manufacturers this new certification standard for sustainability is a potential game-changer. “NSF-332 may change the industry in that it will no longer call for simply the product itself to meet certain standards but will widen the scope to include all the processes and practices involved in bringing a product to market and seeing it through its lifecycle,” said

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    Resilient maintains market share on value story

Resilient maintains market share on value story

The way you look at the resilient industry in 2009 is consistent with whether you look at the glass half full or half empty. On one hand, the category was off double digits in both sales dollars and volume, between 15% and 20%, with the declines a bit worse on the commercial side. Then again, the drops were not as pronounced as what occurred with hardwood and ceramic tile, which

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    Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and this rings true in floor covering. A decidedly negative economic state found a ray of light in the resurgent sales of resilient flooring and carpet. On the decline for much of the early 21st century, these two categories have been consistently gaining market share throughout the financial downturn and beckoned sales in a climate where other categories suffered mightily.

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Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

The general state of affairs in the commercial resilient segment is not far off from most categories. Most manufacturers interviewed by FCNews reported less than remarkable growth for the start of the year but were pleased to no longer see major losses in market share. “The commercial market will continue to struggle as budget deficits in both the public and private sector hamper recovery efforts on a broad scale,” reported

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Tarkett raises residential product prices

Chagrin Falls, Ohio—On May 25, Tarkett Residential announced it would implement a price increase on all resilient flooring products, including FiberFloor, vinyl sheet and Nafco branded floors. Increases of 6% will go into effect July 1, one month after the commercial price raise is executed. Tarkett attributed the change to rising cost of materials, as cost cutting measures and internal expense reduction no longer sufficiently absorbed costs.

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    Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL.—Add Congoleum to the LVT roster. The resilient manufacturer on April 22 unveiled the category’s latest entry, Connections, at the headquarters of Midwest distributor All-Tile, complete with a few wrinkles the company said addressed some shortcomings of competing products. Congoleum believes the most significant enhancement lies in what it calls the SmartLink glueless installation system. Attached to each plank is a “highly technical” adhesive film with a

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    ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF International, the non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that drafted NSF 140-2007: the Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, has developed a similar standard for resilient flooring. At the end of April, NSF American National Standard 332: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “Certification to ANSI/NSF 332 offers buyers of resilient flooring the highest level of confidence and credibility in a market

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    LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

The surge of interest in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has a team of newer players coming to bat on the resilient field. Companies with different backgrounds, from click systems to cork, have introduced new features and push the product envelope further than ever before. Experienced manufacturers have also been challenged to innovate, finding ways of improvement in areas like installation, whether it aims to reduce preparation time, ease the stress

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    Resilient manufacturers announce price increases; Mohawk, Forbo the latest

Resilient manufacturers announce price increases; Mohawk, Forbo the latest

Hicksville, N.Y.—At the beginning of April, two of the largest resilient flooring manufacturers, Armstrong and Mannington Mills, independently announced it will each raise product prices by 6%. Since then, a multitude of companies have followed suit. Armstrong and Mannington said increase measures would be implemented by June 1, 2010 and are caused by a considerable increase in the cost of raw materials. “Energy, raw materials and transportation costs are all

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Visuals drive high-end resilient products

Though some buyers are looking for deals, choice flooring in the home adds a certain something beyond higher prices. That something is identified as the “wow” factor by Paul Mixon, manager of resilient business, Mannington. Beautiful floors that catch a visitor’s eye are not only good for the buyer, but ultimately for the retailer. A successful installation in the home is a great product display for new buyers. “This is

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USFloors segues to resilient, latest entry into floating LVT arena offers a twist

DALTON—USFloors, a manufacturer of unique and sustainable floors—specifically cork, bam- boo and hardwood—diversified its product portfolio even further at Surfaces 2010 by breaking into the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) category and taking the wraps off a waterproof floor. This was in addition to expanding its hardwood and bamboo lines as well as unveiling a new cork product. Not only was the company pleased with the response, but it was also

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Mannington to turn Olympic graphics into VCT flooring

What do the dramatic graphics adorning the various buildings, buses and vehicles at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, have to do with flooring? Everything, if you’re Mannington Mills. Thanks to a partnership with 3M Canada, supplier of the graphics, and the Vancouver Organizing Committee, once the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are concluded, the material—about 200,000 square feet or approximately the area of three football fields—will

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CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the

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Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors

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Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year

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