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    Resilient: Sheet vinyl demonstrates its strong value proposition

Resilient: Sheet vinyl demonstrates its strong value proposition

October 10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Ken Ryan The resilient flooring category has been dominated in recent years by the headline-grabbing success of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and lately WPC. Meanwhile, sheet vinyl continues to forge ahead despite being one of the most underappreciated products in the market today. However, its worth is not lost on its legion of proponents. “When you look at resilient sheet on an

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    Floor covering dealers ride WPC’s rising tide

Floor covering dealers ride WPC’s rising tide

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Ken Ryan Flooring retailers report that WPC (wood plastic composite) has taken off as one of 2016’s most electrifying products, thanks in large part to the ability to demonstrate its many benefits. One such dealer is David Britt, owner of CW Floors & Lighting, with multiple stores in Texas. After a slow start in 2016, WPC has been his biggest product category.

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    Resilient: WPC offerings are spreading like wildfire

Resilient: WPC offerings are spreading like wildfire

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Ken Ryan What do you get when you have a distinctive looking product that is durable, versatile, competitively priced and provides real flooring solutions? You get arguably the hottest product on the market—WPC (wood plastic composite or waterproof core), the subsegment of the luxury vinyl category that is quickly making a name for itself. USFloors, with its award-winning COREtec, was the first

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    Quick-Step throws hat into luxury vinyl flooring ring

Quick-Step throws hat into luxury vinyl flooring ring

By Ken Ryan Quick-Step, the Mohawk brand that made a name for itself first in laminate and later in hardwood through its Q-Wood collection, announced its entry into the crowded—albeit still-fast-growing—luxury vinyl flooring segment. Quick-Step is in the process of launching 16 SKUs nationwide through specialty flooring stores in August and September. Quick-Step said it is combining “innovation with art” in creating what it calls “a new kind” of luxury

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    Resilient: State of the Industry- Suppliers tout visual attributes, functionality

Resilient: State of the Industry- Suppliers tout visual attributes, functionality

 August 8/15, 2016; Volume 31, Number 4 By K.J. Quinn After a good start to kick off the year, many resilient flooring suppliers say they are cautiously optimistic about the category sustaining its current growth rate through the end of the year. Industry observers and manufacturing executives point to a variety of factors, including leading economic indicators, new product development trends and consumer buying habits—all of which are pointing in

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    Unilin strengthens US patent protection for WPC products

Unilin strengthens US patent protection for WPC products

Luxembourg–Unilin announced it has obtained a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent Office for US 15/172,465, which generally protects glueless flooring products with a WPC base layer having a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters, and a vinyl top layer. The patent will expire mid-2031. This patent is the fifth US patent that Unilin will receive on the specific WPC category in the last year. WPC patents that have

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    Commercial: LVT, carpet tile fuel growth as corporate reigns supreme

Commercial: LVT, carpet tile fuel growth as corporate reigns supreme

June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By K.J. Quinn A gradually improving economy combined with a rise in permits for building renovations, chiefly in the corporate office sector, contributed to an increase of 3% to 5% in the commercial flooring arena in 2015, FCNews research shows. True to form, the carpet category remained king as sales reached roughly $3.95 billion despite the ongoing encroachment of hard surfaces on carpet’s

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    Resilient: LVT creates tidal wave of sales as vinyl remains the shining star

Resilient: LVT creates tidal wave of sales as vinyl remains the shining star

Multi-family, residential remodel cited as top segments; WPC becomes important player June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Jenna Lippin The crest of the resilient category’s wave will seemingly not fall. The segment continues to post significant gains, with 2015’s performance perhaps the most impressive yet. Innovation combined with an upswing in some commercial markets and steady residential activity have delivered increases for both sheet and luxury vinyl tile.

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    Resilient: In a saturated market, suppliers seek to further differentiate

Resilient: In a saturated market, suppliers seek to further differentiate

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Jenna Lippin LVT is arguably the hottest flooring category in the market today as evidenced by the many manufacturers currently active in the arena. With that, suppliers are working hard to avoid commoditization of the category by applying innovation and creative marketing strategies to stand apart from the pack. “Everyone wants to get into the LVT market because it’s such a hot

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    Metroflor launches LVT CEU

Metroflor launches LVT CEU

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor’s first continuing education unit (CEU) course has become available online from AEC Daily at bit.ly/1RQHMrS. The one-hour program, “Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring,” qualifies as a one-hour health/safety/welfare credit in partnership with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education and has been approved by USGBC with approval from Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) expected in the coming weeks. AEC Daily  is a registered provider with The

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    Resilient: Novalis rides commercial sector’s rising tide

Resilient: Novalis rides commercial sector’s rising tide

April 11/18, 2016; Volume 30, Number 21 By Reginald Tucker By most accounts, 2015 was a fortuitous year for Novalis Innovative Flooring. During that time, the company—known for its modern, environmentally friendly approach to LVT product development—expanded its global manufacturing and warehousing capabilities to better serve its distributors and end users. The end result, according to John Wu, the company’s president, was not only the successful launch of new product

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    Resilient: Next-gen fiberglass- Reinforcing sheet, LVT for stability

Resilient: Next-gen fiberglass- Reinforcing sheet, LVT for stability

March 28/April 4, 2016; Volume 30, Number 20 By Jenna Lippin Fiberglass-backed resilient sheet products have become all the rage in recent years. In fact, according to FCNews research, fiberglass represented 72% of the sheet vinyl market in 2014 (FCNews, June 29, 2015). Durability, ease of installation and increased dimensional stability are just some of the reasons executives cite for the meteoric rise, particularly in the multi-family and commercial sectors.

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    LVT, WPC fuel interest at Domotex Asia

LVT, WPC fuel interest at Domotex Asia

March 28/April 4, 2016; Volume 30, Number 20 By Ken Ryan Luxury vinyl tile and WPC-type products highlighted the 18th annual Domotex asia/Chinafloor trade show in Shanghai last month, according to U.S. executives who attended the event. Although attendance figures were not available at press time, VNU Exhibitions, the show organizer, said more than 1,300 exhibitors signed up for the event, the largest flooring trade show in Asia. As a

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    Resilient: Metroflor’s aligned dealer program provides value, support, differentiation

Resilient: Metroflor’s aligned dealer program provides value, support, differentiation

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Jenna Lippin Metroflor recently launched an aligned dealer program for its top retailers. The goal of this updated merchandising strategy is to establish a network of professional retail outlets showcasing Metroflor LVT sold by knowledgeable sales associates. “We want to elevate and enhance the full experience of our brand interaction with consumers,” said Russ Rogg, president and CEO. “While it may begin

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    Resilient: Congoleum- Revival refreshes top name in flooring

Resilient: Congoleum- Revival refreshes top name in flooring

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Jenna Lippin After taking a conservative approach to its operations for the better part of the last decade, Congoleum is back investing in the business as it looks to capitalize on one of the industry’s venerable brands. It begins with style and design and continues with relevant product launches, including its first entry into the white-hot composite category. Kurt Denman, who joined

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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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