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    21st Award of Excellence recipients reap the rewards

21st Award of Excellence recipients reap the rewards

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    Laminate: In mature category, specialty retailers can still compete

Laminate: In mature category, specialty retailers can still compete

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   In the perennial slugfest with the home centers and big discount merchants, specialty floor covering retailers who sell laminate continue to find ways to differentiate themselves from low-end providers. Successful strategies range from focusing on higher-end goods (12mm or thicker), promoting private-label branded products that can’t be shopped around and providing professional installation services. A prime case in point

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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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    Executive Forecast: Laminate & Wood—Suppliers dial up innovation to ward off competition

Executive Forecast: Laminate & Wood—Suppliers dial up innovation to ward off competition

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Reginald Tucker No one is expecting the laminate category to generate double-digit growth rates in 2017; after all, it is a fairly mature category in the U.S. On top of that, the segment is facing intense pressure from competing hard surface sectors, including LVT, WPC and, of course, hardwood. However, don’t expect the segment to roll over in the face of fierce

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    Wood—Inhaus, FlorStar: Partners in collaborative design

Wood—Inhaus, FlorStar: Partners in collaborative design

October 10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Reginald Tucker At one point, Top 20 distributor FlorStar was a large Wilsonart laminate flooring distributor. But when the countertop and surface material company’s parent, ITW, decided to exit the laminate business several years ago, FlorStar had to find a suitable replacement. “We were looking for a new manufacturer to partner with in the same we did with Wilsonart,” said Scott Rozmus,

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    Inhaus welcomes Wong as marketing coordinator

Inhaus welcomes Wong as marketing coordinator

Vancouver, British Columbia—Inhaus, the North American sales and marketing arm of global manufacturer Classen, has hired Stefanie Wong as its marketing coordinator. Wong brings 12 years of experience in marketing and editorial roles to the company. In her new position, she will be responsible for collateral development, coordinating all marketing initiatives and providing support in the areas of brand and product development. Wong earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at

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    Laminate: Old favorite proves its worth in the face of threats

Laminate: Old favorite proves its worth in the face of threats

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan Contrary to popular belief, the laminate segment is alive and well despite recent threats from LVT, LVP and its latest challenger—the hybrid, which can come in the form of cork plus synthetic WPC, a combination of polypropylene and wood fiber and much more. At Surfaces, laminate manufacturers honed in on the one thing that differentiates the product from any other in

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    Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

December 8/15, 2014; Volume 28/Number 12 Laminate By Ken Ryan Flooring manufacturers and association members are forecasting growth of between 1% and 5% for laminate in 2015. While not headline-grabbing numbers, it does represent an increase for a segment that has been hurt by competing products and big boxes. Laminate continues to grow by offering high performing, visually appealing characteristics at affordable prices. Derek Welbourn CEO, Inhaus Overall we see

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    Will digital printing be the next big thing?

Will digital printing be the next big thing?

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 Industry slow to embrace advanced technology By Jenna Lippin Despite some companies’ success with the technology, laminate flooring manufacturers have yet to fully embrace digital printing. Some further education, testing and investments may lead to increased usage of digital printing in years to come, but for now many producers are admiring the process from afar. “Currently digital printing doesn’t offer pure cost advantages, but

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    New wrinkles enhance locking systems

New wrinkles enhance locking systems

September 15/22, 2014; Volume 28/Number 7 By Ken Ryan Specialty retailers often cite ease of installation as one of the major benefits of laminate floors, particularly in comparison to other types of products. Indeed, the innovation of locking systems over the past decade has greatly simplified the installation process, allowing these floors to be used immediately, without the need for cleanup. “Locking systems are a critical item,” said Derek Welbourn,

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    Brisk fall for new product introductions

Brisk fall for new product introductions

Volume 28/Number 6; September 1/8, 2014 By Ken Ryan Surfaces remains the preeminent launch pad for new flooring products, but the fall selling season for 2014 is proving to be fairly brisk as well with several manufacturers introducing new offerings for distributors and the specialty retail channel. For example, Armstrong is beefing up its signature laminate and hardwood flooring lines. The company is adding to its Architectural Remnants laminate collection

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    Laminate: Global markets offer advantages, obstacles

Laminate: Global markets offer advantages, obstacles

June 9/16, 2014; Volume 27/Number 29 By Ken Ryan While laminate flooring at the lower and middle price ranges today is largely the domain of home centers, suppliers that can bring stylish higher-end products and upgrades to the market can still make money for their retail partners, flooring professionals say. Indeed, the importance of selling quality laminate flooring is essential to ensuring customer satisfaction, repeat buyers, minimal returns and increased

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    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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    Gilford Flooring cited as Inhaus Distributor of the Year

Gilford Flooring cited as Inhaus Distributor of the Year

Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013 Las Vegas—Jefferson, Ind.-based Gilford Flooring was presented with Inhaus’ 2012 Distributor of the Year award during Surfaces 2013. Gilford, which services Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio, increased sales of Inhaus products by 87% over 2011. “We are pleased with our distribution partners,” said Daniel Lang, vice president of sales and marketing, Inhaus. “Our family of distributors is continuing to grow, as is their success

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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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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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