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    Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By K.J. Quinn   Slow but steady. That’s how industry experts describe the current state of the ceramic tile business. Still in recovery mode several years after the Great Recession, the industry continues taking gradual steps forward with economic indicators pointing in the right direction and significant investments being made to improve styling and performance. When you look at the numbers, ceramic is

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    Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   After a slow start to 2017, the residential carpet category gained some traction in the second quarter, resulting in a 2% rise in sales over the year-ago period, with units up 0.5% overall in the first half. Executives cited sales of better goods, an uptick in consumer confidence and price increases that have firmed up the marketplace. The U.S.

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U.S. Congressman Duncan visits TCNA

Anderson, S.C.—U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan, SC-3, spent time meeting with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) staff and touring TCNA’s facilities on Aug. 9. Eric Astrachan, executive director, provided the Congressman with a brief current state of the ceramic tile industry and discussed issues in Washington most relevant to the tile industry including U.S. trade agreements, EPA regulations and increasing problems with fake ceramic tile products and false advertisements.

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    Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Lindsay Baillie The resilient category continues to follow its blazing path from 2016 with aggressive growth just six months into 2017. Industry observers attribute this activity once again to the industry’s “darlings”—LVT, WPC and rigid core. Based on FCNews research, LVT and its subcategories accounted for 42.3% of residential volume and 67.6% of residential dollars in 2016. Observers expect numbers in 2017

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    Contract: State of the industry—Innovation sparks broader usage of hard, soft surfaces

Contract: State of the industry—Innovation sparks broader usage of hard, soft surfaces

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By K.J. Quinn   The dynamics in the top commercial sectors are changing as interior design preferences evolve. While luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and modular carpet are the two fastest growing products, experts say, alternative flooring products are meeting designer needs for good looks, sustainability, durability and low maintenance and are expanding usage across the board. “Categorically, the commercial carpet market is no

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    Area rug: State of the industry—Custom programs, hard surface surge bolster category

Area rug: State of the industry—Custom programs, hard surface surge bolster category

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   For the third year in a row, the U.S. rug business will outperform carpet. FCNews research puts area rugs sales at $2.5 billion in 2016, up an estimated 3.5% from the year-ago period. Buoyed by the surge in hard surfaces and the popularity of custom rug programs, the category has provided manufacturers with additional selling opportunities. Most traditional broadloom

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    Hardwood: State of the industry—Housing sector, engineered sales drive revenues

Hardwood: State of the industry—Housing sector, engineered sales drive revenues

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   By most accounts, 2016 was a respectable year for North American hardwood flooring manufacturers. Anecdotal information combined with preliminary estimates show the category grew between 5.5% to 6% in 2016, with volume increasing roughly 5%. That would put sales at the first point of distribution somewhere between $2.17 billion and $2.2 billion in sales with volume in the

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    Laminate: State of the industry—Focus shifts from Asian exodus to  U.S. production

Laminate: State of the industry—Focus shifts from Asian exodus to U.S. production

February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Reginald Tucker   Heading into 2016, many laminate flooring manufacturers, distributors and retailers were dealing with the fallout of the 2015 “60 Minutes” Lumber Liquidators report about excessive levels of formaldehyde in laminate flooring planks imported from China. The end result was the palpable departure of many laminate flooring products imported from Asia combined with a simultaneous and dramatic influx of

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    State of the Industry: The builder business is back

State of the Industry: The builder business is back

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By K.J. Quinn Fueled by significant gains in single- and multi-family units, the new housing market skyrocketed by 25.5% in October, an indication one of the major drivers of the U.S. economy and flooring industry is moving full steam ahead. “The builder market is showing improvement,” observed Dawn McElfresh, builder channel marketing manager, Armstrong Flooring. “The variety of homes in production is helping

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    Ceramic: State of the Industry—Housing strength, buying trends boost consumption

Ceramic: State of the Industry—Housing strength, buying trends boost consumption

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By K.J. Quinn While much excitement in the U.S. flooring industry surrounds innovations in LVT, the irony is most of these faux designs resemble a product requiring no introduction: ceramic tile. The category is making some noise of its own, as new digital printing technologies and larger formats are driving pent-up demand in the residential market. “Speaking with various manufacturers and tile distributors

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    Contract: State of the industry

Contract: State of the industry

Carpet tile, lvt are the sector’s shining stars May 23/30, 2016; Volume 30, Number 24 By K.J. Quinn If the flooring industry were a motion picture, the commercial market is starring in two major box office attractions and features a supporting cast that plays a key role in its success. Carpet tile and LVT are the headliners reportedly capturing the attention of the A&D community and replacing broadloom and other

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    Wood: State of the industry- Housing starts, pricing stability help lift sales

Wood: State of the industry- Housing starts, pricing stability help lift sales

April 11/18, 2016; Volume 30, Number 21 By Reginald Tucker A resurgent new home construction market combined with a return to raw materials pricing stability helped push U.S. hardwood flooring sales to $2.059 billion in 2015, a 6% increase over the previous year. In terms of volume, that translated to approximately 830 million square feet sold at the wholesale level, Floor Covering News research shows. “New home construction is where

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    Laminate: State of the industry- 2015 remained steady

Laminate: State of the industry- 2015 remained steady

Battle-hardened category stands firm amidst stiff competition March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Reginald Tucker The year 2015 represented a mixed bag for the U.S. laminate flooring market. On one hand, estimates provided by some of the category’s leading players showed the volume of laminate flooring sold in America last year fell somewhere between 3% to 5%, a drop-off mainly due to the large-scale pullback in non-CARB 2-compliant

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    Carpet: State of the industry

Carpet: State of the industry

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 Economic trends point to better days for mills By Ken Ryan The residential carpet market may not set any records in 2015 and will likely fare only slightly better than 2014 in terms of sales and volume, executives predict. Still, there are enough positive signs today—and on the horizon—that point to an improving landscape for soft surface. Several factors influence the residential market, chief among

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    Resilient: State of the industry- LVT remains star of the show, no end in sight

Resilient: State of the industry- LVT remains star of the show, no end in sight

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4  By Jenna Lippin Continuing on a growth trajectory of 8.5% in 2013 and 8.4% last year, the resilient category is showing no signs of slowing in 2015. But the growth has not been limited to the last two years. The category has, in fact, risen 36.6% in value over the last five years. Overall, industry experts see resilient up low- to mid-single digits for this year,

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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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