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    Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan Ceramic tile remains a heavily imported flooring product, with imports making up 68.6% of U.S. tile consumption (in terms of square feet) in 2016, down a tick from 68.7% in 2015, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). A decade earlier in 2006, however, imports represented 80% of U.S. consumption. Industry observers say the trend toward lowering imports as

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    Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The U.S. ceramic tile market, bolstered by steady growth in the all-important housing and construction markets, recorded its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2016. FCNews research shows sales rose 5.7% to $2.761 billion while volume increased an estimated 5.5% to 2.31 billion units. The 2016 numbers were off slightly from 2015, when sales rose 9.8% and volume increased 9.9%.

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    Laminate: Sourcing shift changes import/domestic dynamic

Laminate: Sourcing shift changes import/domestic dynamic

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   A gradual build-up of stateside production and capacity of laminate flooring in 2016—combined with an increase in European-made product—was partially neutralized by the continued drop-off in imports from China that began in earnest in early 2015. The end result was a category that grew marginally in terms of value but slightly more with respect to volume. FCNews research showed U.S.

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    Resilient: LVT, WPC continue to seize market share

Resilient: LVT, WPC continue to seize market share

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Lindsay Baillie   The resilient category continues to assert itself as a force to be reckoned with as it continues to generate substantial growth. FCNews research shows resilient sales in 2016 climbed to $3.499 billion (not including rubber), an increase of 19.7% over 2015’s $2.924 billion. This rise is almost four times the growth of the entire industry, which gained 5.1% last year.

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    Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The carpet industry, facing the onslaught of exponential growth in hard surfaces in both the residential and commercial sectors, saw scant growth in units in 2016 while overall dollars fell. FCNews’ research shows carpet sales slid down 1% in 2016 to $8.78 billion compared with $8.87 billion in 2015. However, total volume—which includes carpet and area rugs—gained 1.2% to 11.22

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    What we know about today’s ‘plugged in’ consumer

What we know about today’s ‘plugged in’ consumer

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By John Weller, vice president, FloorForce In the last 24 months over 10 million consumers looking for flooring online were delivered to retailers with FloorForce websites. Monitoring online consumer behavior takes the guess work out of building better websites and increases consumer conversions from online searches to in-store purchases. FloorForce has gathered some key statistics regarding the behavior of flooring consumers from 2013 to 2015.

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    Carpet: Tough first quarter slows residential

Carpet: Tough first quarter slows residential

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Ken Ryan If you had asked a carpet manufacturing executive for his 2014 outlook back in the fall of 2013, his prediction would have been overwhelmingly bullish based on the strong push the category made in the latter half of the year. As we now know, 2014 was the carpet version of the “best laid plans of mice and men;” instead of a momentum-building

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    Scoring flooring

Scoring flooring

Industry Stats for 2014 June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 While the flooring industry continues its recovery from the prolonged recession, the satisfying gains it posted in 2013 in value and volume slowed somewhat in 2014. A harsh winter that greatly hindered first quarter sales, coupled with inconsistent new home construction throughout the year (single-family housing starts were 11% lower than initially forecasted), left the industry with growth of 3.6% in

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Floor Covering News

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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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WF Taylor, Smell Away Solutions form strategic alliance

Overland Park, Kansas—WF Taylor and Smell Away Solutions have established a strategic relationship for Taylor to distribute the Smell Zapper line of odor elimination products throughout the United States. WF

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WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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