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KIRKBI to acquire a significant minority stake in Välinge Group from KKR

Viken, Sweden—KIRKBI, the holding and investment company of the Kirk Kristiansen family, has signed an agreement to acquire KKR’s 49.8% stake in Välinge alongside the founding Pervan family that via Pervanovo Invest AB will maintain its majority ownership of 50.2%. The partnership with KIRKBI aims to strengthen Välinge’s position as a leading industrial R&D company and flooring producer. “I would like to thank KKR for the support they have provided us,

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    Laminate: The latest innovations in ‘click’ technologies

Laminate: The latest innovations in ‘click’ technologies

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   With all the attention being paid to WPC-type floors—and rightfully so—one might think there’s not much happening in the way of innovations with other competing hard surface categories. That notion could not be further from the truth as evidenced by what’s taking place in the mature-but-still-evolving laminate flooring sector. As several manufacturers continue to fortify their coreboards with materials

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    Välinge unfolds new locking system

Välinge unfolds new locking system

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Phoenix—Välinge, which pioneered the concept of glueless click flooring, continues to demonstrate its knack for innovation with the latest iteration of its signature 5G locking system. Dubbed 5G-i, the new system is designed, in part, to expand the installation options for a variety of new floating plank flooring products hitting the market. “The new locking profile is just as

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    KKR acquires 50% stake in Välinge

KKR acquires 50% stake in Välinge

Viken, Sweden–KKR, a leading global investor, announced the signing of three agreements to ultimately acquire a combined 50% stake in Välinge. Through the agreements, KKR will acquire the two 20% stakes of the current minority owners, Kronospan and Swiss Krono Group, as well as an additional 10% stake from the founder. The partnership with KKR will allow Välinge to invest behind new technologies in fast growing areas such as luxury

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    USFloors grants sub-license rights for COREtec to Flooring Technologies, Välinge

USFloors grants sub-license rights for COREtec to Flooring Technologies, Välinge

Hannover, Germany—Following the issuance of USFloors’ third COREtec patent, the company entered into sub-licensing arrangements with Unilin’s Flooring Technologies and Välinge, granting each the worldwide right to sub-license USFloors’ COREtec patents to their respective licensees. “Having the two most important intellectual property licensing companies in the flooring industry validate the strength and importance of our COREtec WPC technology by entering into these arrangements is a significant achievement for USFloors,” said

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    Välinge makes significant investments in new flooring concepts

Välinge makes significant investments in new flooring concepts

Viken, Sweden—Välinge Innovation will add further capacity for development and production of its powder-based flooring concepts. The new investment includes additional 4,000 square meters to the current R&D center as well as a new production line. Välinge’s flooring concepts with the surface technologies Nadura and Woodura combine high impact and wear resistance with new design possibilities. The demand for these floors around the world has steadily increased. As a result,

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    Välinge introduces Flexdura

Välinge introduces Flexdura

Viken, Sweden—Välinge Group has developed Flexdura, a new floor covering based on powder technology in which a waterproof thermoplastic core is combined with a high quality surface comprising thermosetting melamine resins. The new Flexdura floor is an alternative to LVT and ceramic tiles. Its major advantages are cost efficient production combined with superior surface and core properties allowing the formation of strong locking systems for floating installations. “Moisture resistant cores

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    Välinge successfully defends patent

Välinge successfully defends patent

Viken, Sweden — Välinge successfully defended the European Patent No. 1 108 529 against the opposition filed by Flooring Industries Limited, SARL (the IP company of Unilin) in the oral proceedings on Oct. 14, 2014, before the Opposition Division. The patent is thereby maintained as granted after the opposition proceedings. According to Välinge, the patent was originally filed by Mannington Mills, Inc. and relates to resilient floor panels. The Opposition

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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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    Välinge awarded U.S. patent

Välinge awarded U.S. patent

Viken, Sweden – Välinge said it has been awarded a U.S. patent regarding mechanical locking of LVT/resilient floorboards. The patent protects methods for assembling resilient floorboards provided with a mechanical locking system by using the resiliency of the floorboard. By upwardly bending a first floorboard at its first edge such that the first edge is curved, locking is facilitated and the force required to lock the floorboard with an adjacent

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Välinge adds Windmöller as licensee

Viken, Sweden — Välinge and Windmöller have signed a global license agreement that gives the German producer the right to produce and sell products using the Välinge patent protected locking system for its resilient products with a glueless click system. This agreement was preceded by a settlement between Välinge and Windmöller related to the angling system used on the Wineo resilient products with mechanical locking. It does not refer to

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Välinge to extend holographic label system

Viken, Sweden — Välinge said it plans to expand the scope of its L2C holographic label system during 2014. Since the launch of the holographic label system in late autumn 2012, starting in China, Välinge has agreed with its Chinese licensed partners, to attach a unique holographic label with a specific serial number on each box of products that is manufactured and sold under a license from Välinge. As previously

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    Välinge introduces high-speed Powder Backing line

Välinge introduces high-speed Powder Backing line

Viken, Sweden — Välinge’s new high-speed Powder Backing line in the R&D Center in Viken demonstrates the full cost saving potentials that can be created by the wood powder technology on laminate and nadura products. The Powder Backing technology is already successfully used in the production lines at Välinge and MeisterWerke. Välinge’s latest high-speed Powder Backing line is taking the technology to the next level, proving it for high production

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    Välinge patent protects 5G press lock

Välinge patent protects 5G press lock

Viken, Sweden – Välinge said it has won a U.S. patent on technology related to an alternative 5G locking system. Välinge
 said the patent protects building panels provided with a displaceable tongue, which is pushed into a tongue groove for vertical locking of two adjacent panels.

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    Resilient: Cutting-edge products ignite 2014’s trending category

Resilient: Cutting-edge products ignite 2014’s trending category

Feb. 17/24 2014, Volume 27/number 21 By Jenna Lippin (Second of two parts) Resilient products had a major presence across the expanse of the two Surfaces halls. Some come from familiar names, while others are new to the category, seeking to capitalize on this segment’s ever-increasing popularity. And, thanks to advanced technology, products within the category mimic natural visuals, adding to resilient’s appeal. Introductions from the larger resilient suppliers appeared

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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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