Hamont, Belgium—I4F has entered into a patent partnership with Hymmen, a leading global digital printing systems provider specialized in flooring. The strategic partnership gives I4F exclusive licensing rights for all Hymmen’s digital printing patents and technologies for flooring production, including Hymmen’s award-winning Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLE) technology. This represents an important addition to I4F’s comprehensive digital printing portfolio that already includes market leading technologies from Classen, Kronospan and Benchwick.
“The ability to produce high-quality, digitally printed flooring has become strategically important for the future of our industry,” said John Rietveldt, I4F’s CEO. “I4F believes that Hymmen not only has the most innovative and highest quality technologies, it also maintains a fiercely strong IP position. This latest addition to our patent cluster concept reinforces our promise to licensees to receive the world’s best, most cutting-edge technologies in the industry backed up by a robust patent protection infrastructure.”
Hymmen has established itself as one of the world’s leading providers of industrial digital printing for flooring, according to the company, and won an Interzum Red Dot Award for its patented DLE technology in 2019. Hymmen said it is completely dedicated to flooring and has provided most of the digital printing lines in the global flooring industry. More than 80% of digitally printed flooring around the world is produced using Hymmen technologies, according to the company.
In addition to its exclusive licensing rights, I4F said it will work in close collaboration with Hymmen to promote digital printing opportunities in the flooring industry and will represent Hymmen on future patent protection-related issues.
Digital printing will play a more crucial role in the future of flooring as it enables unlimited design flexibility and can be applied to a wide range of materials. This facilitates faster response times to market demands and trends while reducing material waste.
“I4F is the perfect match for Hymmen as we share the same passion for innovation and continuous development within the global flooring industry,” said René Pankoke, CEO and president of Hymmen. “I4F is recognized as the technology leader in the flooring industry and will support us on developing and further expanding the market for digital printing.”