Laminate

    Laminate: U.S., European sales rise, Chinese imports decline

Laminate: U.S., European sales rise, Chinese imports decline

June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Reginald Tucker U.S. laminate flooring sales held steady in 2015 despite a sizeable falloff in imported shipments—particularly from China—coupled with intensified competition from LVT, WPC and other engineered flooring products. FCNews research shows laminate flooring sales reached $1.137 billion in 2015, a slight uptick from $1.135 billion in 2015. With respect to volume, however, shipments were estimated to have dipped to 1.034

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    Laminate: Category pushes back against onslaught of LVT

Laminate: Category pushes back against onslaught of LVT

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Reginald Tucker Much has been made of the rapid rise of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and the subsequent impact the category has had on competing hard surface flooring segments, namely laminate. Despite LVT’s legitimate advancement, however, many laminate flooring manufacturers and marketers feel there’s no need for alarm. “While we agree the laminate category is experiencing competition from other categories, we firmly

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    Unilin prevails in laminate patent case

Unilin prevails in laminate patent case

Unilin was recently awarded a $1.17 million judgment in compensation for the patent infringement of Granada Kitchen & Floor, LLC, Granada Wood & Cabinets, Inc. and NSL Trading Corporation’s past imports and sales of approximately 600,000 m2 of glueless laminate flooring products that infringed on Unilin patents. This final judgment brings to a close the patent infringement action that Unilin launched in March 2014 against several California-based companies involved in

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    Wood/laminate: What’s in a name? Not much and everything

Wood/laminate: What’s in a name? Not much and everything

Jury is split on influence of branding in selection process May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Reginald Tucker When it comes to narrowing down the selection process between the many hardwood and laminate flooring brands available today, the decision-making process can be a bit tricky, to say the least. While many retail advertisements—and, by extension, merchandising systems—seek to leverage a particular brand name, at the end of the

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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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Revised CDC report shows increased risk from Lumber Liquidators laminates

Lumber Liquidators lost about a quarter of its market value in early trading Feb. 22 after a report by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that people exposed to excessive levels of formaldehyde in some types of laminate flooring sold by the company were three times more likely to get cancer than previously estimated. The CDC said it now estimated the risk of cancer at six to

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    SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Laminate: Category fights back with ‘next-generation’ intros

SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Laminate: Category fights back with ‘next-generation’ intros

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan  “Next generation” was the term that best described the many laminate flooring introductions at Surfaces 2016 as suppliers unveiled a slew of new styles, sizes and designs featuring the latest in technologies. “I really do believe there is a renaissance going on in laminate where everybody wants to step up their game and go to next-generation models,” said Brad Northcutt, laminate sales

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    Laminate: Vying for a bigger slice of the builder market

Laminate: Vying for a bigger slice of the builder market

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By K.J. Quinn Despite steady sales growth in the residential remodeling market, laminate has reportedly been slow to catch on in the builder business. While no longer a commodity, the original product claims that laminate was virtually indestructible and could be installed anywhere in the home have been tempered by concerns over how well the floor will hold up in high-moisture, heavy-traffic areas. “Homeowners have

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    Laminate: How dealers have fared since ‘60 Minutes’ report

Laminate: How dealers have fared since ‘60 Minutes’ report

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15

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    WPC vs. laminate: Which product has the edge?

WPC vs. laminate: Which product has the edge?

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Ken Ryan In one corner you have the new kid on the block, WPC, or wood plastic/polymer composite, which could be the hot product for 2016 as it is expected to make some noise at Surfaces in Las Vegas. In the other corner is laminate, no longer the “it” product of a decade ago but certainly still very much a relevant product in the

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    Laminate: Advanced style, design create opportunity for growth

Laminate: Advanced style, design create opportunity for growth

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    Laminate: Retailers reveal profitable products

Laminate: Retailers reveal profitable products

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Nadia Ramlakhan With 2015 in its final months, retailers across the country are reporting a shift in the laminate category. While there is buzz about newer designs in LVT, particularly with a focus on hybrid products like WPC and EVP, many dealers are prospering in the laminate segment thanks to lack of competition in their particular markets. As such, laminate manufacturers have been

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    Laminate: Positioning helps consumers find the right fit

Laminate: Positioning helps consumers find the right fit

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 By Nadia Ramlakhan Despite recent rumors about the demise of the category, a majority of manufacturers and dealers in the industry agree that laminate isn’t going anywhere. In fact, laminate flooring remains a viable option today, offering benefits such as ease of maintenance, wear resistance, durability and designs that mimic stone, tile and hardwood at affordable prices. Although the product has enough desirable features to

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    Laminate: Manufacturers go beyond style, design to ‘reinvent’

Laminate: Manufacturers go beyond style, design to ‘reinvent’

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4  By Nadia Ramlakhan  With LVT continuing to rise as flooring’s hottest segment, laminate manufacturers have stepped up their R&D game to keep pace. Some have completely refreshed the category with new looks and textures, while others have specifically targeted the product’s moisture-related issues. “There are a lot of people crying the fall of laminate because of LVT, but we’re finding that is not necessarily true,” said

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    Laminate: Category continues to hold its own amid pressures

Laminate: Category continues to hold its own amid pressures

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Nadia Ramlakhan While the laminate segment seems to be the category most vulnerable to the onslaught of LVT and, more recently, WPC (wood plastic composite or wood polymer composite), it is still holding its own. Yes, the gains of the mid-2000s are long gone, but rumors of the category’s demise are greatly overstated. In fact, FCNews research reveals the segment has posted the slightest

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CFI-China expands presence

Forney, Texas—Certified Floorcovering Installers Association’s (CFI) relationship with Shanghai Chemical Building Materials Trade Association has expanded, according to Robert Varden, vice president, CFI. Through the partnership, CFI’s presence, as well

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Avery Dennison Adhesive Tapes receive Floorscore certification

Painesville, Ohio—Three Avery Dennison Performance Tapes pressure-sensitive adhesive products—FT 8905, FT 8375 and FT 8325—have received FloorScore certification based on the results of an independent assessment conducted by SCS Global Services.  Developed

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Patcraft introduces new line, Estrato

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft has introduced Estrato, its newest product for high-performance environments. Inspired by the beauty of abstract botanicals, the scale and movement within the product’s pattern creates a sophisticated flooring

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