Laminate

    Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

December 8/15, 2014; Volume 28/Number 12 Laminate By Ken Ryan Flooring manufacturers and association members are forecasting growth of between 1% and 5% for laminate in 2015. While not headline-grabbing numbers, it does represent an increase for a segment that has been hurt by competing products and big boxes. Laminate continues to grow by offering high performing, visually appealing characteristics at affordable prices. Derek Welbourn CEO, Inhaus Overall we see

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    Will digital printing be the next big thing?

Will digital printing be the next big thing?

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 Industry slow to embrace advanced technology By Jenna Lippin Despite some companies’ success with the technology, laminate flooring manufacturers have yet to fully embrace digital printing. Some further education, testing and investments may lead to increased usage of digital printing in years to come, but for now many producers are admiring the process from afar. “Currently digital printing doesn’t offer pure cost advantages, but

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    Laminate: Despite challenges, still a relevant product category

Laminate: Despite challenges, still a relevant product category

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 When discussing the laminate category, it is important to note which segment of the market is being addressed, as the differences are staggering. At the low end, laminate flooring occupies a strong place in the DIY market. However, most of those products reside in the home centers and other big box stores. Most specialty flooring dealers aren’t making money in the low end; many

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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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    ITC orders seizure of laminate flooring that infringes on Unilin patents

ITC orders seizure of laminate flooring that infringes on Unilin patents

Dallas — Seizure and Forfeiture Orders were issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against multiple companies attempting to import containers of laminate flooring that infringe upon Unilin’s glueless locking patents. The offending companies were first warned of Unilin’s General Exclusion Order prohibiting the import of infringing laminate flooring.  Nevertheless, because they chose to ignore those warnings, the ITC issued Seizure and Forfeiture Orders empowering the US Customs Office

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    American Concepts Laminate debuts for specialty dealers

American Concepts Laminate debuts for specialty dealers

Volume 28/Number 3; July 21/28, 2014 Kronotex USA rolls out the ‘best of the best’ By Steven Feldman Barnwell, S.C.—Kronotex USA, a division of one of the world’s largest producers of laminate flooring, is rolling out the American Concepts brand for the North American marketplace. The program consolidates the company’s entire lineup of branded products, which was formerly marketed under the Kronotex and Formica brands. American Concepts, a 57-SKU collection

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    Laminate: Global markets offer advantages, obstacles

Laminate: Global markets offer advantages, obstacles

June 9/16, 2014; Volume 27/Number 29 By Ken Ryan While laminate flooring at the lower and middle price ranges today is largely the domain of home centers, suppliers that can bring stylish higher-end products and upgrades to the market can still make money for their retail partners, flooring professionals say. Indeed, the importance of selling quality laminate flooring is essential to ensuring customer satisfaction, repeat buyers, minimal returns and increased

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    State of the industry: Laminate holds its own at the sweet spot

State of the industry: Laminate holds its own at the sweet spot

Volume 27/Number 21; March 3/10, 2014 By Jenna Lippin The expression “no news is good news” proves to be true when considering the laminate flooring market in 2013. The consensus among industry executives suggests the category posted low single-digit increases in both dollars and square footage, contradicting the sentiment on the part of some that laminate is about to be placed on the endangered product list. Thanks to improvement in

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    NALFA names Quick-Step laminate company of the year

NALFA names Quick-Step laminate company of the year

Dallas — Quick-Step, the style, design, and innovation leader in laminate flooring was recently named “Company Of The Year” by the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA).  This prestigious award is given to only one company each year in recognition of “exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring industry. “We are honored to be recognized — especially by NALFA,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing for Unilin (Quick-Step’s parent

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Armstrong laminate line named Best of Year 2013 honoree

Lancaster, Pa.— Interior Design magazine has named Armstrong Residential Flooring’s Architectural Remnants laminate a Best 0f Year (BoY) honoree for 2013 in the Flooring – Hard Surface category. The BoY Awards is the preeminent design competition recognizing superior interior design products and projects. This year’s Best of Year experienced record-breaking numbers: 1,800 submissions, which is 50% more than last year.  The product voting site experienced double the number of unique visitors (vs. 2012), netting 290,000

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    Distribution: Laminate

Distribution: Laminate

Innovations sustain category By Ken Ryan Oct. 21/28 2013; Volume 27/number 13 Despite several down years, laminate flooring is far from a dormant, forgotten category. All it needs, according to distributors, is a few good products active on the market. The idea of popular laminate is not as far-fetched as it seemed not too long ago. “Laminate is not dead at all,” said Buddy Faircloth, president of Cain & Bultman,

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    How retailers still profit from selling laminate

How retailers still profit from selling laminate

Oct. 7/14 2013; Volume 27/number 12 By Jenna Lippin As an increasing amount of flooring options have become available in recent years, many consumers started to shy away from the laminate category. However, much like luxury vinyl tile (LVT), exotic hardwoods and cork, among others, technological advancements and realistic visuals have given laminate a boost, creating a comeback for the category.

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Mannington brings laminate production to U.S.

Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills announced that beginning this month the company is moving production of its Diamond Bay laminate products to its facility in High Point, N.C., from its current production location in China. 
As a result of the move, the company said all of its laminate products are now being manufactured in the U.S.

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Armstrong launches Architectual Remnants laminate line

Lancaster, Pa. ­– Armstrong Residential Flooring is taking design up a notch with its latest collection, Architectural Remnants, which pairs the look of high-end, reclaimed hardwoods with the benefits of laminate flooring.

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    Quick-Step voted top laminate firm for fourth straight year

Quick-Step voted top laminate firm for fourth straight year

Dallas—Retailers from across the nation recently voted Quick-Step the No. 1 laminate manufacturer in all categories—quality, service and design—of the Floor Focus Retailer Survey. This is the fourth year in a row that Quick-Step has swept the results—winning first place in all categories.

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Karndean Designflooring to showcase luxury vinyl at AIA Conference

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will exhibit at the AIA Conference on Architecture, June 21-23, at New York City’s Javits Center. This exhibition marks the first showcase of Karndean Designflooring at the

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Johnson Hardwood Floors partners with Gilford-Johnson

City of Industry, Calif.—Johnson Hardwood Floors is making a major change in its distribution policy in a large part of its trading area. The company will turn over its direct

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Shannon Specialty Floors names Ellie Dowden Priester director of marketing

Chicago—At NeoCon 2018, Shannon Specialty Floors named Ellie Dowden Priester director of marketing—a newly created position that she was promoted to here. “Ellie has played a pivotal role in the

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