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    Unilin strengthens US patent protection for WPC products

Unilin strengthens US patent protection for WPC products

Luxembourg–Unilin announced it has obtained a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent Office for US 15/172,465, which generally protects glueless flooring products with a WPC base layer having a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters, and a vinyl top layer. The patent will expire mid-2031. This patent is the fifth US patent that Unilin will receive on the specific WPC category in the last year. WPC patents that have

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    Commercial: LVT, carpet tile fuel growth as corporate reigns supreme

Commercial: LVT, carpet tile fuel growth as corporate reigns supreme

June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By K.J. Quinn A gradually improving economy combined with a rise in permits for building renovations, chiefly in the corporate office sector, contributed to an increase of 3% to 5% in the commercial flooring arena in 2015, FCNews research shows. True to form, the carpet category remained king as sales reached roughly $3.95 billion despite the ongoing encroachment of hard surfaces on carpet’s

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    Resilient: LVT creates tidal wave of sales as vinyl remains the shining star

Resilient: LVT creates tidal wave of sales as vinyl remains the shining star

Multi-family, residential remodel cited as top segments; WPC becomes important player June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Jenna Lippin The crest of the resilient category’s wave will seemingly not fall. The segment continues to post significant gains, with 2015’s performance perhaps the most impressive yet. Innovation combined with an upswing in some commercial markets and steady residential activity have delivered increases for both sheet and luxury vinyl tile.

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    Resilient: In a saturated market, suppliers seek to further differentiate

Resilient: In a saturated market, suppliers seek to further differentiate

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Jenna Lippin LVT is arguably the hottest flooring category in the market today as evidenced by the many manufacturers currently active in the arena. With that, suppliers are working hard to avoid commoditization of the category by applying innovation and creative marketing strategies to stand apart from the pack. “Everyone wants to get into the LVT market because it’s such a hot

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    Metroflor launches LVT CEU

Metroflor launches LVT CEU

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor’s first continuing education unit (CEU) course has become available online from AEC Daily at bit.ly/1RQHMrS. The one-hour program, “Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring,” qualifies as a one-hour health/safety/welfare credit in partnership with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education and has been approved by USGBC with approval from Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) expected in the coming weeks. AEC Daily  is a registered provider with The

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    Resilient: Novalis rides commercial sector’s rising tide

Resilient: Novalis rides commercial sector’s rising tide

April 11/18, 2016; Volume 30, Number 21 By Reginald Tucker By most accounts, 2015 was a fortuitous year for Novalis Innovative Flooring. During that time, the company—known for its modern, environmentally friendly approach to LVT product development—expanded its global manufacturing and warehousing capabilities to better serve its distributors and end users. The end result, according to John Wu, the company’s president, was not only the successful launch of new product

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    Resilient: Next-gen fiberglass- Reinforcing sheet, LVT for stability

Resilient: Next-gen fiberglass- Reinforcing sheet, LVT for stability

March 28/April 4, 2016; Volume 30, Number 20 By Jenna Lippin Fiberglass-backed resilient sheet products have become all the rage in recent years. In fact, according to FCNews research, fiberglass represented 72% of the sheet vinyl market in 2014 (FCNews, June 29, 2015). Durability, ease of installation and increased dimensional stability are just some of the reasons executives cite for the meteoric rise, particularly in the multi-family and commercial sectors.

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    LVT, WPC fuel interest at Domotex Asia

LVT, WPC fuel interest at Domotex Asia

March 28/April 4, 2016; Volume 30, Number 20 By Ken Ryan Luxury vinyl tile and WPC-type products highlighted the 18th annual Domotex asia/Chinafloor trade show in Shanghai last month, according to U.S. executives who attended the event. Although attendance figures were not available at press time, VNU Exhibitions, the show organizer, said more than 1,300 exhibitors signed up for the event, the largest flooring trade show in Asia. As a

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    Resilient: Metroflor’s aligned dealer program provides value, support, differentiation

Resilient: Metroflor’s aligned dealer program provides value, support, differentiation

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Jenna Lippin Metroflor recently launched an aligned dealer program for its top retailers. The goal of this updated merchandising strategy is to establish a network of professional retail outlets showcasing Metroflor LVT sold by knowledgeable sales associates. “We want to elevate and enhance the full experience of our brand interaction with consumers,” said Russ Rogg, president and CEO. “While it may begin

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    Resilient: Congoleum- Revival refreshes top name in flooring

Resilient: Congoleum- Revival refreshes top name in flooring

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Jenna Lippin After taking a conservative approach to its operations for the better part of the last decade, Congoleum is back investing in the business as it looks to capitalize on one of the industry’s venerable brands. It begins with style and design and continues with relevant product launches, including its first entry into the white-hot composite category. Kurt Denman, who joined

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    Resilient: Floating floor guide

Resilient: Floating floor guide

February 29/March 7, 2016; Volume 30, Number 18 Beauflor: Proprietary construction, locking system enhance trending large planks With nearly limitless design possibilities, Beauflor’s Pure plank and tile collection offers easy maintenance, exceptional sound absorption, is 100% recyclable, 100% waterproof and features a polyurethane finish for long-lasting protection. It can easily withstand heavy loads and high traffic areas. Pure also incorporates DreamClick, a 360° locking system that is one of the

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    SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Resilient: Composites begin to take hold over traditional LVT

SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Resilient: Composites begin to take hold over traditional LVT

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Jenna Lippin Once again there was no shortage of LVT at Surfaces with many companies continuing to innovate to capitalize on the category’s success. That being said, resilient as a whole had a strong showing with refreshed and new sheet vinyl collections and, above anything else, a significant influx of WPC. As the subcategory’s buzz grows louder, Floor Covering News has started to investigate

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    Resilient: Domestic LVT capacity continues to expand

Resilient: Domestic LVT capacity continues to expand

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By Ken Ryan  In 2014, several major flooring suppliers announced multi-million dollar investments in domestic LVT manufacturing. While some of these facilities are already churning out products, the full extent of this investment will likely be seen in 2016 as plants operate at near peak capacity. Onshoring has been one of the biggest trends of the last five years and is gaining strength, according to

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    WPS enters the WPC fray with Surfaces debut

WPS enters the WPC fray with Surfaces debut

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By Ken Ryan World Products Sourcing (WPS), a flooring supplier co-owned by USFloors’ CEO Piet Dossche, will introduce its own WPS-branded line of wood plastic/polymer composite (WPC) products—which the company categorizes as engineered vinyl flooring—at Surfaces. Dossche and Philippe Erramuzpe are co-owners of the Augusta, Ga.-based company that quietly introduced a mid-range composite product in August 2015. WPS will unveil its high-end Fusion Max line

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    Five things you need to know about WPC

Five things you need to know about WPC

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Ken Ryan Flooring dealers are always looking for the next big thing, the game-changing product that can translate to bigger sales and profits. That is the promise WPC—wood plastic/ polymer composite—holds. As the WPC category emerges, specialty dealers are faced with a few challenges, from explaining the features and benefits of the new category to customers to effectively merchandising this classification of product. For

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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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