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My take: The ins and outs of innovation

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   Innovation. It’s more than a buzzword; it’s basically a blueprint for survival in the face of competition. Talk to any manufacturer, and most will tell you their ability to innovate is what sets it apart from the pack. Whether it’s a product like Air.o from Mohawk; a new locking system from Unilin, Välinge or Innovations 4 Flooring; a novel

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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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U.S. Customs ruling clears the way for import of I4F-licensed products

Willemstad, Curaçao—Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring installation solutions, announced that the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency has ruled that products manufactured under I4F’s licenses, including the 3L Triplelock and Click4U locking mechanisms, may be imported into the U.S. The ruling stipulates that I4F’s 3L TripleLock and Click4U technologies are not subject to any of Unilin’s current International Trade Commission (ITC) General Exclusion Orders (GEO). With immediate effect,

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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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    Columbia launches three engineered wood collections

Columbia launches three engineered wood collections

Dallas—The Columbia brand has recently launched three engineered hardwood collections: Wimberly, Ashby and Vale. These offerings are the right products for today’s market, according to Harry Bogner, senior vice president of hardwood for Unilin, Columbia’s parent company, noting the rise of the engineered hardwood market. “This trend started a few years ago and is projected to continue increasing,” Bogner said. “At Columbia, we are continually positioning our retailers for success

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    Pergo drives brand awareness with new TV spot

Pergo drives brand awareness with new TV spot

Dallas—Pergo partnered with Fitzgerald & Co. to develop a television spot featuring Pergo the dog who makes a mess in a residential home and quickly cleans it up while his owners are out. The commercial currently appears on a number of national cable networks including HGTV, DIY Network, TLC, National Geographic and The Travel Channel. “Our strategy is to use paid media to help ramp up traffic and build awareness

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    U.S. Customs seizes patent-infringing laminate flooring products

U.S. Customs seizes patent-infringing laminate flooring products

Dallas—U.S. Customs officials have seized and destroyed containers of laminate flooring that are using Unilin’s patented click technology without authorization. Recently, multiple containers of laminate flooring manufactured by Changzhou Century Wind were seized and destroyed. In 2007, Unilin obtained a General Exclusion Order from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) stating that products utilizing Unilin’s click patent portfolio without authorization would be blocked from entry into the U.S., and in certain

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    Unilin’s IP business enters agreement with Eucalyptus Timber

Unilin’s IP business enters agreement with Eucalyptus Timber

Dallas—Flooring Industries, Unilin’s IP business unit, has entered into a cooperation agreement with Guangzhou Australian Eucalyptus Timber Flooring (hereinafter Eucalyptus Timber), regarding the compressed wood technologies that Eucalyptus Timber developed and patented in 2014. Under this cooperation agreement, Flooring Industries will be the exclusive licensing agent of Eucalyptus Timber’s patented compressed wood technology and is looking forward to offering this new technology to interested parties. “I am convinced that this

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    Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia to be featured in NALFA booth at TISE 2015

Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia to be featured in NALFA booth at TISE 2015

Dallas—Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo and Columbia will be featured prominently in the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) booth #S7371 during the upcoming International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 tradeshow at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Jan. 20-23. The NALFA booth is designed to serve as a showcase for NALFA certified products. Only laminate flooring that meets the strictest criteria regarding quality can achieve NALFA certification. All Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo

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    New Quick-Step product to floor Trends Hub at TISE 2015

New Quick-Step product to floor Trends Hub at TISE 2015

Dallas—The soon-to-launch Tudor Oak from Quick-Step’s Reclaimé Collection has been selected to floor the Trends Hub area of the upcoming International Surface Event 2015 tradeshow, being held Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas. Trends Hub is intended to serve as an inspirational presentation of the latest products from various exhibitors as well as a unique preview of the major color, texture, material and styling trends for 2015. Trends Hub is located

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    Quick-Step to be major exhibitor at TISE 2015

Quick-Step to be major exhibitor at TISE 2015

Dallas—Quick-Step, a style, design and innovation leader in laminate flooring will be a major exhibitor at The International Surface Event (TISE) being held Jan. 20-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Again this year, Quick-Step will host one of the show’s largest booths on the exhibit floor, launching new 2015 products and merchandising. “Quick-Step is always an avid participant in this important tradeshow,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice

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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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    Why sourcing, milling and finish quality matter

Why sourcing, milling and finish quality matter

May 12/19; Volume 27/Number 27 By Ken Ryan By the time a hardwood floor is installed, the final product has endured a lengthy journey that includes harvesting, transporting, milling, finishing and selling. There is risk for error at various points throughout the hardwood production process, which is why responsible sourcing, precise milling and proper finish are crucial factors in ensuring a quality product is delivered. “What distributors and dealers are

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    Unilin facility recognized for safety record

Unilin facility recognized for safety record

Thomasville, N.C. – Unilin Flooring’s Cloninger Road facility here was recently recertified by the North Carolina Department of Labor as a participant in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. The program recognizes companies for a commitment to the safety and health of their employees. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presented Unilin officials with the SHARP flag and certificate at a ceremony at its Thomasville facility on April 9. Berry also

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Armstrong energizes commercial vinyl sheet in new DecorArt Rejuvenations

Lancaster, Pa.—DecorArt Rejuvenations flooring, a vinyl sheet collection from Armstrong Flooring, introduces a versatile range of updated designs that deliver enhanced realistic visual impact and long-lasting performance to contract interiors.  New visuals with exquisite

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Crossville’s Convergence collection awarded Silver at Best of NeoCon

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville was recognized with a Silver Award for its new Convergence glass collection at the Best of NeoCon showcase, June 11, in Chicago at the kickoff breakfast to NeoCon 2018. Honored

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Senior living solves acoustic challenges with Ecore flooring

Canton, N.C.— Lisa Leatherwood, MSN, RN and administrator of Silver Bluff Village, a family-owned and operated senior living community, sought to refresh the design of the corridors and nurses’ station

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