Nox buys Hunter Douglas’ production facility in Korea

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Acquisition expands manufacturing capabilities   At Surfaces 2019 Nox put the spotlight on Loom+ product, a product with a vinyl core topped with carpeting. Las Vegas—Nox Corp., one of the largest worldwide manufacturers of LVT, recently announced the acquisition of Hunter Douglas Korea’s R&D center, production facility and window blinds business unit. The acquisition will allow Nox to continue developing new woven products and technologies such as carpets, rugs, mats and interior field surfaces. Specifically,...

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Credit: No-interest terms capture consumers’ attention

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Credit: No-interest terms capture consumers’ attention

February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Lindsay Baillie   It’s no secret that offering financing to a consumer can be an important step in closing the sale. When purchasing big-ticket items such as new flooring, it can be easier for consumers to pay for the purchase over time rather than having to dole out thousands of dollars in one sitting. However, instead of simply offering a credit solution, dealers should consider what terms...

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Laminate Surfaces coverage: Suppliers leverage latest technological advances

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February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Reginald Tucker   Las Vegas—It’s no secret that much of the attention (and real estate) on the show floor during TISE was trained on LVT/WPC/SPC products. But that didn’t stop laminate flooring suppliers from showcasing their latest innovations as a means to regain market share from the red-hot resilient category. Indeed, some of the industry’s top laminate flooring suppliers are utilizing technology to bolster the category’s already...

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Wood Surfaces coverage: Introductions reflect imagination, design creativity

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February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Reginald Tucker   A subtle shift in the color palette from cool grays to warmer gray/brown tones. Creative surface texture treatments and applications of different stains and finishes. An influx of wood/SPC “hybrid-type” products entailing a thin-sliced or peeled real wood veneer over a non-wood rigid core structure. These were among the most visible trends that emerged from the hardwood flooring category at TISE 2019. Case in...

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Resilient Surfaces coverage: New displays, products aim to simplify congested category

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February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Lindsay Baillie     Las Vegas—In a category consumed by acronyms and new products, resilient flooring manufacturers are concentrating on making their products simpler to sell in 2019. At The International Surface Event (TISE) held here last month, manufacturers showcased their latest sheet, LVT and WPC/SPC introductions alongside brand new displays. Many of the new displays aim to create destinations for retail sales associates, making it easier...

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Carpet Surfaces coverage: Mid-sized mills find ways to stake their claims

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February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   For all the consternation and hand-wringing about the woes of the carpet industry in the face of a hard surfaces onslaught, you’d be hard pressed to find a mill executive at Surfaces bemoaning his place in the market. Smaller mills have found a niche in higher-end goods with differentiated looks to keep growing their business, in many cases by taking market share. “The only...

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Exhibitors rise to the occasion at TISE 2019

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Exhibitors rise to the occasion at TISE 2019

Vendors give retailers the tools they need to succeed February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By FCNews staff   Las Vegas—Long touted as the flooring industry’s “main event,” TISE 2019 (The International Surface Event) lived up to its pre-show billing by virtually every metric—retailer enthusiasm, vendor participation and educational session attendance, to name a few. “The exhibitors that we talked to said it’s been a really good show—a lot of traffic,” Amie Gilmore, SEM, Surfaces show...

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SFN dealer partners are in it to win it

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February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Reginald Tucker   Danny Crutchfield, SFN vice president, shared his new vision for the group. Orlando—Of all the issues Shaw Flooring Network dealers need to contend with over the normal course of doing business on a day-to-day basis, fear of commitment is not one of them. That’s because Shaw is giving dealers a slew of reasons to remain loyal to the brand while simultaneously increasing their ownership...

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NFA showcase: Fewer vendors, more time for partners

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on NFA showcase: Fewer vendors, more time for partners

February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   Ross Oliver and Luxia Hong of Amaz Floors, a new NFA vendor, sample some of their signature products for dealers. Las Vegas—After years of increasing vendor participation, including a record 49 exhibitors in 2018, the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) decided a little downsizing would yield a more meaningful—and intimate—vendor show. To that end, the 2019 vendor show, held one day prior to The International...

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Best of Surfaces: Annual competition recognizes excellence in style, product innovation, booth design

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Best of Surfaces: Annual competition recognizes excellence in style, product innovation, booth design

February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18   Las Vegas—During the recent International Surfaces Event, held here last month, six manufacturers were named winners of the 2019 Best of Surfaces competition, a contest sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, which owns and operates the event. The awards program, now in its eighth year, highlights new product excellence and booth design at the industry’s premier trade show. The categories include: Innovation; Style & Design;...

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