Executive forecast: Wood—Suppliers see the upside of opportunity for the coming year

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Reginald Tucker   Over the course of 2018, the industry saw several big announcements. Some domestic manufacturers shuttered their solid flooring plants, while an industry leader announced plans to sell its hardwood flooring operations altogether. The sector also witnessed greater strategic alliances among wholesalers and producers. Heading into 2019, the industry expects to see more seismic changes amidst modest growth projections.   Wade Bondrowski Director of sales,...

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Executive forecast: Resilient—Rigid core, WPC-type products are expected to maintain upward trajectory

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Lindsay Baillie   Despite uncertainty around U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports and the projected slowdown in housing starts, resilient manufacturers are confident heading into 2019. LVT, WPC and SPC segments are expected to continue to lead the category to another year of double digit growth, capturing more market share. Many manufacturers are launching new designs and technologies to take the category to the next level.   Thomas...

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Recalling the must-have intros of 2018

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan   Flooring retailers and distributors are closing out what has been a mostly outstanding 2018, fueled by a stronger economy as well as a bevy of product innovations that have generated excitement for dealers and their respective customers and clients. Following are 10 introductions that belong on the highlight reel, according to retailer, distributors and installers contacted by FCNews.

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2019 SEFM update: A world of opportunity awaits retailers

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 Atlanta—Excitement is building for the Southeast Flooring Market (SEFM), the annual regional event scheduled to kick off here at the Cobb Galleria Centre Jan. 8–9. The conference and exhibition, which is organized by Market Maker Events, boasts an impressive lineup of vendors and distributors as well as a roster of educational product demonstrations. “The economy is booming, new home starts are strong and consumers are investing in home...

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Tariff truce with China puts further hikes on hold

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan   Flooring executives are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. and China agreed to a 90-day tariff cease-fire on imported products, including flooring. However, questions and concerns remain about the future relations between the world’s two largest economies. A tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods was slated to go into effect on Jan. 1. However, following a meeting at the...

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Edge Summit: Dealers embrace Mohawk’s novel go-to-market plan

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Lindsay Baillie and Reginald Tucker   Orlando—The 2018 Mohawk Edge Summit kicked off with great fanfare here at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center earlier this month, as many of the roughly 500 retailers in attendance got their first glimpse of Mohawk’s all-new go-to-market strategy for 2019. The comprehensive, wide-ranging initiative aims to achieve a number of objectives, from building closer relationships with retailers who demonstrate...

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Wood: Surface treatments expand design possibilities

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Reginald Tucker   Wood flooring manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of style and design by applying various surface finishing/coloring techniques to give consumers a greater range of options. Case in point is the new Floorté Hardwood line from Shaw Floors. Named after one of the company’s most popular resilient flooring collections, Floorté Hardwood utilizes special surface technologies to create unique products for retailers to sell. With a...

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Executive forecast: Tile—Commercial sector, larger formats to lift category

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Megan Salzano   Modest, single-digit growth is expected for the tile and stone category in 2019, according to some of the sector’s top executives, with demand in the commercial sector poised to stimulate that growth. Large-format tile and planks have also hit their stride and remain an opportunity for the category. However, a shortage of skilled installers and higher interest rates could prove challenging moving into 2019. ...

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Executive forecast: Laminate—Enhancements aim to level the playing field

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Reginald Tucker   As WPC and rigid core products continue to generate interest among consumers—while seizing share from competing hard surface categories—laminate flooring producers are not sitting idly by. Many suppliers are launching innovations of their own in areas such as water resistance, durability and eye-catching aesthetics.   Roger Farabee president, wood & laminate Mohawk  What is your projection for the growth of the category next year?...

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Executive forecast: Carpet—Mills focus on the finer things in fiber

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December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan   Even as the overall residential replacement market has declined in recent years, there continues to be positive news emanating from the higher end of the carpet segment, primarily so-called “better goods.” This middle to upper-end segment offers dealers improved margin opportunities while giving their consumers what they desire—luxurious soft goods in their homes. This trend is expected to continue into 2019. Mark Clayton CEO...

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