SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Carpet: Mills look to compete with rise of hard surface

February 8, 2016 | Comments Off on SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Carpet: Mills look to compete with rise of hard surface

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—Carpet mills are not standing pat amid the fierce competition from hard surfaces. The response from mills in attendance at The International Surface Event [TISE] is to push back in a number of ways—mostly by stepping up efforts on the style and design front. Other strategies entail adding custom rug programs, creating carpet looks that mimic or complement hardwood or outright expanding offerings to include hard...

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California Carpet Stewardship assessment to increase on April 1

February 2, 2016 | Comments Off on California Carpet Stewardship assessment to increase on April 1

Sacramento, Calif.–The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and CalRecycle announced at a public meeting an updated assessment fee of 20 cents per square yard on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective April 1, 2016. The rate is an increase from the previous assessment of 10 cents per square yard, to be collected as a non-tax item at the point of sale, throughout the sale and distribution chain, to the final customer. “The assessment...

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Carpet One members ‘engage’ with consumers, product

January 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Carpet One members ‘engage’ with consumers, product

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Nadia Ramlakhan Orlando—The flooring industry has evolved considerably in recent years and Carpet One Floor & Home’s 2016 winter convention, held at the Orange Country Convention Center here Jan. 9-10, was focused primarily on getting members and their sales associates up to date. “The path to purchase has dramatically changed within the last decade and we’re in front of it now,” said Eric Demaree, Carpet One president. This year’s...

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Capri Cork hires Whipple

December 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Capri Cork hires Whipple

Lititz, Pa.—Travis Whipple has been hired as director of national sales for Capri Cork, a newly created position. With Capri’s expanded range of flooring products, which includes the recent addition of AVA by Novalis Innovative Flooring, a dedicated director of national sales is the next step to achieving Capri’s long term goals. Whipple comes to Capri from Spartan Surfaces where he was a sales rep in upstate New York and Connecticut and sold a wide...

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Carpet Design Awards finalists named

December 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Carpet Design Awards finalists named

Hannover—The finalists of the Carpet Design Awards 2016 have been named. In November, a jury nominated the best handmade designer carpets for the final round of the international competition. Presented in eight categories, the Carpet Design Awards honor the outstanding quality and design of the world’s best carpets. The number of entrants was particularly high this year, with a total of 320 carpets from 21 countries submitted vs. 250 entrants the previous year. Twenty-four carpets have...

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Cork: Combination of technology, natural attributes create durable, quality floors

August 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Cork: Combination of technology, natural attributes create durable, quality floors

Aug. 17/24; Volume 30/Number 5 By Nadia Ramlakhan Although cork floors have gained popularity in the U.S. over the last 100 years, they have actually been in use for well over 300 years in Europe, where the product first originated. In fact, despite cork’s rocky start and reduced usage in the U.S., some cork floors installed in high-traffic areas like government buildings, banks and churches are still in service today, proving its ability to withstand scratches,...

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Wicanders introduces Hydrocork

August 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Wicanders introduces Hydrocork

Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—Wicanders, the premium brand of Amorim Revestimentos, has introduced Hydrocork in the U.S. after its initial success in Europe earlier this year. Hydrocork is an innovative engineered product that combines premium LVT with waterproof cork featuring maximum durability and up to 51% noise reduction. Hydrocork is available in 48 x 5 ¾ planks and ranges from light shades of white and gray to intense tones of brown in trendy wood visuals and...

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Expanding the visual capabilities of cork

May 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Expanding the visual capabilities of cork

April 13/20, 2015; Volume 29/Number 1 By Amanda Haskin  Manufacturers have been touting cork’s benefits for years, namely its durability, comfort, sound control, thermal capabilities and, of course, its green and sustainable properties. But to their bafflement, this category has not picked up as quickly in the U.S. as it has in other countries, where cork is a well-known and respected product. Bo Barber, vice president of marketing and business development for Ecore, describes his...

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USFloors educates with cork certification training program

January 16, 2015 | Comments Off on USFloors educates with cork certification training program

January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14 By Jenna Lippin In an effort to revitalize the industry’s interest in cork flooring options, USFloors launched a cork certification training program in the summer of 2014. To help continue the momentum the category has gained, USFloors will continue to host educational trainings for both its sales associates and dealer partners throughout 2015. “The goal was to reinvigorate and reenergize interest in cork,” said Gary Keeble, product and marketing...

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Cork: Latest looks

April 22, 2014 | Comments Off on Cork: Latest looks

Volume 27/Number 24; March 31/April 7, 2014 As environmental awareness spreads throughout both retail and commercial markets, an increasing amount of manufacturers have created products to help meet the needs of green-minded customers and end users. Recently, numerous cork companies have refreshed their offerings to include the latest from the sustainable, fashionable and practical category. Expanko Over the years, the look and feel of classic homogeneous, gluedown cork has evolved through everything from patterned cork...

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