Schönox enters radiant heating market with ComfortSafe

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July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2   FLORENCE, ALA.—HPS Schönox, known for its innovative spirit in bringing subfloor solutions to the flooring industry, has entered a new frontier with the introduction of the ComfortSafe electric radiant full-surface floor heating system. “ComfortSafe is just another example of the innovative products offered HPS Schönox,” Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal, told FCNews. ComfortSafe can be installed on its own or as a system with Schönox underlayment products....

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Carpet: In commoditized market, better goods still thrive

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July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   At a time when the residential carpet market is flat to slightly down in both sales and unit volume (FCNews, June 24/July 1), the notion that a segment within carpet could be growing might seem improbable. And yet, a strong economy—plus advances in tufting technology and, ironically, the explosion of LVT-driven hard surfaces—has spurred higher-end carpet sales. Some mill executives suggest the economy and...

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Wood: Canadian players carve out their own niches in the market

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Suppliers leverage capabilities in finishing, service and logistics   July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   With all the talk of tariffs in recent months, much of the focus has been on hardwood flooring manufacturers from China and Southeast Asia. But you can’t overlook the impact that suppliers from Canada have had—and continue to have—on the U.S. market. Given their long reputation for producing some of the clearest, cleanest maple flooring...

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NeoCon 2019 exudes sustainable, trendy commercial design

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July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Megan Salzano   Interface’s Look Both Ways combines soft and hard surface in a single collection. Chicago— The 51st edition of NeoCon held last month welcomed 55,000 attendees as designers, architects and facility managers converged on The Mart. Those in attendance were witness to innovation across multiple product segments within the commercial building industry, including the second highest represented at the show—floor covering. The buzz about the building...

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Pergo ad campaign preps dealers for a surge

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July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   Mohawk first sought to whet the appetites of its dealer partners with the official rollout if its Pergo-branded Extreme LVT line at last year’s Edge Summit (FCNews, Dec. 10/17, 2018). Now, with nearly 1,500 Pergo Extreme displays firmly planted in Mohawk Edge dealer showrooms across the country, the company is ready to kick off an integrated consumer advertising campaign designed to deliver shoppers to...

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Correction: Tariff truce—U.S. calls off new hikes; industry in holding pattern

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Editor’s note: The following story has been updated to reflect erroneous information that was reported in its original form in the July 8/15, 2019, issue of FCNews. The original story inaccurately stated that the 25% tariff on goods from China that included flooring materials had been rescinded by the U.S. government. The latest round of tariffs that was put on hold did not include flooring products, but rather consumer products such as iPhones and televisions. The...

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Housing: Rising mortgage rates put the brakes on demand

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June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   After a robust 2017, the U.S. housing market in 2018 showed it is only human. According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, single-family starts rose 3.2% to 876 million units—a slower rate than what we saw over the 2016–17 period, when single-family starts grew nearly 8.6%. On the plus side, total starts (including single- and multi-family) inched up 3.9% in 2018...

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Commercial: Corporate, healthcare sectors lead the charge

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June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By K.J. Quinn   An uptick in activity in key end-use sectors—namely corporate, hospitality, healthcare and education—drove the bulk of commercial flooring specifications in 2018. FCNews research shows total specified commercial flooring sales grew to $7.012 billion in 2018, a 5.9% increase over 2017. “History will view 2018 as a solid year for nonresidential construction spending in America,” said Anirban Basu, chief economist with Associated Builders and...

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Ceramic: Lower consumption keeps growth rates in check

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June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Megan Salzano   For the ninth consecutive year since the fallout of the Great Recession, the U.S. ceramic tile market registered growth. However, the growth witnessed in 2018 was not on par with the 5%-6% increase the category experienced in both volume and sales since 2016. In fact, many industry observers noted a significant slowdown in 2018. “In the past year, we saw growth in both...

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Laminate: Segment feels heat from hard surface counterparts

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June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   Fierce competition from alternative hard surface categories—combined with a diminished number of laminate displays in many independent specialty retail showrooms across the country—kept the category’s growth in check for much of 2018. FCNews research shows laminate flooring sales dipped to just over $1.103 billion last year, a 1.7% decrease from 2017. It also represents the second consecutive year of sales declines in the...

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