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

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Resilient—Rigid core, WPC-type products are expected to maintain upward trajectory

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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Resilient: Suppliers raise the bar on surface protection

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: Suppliers raise the bar on surface protection

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Lindsay Baillie A floor’s design is only as good as its protective wear layer. A consumer can love the look of her new floor, but if that floor starts to show scratches and scuffs, she won’t be in love for long. To keep floors looking newer for longer periods of time, flooring manufacturers are developing innovations in surface protection for resilient flooring. Following are various surface...

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Sono: Innovation personified

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sono: Innovation personified

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie It has been more than a year since Inhaus launched Sono—the company’s 100% recyclable, PVC-free flooring. Made up of 60% mineral powder and 40% polypropylene, Sono is waterproof, easy to install and highly stable under both humidity and heat, according to the company. What’s more, the company continues to invest in its digital printing to ensure quality, on-trend visuals. All this has not been...

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Distribution: WPC, rigid core dominate

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Distribution: WPC, rigid core dominate

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Ken Ryan   The unprecedented growth of LVT has led to a spate of products entering the market, and some distributors worry this will hurt the category. The above-referenced statement was published by FCNews not in 2018 but 2013, at a time when LVT was all the rage. Back then, WPC was barely making its presence felt, and rigid core products were not available. With a flood...

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Resilient: Demand fuels manufacturing output at home

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: Demand fuels manufacturing output at home

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Lindsay Baillie   It seems, as of late, most eyes are on resilient flooring. This comes as no surprise, especially when considering the category’s red-hot products from the past five years. However, resilient flooring is now receiving extra attention as a result of the newly imposed Chinese tariffs. While manufacturers who import products are working through the current 10% tariff—and preparing for the potential 25% tariff at...

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The brand power behind COREtec

August 28, 2018 | Comments Off on The brand power behind COREtec

By Mara Bollettieri What’s in a name?, Shakespeare famously asked. It’s more than a label; it’s about identity, reputation and, ultimately, trust. Not only does a brand represent a company name, but it also represents everything that comes with it and how it distinguishes itself
 from other products and/or services. COREtec—which has the power of four strong brands supporting it—knows this all too well. The synergies between Berkshire Hathaway—led by world-renowned investor Warren Buffett—along with...

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Resilient: State of the industry—WPC, SPC continue to drive category growth

August 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: State of the industry—WPC, SPC continue to drive category growth

August 6/13, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 4 By Lindsay Baillie In the first six months of 2018, the resilient category has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, some industry executives predict even greater growth for the segment in 2018 above and beyond the strides made in 2017. In keeping with last year, industry observers attribute the category’s aggressive, record-setting growth to innovations in WPC and SPC. Some executives also see factors outside the...

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Resilient: Marmoleum dealers sing product’s praises

July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: Marmoleum dealers sing product’s praises

July 9/16, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 2 By Lindsay Baillie   Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum line, long utilized in commercial applications, is finding favor residentially. Retailers who report success selling the line cite various attributes, including the product’s updated visuals and, of course, the environmental story as major selling points. “Marmoleum sheet flooring is our No. 1 resilient product by a wide margin,” said Curt Stiger, manager, Major Brands Floor Supply, Seattle. “We stock over...

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Resilient: WPC, LVT, SPC continue to reign supreme

July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: WPC, LVT, SPC continue to reign supreme

June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1   By Lindsay Baillie The resilient category once again led the flooring industry in terms of percentage growth, thanks mainly to the performance of sub-categories such as WPC and SPC. FCNews research shows the category generated $3.993 billion in sales in 2017—an industry-leading 14.1% increase over 2016’s $3.499 billion. In terms of volume, the category racked in 4.024 billion square feet at the first point of sales,...

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Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

June 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

Chattanooga, Tenn.–Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS) has opened a new, 68,500-square-foot service center in Lakeland, Fla. According to Darrel Harris, CEO, the new facility allows XGS to more efficiently service a greater footprint in Florida. “Analysis showed us that a much larger, more modern facility in Lakeland would provide better service to our valued customers and allow us to improve efficiencies,” Harris stated. “The Lakeland facility fits well with our expansion plans in the Florida...

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