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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Resilient: In a contested field, sheet vinyl still competes on value, visuals

June 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: In a contested field, sheet vinyl still competes on value, visuals

June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Mara Bollettieri   There’s no denying that LVT and WPC have nipped some market share from sheet vinyl, but by no means is the workhorse subcategory down for the count. Although other resilient formats are growing in popularity, the product still has a place in the flooring industry today, offering benefits to residential and commercial markets. Thanks to new technological enhancements and product design innovations, resilient sheet...

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Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

June 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker In today’s hypercompetitive distribution economy, it’s no longer enough to simply move products from point A to point B. In order to gain an advantage, wholesalers must also go above and beyond by offering value-added services to manufacturers and retailers alike. That’s precisely the edge that Xpress Global Systems, formerly Crown Transport, claims to offer its partners across the supply chain. “We’re the largest...

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