State of the Industry: Resilient grows in technology and reputation

December 1, 2010 | Comments Off on State of the Industry: Resilient grows in technology and reputation

How often are you lured by a product that promises to make your life effortlessly more simple? How many times do you hear, “get more for less” or “the most bang for your buck” in one day? Only in today’s economic climate would a word like bogo—buy one, get one—enter the national business lexicon. Most people are pressed for time, money and resources and look to multitask wherever possible. Flooring is no exception. If Mrs....

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Distribution: LVT serves as the beacon in resilient category

November 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Distribution: LVT serves as the beacon in resilient category

It has been called “the great energizer” and “the catalyst.” One thing is for sure: Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has been a lifesaver for flooring distributors during these unforgiving times. In the resilient category there are some bright spots such as fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl, but LVT is the beacon for industry players. “It’s the one product that doesn’t seem to recognize there is a recession going on,” said David Sheehan, vice president, resilient and laminate...

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Mannington to increase resilient flooring prices

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington to increase resilient flooring prices

Salem, N.J.—Mannington has announced it will implement a 5% price increase on all “better” and “best” collection residential resilient sheet products, effective on shipments starting Nov. 29. (more…)

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Mannington takes floating LVT to the next level

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington takes floating LVT to the next level

SALEM, N.J.—Every technological breakthrough will eventually be improved upon. Such is the case with floating LVT, which has already gone through multiple generations since the launch of Konecto in 2007. The newest generation of floating luxury vinyl tile comes courtesy of Mannington, and the intent to raise LVT to the next stratosphere. Adura with LockSolid technology takes the best attributes of a floating LVT and marries them with an industry first: a completely adhesive-free installation....

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New products for consumer preference and profit in resilient

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on New products for consumer preference and profit in resilient

As one of the few categories excelling in the soft economy, resilient manufacturers are taking greater risks with fall releases and it is of little surprise that most are focusing on luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and sheet products, as the value-perceived products in the category. Whether producing niche visuals or releasing mass volumes of new products, autumnal trends are dictated by the buyer’s preference for performance and visuals that enhance her home’s environment. (more…)

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Strong response greets Metroflor’s Hybrid, combines best features of LVT and laminate

August 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Strong response greets Metroflor’s Hybrid, combines best features of LVT and laminate

The old saying, “Don’t tell me, show me” is perhaps best exemplified when discussing Hybrid, the newest product from Metroflor. “You can talk all you want about how great Hybrid is, but seeing and feeling is believing,” said Harvey Johnson, vice president of Miami-based Mastercraft Flooring Distributors, which carries the product. Craig Folven, vice president of sales and marketing at Herregan Distributors, Eagan, Minn., agreed, adding the company has received “fantastic response” since launching the...

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Resilient story gets a lot greener, NSF 332 will be a game changer

July 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Resilient story gets a lot greener, NSF 332 will be a game changer

It goes by the unassuming acronym ANSI/NSF 332, but for resilient flooring manufacturers this new certification standard for sustainability is a potential game-changer. “NSF-332 may change the industry in that it will no longer call for simply the product itself to meet certain standards but will widen the scope to include all the processes and practices involved in bringing a product to market and seeing it through its lifecycle,” said Diane Martel, Tarkett’s newly appointed...

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Resilient maintains market share on value story

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Resilient maintains market share on value story

The way you look at the resilient industry in 2009 is consistent with whether you look at the glass half full or half empty. On one hand, the category was off double digits in both sales dollars and volume, between 15% and 20%, with the declines a bit worse on the commercial side. Then again, the drops were not as pronounced as what occurred with hardwood and ceramic tile, which were off more than 20%...

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Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and this rings true in floor covering. A decidedly negative economic state found a ray of light in the resurgent sales of resilient flooring and carpet. On the decline for much of the early 21st century, these two categories have been consistently gaining market share throughout the financial downturn and beckoned sales in a climate where other categories suffered mightily. “Resilient is on the rebound,”...

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Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

The general state of affairs in the commercial resilient segment is not far off from most categories. Most manufacturers interviewed by FCNews reported less than remarkable growth for the start of the year but were pleased to no longer see major losses in market share. “The commercial market will continue to struggle as budget deficits in both the public and private sector hamper recovery efforts on a broad scale,” reported Edward Braulick, senior marketing manager...

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