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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Tarkett raises residential product prices

May 26, 2010 | Comments Off on Tarkett raises residential product prices

Chagrin Falls, Ohio—On May 25, Tarkett Residential announced it would implement a price increase on all resilient flooring products, including FiberFloor, vinyl sheet and Nafco branded floors. Increases of 6% will go into effect July 1, one month after the commercial price raise is executed. Tarkett attributed the change to rising cost of materials, as cost cutting measures and internal expense reduction no longer sufficiently absorbed costs. (more…)

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Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL.—Add Congoleum to the LVT roster. The resilient manufacturer on April 22 unveiled the category’s latest entry, Connections, at the headquarters of Midwest distributor All-Tile, complete with a few wrinkles the company said addressed some shortcomings of competing products. Congoleum believes the most significant enhancement lies in what it calls the SmartLink glueless installation system. Attached to each plank is a “highly technical” adhesive film with a sheer strength that lends itself...

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ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF International, the non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that drafted NSF 140-2007: the Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, has developed a similar standard for resilient flooring. At the end of April, NSF American National Standard 332: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “Certification to ANSI/NSF 332 offers buyers of resilient flooring the highest level of confidence and credibility in a market that is awash in green...

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LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

The surge of interest in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has a team of newer players coming to bat on the resilient field. Companies with different backgrounds, from click systems to cork, have introduced new features and push the product envelope further than ever before. Experienced manufacturers have also been challenged to innovate, finding ways of improvement in areas like installation, whether it aims to reduce preparation time, ease the stress of custom installation or even...

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