‘Waterproof’ flooring category creates watershed moment

July 31, 2017 | Comments Off on ‘Waterproof’ flooring category creates watershed moment

FCNews Ultimate Guide to WPC: July 17/24, 2017 By Ken Ryan   Not so long ago the terms rigid core and multilayer flooring, and the acronym WPC would have had even the most astute flooring retailers scratching their heads. Today, these subsegments of luxury vinyl tile have created new revenue streams for dealers. According to FCNews research, LVT, WPC and rigid core products made up more than half the dollars generated by the resilient flooring...

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Resilient: The next evolution of Stainmaster—PetProtect LVT

July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: The next evolution of Stainmaster—PetProtect LVT

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   For more than three decades, Invista’s Stainmaster has enjoyed the prestige of being arguably the most recognizable brand in flooring, a name synonymous with fiber durability and stain protection. In recent years, Invista has built on that heritage with the launch of PetProtect. Designed with pets in mind, the Stainmaster PetProtect carpet and cushion system resonated with consumers and pet owners for its ability to...

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Raskin Industries expands via To Market acquisition

July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Raskin Industries expands via To Market acquisition

Objective is to bring proprietary products to array of channels July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   New York—Raskin Industries earlier this year acquired the assets of To Market, a direct-to-design chain supplier, and will work in concert with company founder and industry icon Phil Wexler to continue developing unique, proprietary products that offer more profitability. The acquisition of To Market, which specializes in LVT but also sells recycled rubber and cork,...

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Resilient: LVT, WPC continue to seize market share

July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: LVT, WPC continue to seize market share

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Lindsay Baillie   The resilient category continues to assert itself as a force to be reckoned with as it continues to generate substantial growth. FCNews research shows resilient sales in 2016 climbed to $3.499 billion (not including rubber), an increase of 19.7% over 2015’s $2.924 billion. This rise is almost four times the growth of the entire industry, which gained 5.1% last year. In terms of volume, the...

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Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in dollars and 1.8% in volume...

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Distributors rally behind Raskin’s FloorNation

June 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Distributors rally behind Raskin’s FloorNation

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan With the luxury vinyl tile market bursting at the seams with so many new products entering the fray, distributors are tasked with seeking out products that offer true differentiation. In Raskin Industries’ FloorNation, wholesalers say they have found a winning combination—a line offering great style and design, coupled with a made-in-the-USA story. FloorNation is a phthalate-free, virgin vinyl flooring available in three collections: Freedom, Pride...

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Resilient: LVT finds a home across major contract end-use sectors

June 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: LVT finds a home across major contract end-use sectors

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Luxury vinyl tile has clearly found a home in the commercial flooring market where its footprint is exhibited in all settings and applications. And with the advent of WPC and rigid core offerings flooding the market, specifiers have more options than ever to complete their projects. Prior to taking over as Tarkett’s director of product management and marketing for LVT, Jeremy Salomon spent seven...

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Resilient: Can WPC/rigid core coexist with LVT?

May 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: Can WPC/rigid core coexist with LVT?

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   The overarching luxury vinyl flooring category featuring the incumbent LVT/P and newcomers WPC and rigid core continues to flourish and growth rates collectively are expected to exceed that of every other flooring category for at least the near term. Will there be an eventually category champion? Does there have to be one? Flooring executives differ slightly on which segment will win out, but there...

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Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates to styles and designs. Following...

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Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

April 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   Mannington, Shaw and Forbo are among the suppliers raising prices on resilient flooring, mainly sheet vinyl. The price hikes—which are the result of increased costs of raw materials, transportation and manufacturing—are set to take effect in May. Mannington is implementing a 3% to 6% price increase on select residential vinyl sheet products in the U.S. and Canada. “Continued increases in raw material prices are...

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