Norfolk, Neb.—MP Global Products has expanded the scope of recycled resources used in its manufacturing processes to include fibers from discarded plastic beverage bottles. The company recently introduced LuxWalk, a high performing acoustic and insulating underlayment engineered especially for use under new luxury vinyl flooring (LVF).
Containing 31% post-consumer materials, LuxWalk uses plastic fibers from discarded water bottles diverted from landfill, helping preserve the environment. The underlayment is LEED compliant and will contribute to MRc 4.1–4.2 credits.
Jinjiang, China—China Ceramics Co. reported third quarter revenue of $ 55.3 million, up 53.0% from the second quarter. Net profit was $700,000, down from $1.5 million a year ago. Plant utilization was 69% as compared to 49% in the second quarter of 2013 and 67% in the third quarter of 2012. Continue reading China Ceramics reports higher quarterly sales
Easton, Pa.—The new Crayola Collection of glass mosaic tiles was recently unveiled at Crayola’s Easton, Pa., headquarters here in a whimsical mural depicting an inviting cartoon figure of a Crayola crayon. In bringing this tile range to North America, Miami-based Surfaces, Inc. is partnering with Crayola, LLC, known for its iconic art tools that inspire kids’ creative expression, which has 99% name recognition in U.S. consumer households. Continue reading Surfaces Inc. debuts Crayola glass tile collection
Different looks, shapes, sizes also take center stage
By Louis Iannaco
Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013
Once again, advancements in manufacturing techniques seized the day at Surfaces as ceramic and porcelain tile producers were all about the techno-pop. With state-of-the-art technology, tile manufacturers have been able to make any surface look exactly like a different material. Whether it’s slate, travertine or marble, things don’t always have to be what they appear when it comes to ceramic and porcelain tile.
Utilizing techniques such as digital imagery/ink jet printing, tile producers created numerous looks for the perusal of Surfaces attendees. From rectangular planks to even larger formats than in previous years, ceramic players offered their customers something new, better or different. Continue reading Ceramic: Producers continue to master digital imagery
Mills, dealers come out of hibernation poised for recovery
By Matthew Spieler
Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013
Las Vegas—For the first time in roughly six years, the mood at Surfaces was neither dour nor hopeful. Instead, it could best be described as confident, as in confident the bottom of the trough has been reached and business is not only finally pointing in the right direction, but has started to steadily climb toward brighter times.
Viken, Sweden – Välinge Group has developed a new digital printing technology that combines the advantages of ink jet and laser printing. The new technology makes it possible to apply large amounts of pigment-coated particles (“dry ink”) and bond the particles in well-defined patterns with a water-based transparent binder that does not include any pigments (“blank ink”). The new digital Binder And Powder (BAP) printing offers cost advantages, speed and reliability over previous methods. Continue reading Välinge unveils new digital printing technology
Lancaster, Pa. – Armstrong announced this week up to a 10% price increase in the United States and Canada on all solid hardwood flooring products, effective with shipments on March 1, 2013.
The continued escalation of lumber prices has required Armstrong to revisit market pricing on solid wood flooring.
“Lumber prices are rising more rapidly than our previous expectations. As the housing market continues to improve, we anticipate these higher costs to continue as fewer sawmills try to keep up with the increased demand,” said Kevin Biedermann, senior vice president, Armstrong Residential Floor Products. “Armstrong continues to work at manufacturing productivity improvements and cost reduction programs to offset higher costs, but cannot keep pace with the sustained increases.”