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MP Global repurposes plastic bottles in LuxWalk

image004Norfolk, 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.

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China Ceramics reports higher quarterly sales

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 11.45.13 AMJinjiang, 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

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Surfaces Inc. debuts Crayola glass tile collection

crayola glass tile.Surfaces IncEaston, 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

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Fishman Flooring Solutions acquires Sobol Sales

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 1.19.53 PMBaltimore—Fishman Flooring Solutions recently announced has purchased Sobol Sales of Cleveland, Ohio. Sobol has been distributing products to the flooring installation industry in Northern Ohio since 1957. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Continue reading Fishman Flooring Solutions acquires Sobol Sales

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Ceramic: Producers continue to master digital imagery

Crossville’s Lindsey Ann Waldrep and HGTV’s John Gidding pose in front of the company’s new display system.

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

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Surfaces 2013: Years of hope turning to confidence

From left: To highlight its new Composer collection, UrbanFloor serenaded visitors with classical music. The Max Windsor illusionist entertained attendees with ‘The Magic of Max.’ Quick•Step used oversized props to showcase the features of its laminate flooring.

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.

And while no one would say the industry is completely out of danger from the free fall it was experiencing at the height of the recession, nearly everyone at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center felt they were on firmer ground for the first time in recent years. Continue reading Surfaces 2013: Years of hope turning to confidence

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Välinge unveils new digital printing technology

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

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Armstrong announces price increase on solid hardwood

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.”