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HPS North America set to ‘level’ the playing field

January 6/13, 2014; Volume 27/Number 18

By Steven Feldman

Schönox floor levelers alleviate the problem of deteriorated and stressed substrates. The end result is a brand new subfloor ready for any type of flooring to be installed.

As the founder and former president of Centiva, Thomas Trissl is considered an innovator in design, color and aesthics. Now, a little more than three years after selling his company to Tarkett, Trissl is back in the innovation arena, but this time on the subfloor solution side.

Trissl is now the majority owner of HPS North America, which, among other things, serves as the exclusive importer of Schönox installation products to the North American marketplace. While the Rosendahl, Germany-based manufacturer of primers, repair mortars, floor leveling compounds and adhesives may not be well known on this continent as of yet, Schönox has been a household name in Europe for 120 years. Continue reading HPS North America set to ‘level’ the playing field

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TMT America acquires HPS North America

HPSFlorence, Ala.—TMT America (TMT) has acquired a majority interest in HPS North America (HPS). The transaction became effective Sept. 16 with HPS becoming an operating subsidiary of TMT. The corporate offices for both TMT America and HPS will remain in Florence, Ala. TMT will provide operational, marketing, and consulting services as well as investments to accelerate HPS’s distribution and brand development growth throughout North America.

TMT is headed by Thomas Trissl, the founder and former president of Centiva. Trissl sold Centiva to Tarkett in November 2010 in an agreement that had him continuing to work with Centiva through April of this year. “HPS is a venture with so much potential given its strong association with Schönox and the hard working team at the company,” said Trissl. “The technology and innovation levels in the Schönox products are turning heads across the country and changing the way people are doing subfloor projects.” TMT is coordinating even stronger ties with Schönox, the German manufacturer of primers, repair mortars, floor leveling compounds, and adhesives that HPS is making available now across North America. Continue reading TMT America acquires HPS North America

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HPS Schönox's MSP Classic debuts at NWFA Wood Flooring Expo

Dallas – HPS Schönox is bringing a new technology to the flooring industry with the launch of its new MSP Classic universal wood flooring adhesive at this week’s NWFA Wood Flooring Expo.  The new product uses silane modified polymers, the most advanced technology in adhesives.  “We are continuing to introduce strong solutions for flooring projects taking a fresh look at ways to improve installations,” remarked Enos Farnsworth, president of HPS Schönox.  “MSP Classic improves on every facet of the wood flooring adhesive process.”  Continue reading HPS Schönox's MSP Classic debuts at NWFA Wood Flooring Expo

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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