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Special Who has waterproof/resistant laminate, LVT, PVC or vinyl floors

Floor Forum International N° 136, March 2024

Egger is a resounding name in the flooring sector and the originally Austrian manufacturer has been positioning itself as the specialist in water-resistant laminate for years. Floor Forum had coffee with Robert Siewes, Sales Manager at Egger Benelux. He talks passionately about the internationally active company, its innovations in the field of water-resistance and he gives a hint about its future plans. "When we launched our first water-resistant laminate collection, the market looked rather strange. Meanwhile, with Egger, we have earned our stripes in this niche," Robert interjects.

Special Who has Ride on machines for removing old wooden floors, carpet, stone, etc.?

Floor Forum International N° 136, March 2024

Particularly complete range for 'surface and floor' surface and floor processing taken a closer look
When you talk about 'surfaces and floors', surface and floor processing, chances are extremely good that you will end up with Husqvarna Construction. After incorporating both HTC and Blastrac a few years ago, a total offering covering all parts of the market was created under the same umbrella. So also with the increasingly popular Ride On machines for the parquet installer.

Preview Carrefour International du Bois

Floor Forum International N°136, March 2024

“Everything we do, must be better, more cost-effective and highly sustainable”
Bjelin, a young part of the Pervanovo Invest AB Group, is returning to Nantes, where it will participate in the Carrefour du Bois. Two years ago, Bjelin - developing and manufacturing a wide range of flooring products, including traditional wooden floors and innovative floors from new materials - made its debut on this French fair.

Special Fast-drying levelling products

Floor Forum International N° 136, March 2024

That Dutch company Lecol is an authority on floor levelling has been made clear several times in our magazine. Lecol was also one of the first in the market to realise how important speed of work is on site, which is why, among other things, it has been working on fine-tuning a full range of quick-drying products. Of course, quick-drying levelling compounds come to mind in the first place, but there is much more than that...

Special Sports floors

Floor Forum International N° 136, March 2024

Tover leads the way for all kinds of finishing products: from lacquers and paint to maintenance
In the world of wooden sports floors, it seems like Italian Tover has been around forever. Appearances are deceptive, in this case. Not more than a little over a decade ago, this specialist in finishing products made its debut in the sports world, where it became a household name in very short order.

Special Terrace floors in bamboo – the benefits

Floor Forum International N° 136, March 2024

MOSO® Bamboo, increasingly first choice for decking

Durable and solid at the same time: these are two conditions that often come up when choosing a new indoor or patio floor. More and more installers, but also end customers, are looking for innovative alternatives and are increasingly considering the use of bamboo, a material that is gaining popularity. Anyone looking for flooring and wall cladding made of bamboo will soon come across MOSO®, an absolute reference and specialist in the bamboo sector for years. Together with Edwin van Houten, Sales Manager and Bregina Broersma, Sales Support Benelux at MOSO®, we take a look at the use of bamboo in decking. "Bamboo is increasingly casting itself as a sustainable yet high-performance alternative to tropical hardwood," the duo say in chorus.

Special How do I assess the substrate and which levelling agent do I use in diffi cult conditions?

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024

"Thorough advice is our most powerful weapon for customer retention"

Loyal customer base
Bostik is originally a French specialist in adhesive systems that are used in nearly 80 countries worldwide in various application areas. Just think of industrial assembly or hygienic disposables. Its wide range also includes solutions for the construction industry, from new construction to renovation, for both residential and commercial environments. Bostik has production sites in more than 50 countries. In Belgium, the flooring technology products are distributed through specialist retailers and paint wholesalers.

Review Domotex Hannover (D)

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024

"Domotex was good barometer for successfully approaching 2024"

After being present at the 2023 edition with a rather small stand, Lalegno went all out at Domotex this year with a completely new stand. An extensive team presented the main lines of force of the three brands - Lalegno, Tocca Legno and Rigid Floors & Walls - to the numerous visitors. At the same time, the numerous advantages of the Flooring Club, under which the three brands are bundled to make them even more accessible to B2B customers, were also explained.

Special Who can off er herringbone or Hungarian point floors in bamboo?

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024

Flooring made of bamboo, hype or new standard?

Flooring in bamboo... it sounds like the start of a fairy tale, but it is reality: bamboo is on the rise worldwide and is in demand as a material for floors, terraces and cladding, for example. Wholesalers and installers are increasingly turning to this material that has a high degree of sustainability. "Bamboo is no longer an exotic story, but a product that is increasingly considered a full alternative to wood," says Edwin van Houten, Sales Manager at MOSO®. Together with Bregina Broersma, Sales Support Benelux, they enthusiastically talk about the company, which has played an ambassadorial role in the sector for over 25 years.

Preview Flanders Flooring Days (B) 

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024

Mapei Belgium eagerly awaits Flanders Flooring Days

From 13 to 16 May 2024, the Flanders Flooring Days, a three-day event entirely dedicated to hard and soft flooring as well as supporting products such as adhesives, will take place at Kortrijk XPO. One of the manufacturers present is Mapei, an international player and reference as a manufacturer of chemical products in the construction sector. We already had the opportunity to have coffee with Leo Haeldermans, Marketing Manager and Machiel De Medts, Business Developer and Product Manager Resilient at Mapei Belgium. Together they look ahead to Flanders Flooring Days.

Special Producers of terrace floors in wood and composite

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024

"Normal start of trading started later, but all omens point to a ‘normal’ year"

After the pandemic caused a huge surge in sales of all types of decking wood, we saw a return to normal volumes from the second half of 2022. What is the current state of sales of this product? To find out more, we knock on the door of a specialist, Erpe-Mere-based Denderwood. That predicted exactly a year ago in these columns that the market would stabilise by 2023.

Special Walk Behind machines for grinding concrete, old tiles, and terazzo and removing carpet, adhesive residue, etc…

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024 

Husqvarna on the development of a new line of diamond tools
When you talk about floor preparation and finishing, sooner or later you end up with Husqvarna. Having acquired both HTC (2018) and Blastrac (2021), the Swedish manufacturer is literally "incontournable" thanks to a complete line-up in all floor sanders and preparations. That includes all applications for using diamond tools, which we talk about specifically here, focusing on Walk Behind and remote-controlled machines.

Special Top Polish companies focused on export

Floor Forum International N° 135, February 2024

Innovative wooden products and production automation play a leading role at AST-C.J
Poland is one of the leading exporters of wood and wood-based products in Europe. Wood as a raw material is the basis for many important sectors of the Polish economy, including the production of wooden floor coverings.

Special Adjustable floor support systems for terrace floors

Floor Forum International N° 134, December 2023

Profilpas – an innovative look at adjustable pedestals
Profilpas has established itself as a leader in the dynamic world of adjustable pedestals. With Enrico Barison at the head as CEO, the company has not only welcomed a new leader, but also has reinforced its position as part of the Mapei Group. In this inspiring interview with Enrico Barison we discover the history of Profilpas, its core business, and its vision for the future of the industry.

Special LVT, PVC, vinyl and laminate: click systems examined, a survey

Floor Forum International N°166, December 2023 

‘Easy-to-install click systems are becoming the norm.
’Laetitia Kimblad, director of floor locking at Välinge Innovation, is absolutely convinced. The 5G® Fold Down system is one of the most reliable forms of technology on the click system market. The Swedish firm was formed in 1993 by Darko Pervan and has grown into a global technological reference player in the flooring sector. The firm is known mainly for the 5G technology with 5G® Dry™, 5G® Climb™, 5G® Cross, 5G-i®, and 5G® Herringbone as typical of the range. Floor Forum International spoke to Laetitia about operations at Välinge Innovation and about how easy installation is increasingly becoming the holy grail in the sector.

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