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When laying floor coverings, it is inevitable to bridge expansion or movement joints. According to DIN 18365, expansion joints must be taken from the subfloor into the top floor. With fully bonded floor coverings, expansion joint profiles are used that cover the joint, but at the same time do not restrict their freedom of movement. The joint material should be as elastic as possible.

In practice, expansion joint profiles with glued silicone joints are often used. But under tension, silicone can tear off from the profile. Silicone also tends to attract dust and dirt. The joint becomes shabby over time.

The members of the Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) adopted a new vision, mission and logo. After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, members decided to revisit the purpose of the association to ensure continued relevance given the context they operate in today and their ambition for the laminate flooring industry.

EPLF, the association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring, recently welcomed Servaco Product Testing - Joint Venture with VITO, as a new Supporting Member of the association.

“As president of EPLF, I’m delighted to welcome Servaco Product Testing - Joint Venture with VITO as one of our members. Product testing is a key area for the laminate industry as it is committed to providing customers with the highest quality products, while ensuring a reduced environmental impact.” Max von Tippelskirch (Swiss Krono Group) said.



General description
Kembang Semangkok is found scattered mainly in the lowland forests but occasionally found on ridge-tops and in swampy forest in Peninsular Malaysia. The scientific name for the timber is Scaphium spp. (Sterculiaceae).
The species is characterised by medium-sized to large, deciduous, monoecious trees up to 45m tall with bole up to 80cm in diameter, usually having large and thick buttresses. Its outer bark is fissured in patches or flaky in small, rectangular pieces, greyish brown to brown while its inner bark fibrous, pale yellowish-brown with thin but conspicuous red outer layer. Its crown is usually irregularly hemispherical and somewhat diffuse with prominent leaf scars and stout twigs.

The reasons for the postponement are based on the latest developments regarding the worldwide rampant COVID-19 pandemic. There is a general uncertainty in relation to travelling abroad. Many countries have introduced strict travel and quarantine regulations and it is impossible to predict for how long these regulations will be in place.

Since May, Uzin has had a new face: Roberta Hadzic supports UZIN Marketing as Marketing Manager and is responsible for the development of target group-specific marketing campaigns in the national market environment as well as the planning and implementation of trade fairs and events.

The design flooring MeisterDesign. comfort features a double layer of cork and thus offers the best footfall noise protection so that an additional sound-absorbing cushion is not necessary.

Dear all,

We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our chief editor Ludwig Janssens. We could rely on him for edition after edition of our magazines for over 20 years. Ludwig amazed us time and again with excellent, informative, and interesting texts; often with a dash of humour or personal anecdote, and always a delight to read.

It was only a short flying visit, but it gave the politician a lot of insights and inspiration: Franz Untersteller MdL, Minis-ter for the Environment, Climate and Energy of Baden-Württemberg, vis-ited the full-service provider for floor systems at its headquarters in Ulm on August 10. The politician informed himself about the sustainability strategy of the manufacturer of construction chemicals.

Standfirst: The timber sector has been operating largely unhindered during the MCO and CMCO, thanks to the government’s swift response and strong support
The Covid-19 pandemic brought much of the world economies to a grinding halt. It was tough for businesses to keep their financial wheels turning and the impact of lockdowns were particularly brutal for companies with little reserves for managing sudden slumps.

The first exhibition of the flooring and floor technology industry worldwide after the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2020 will be held from 31 August to 2 September at the New Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai. More than 800 brands will present themselves and will be ready to meet and network about 40.000 visitors throughout 105.000 sqm of gross space.

The easy feel-good floor
The design floor for healthy living DISANO SmartAqua from HARO has sparked a boom thanks to its suitability for damp areas. The unique benefits of DISANO in terms of comfort and convenience have created an entirely new feel-good floor concept, especially for the bathroom and kitchen. The SmartAqua range has now been expanded and the selection simplified. The success story of this design floor model is thus entering the next round.

With the investment in a new plastic suction system, FN Neuhofer is coming another step closer to realising its 2025 Vision.

“Based on the persisting trend of LVT floor covers, water-resistant plastic skirting boards are once more moving into the focus, which is why we are massively expanding this area,” says CEO Franz Neuhofer.
“For FN Neuhofer, customer service comes first, which is why we always take a close look at the particular customer wishes and offer them the fitting solutions,” explains Neuhofer.

The continued growth of the successful family-owned and operated company FN Neuhofer in Zell am Moos and, as a result, the steady stream of new hires are one of the reasons why the company, led by owner Franz Neuhofer, are investing yet again. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to build a multi-family property just a few minutes from our office and to offer living space nearby", explains Neuhofer adding: "The building site is of special importance to me as my former primary school once stood there".

Parquet layers from three continents, Europe, America and Australia, meet in the first week of September for an extraordinary project. 27 craftsmen will manufacture a historic palace parquet directly on site in two palace halls. With 27 mm thick cuts of two 165 year old oaks, two types of lock parquet will be produced with hand planes, hand saws and bone glue. The originals from 1860, which can be seen in the adjoining halls of the state chateau Vizovice (CZ), serve as a model for us.

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