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January 2019

25 years of the EPLF: Europeans look to the future with confidence


The European network of the EPLF – the Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring – is made up of 18 laminate flooring producers, 20 supplier companies and 10 supporting members. This is the world’s largest regional association for the laminate industry and it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. In light of …

Laminate flooring market experiences downturn in 2018


In 2018, manufacturing members of the EPLF achieved worldwide sales of European-produced laminate flooring totalling 455 million m² (2017: 477 million m², which corresponds to -4.6%). This indicates that even with a downward trend in some regions, the global laminate market remains at a high level. In Western Europe, the “home …

Architecture fans get to look inside a host of exciting buildings in Munich


The fifth Long Night of Architecture, organised by BAU, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, delighted the people of Munich, architecture fans and the trade visitors and exhibitors attending BAU 2019. More than 35,000 people took part in the event. The “Long Night of Architecture” (LNA) once …

Editor’s pickDesign shanghai celebrates Chinese design

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Design Shanghai returns to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 6-9 March for the sixth edition of Asia’s largest design event. One of the leading events on the global design calendar, Design Shanghai attracts over 400 international brands from 32 countries and provides a platform for exhibitors to present the best and latest products to an …

IFFS 2019: A novel visitor-centric experience of new initiatives


In less than two months’ time, the much-anticipated International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2019, along with co-located shows, NOOK Asia 2019 and the 36th ASEAN Furniture Show, will debut at a new venue. From 9 to 12 March, IFFS 2019 will transform six halls across two levels at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, …

Japan’s wooden door imports down


According to ITTO, year-on-year, Japan’s November 2018 wooden door imports were down 7 per cent, but there was little change in the value of November imports compared to that in October. While the value of December 2018 imports of wooden doors is not yet available the indications are that the final quarter will not deliver any …

Positive results for EGGER's half-year mark


“In the last six months we were able to use the overall positive economic situation to our advantage. We utilised the capacities of our 18 modern plants and reached these satisfactory turnovers and results together with our now 9,600 employees,” said Thomas Leissing, head of Finances / Administration / Logistics and spokesperson of the …

Michelman celebrates grand opening of new Sustainability Center in Shanghai


Michelman recently celebrated the grand opening of the Michelman (China) Sustainability Center (MSC) at the company’s Shanghai offices located in the East Park of the Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao Industrial Zone. The new China-based Center is part of Michelman’s aggressive growth plan in the Asia Pacific region and follows the opening of …

Global softwood lumber markets report


Global trade of softwood lumber from January through September 2018 was down 2.5 per cent as compared to the same period last year. China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the MENA region reduced their imports, while the U.S. and continental Europe have imported more lumber this year than in …

DOMOTEX 2019: Connecting trends from around the world

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"The floor sets the stage for any interior," said internationally renowned designer Sebastian Herkner. "Along with walls, floors define the context and basis of interior design. The choice of floor material affects how we live and communicate in the resulting interior space,” he added. Flooring Spaces One of the central attractions at …