China announces new national standard on laminated and laminated solid composite flooring

China’s new national standards for “laminated wooden flooring” (GB/T 18102—2020) and “laminated solid composite flooring” (GB/T 24507—2020) have been announced and will be effective 1 July 2021.

The new national standard on “laminated wooden flooring” (GB/T 18102—2020) is a revision of the GB/T 18102— 2007. Part of the product quality technical indicators have been modified, added or adjusted in the new standard to upgrade the standard.

The original standard name “laminate multilayer solid composite flooring” (GB/T 24507—2009) was revised to “laminated solid composite flooring”. Some terms, product classification, appearance quality, specification size and deviation, grade requirements of surface scratch resistance and surface wear resistance, requirements and inspection methods of formaldehyde emission in the GB/T 24507— 2009 edition were modified in the new standard, and the requirements and inspection methods of surface moisture and heat resistance were added.

The release and implementation of the two new standards will play an important role in standardising the production and trade of wood floor and impregnated paper laminated solid composite floor products, promoting the technological progress of wood flooring industry and upgrading product quality and standards and leading the development of wood floor industry.

According to statistics from the flooring committee of the China National Forest Products Industry Association, sales of wood and bamboo flooring enterprises with annual operation revenue of more than RMB20 million in 2019 was 424.6 million square metres, of which laminated wood floor was 216.2 million square metres, accounting for 50% of total wood and bamboo flooring sales.

It has been estimated that there are more than 500 laminated solid composite floor manufacturing enterprises with annual sales of over RMB20 billion. These enterprises are mainly in Nanxun City of Zhejiang Province, Changzhou City of Jiangsu Province, Wuhan City of Hubei Province and Linyi City of Shandong Province.

Source: CnWood via ITTO Tropical Timber Market Report