Swedish laminate sales up slightly

At the meeting of the EPLF (Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring) in Sweden in May this year, Max von Tippelskirch (Swiss Krono), Vice-Chairman and Convenor of the Markets & Image Committee of the EPLF presented the current sales statistics at the Viken meeting: EPLF members have been able to increase laminate sales globally. Western Europe, including the principal German market, was slightly weaker compared to the previous year. In contrast, the North American, Asian and Eastern European markets in particular have increased considerably over the same quarter in the previous year.

The Markets & Image Committee had made the decision to step up its internal monitoring of the market so as to gain a better overview of the situation.

Progress in standardisation – two new project groups in the EPLF

Current trends in research and standardisation were also presented. With immediate effect, two new working groups in the EPLF will be dealing in-depth with the current laminate topics “micro-scratches/polishing effect” and “standing water resistance”. The aim is to work together on compiling a clear definition of terms, issuing practice-based classifications and, ultimately, on developing meaningful and reproducible test methods for product evaluation.