Forney, Texas -- Robert Varden, vice president of the Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, recently announced that CFI’s relationship with Shanghai Chemical Building Materials Trade Association has expanded. Through the partnership, CFI’s presence, as well as its awareness building program in China has continued to grow and gain traction.

Following its successful launch, CFI-China was given the opportunity to showcase at DomotexAsia with Kali Carpet, one of their key partners in China. Guests of the show stopped by to hear Robert Varden discuss attributes, accomplishments and overall mission of the CFI-China division, to identify, train and certify flooring installers according to skill and knowledge and to provide the flooring industry with educational programs that enhance the ultimate goal of customer satisfaction.

In addition to promoting CFI-China at DomotexAsia, Varden was also invited by Kevin Guo, global business manager of Xiangsen Carpet Installation Solutions, a local distributor of tools in China, to hold demonstrations and test new tools at the company’s booth at the show. Following closing ceremonies at the show, Guo invited Varden and CFI-China back to DomotexAsia to showcase in their booth again in 2019.

In addition to their presence at DomotexAsia, CFI-China kicked off 2018 with several highly successful certification and training courses including Moisture Sub Floor Prep, Carpet Commercial-I and Commercial-II and Carpet Repair and Re-Stretch. Following the initial training programs, CFI-China held its very first Certification Course for Carpet Commercial-I and Commercial-II. Later this month, CFI-China will release its Q3 and Q4 expanded training and certification calendars.

“Residents of Shanghai have eagerly embraced the CFI led trainings and certifications in the areas of carpet, hardwood/laminate, ceramic and resilient,” said Varden. “Through our strategic partnerships we are confident that the CFI footprint will continue to expand and thrive in the Asian marketplace. Together we will raise the standards across the globe and expand awareness about the importance of using certified installers.”

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