I4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, announced that CFL Flooring has acquired a Hymmen Jupiter digital printing line for its United States facility and has signed a new digital printing technologies license agreement with i4F. 

I4F said CFL’s next-generation rigid core produces will be produced using Hymmen’s Jupiter JPT-C print-to-board line. With some 4,500 employees, CFL Flooring is a global leader and innovator in rigid core manufacturing as well as other hybrid vinyl floor covering solutions. Over the last 18 months, the company has heavily invested in its state-of-the-art production facility in Calhoun, Georgia, that is now fully operational.

Digital printing eliminates the need for certain elements, including décor films and plastic wear layers, thus reducing the total amount of PVC use, reducing plastic waste, as well as reducing the impact of supply chain strains linked to production, i4F said. 

Designed to enable 24/7 industrial production, Hymmen’s Jupiter JPT-C print-to-board lines deliver intelligent and highly precise register accuracy. This ensures the highest levels of color stability and print quality output while maintaining printing speeds of 25-50 meters per minute.

"CFL has long been committed to its vision of leading flooring innovation,” said Thomas Baert, president and co-founder of CFL Flooring. "I believe we were the first manufacturer to push rigid core in a massive way. Our aim is to continue to be top of mind with our partners when they think of first to market innovations and second-to-none marketing and customer support. Digital printing is the next logical step.”