Välinge showcased a range of its technologies at Domotex asia/ChinaFloor.
As previous years, the interest in Välinge's 5G technology was high which reflects the continued worldwide market growth of flooring products with fold down locking systems. One area of particular focus was the luxury vinyl tile (LVT)/wood plastic composite (WPC) flooring category, not only because of its strong growth but also as a result of several important events which have taken place during the last year; new patents have been granted, existing patents have passed opposition, cross-license agreements have been signed and Välinge has secured access to third-party patents for its licensees.
"We are very happy about the interest in signing the extended patent protection for LVT/WPC products," said Per Nygren, Välinge's executive vice president. "It shows how high our licensees value the legal protection which enables them to focus on what they do best: producing and marketing their flooring."
Välinge’s stand, almost twice the size compared to last year, featured a range of the company’s technologies. Some of the highlights were innovations in mechanical locking such as added installation features for LVT/WPC products, a protective wear layer for resilient products as well as the two wood-powder based surface technologies Woodura and Nadura.
"We presented full-size collections of the Woodura and Nadura flooring products for the first time at Domotex in Hannover and were very satisfied with the response," said Susanne Hjorthagen, director of surface technologies at Välinge. "It is very pleasing that these products got a similar reception by the visitors here in Asia."
Another highlight in the stand was a new machine concept for production of low-weight LVT cores. The machine has been developed for Välinge’s LVT 3D-Core technology and is used to mill grooves lengthwise on the backside of the LVT board. According to the company, the technology reduces material consumption and enables lighter end-products, thereby opening up the potential for significant cost savings during production and transportation. The next step is to have it installed at a flooring producer in China for evaluation under real-life, mass production conditions.
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