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Welcome to the October/ November 2018 edition of Flooring magazine. In this issue we have a special feature which includes everything you need to know about Tools & Accessories and much more… Our Icon for this issue is none other than Les Boothey, who revolutionised the way we look at wool carpets in Australia. He talks about his time at the Australian Wool Corporation. It’s a brilliant insight into that ‘golden era’ of flooring in this country. Les is definitely an industry Icon! It’s a bumper edition of Flooring magazine – our biggest yet, and as usual, we always welcome your feedback. Until next time... All the best,


october/ november 2018 vol 36 no 5 News 06 Armstrong Flooring Celebrates 50 Years 10 FAV Awards Night 12 Flooring Xtra Celebrates 10 Years

Overseas News 24 Domotex asia/Chinafloor Expands to 15 Exhibition Halls in 2019

Icons 42 Les Boothey

Feature 30 Tools & Accessories

Regular Reports 54 Airstep Retailer of the Month 64 Software

Front Cover 01 Choices Flooring www.choicesflooring.com.au

Ronnie Gramazio Editor

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Terry Newman Michael Clifton, Head of Austrade in Great China and Deputy Consul General in Shanghai addresses guests.

Jack Brady

Guests enjoying the banquet

Ecquality Timber Products, Tenth Anniversary Celebration We all know that China is going to continue to play a big part in our lives well into the future. One small Aussie company took on the “China challenge� ten years ago when it set up its whollyowned solid-wood flooring operation two hours west of Shanghai. At the time the company was mostly processing Australian Cypress for the Japanese market. On September 15, 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankrupcy in New York precipitating the Global Financial Crisis. News of this event at the time was a surprise, but, fortunately perhaps, its consequences were not apparent to this fledgling Aussie venture. However, having survived the GFC and built a successful

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business over ten years, this was not a milestone that Managing Director, Terry Newman, and his wife and CFO, Sonoe Mishima, were go to let pass without a major celebration. The celebrations were held on 20 September and the company also used the occasion to open its new 1200 square metre show room and offices. About 15 clients flew in from Australia and Japan, the Australian Deputy Consul General, Michael Clifton, who also serves as the head of Austrade in Greater China attended, as did the CEO of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, Jack Brady, and a number of local dignitaries.





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Armstrong Flooring Celebrates 50 Years October 2018 marks 50 years since the founding of Armstrong Flooring as a local flooring manufacturer. As Armstrong celebrates its 50th anniversary, it’s worth remembering the origins of their Australian business that has grown to become a leader in the Australian and International flooring markets and a significant Australian manufacturer and exporter of flooring and walling products. On 2nd October 1968, a joint venture agreement to manufacture flooring in Australia was signedby representatives from Armstrong Cork Co. and the Australian industrial giant Nylex Corporation, and so Armstrong-Nylex Pty Ltd was born. When ArmstrongNylex commenced operations in 1968, 32 people were employed to manage the Australian business and oversee the building and commissioning of the factory at Mills Road, Braeside Victoria. In November of 1969, Armstrong-Nylex produced its first Australian Made Tessera Corlon Vinyl Flooring. From the very beginning, the joint venture proved to be a resounding success, seeing Armstrong-Nylex manufacture many and varied products at numerous sites around Melbourne and in particular at our Braeside factory, where we have produced everything from inlaid Corlon sheet (Tessera, Solarian, Classic Corlon), Carpet Tile (First Edition), Daytile (Atrium & Taj Marble, Picasso), Calendar sheet (Armalon, Wallflex), Extrusions (Skirting & trims) and Homogeneous sheet (Accolade Plus, Accolade Safe) Through the years Armstrong-Nylex grew steadily and in the late 1960’s purchased the Dunlop Flooring Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) plant at Reservoir

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Victoria This plant was replaced in 1983 by the purchase from CSR of their VCT plant which was moved on 150 semi-trailers from Concord NSW to Thomastown Victoria. Armstrong also purchased an ACI plant and began making Homogeneous Vinyl Sheet Flooring in the early 70s at Bay Road Cheltenham and the extrusions line from Nylex Mentone in the early 1980s, which are still produced onsite in Braeside Victoria today. To cope with the growing demands of the business, additions to our plant and administrative offices in Braeside were completed in the early 1980s, with a $1.5M homogeneous sheet line being moved from Cheltenham and commissioned here in 1987. In 1993, Armstrong-Nylex began manufacturing Accolade Homogeneous vinyl sheet, which 25 years later we are still proud to be manufacturing onsite and exporting around the globe. A change of focus the late 1990s, saw Armstrong World Industries buy out Nylex and Armstrong-Nylex became Armstrong World Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd. In 2008, the company began to further leverage its local production capabilities and launched Infinity an exclusive bespoke flooring design tool, which offers users the ability to customise the look of their Homogeneous Vinyl sheet flooring. Their bespoke flooring has been since featured in many iconic Australian Hospitals including the Perth Children’s, Lady Cilento Children’s Brisbane and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to name a few. On 4th April, 2016 Armstrong Flooring Inc separated form Armstrong World Industries and listed on the New York

Stock exchange as a stand-alone global flooring manufacturer. This was also the day that Armstrong Flooring Australia Pty Ltd was born and it adopted its current branding. Since then they have successfully celebrated the export of our first container of Australian manufactured flooring to the USA and Canada (which are two of over 20 countries that they export their Braeside manufactured product to, including China). As they celebrate their 50th Anniversary they look back at their successes and offer our thanks to you, their loyal customers and employees for your decades of support and assure you that we will continue to evolve, innovate and grow to support this industry long into the future.












Classic Wins the Best Stand Award at Equinox Sydney Classic Architectural Group (Classic) won the coveted Best Stand Award at Equinox Sydney in September. Showcasing its latest range of safety stair nosing products, the stand was built around the FUTURE is BRIGHT theme, highlighting the application of brightly coloured stair

nosing products to go with the colourful themes that architects are increasingly designing for schools, colleges and universities. At Equinox Sydney, which was attended by almost 300 architects and designers, Classic displayed the six colours – Teal, Tangerine, Lime Green, Raspberry, Coral and Ultra Violet (Pantone Colour of the Year 2018) – across every element of the stand, including a mood board developed for a school.

A Few Words from the Sydney Carpet Baggers Charity Day Event The day was a great sunny day at Oatlands Golf Course near Parramatta, with a total of 64 golfers and another dozen added to lunch they hit off at 8am back into the club house for lunch and a general chat between old and new friends. They were very happy with their response from our supplier partners and most came to the party for hole sponsorship with 13 holes sponsored allowed the group to 2 donations this year: $5000 heart foundation and $5000 cancer council. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Sydney carpet baggers and through those many years have been many good years but many bad years that people have not been able to come.

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Gold sponsors

Cavalier Bremworth Intafloors

Hole sponsors QEP Dunlop Airstep Interface Floorking Godfrey hirst Carpet cutters Ontera Mjs Armstrong polyflor

2018 has been a new beginning for the administration and they joined with Gary Tunks to run the baggers for 5 years with the hope of bringing younger people in to continue this for many years to come. They have booked 2019 at Stone cutters ridge for 10th may and are hoping on a bigger year than 2018.


FAV Awards Night The 3rd annual FAV awards was another great success. It is a night that contractors and suppliers get together and celebrate their industry as one. It was also a fitting event for the industry to acknowledge the sad passing of an industry stall wort, Cam Hammond. The event was hosted by comedian Michael Pope at the Plaza Ballroom under the magnificent Regent Theatre in the center of Melbourne. The Black tie evening is now rivaling the Glitz and Glamour of the Red carpet of the Logies and Brownlow medal Ben Vander Veen quipped.(The President of the Flooring Association of Victoria) Tongue in cheek!

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NEW CARPET PLANKS Ideal for retail and office fitouts, the new 250mm x 1000mm Ingrain and Inscribe carpet planks feature texture paired with a neutral colour palette. Also suited to hotel rooms, common area interiors for apartments and public space projects, these easy to install and in-stock quality solution dyed nylon carpet planks are the perfect solution for a quick turnaround on urgent projects. The colour, texture and format of the planks have been carefully crafted, whilst maintaining thoughtful attention to providing a product that delivers maximum effect and performance with incredible value when it comes to the project bottom-line. With a Contract Extra Heavy Duty rating paired with our Stain Warden ÂŽ stain resistance, Ingrain and Inscribe will withstand heavy foot traffic and the extensive demands of a commercial environment.

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Flooring Xtra Celebrates 10 Years Flooring Xtra’s Annual Conference had a little more anticipation and excitement around it this year. Held at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland the group celebrated its 10th birthday. Over 160 members and suppliers came together to toast the occasion. Launched in 2008, the brand was first set up in New Zealand when changes in the market opened the gap for a well run group operating under co-operative principles, could emerge. In less than 10 weeks the founders had worked through the brand identity and licensing. It was an immediate success when it was launched on 1st July and had over 50 stores by Christmas 2008. The distinctive Flooring Xtra logo maintains its contemporary look even today. Since that time over 60 stores have been established in New Zealand, making Flooring Xtra NZ’s largest flooring retailer. In reflecting on this, Flooring Xtra Chairman Jamie Lumber commented:

“Flooring Xtra has not only become a recognised brand, but it is underpinned with a genuine family feel with a great set of values and culture. We have a really solid platform to build on as we look to our next ten years.” Henry Van Dyk, who was instrumental in setting up the group and has been a Director since start up took the guests back in time to the groups’ origins. “In 2008 the flooring retail and supply landscape in New Zealand was under a bit of pressure with how business between suppliers and retailers should be run. A number of us felt strongly that business should be run differently, where supplier relationships shouldn’t be dictated by a Head Office, but built collaboratively together with both the local owner operator, Support Office and our supply partners. But we also knew we didn’t want to be just another buying group so developing a sharp brand was also important.

“As well when we set up it wasn’t about being the biggest, it was always about being the best; and looking back it was unbelievable that we reached 50 stores so quickly, our focus was, and still is about being the best” The gala dinner not only celebrated ten years but also the annual member and supplier awards. In commenting on this Don Barry CEO. “Sure, this years’ event was a special and there was a bit of extra emotion throughout, particularly for those who received awards. We not only reflected on the journey we have been on and all the people who are now part of our business family. But the best measure of every member’s success being part of Flooring Xtra is whether the business and the member personally is in a better space after ten years than if they hadn’t put a green tree on their shop.”

Scott Enno and Don Barry

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Jutta Fronert and Gino Venturelli at the Sydney launch.

Gerflor Designer Shares the Art of Design Leading names in the Sydney and Melbourne design scenes welcomed the chance to view the new Gerflor Premium and Creation 55 Collections at exclusive launches at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne). In keeping with the artistic ambience of the venue, Gerflor curated a stunning showcase of the new roll and plank products that were creatively displayed as art installations. Global Artistic Director, Gino Venturelli flew in from France to share the creative journey for these products that will continue a long, proud chapter in the Gerflor portfolio. “These Premium roll products and Creation 55 planks embody the design influences that are shaping our commercial interior spaces globally. They bring fresh palettes and textures into play to offer inspiration and practical solutions for architects, designers and end users seeking premium products from both the design and durability perspectives,” Gino said. National Product Marketing Manager, Jutta Fronert, welcomed Gino’s visit to Australia that she said signified the importance of the new collection of Premium and Creation 55. “It is very exciting for the Australasian team to add Gino’s expertise and insights to the new Premium and Creation 55

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launches. These products have been hallmarks of our success in commercial installations over many decades and we have no doubt that these stunning new colors and designs will continue to give creative solutions in decades to come” Jutta said.

About Gino...

With quite literally thousands of ranges in his portfolio of designs, Gerflor’s Global Artistic Director, Gino Venturelli is an encyclopedia of flooring design and technology. Born in Modena, Italy and educated in France, Gino draws on his

rich reservoir of knowledge and experience in industrial design, ceramics technology and design, along with marketing and communications skills, to deliver a multiplicity of repertoires. An author, speaker and award-winning designer, Gino heads the multi-disciplinary team responsible for the designs, colors and finishes that distinguish the global Gerflor product portfolio. Gino travels the world and works with designers globally studying design influences and identifying key trends related to the worlds of fashion, interior design, architecture and surface finishes.

Violetta Boyd and Chris Smith from DesignInc were among guests who turned out for the Taralay Premium and Creation launch events.










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Laticrete Australia Appoints National Sales Manager LATICRETE® Australia, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, announced Ross McNeil has been appointed to the position of National Sales Manager of LATICRETE Australia. Ross McNeil will be reporting directly to Emma Tschannen, LATICRETE Australia, General Manager. “With a wealth of senior sales management experience within the building and construction industry, Ross has developed and implemented successful sales initiatives and strategies across multiple industrial, commercial and retail construction channels. Ross has 23 years sales management experience within the technical and

specification, architectural and trade sectors, that had specialised in the building and construction industry. This makes Ross a perfect fit for the Australian team” according to Emma Tschannen. As the National Sales Manager, Ross will focus on developing sales strategies and formulating business plans, while driving LATICRETE forward in Australia. As a West Australian, Ross is a passionate fan of the AFL but also enjoys a variety of other sports, including rugby league and union, basketball, motorsports and golf. On weekends when Ross is not driving his teenagers around, he is working on his renovation project in the southern suburbs of Queensland.

All Preparation Equipment the industry specialists in concrete floor preparation, dust control and concrete floor polishing has recently upgraded their website now to make for easier ordering online and searching of products and advice. Stocking reliable brands including Schwamborn Concrete Floor Grinders, Dustcontrol Vacuum and Air purifier systems, Portamix Mega Hippo Mixing stations and the Portable Pelican Mixing cart and a wide range of diamond grinding wheels, tools and plugs through to dust shrouds for angle grinders, and many other products for levelling and preparing concrete floor surfaces.

Floors for Living – Choices Flooring’s latest catalogue This month Choices Flooring launched their Floors for Living online catalogue, which takes decorating from the floor up to a new level. The catalogue campaign will run from early October through to the early December 2018. The Floors for Living online catalogue appears as a flip book on desktop and responsive catalogue on mobile for both Australia and New Zealand markets. Featured on both websites and SaleFinder in Australia and New Zealand, the catalogue proves to be a success with its easy functionality and incredible savings. The group has indicated they are set for a busy few months in the lead up to Christmas.

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FCIA Partners with Parkes High School to Provide Unique Community Training for Flooring Apprentices The FCIA is working closely with Duane Rhall, Principal of Parkes High School to refurbish the floorcoverings in the school’s Foyer, Library, and STEMS classrooms. These rooms will be the showcase for Parkes High School as it embarks on a major program for teaching local year 7 & 8 students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – particularly with respect to computer coding studies. The FCIA and their industry alliance partners are coordinating this unique community project to provide fifteen 1st Year Apprentices, undertaking the Certificate III in Flooring Technology, with hands on experience in laying brand new carpet, carpet tiles and vinyl flooring at no cost to the school. The project will be conducted over 5 days throughout October at Parkes High School located at 2A Albert Street, Parkes, NSW 2870. A formal handover of the renovated classrooms is scheduled in October. At this handover the apprentices will also be awarded their FCIA Apprentice Trade Cards in recognition of the skills they will be bringing to the flooring Industry both locally and throughout NSW. The Chairman of the FCIA, Mr Andrew Lewis, stated “This is a unique program bringing apprentices, industry, trainers, and the community together to provide genuine career opportunities for young people.” The FCIA also issues invitations to the media, government representatives, and local employers to visit the school during the week to witness the apprentices in action as they apply their newly gained skills. “The FCIA gratefully acknowledges the following Members, manufacturers and suppliers who have donated their time, expertise and materials to this wonderful project: • Karndean vinyl planks • Tuftmaster broadloom carpet • Ontera Carpet Tiles • MJS Floor Coverings

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Borg hardboard underlay Airstep carpet underlay Forbo Marmoleum Shaw Carpet Tiles Mapei adhesives Floorex Grinders We also thank Parkes High School, Australian Industry Group Training Services, Choices (Parkes), and MEGT Apprenticeship Network provider, for their support of the FICA’s industry driven apprenticeship program,” He said. The Floor Covering Institute of Australia Ltd was established in January 2017 to address critical skills shortages in the Australian Flooring Industry and is working with Government, training providers, manufactures, suppliers, retailers, and contractors to create a high quality, sustainable workforce for the flooring Industry. Pictured: (Top) Parkes Day 1 Induction session. FCIA Training Supervisor Patrick Norris explaining pattern and layout for carpet tiles in the school library; (Below) Laying hardboard underlay in the library prior to installation of carpet tiles.


welcoming another addition

to the Choices Flooring family

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u Rotor

Choices Flooring by Pearce (formerly Pearce Flooring Carpet Store) is very proud to be the fifth Choices Flooring store to open in New Zealand. They are independently owned and operated, and their team has over forty years of experience servicing the Rotorua region.

We are excited to join such a highly regarded group. I established the carpet company Pearce Flooring in 1978, and I am thrilled to see how the company has developed into what we are today - Stated Malcolm Pearce (left), Choices Flooring by Pearce owner.

With a huge range of carpet, timber, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring customers are sure to find the floor they have been searching for at their newly renovated showroom. With a fresh new look the store evolution aims to provide an unparalleled in-store experience. This is demonstrated by the new showroom layout, inspiring product displays and industry leading technology of the Inspiration Station which allows consumers to visualise over 2,000 different flooring options in their own room images. “We are happy to expand our Choices Flooring family in New Zealand. Malcom has built a great reputation in his community and we look forward to supporting him and his team in the future” states Andrew Lewis, Newfurn CEO. Choices Flooring by Pearce look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to their new showroom and are excited to helping them find the floor you’ve been searching for. Visit Choices Flooring by Pearce, 91 Old Taupo Road, Mangakakahi, Rotorua.

For a strictly confidential discussion about the future direction of your business, please contact: New Zealand - John Nicholls

Australia - Tim Drew

Group Manager - Retail Development NZ

Group Manager - Retail Development AUS

Mobile: +64 27 322 8679

Mobile: +61 425 751 756

Email: jnicholls@choicesflooring.co.nz

Email: tdrew@choicesflooring.com.au


FCIA Partners with Youth Off The Streets to Provide Unique Community Training for Flooring Apprentices The FCIA is working closely with Father Chris Riley, founder and CEO of Youth Off The Streets to renovate Bowen College. Bowen College is one of five specialist schools set up by Father Riley dedicated to providing tailored and focused education for students who may be at risk of falling behind in mainstream education. The FCIA and our alliance partners are coordinating this unique community project to provide eighteen Apprentice Flooring Installers with hands on experience laying brand new carpet, timber and vinyl flooring at no cost to Youth Off The Streets.

The project was conducted throughout October at Bowen College located at 272 Fitzgerald Road, Maroubra. A formal handover of the renovated College officially took place in October 2018. At this handover the apprentices will also be awarded certificates of participation to acknowledge the commencement of their journey to become skilled flooring tradespersons. The Chairman of the FCIA, Mr Andrew Lewis, stated “This is a unique program bringing apprentices, industry, trainers, and the community together to provide genuine career opportunities for young people.” “The FCIA gratefully acknowledges the following manufacturers and suppliers who have donated their time, expertise and materials to this wonderful project: • Airstep • Polyflor • Tarkett • MJS Floor Coverings • Himalaya Carpets • Premium Floors • Mapei • All Preparation Equipment They would like to thank Father Riley, Youth Off The Streets, Australian Industry Group Training Services, and MEGT Apprenticeship Network provider, for their support of the FICA’s industry driven apprenticeship program,” He said.

Pictured: (Left) Youth off the Streets Corporate Service Manager Mark Twomey handing a certificate of participation to Liam McNally (apprentice); (Below) Group photo of the apprentices that worked on the Youth Off the Streets Project at Maroubra.

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With over 140 members & counting,

we’ve got Australasia covered. For a strictly confidential discussion about the future direction of your business, please contact: New Zealand - John Nicholls

Australia - Tim Drew

Group Manager - Retail Development NZ

Group Manager - Retail Development AUS

Mobile: +64 27 322 8679

Mobile: +61 425 751 756

Email: jnicholls@choicesflooring.co.nz

Email: tdrew@choicesflooring.com.au


Performance with endless creativity

Tarkett’s Heterogeneous vinyl collection of floor and wall solutions are renowned for offering the largest range of colours and designs on the market. With endless combinations from our latest Excellence and ProtectWALL ranges you can create attractive and inspiring spaces. The two ranges seamlessly combine to create bespoke ambiences from floor to wall in all segments including education, healthcare, aged care and hospitality. Total design freedom

Distinct spaces from floors to walls

Tarkett’s latest Heterogenous collections allow you to multiply your creative possibilities when designing spaces that generate energy and well‑being, while ensuring resistance and durability.

In hospitals, aged care, schools, shops and storage areas, ProtectWALL is a heavy duty covering for walls and doors in corridors, patient rooms and other areas, and meets fire standards to ensure the safety of building occupants.

Providing a multitude of choices that meet current design trends, our Excellence collection features a high matte finish which softens light reflected off flooring for additional occupant comfort and a more realistic look.

ProtectWALL is designed to deliver ten years of protection from scratches, impacts and staining agents. Cleaning and maintenance are effortless and economical as ProtectWALL vastly reduces germ infiltration by limiting the number of joints necessary – possible sites where germs can reside.

Engineered for durable resistance Our Excellence flooring collection delivers durable resistance to indentation and tearing and is designed to withstand daily wear in all areas. Requiring minimal maintenance our floors are designed to retain their freshly installed appearance for longer.

ProtectWall also delivers a rapid return on investment when compared to stiff plates and paint, with up to 50% savings, that continues to grow over a ten‑year period and beyond.

The new Excellence range tested 29% improved rollability on both compact & acoustic profiles – delivering a more durable rolling capacity where less force is required to push trolleys and medical beds.*

Freshly installed appearance for longer Requiring minimal maintenance our floors are proven to resist stains in numerous environments. Floors can be cleaned using a little water and neutral detergents, making it easier to maintain cleanliness and appearance between buffings without the need for harsh chemicals. Our products are also proven to lower the overall life cycle costs, significantly reducing the cost of maintenance and cleaning.

* Based on internal testing

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Overseas News

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR Expands to 15 Exhibition Halls in 2019 The 21st edition of DOMOTEX asia/ CHINAFLOOR, taking place on March 26-28, 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, is expanding this year to 175,000 sqm in 15 halls. Five of them are dedicated to carpets and rugs, four to wood, bamboo and other hard floors, 1.5 to FLOORTECH asia and 4.5 halls are dedicated to resilient floorings for sport, commercial, industrial and residential purposes. The show's clusters display categories in an optimal way so attendees can quickly find everything of interest to them. Getting down to specifics, this year wood flooring will occupy E1-E4 halls, which means that the exhibitors will have bigger spaces to display their products. E1 will exhibit only international brands, such as Labeco, Boen, Arte Mundi, Swiss Krono, Classen and Faus. E2 will house domestic companies, including Starforest, Tubao, TECLIC, Artree, Jinqiao and Dalian Wood Flooring Pavilion. The largest part of E3

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will be for floor heating and E4 – for bamboo flooring and Changzhou laminate flooring pavilion. This way it will be a lot easier for visitors to survey the market and connect with the exhibitors and trends that matter to them. FLOORTECH asia will be displayed in E5, bringing ever new technologies and wood flooring printing machines to the show for the first time; while a part of E6 will house wood flooring supplies like cleaning and maintenance equipment, and applications and installation technology. According to Sara Babinski, design manager at Armstrong Flooring, 3D printing will play an important role in the flooring industry. To take that into account, DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2019 will present companies such as Hope Ceramics Machinery Equipment and ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING. As for mechanical equipment for wood flooring, the world’s leading brands like Homag, Hawk, Suzhou Hotjin Precision Machinery,

AZUMI Mechanical Equipment and Wintersteiger AG have already secured their space. This year E6 will be a gateway to outdoor decking flooring and E7 will house sports flooring, as the industry grew extensively from last year. A big part of N3 and N5 will be occupied by the major international brands, such as KDF, Tarkett, Wineo, JaeYoung, US Floor, NOX, Adopen, GoaKe. The resilient flooring section is expanding dramatically, that is why it will be spread out to halls E6, E7 and N3-N5, taking up 4.5 halls for the first time. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR also confirmed that W5 will once again be the host hall for the Luxury Brands Carpet Show. Moreover, U-living, Hongjia, Babylon and some other premium household carpet companies will join the hall in 2019, making W5 a high-level design hall. Three country pavilions (Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan) have also confirmed their return to W5 for the 21st edition of the show with large stands.


Since the establishment of the show in 1999, DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR has been regarded as a place to be for floor covering professionals from around the globe and a unique opportunity for manufacturers to position themselves as trendsetters of the flooring industry. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2018 gathered 1,418 exhibitors from 35 countries and attracted 60,029 trade visitors, of which 14,238 international, coming from 104 nations. The 2019 edition will continue its successful route, attracting even more professionals and offering the flooring world a unique platform to access and do business in Asia – Pacific, the biggest flooring market in the world. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR is a part of the dynamic international DOMOTEX brand based in Hannover, Germany, along with two other platforms: DOMOTEX Turkey and – making its debut next year – DOMOTEX USA.


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New VP Presents Exciting Future for Beaulieu Flooring Solutions Beaulieu Flooring Solutions’ Vice President James Neuling is building on expertise and organic growth with more investments and acquisitions to support the global flooring industry. Beaulieu Flooring Solutions, a division of the Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.), is a global operation of 3,300 employees that develops and manufactures an extensive range of flooring solutions from its 17 factory locations. With the June 2018 acquisitions of Beaulieu Australia and Beaulieu Canada, the division achieved a combined turnover of €1 billion in 2017. Products include cushion vinyl, vinyl planks and tiles, parquet, laminate, carpet, needle felt, artificial grass, wall panels and mats. Leading brands include the BerryAlloc laminate, parquet, vinyl tiles and planks ranges, Beauflor and Juteks cushion vinyl and Ideal residential carpets. The Peerless and Peerless Contract Brand have been added to the brand portfolio with the recent acquisition. After ten months at the helm, James Neuling is introducing a more performance-driven approach to transform the division well beyond a billion Euro in the next few years. To achieve this, the senior executive will draw on his significant commercial experience in upgrading the performance of major companies. Previous sectors include plastics, aerospace and specialty chemicals, as well as the similar architectural finished product arena of lighting. “Beaulieu Flooring Solutions is a fantastic design and development company with an amazing, broad range of products,” comments James Neuling, Vice President Beaulieu Flooring Solutions. “I see a highly-dedicated, focused team of employees that’s open and ready to taking this business to the next level, and I’m eager to do this with them. We grew organically by an impressive 5% in 2017. We’ve already extended our capabilities in 2018 with two new companies. And we are planning to bolster this with more acquisitions and investments in production facilities and partnerships to enhance support both for our direct customer base through our own brands,

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and the private label customers we serve.” “Approximately €300 million of the €500 million invested in the Beaulieu International Group during the last 5 years was in flooring,” comments James. “That gives an indication of our commitment to growing with this industry, staying on top of global trends, and embracing the new technologies required for innovative finishes such as the emerging concrete look.”

The division has its own global team of designers that examines general lifestyle trends in depth and translates them into flooring products. The company works closely with its global customers to provide support not just for product development but also for offline and online sales activities, to ensure a consistent look is achieved throughout. To support the worldwide trend towards more and more solid flooring, it recently revamped its direct pressure 28


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laminate (DPL) BerryAlloc range to bring realistic and exclusive new styles to the market. There has been a positive reception from customers following the initial launch at Domotex 2018, and more of the products will be phased in over the course of this year. James is also excited by the opportunities that digital printing presents for the division’s different solid flooring product lines. Two years ago, Beaulieu Flooring Solutions invested in digital printing capabilities, forming partnerships with leading players in the field. These digitally printed products are invaluable in enabling efficient testing of product concepts and market interest, providing customers with endless design possibilities that cannot be achieved with traditional techniques. While the technology is currently too slow for broad commercial use, James sees Beaulieu Flooring Solutions as well-placed to respond quickly as technologies advance. Recent investments in its soft flooring capabilities emphasise on-going new developments for these segments too. These include new technology for Carus

XL contract carpet, state-of-the-art technology/machinery for needle felt carpet, and full extrusion lines for the artificial grass business. The division is also currently looking at investments in the newly-acquired Beaulieu Australia and Beaulieu Canada plants. Beaulieu Flooring Solutions is committed to supporting the trend towards greater sustainability across the industry. It is already acting upon opportunities to increase recyclability of flooring, focusing for example on single material products and helping customers to recycle their products. James concludes: “This is an inspiring time for Beaulieu Flooring Solutions and our customers. People buy flooring for a room, not a house. And we see it as our goal to refresh product trends and styles to help consumers pursue their individual tastes. Our customers rely on us to have the right products that are focused on trends. I look forward to sharing news of future investments and acquisitions to enhance what we are already achieving.”


James Neuling began his career in technical sales within the Lighting industry in Singapore, moving on to sales and marketing-related functions and later becoming Region General Manager SE Asia for Zumtobel from 1998 to 2000. Since 2001, he has held senior commercial positions at major players within the Plastics, Aerospace and Specialty Chemicals sectors. His roles have included European General Manager for the Specialty Film and Sheets division of GE Plastics (now Sabic), Global Managing Director for divisions of Rio Tinto, and more recently, Global Managing Director at the adhesive tapes manufacturer Scapa. Immediately prior to joining Beaulieu Flooring Solutions, James provided freelance consultancy and executive management support to private equity, mid-cap and Blue Chip entities. James holds an MBA from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, as well as Marketing and Engineering degrees. Born in Australia in 1971, he has lived and worked in 9 countries. Together with his wife Emily, they have 3 sons, aged 13yrs, 11yrs and 6 months.

MMFA: Innovations are Driving Product Standards Ongoing innovations in multilayer flooring are spurring on the market and changing perspectives. And new solutions to familiar market requirements are making it necessary to revise standards. This is why, immediately after the summer break, the Executive Board of the MMFA (Multilayer Modular Flooring Association) led by Chairman Matthias Windmöller held a meeting with an ad hoc technical group made up of specialists from various member companies. The location of the meeting was quite relevant to the programme, as it started out with a visit to the AgPR in Troisdorf, a recycling plant for PVC flooring, where Managing Director Dr Jochen Zimmermann gave an introduction to the objectives and background of the facility. This was followed by a number of lively discussions internally concerning the continued development of standards, test 28 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

Recently, an MMFA working group visited the AgPR facility in Troisdorf, a recycling plant for PVC flooring. – Photos: MMFA

criteria and measurement procedures for the various categories of multilayer flooring. These must keep up with the fast pace of innovation whilst at the same time leaving sufficient freedom for future developments. The validity of

the results will now be tested by means of interlaboratory comparisons between member companies. A further meeting will be held later this year which will aim to draw conclusions about the best way to proceed.


The Flooring Association Of Victoria FAV AWARDS 2018 The 3rd Annual FAV Awards for innovation ingenuity and excellence was held on 11th August, 2018 at the Plaza Ballroom. The event was again a great success and has set a very high benchmark as the ‘night’ for the industry to get together and acknowledge their successes throughout the year. FAV WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS WONDERFUL SPONSORS/PARTNERS IN MAKING THIS NIGHT A TRULY MEMORABLE EVENING.




Office Fit Out Aywon Carpets, Worksafe Geelong

Health Care JJ Contract Carpets, St John of God

Hospitality Floor 91, Bunjil Place

FAV would like to acknowledge all the entries we received. They were all of a high standard. The finalists and ultimate winners in the 6 categories were: RETAIL Guyetts Carpet Services Omnifloor – Tiffany Refit, Melbourne Airlay – Sports Power (WINNER)


Education Omnifloor, Monash University

RESIDENTIAL Stahmers – St Peters Retirement (WINNER) Aywon Carpets – Lakeside Apartments Embelton – Far East – Royal Como OFFICE FITOUT Hanmar – David Jones JJ Contract Carpets – Lions Docklands Aywon Carpets – Worksafe Geelong (WINNER) HEALTH CARE Aywon Carpets – Werribee Mercy Hospital JJ Contract Carpets – St John of God (WINNER) Embelton – Armadale Wellness Centre HOSPITALITY Mr Carpets – St Kilda Football Club CAM Hammond – Junction Oval Floor 91 – Bunjil Place (WINNER)



Retail Airlay, Sportspower

Residential Stahmers, St Peters Retirement

EDUCATION JJ Contract Carpets – Melba College Omnifloor – Monash University (WINNER) Floor 91 – RMIT

The awards for 2019 are now open, so we would encourage that you enter your project as they are completed whilst fresh in your mind. Email your entries to FAVawards@gmail.com

Tools & Accessories Special Feature

Covering a wide range of topics, this feature aims to showcase those in the industry what is actually out there when it comes to floors and the tools to lay and implement the various types of flooring. The articles and relevant images are geared towards the practical side of things. From Makinex to Blastrac, All Preparation Equipment to Floorex, and QEP – Roberts, this feature has got you covered. 'Tools and Accessories' are merely a comprehensive snap shot of what is available in the marketplace and are also a guide. Floorex will answer your questions when it comes to floor preparation, while Makinex suggests you ‘Remove, Remediate and Prepare!’ Over at Roberts, it’s all about revolutionising flooring with the invention of Smoothedge. There’s a lot to take in, and we know you’ll get a lot out of it.







What equipment do you require for floor preparation? The common question is “What type of equipment should be used in the Floor Covering Industry?” But first: What is floor preparation? Why do I need to prepare the substrate? Every floor covering will perform best if the substrate is prepared correctly.

covering is going to perform best if the top laitance layer is removed, and the surface is ground back to ‘virgin’ concrete with no contaminants. Interestingly floor coverings such as sheet vinyl or tiles laid on a beautifully flat concrete without any screed looks better and often lasts longer. Prepared concrete is the perfect substrate to lay onto directly.

The good thing about this is that with the right equipment it is faster, cleaner and costs less to do it right.

If a screed is needed, which can happen especially if there are dips in the floor, then the adhesion of the primer and the screed is going to be excellent if prepared correctly.

No matter what you are going to be doing to a floor, every adhesive, every floor

As we often say: “No preparation, is preparing a floor to fail”.

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The Best Methods of Preparation • Diamond Grinders are the most frequently used machine in the Floor Coverings field. From fully shrouded, dust-free hand grinders, to large walk-behind machines these are usually the best type of machine to prepare floors, get glue off, or to make floors flat. Note that there are two essential factors that determine how productive a grinder is. Diamond speed measured in metres/ minute (Not revs per minute) and weight per disc on the floor. A good 240v machine will be at least 30kg per disc and will achieve 550m/min. 34


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• Shotblasters can be a very useful tool for some applications. They produce the best adhesion, but they may not always provide the right finish for a floorcovering. Usually they perform best for preparation for cementitious screeds in the Floor Coverings Industry • Scarifiers (sometimes called Planers) are great if you need to remove high spots where the floor needs to be planed down or can be used to give a good bond for floor screeds. • Floor Scrapers are part of preparation and an effective machine when used with the optimum blade. A floor scraper used with a narrower blade should be able to remove adhesives with the floor covering. If you do this, the time taken to grind the floor can be dramatically reduced so a better job gets done in much less time.

The Importance of the Dust Extractor Of all the equipment that is used in the Concrete Floor Preparation Industry, the dust extractor is the one thing everyone needs, and so often people end up with a unit that doesn’t perform! All too often what a contractor is sold is an “Industrial Vacuum Cleaner”. These will come “cheap”, but a Dust Extractor has two key attributes that make them especially suited to working with a lot of concrete dust. There are very few true dust extractors on the market! • A true dust extractor cleans its own filter cartridge. DustMaster Extractors do this continuously, even while operating! Some of these clean the filters by using a rotatory arm that flicks each pleat releasing dust. A Continuous Compressed Air Reverse Pulse system works very effectively, and it is common to hear that owners don’t touch their filters for many months or even years when used properly. • Hopefully these will have a high quality 5micron polyester H13 filter cartridge that can handle immense volumes of troublesome dust; yet allows the dust to be flicked off and fall into a dust bin. • NOTE: All machines used when using a Dust extractor should have an effective shroud system to control dust at the Grinder, Scarifier, etc.

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The floating shroud is the best as it is always on the floor and provides the best possible dust control. Floorex DustMaster (DM) Series with its effective filter cleaning system includes DM-1360 single motor vac. This performs beautifully with Meteor 250 single disc grinders, Satellite 400 small triple disc grinders and hand grinders. Then the DM-2660 which is a twin motor vac with a 50litre bin, or the twin motor DM-2680 can be used either with LONGOPAC bag system, or single plastic bag system. These Extractors are ideal with Satellite 480, Mastiff scarifiers, and does cope quite well with Satellite 650 grinder/ polishers. The largest Dustmaster 240 volt extractor triple motor DM-2780 is also used with LONGOPAC or single plastic bags and will does an excellent job with Satellite 650, Satellite 766 Dual Head, and large scarifying machines.

Why is Dust Extraction so Important? Silica dust is recognised as a carcinogenic substance, as well as the likes of asbestos. New rules that have come into force make it mandatory to have exceptionally highquality extractors which means that: • The filter element needs to be able to filter 99.99% dust out down to 3micron size. • The filter element is not the only piece in the puzzle to make the dust extractor meet requirements; just putting a HEPA filter into a vac does not make it a HEPA vacuum! • If you have a grinder with a poor shroud system, even the best vacuum is compromised. • The vacuum hose if it is too small diameter and/or too long, may not allow the full flow of air because of friction. You need VOLUME of air, not exactly vacuum to control dust. • A Supa Separator is a perfect way to make any vacuum perform better.

The good thing is that these can be used with plastic bags to collect dust. • It is a distinct advantage if your vacuum has the option of running each motor individually. When you need to back off airflow to keep the diamonds open you realise how beneficial this is.

What does a typical floor prep set-up look like? Most contractors will find that a Satellite 480 heavyweight 240volt grinder imperative (or 3 phase Satellite 650). Meteor 250 single disc 240v Edger grinder or a 180mm Shrouded hand grinder. A DustMaster DM-2660 (or DM-2680) vacuum is an important tool. A Beaver 300 Self-Propelled floor scraper (or Beaver 240 push-type) is usually the norm. PortaMix Hippo 5 bag screed mixing station makes jobs from 5-500 bags easy.




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How ROBERTS Revolutionised Flooring with the Invention of Smoothedge Eighty years ago, a carpet layer, carpet salesman and shop owner known as Roy Roberts revolutionised the carpet industry with the invention of carpet gripper and the industry leading brand ROBERTS. “Haunted” by the imperfections of the oldfashioned method of installing carpet, Roberts founded the brand in his family garage in the American State of Georgia. “Why couldn’t someone devise a method which would eliminate tack marks and their ugly indentations and scallops?” Roberts lamented in his booklet celebrating the brand’s 22nd anniversary. “Why wasn’t there a means that would anchor carpet securely, yet provide a smoother, more level finish? “A finish that would enhance rather than deface the installed carpet edge?” After conducting numerous experiments over the course of months, Roberts devised the gripper strips which took on almost the exact shape of the present day Smoothedge. “At last, after years of laying carpet, I was able to lay a truly beautiful job,” Roberts wrote. “The enthusiastic reaction of this first customer convinced us. This was the installation she had always desired. “An improved tackless carpet installation!” Over the coming months and years, as the industry perfected installing carpet with the “Smoothedge tackles finish”, ROBERTS developed new tools to help carpet installers save time. One of these inventions included Hot Melt Carpet Seaming Tape, developed and manufactured by ROBERTS it became another innovative ROBERTS product to be marketed worldwide. From its humble garage-based origins in 1938, ROBERTS has grown to become synonymous with quality and reliability. Now known as a premier brand of flooring tools and adhesives, generations of installers have grown up with ROBERTS with the products now sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. 38

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Remove, Remediate and Prepare Makinex understand the importance of getting the job done to the highest standard possible. Australian Flooring Supplies (AFS) is the primary distributor of ROBERTS Smoothedge, tools and metal trims in Australia. AFS distributes ROBERTS products, including adhesives, through its network of 20 branches. Craig Hildebrand, the general manager of AFS, said the ROBERTS brand is synonymous with the flooring industry not only in Australia but the world over. “In the markets AFS operate, we are extremely fortunate to have exclusive distribution of the comprehensive range of Roberts flooring installation products,” Hildebrand said.

We are all about quality and efficiency, we believe that to make inefficiencies extinct you must prepare prepare prepare. The Makinex flooring range covers a wide area of products that can aid application based tradies wanting greater efficiency in all finishes and surface coatings. Makinex can support you at every stage of your flooring job, be it laying a floating floor, working with exposed aggregate, or applying epoxy we have a machine to give you the best results.

Remove With any job there is often an element of removal before the job starts – no one wants to lay flooring onto a rough and uneven surface, we supply tradies who want to use the right tools for the job and service their clients to a very high standard. The Makinex Jackhammer Trolley (or Vinyl Stripper) allows you to remove tiles, vinyl and cork up to 6 x faster. No more struggling or bending trying to handle heavy jackhammers. The trolley carries most of the weight whilst the user positions themselves behind the trolley to push along. The JHT (Jackhammer Trolley) suits most 16 kg Jackhammers and will allow you to remove unwanted waste before you start your job. 40

“I’m not only proud but feel exceptionally privileged being associated with the most innovative global flooring installation brand.” Ugo Tettamanti, national sales and product manager at AFS, added: “Having been around for this long is a testament of the ROBERTS brand strength, product innovation and expertise in flooring installation tools and accessories.” AFS is celebrating this ROBERTS legacy with a huge campaign that runs from August until mid-December. The campaign is offering purchasers of the ROBERTS brand the chance to win one of four Tradesman Top Trailers worth a whopping $3,500 each. There are also four limited edition commemorative Pro Gel Knee Kickers and Toolboxes up for grabs. The commemorative Toolbox is a red version of ROBERTS’ much loved design, featuring a storage tray that doubles as a seaming weight. The nation-wide promotion is available through all 20 AFS branches throughout Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. It is also available via ROBERTS distributors in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

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Remediate Once you have removed unwanted elements you need to remediate the surface – or in basic terms level it ready for surface preparation. Whether you do this yourself or get in a subbie you will need to power your grinder, demolition hammer, scarifier or concrete saw. Makinex have a range of Generators that pair with your tools to give you more than 92% efficiency from the alternator. All Makinex Generators are compact and manoeuvrable, making them perfect for working in tight spaces where power is hard to get. The Generator has an easy to use handle to allow you to push the generator to where you need it, and has low noise level making it idea for residential work sites. High quality Makinex Generators maintain the performance of your machinery – allowing you to get full draw power to the machine, giving optimum performance Makinex offer a 3-year warranty and provide you with the support you need with on hand advice.

Prepare The final piece to getting a great finish on any floor is to prepare the floor ready for laying. We understand that you want to level the floor ready for the final application. The Makinex Mixing Station is the ultimate mixing solution for self-levelling cements, compounds and epoxies, producing a perfect mix every time. Designed by Contractors for Contractors, this portable station provides efficient hands-free mixing and enables fast precision pouring of materials. Get your job done in half the time! The 40 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

Makinex Mixing Station with stirrer can mix up to 100kg (220lbs) batches in 3 minutes The Makinex Mixing Station is ultralightweight and the ergonomic design with easy tilt operation provides control and speed for precision pouring. It also features a dust/splash reduction cover for safer use and less mess. Once you have removed remediated and prepared you’re free to finish the floor knowing it’s a efficient and professional job, with no imperfections. Everyone is happy – including your customers. www.flooringmagazine.com.au

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Trusted out the back, admired out the front.

Icons What do you feel have been the career highlights for you looking back?

Les Boothey, well known to the flooring industry, served as Interior Textiles Manager at the Australian Wool Corporation until his retirement in 1991. He was responsible for bringing us into the ‘golden age’ when it came to carpets in this country and showcasing one hundred percent pure wool carpeting, and more. Les talks about his work life and we take a nostalgic look back at the industry, the Australian Wool Corporation and shine a light on a remarkable man…..

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Looking back on my career highlights is very much like reliving my life in the Textile Industry. Having studied Textiles in the early 1950s, I became involved in the manufacturing of woven fabrics from purchasing the raw wool through to blending, scouring, carding, spinning, weaving and finally to finishing. After achieving such positions as Weaving, Production and Factory Manager with leading Australian Companies, in November 1966 I was invited to join the Australian Wool Board which later became the Australian Wool Corporation. It was here that I achieved my career highlights.

always being interested in wool carpet, in the late 1960s early 1970s I became very involved in the Carpet Industry until retiring in November 1991. That’s 25 years ago!

What’s the history of the Australian Wool Corporation? It is well-known that the Australian Wool Industry has a long history dating back several hundred years. The Australian Wool Board (AWB) was formed in 1936, then the International Wool Secretariat was formed in 1937. The IWS was funded by the major wool growing countries. Being the largest wool growing country, Australia had the major involvement.

Tell us about your long association with the Australian Wool Corporation?

What impact did your association have on the flooring industry? How has that changed the shape of the industry today?

After being with the Australian Wool Corporation (AWC) for several years and

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with these resources continuing to be available at our Technical Centre in Ilkley U.K. by the IWS, I was very fortunate to be able to feed these new developments immediately into the Australian Industry. A) A most interesting development for the ‘Wool Fibre’ was the Felted Wool Yarn . The Yarn, coloured or natural is felted in various counts, fine or coarse in texture before being used to manufacture rugs and carpets. Both carpet manufacturers who spun their own yarn and yarn spinners took up the concept with enthusiasm. B) In my opinion the biggest event to occur for wool in the Carpet Industry was the natural appeal of “Berber”. This took the World and the Australian Industry by storm and whilst over four decades have now passed, it still has a commanding influence on the flooring industry today. Originally the Berber concept was taken up from the Nomad Berber Tribes of North Africa who used the fleeces straight from their sheep, naturally coloured or white, blended it together then spun it into a yarn for their clothing and rugs.

What were some of your lasting memories and greatest achievements at the Corporation? A memorable highlight is that I very much enjoyed my relationship with the Industry Leaders and respected their continuing input into our numerous joint promotional activities over many years. Together we made an indelible impact for wool consumption in both the Domestic and the Contract market where our “Wool in Architecture” information was also very successful. On my departure from the AWC in November 1991 I was pleased that Wool consumption in carpets was approaching 50% of total fibre usage, its highest level ever.

After retirement, is there anything you particularly miss? On my departure from the AWC I really missed the companionship of my staff and technical colleagues who played a substantial role in my achievements. However, after 27 years we still contact each other and have a lunch get-together 3-4 times a year to enjoy each other’s company.

Talk about your family life. Was flooring in your blood?

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When I commenced with the AWC in 1966 I met my future Wife and we married several years later. As life moves on Joan and I have down-sized from a large family home as most of the children have married and moved on. Joan has always played a supporting and substantial role in my career. She was also Personal Assistant to the AWC Technical Manager when we met so always shared in my activities and progress through the years. Wool is still in our blood and having experienced the overall superior performance of wool carpet in two large family homes – the first for 22 years and the second for the same period, we were very happy to choose our second Berber for our current home.

Any industry lowlights you care to mention? Highlights too? The only lowlight in my long career was leaving the AWC for the last time in 1991. However, the over-riding highlight has to be the Industry Farewell given to me on my departure. This Farewell was graciously hosted at The Victoria Carpet Co. by Michael Oakley, the Directors and Staff. Forever grateful!

Pictured right (from top): Happy Staff on the AWC ‘Wool in Architecture’ stand at Sydney Hilton Carpet Mart – April 1979; AWC Stand at Sydney Carpet Mart showing Felted Products; Les at his Industry Farewell at The Victoria Carpet Co.


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Water Wars.

The battle for the high ground in the war over waterproof flooring. The flooring industry, like most industries, is in a constant state of change. Kendall Waller, the Australasian Product Manager for Quick-Step® Flooring, talks about the battle for bragging rights in waterproof flooring. When did you first see the push for waterproof flooring and how important is it in the current flooring market? Of course, we have had waterproof flooring on the market for decades, with sheet vinyl and the like, but the real push for a waterproof status started building a few years back with the start of ‘loose lay’, and more recently with the boom in ‘hybrid’ and ‘rigid’ vinyl flooring.

The truth is that today, with many consumers, waterproof credentials are almost a pre-requisite for a purchase decision. For many consumers in the buying cycle, it has become a primary condition, after which all other decisions will be made.

I sometimes wonder how any of us survived our childhood without a waterproof floor.


It is phenomenal the influence it has had on the market. I sometimes wonder how any of us survived our childhood without a waterproof floor, while it evokes a vision of constant flooding of kitchens and living rooms, with the kids doing back-stroke! How is it possible to claim real waterproof performance with laminate flooring? A waterproof claim for a wood-based floorcovering can seem counter intuitive, especially given that the current waterproof flooring trend is often a response to the poor moisture resistance of some low quality laminate offerings in the market.


This is why we always include the word ‘surface’ when making our claim. The waterproof surface Laminate collections from Quick-Step feature a unique joint technology and water-repellent coating. This prevents water from entering the joints, thus making the installed floor waterproof.


In fact in our labs in Europe, we flood the flooring joints with water for up to 4 days with no uptake of water. Therefore we are comfortable with the tag ’waterproof surface’. This technology is closely linked to our heritage as the inventors of integrated glueless joining systems, and of unique and patented bevel pressing technologies.

And how do you see the comparison with the vinyl offerings in the market? The above is very different to the flexible and rigid vinyl products, where there is the promise of a ‘100% waterproof product’, yet not of ‘a waterproof floorcovering’. Vinyl samples can be dropped in a fish tank without damage, but the story is about the product itself being waterproof, not the installed flooring surface. It is clear that water can penetrate the joints of most rigid and flexible vinyl floors, leading to damage that is not covered by the warranty. Where with Quick-Step we offer a straightforward ‘Wet Area Warranty’: If a Quick-Step Impressive (Ultra) or Majestic Laminate floor is properly installed but water damaged within 10 years of installation (excl. appliance failures or floods), we fix it, simple as that! It’s the difference between a waterproof surface, and a waterproof product. You refer to ‘hybrid’ flooring as ‘rigid’ vinyl, why is that, and where do you see its place in the market? In our view, ‘rigid (vinyl)’ is a preferred description of this category, that uses rigid, rather than flexible plastic for its core material. It’s this rigidity that defines its performance, and permits an installation over more uneven sub-floors. Also the rigid core allows for the integration of a glueless joining system. The term ‘Hybrid’ refers more to the hybridity of ingredients in the product and is often used to avoid the use of the term ‘vinyl’. However this is more of a marketing term for the category. Quick-Step do not sell any rigid vinyl floors today, why is that? At Quick-Step we are big believers in beautiful, rigid and durable click flooring. After all, it’s in our DNA, as we have been offering rigid click panels,

with all their advantages since the start! That’s also why we see such a strong future for rigid vinyl. It solves many of the issues associated with flexible vinyl, by providing a product that’s quickly and easily installed, over numerous subfloors, with low preparation, and good reliability.

Quick-Step® will launch it’s own rigid flooring collection in 2019. We have taken a long term view and did a profound study of the entire category and its variations made in Asia as well as Europe. Although this has taken time, we now have a complete understanding of the category in terms of product make-up, thermal stability, joint strength, and optimised in-house manufacturing methods. We will launch a multi-layer, fibreglass reenforced rigid product in 2019, offering all the normal Quick-Step design elements with best in class performance and latest technologies. This will be one of the first rigid products fully produced in Europe.


Where to from here for waterproof flooring? With the avalanche of Asian-made rigids coming into the market, I think it will be an interesting couple of years. In Australia, there is a big variance in the quality and types becoming available, with big claims regarding installation practice. For instance, I can see a re-think on installation practice, much in the same way we have seen a move away from PS adhesives with ‘loose lay”. These rigid plastics are still quite re-active to temperature change, so those areas subject to big temperature changes could be vulnerable, with typical thermal stability in the 40-50um/LM per degree Celsius. But seeing that these products solve the inherent issues with flexible vinyl plank installation, I do see a bright future for them.

Want to know more about Quick-Step’s Laminate ranges with a waterproof surface? Visit www.quickstep.com or contact Floorscape in New Zealand or your local Premium Floors branch in Australia.


Quick Step Expands the Limits of Engineered Timber Floors Constantly innovating, Quick Step has again raised the bar for engineered wood flooring with the launch of a brand-new innovation on all the current Quick Step timber ranges.

Extra Protection Against Dirty Edges and Joins

For many years, all Quick-Step timber floors have been finished with an advanced high-quality SRT lacquer to give the floors the best resistance to wear, marks and scratches. In recent months, Quick Step has raised the quality benchmark even higher with a unique, moisture-repellent joint technology called Protect+. With the addition of Protect+, your customers won’t need to worry about occasional spills penetrating the joins of timber flooring and permanently damaging their floor. The bevel technology stops fluids or dirty cleaning water from seeping into the wood and permanently staining or damaging the joins between boards. Even frequent cleaning, won’t damage or stain the timber board joins. Thanks to the unique combination of this new technology and our authentic floor designs, your customer will be able to enjoy their floor’s beauty for years to come.

Protect + technology

New Titan Rigid Floors – The Perfect Floor for Active but Style Savvy Australian Homes

Titan Rigid

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The all new Titan Rigid collection features maximum stability, durability and first-class design for rigid flooring. “The new Titan Rigid is a real stand out in what is fast becoming a crowded market place. We took our time entering the rigid market, because we had to get it right first time!” said Kendall Waller, National Product and Technical Manager at Premium Floors. “Many products in our laboratories in Belgium we tested to ensure we were able to provide fantastic dimensional stability, high levels of wear, stain and scratch performance and a high quality joining system that is synonymous with our business” Kendall continues. Titan Rigid will be well priced and will feature; • Great range of on-trend Australian & European designs • Best in class dimensional stability • 1500mm long planks with no “in-plank” repeat • 1mm thick built-in quality underlay • Uniclic® joining system “We are expecting big things from Titan Rigid and plan to expand the range further in 2019”, concluded Kendall.


De Marque Engineered Oak Parquetry For centuries, classic residencies and spectacular chateaus have all featured the unique beauty of Oak parquetry. Parquetry floors provide these wonderful structures their unique character and appeal. The Preference Floors De MarquĂŠ Parquetry Collection draws on this design cue featuring, traditional Herringbone and Chevron patterns for everyday living. A classic and contempory warmth and charm to any interior. This recently completed project by Surface Floors in Mornington Victoria highlights what a stunning statement Oak parquetry can have on interior architecture.

Retailer of the month

A Family Affair Carpets Galore Floorworld, Thomastown Victoria Philip Ashley reports


here are many family businesses in the flooring industry but arguably, none quite as significant as the one started by Bill Tsapatsaris and his sister Angela. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Thomastown, Carpets Galore Floorworld is part of the history of the Floorworld Group and is a second generation family business, now owned by Angela’s daughter Helen and her cousin Chris; who is Bill’s son. Theirs is a business built on the little things that matter to their customers; a business built on saying ‘yes’ when others say no. It’s a business built on family, loyalty, skills and a respect for Bill’s enduring legacy of perfection and customer service. Helen Lazenkas started out in 1995 when Angela and Bill started a second store in Campbellfield. Helen

and her husband Con managed the store and eventually bought the business from Angela and Bill. Selling that business, Con returned to the Thomastown store and Helen took some time off to start a family and later, taking on the role of managing 250 carpenters constructing high-rise developments around Melbourne. Helen returned to the Thomastown store in 2014 before Bill passed away from pancreatic cancer and Angela semi-retired. Helen says “It was a very difficult time for everyone and we work very hard to always honour his legacy.” Bill was an industry personality of some note and Helen says “There’s no one in the industry that didn’t know Uncle Bill.” One of the original six friends who started Floorworld back in the 1980’s, Bill was much loved as an inspiring individual who would often be seen around the Lower Plenty Football Club in his ‘superbly ironed’ Pelaco shirt; a man who epitomised what a family man truly is; a man who’s contribution to the flooring industry in Australia was second to none. Today, Angela is still a Director of Floorworld, the first woman to perform this role and Helen sits on the Floorworld executive board. Floorworld now has approximately 37 stores with the latest opening in Tweed Heads South. Now in charge of one of the largest Floorworld stores in the country, Helen and Con ran the Thomastown store for three years. Bill’s son Chris had been working in flooring installation for over ten years and in 2017 acquired his father’s shares and became co-owner with his cousin Helen. Chris says “This was the way it was always meant to be. From brother and sister, it’s now cousins.” Despite the change in ownership, it’s the family that matters with Con in sales and estimation; Helen in admin and the showroom; Chris in sales and project management; Angela still involved and even Helen’s daughter Olivia helping out on Saturdays. Rounding out the team is Steve on stores and sales

L-R: Angela, Steve, Chris, Helen, Con, Olivia.

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Helen with Stan the Man

with thirty five years in the industry. While everyone has their own strengths they bring to the business, it’s the ‘family’s’ ability to work as a team that helps them get every job done properly. And it’s the jobs where they stand out. From the Victorian high country to the Mornington Peninsula to the ritzy homes of Balwyn and Kew, Floorworld Thomastown is known for their ability to always get the job done right. Helen says “We’re not scared to have a go, our combined skill sets always make it work.” Chris adds “We’ll always find a positive outcome a solution to anything that comes up. We don’t have problems; we see obstacles that we find solutions for. Helen recalls the day that a guy with an American accent called the store late in the afternoon with a strange request. An ESPN producer from New York was in town for the 2014 Australian Open Tennis and needed a temporary floor laid the next morning. Helen thought it might be a ‘gotcha’ call but invited him out to the store. Thirty minutes later a taxi showed up with a group of ESPN executives and they had drinks and pizza while they worked out what they wanted. It was a temporary floor for a photoshoot that had to be laid the next morning in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. Helen and

Chris got the job done; getting tickets to the open where Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams took out the titles. Helen says “We always say yes” and saying yes, they won a contract with Rolex. Saying yes also resulted in work for the National Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square. Helen says “In business, looks aren’t always everything so we treat everyone the same way.” It’s this commitment that has seen Floorworld Thomastown win numerous awards, and the gratitude of customers for over twenty five years. This passion for people also extends to Helen’s work for Pancare. Established in 2011 by cancer surgeon Dr. Mehrdad Nikfarjam; Pancare aims to raise six million dollars over the next three years to fight pancreatic cancer. Helen also works personally as one of ‘4women4pancare’ with friends Kerri, Patsy and Janet where they only recently raised $61,000 for the cause. Chris and Helen are also major sponsors of ‘Stan the Man’ Longinidis, the 8-time World Kickboxing Champion’s children’s academy that assists with programs that help to create ‘champion people’ through initiatives that include anti-bullying programs. Helen and Chris are Floorworld Thomastown but much more than that; they are a part of the wider community where caring for others is as important to them as anything else.

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Carpets & Rugs

Cadrys Group of Companies in Profile

Located in Edgecliff, Sydney, Cadrys spans four levels and showcases the most diverse collection of authentic hand-woven classic rugs. Our Antique & Silk Collection located on our gallery level features rare, collectable masterpieces, along with an extensive selection of decorative one of a kind rugs of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and Morocco. The contemporary showrooms located in Edgecliff, Sydney & Prahran, Melbourne are the primary destination for architects, designers and their clients seeking access to the most exclusive collections from leading local and international designers such as Jan Kath, David Hicks, Tammy Kanat and Lila Valadan. Cadrys Contemporary also design and produce our own exclusive collections along with original bespoke custom rugs to suit their client’s individual needs. All our carpets are produced under the GoodWeave Certification ensuring ethical

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work practices are maintained and no child labour is engaged. Introducing Cadrys Contract, a new destination for bold, original soft flooring solutions. Bringing you the best of striking, unique area rugs and wall-to-wall carpets from around the world, they also provide bespoke solutions to ensure that the needs and complexities of your next hospitality or commercial project are fully met.

Major Projects:

The State Library of New South Wales, Momi Bay Marriott Hotel, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, The Byron @ Byron Resort & Spa,The Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, Veriu Central Hotel Sydney, Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Riverside Centre Brisbane, Ashurst Law Offices, Aria, Chiswick & NBF by Matt Moran, Matteo by Orazio D’Elia, Charlie Parkers, Fred’s & Bert’s by Merivale, Billy Kwong by Kylie Kwong & Parlour X Boutique.


Key Products: Wall-to-Wall Their wall-to-wall offerings have an impressive inventory of designs to choose from; featuring our own inhouse designed collections drawn on 65 years of retail and high-end residential expertise, the three main categories for our wall-to-wall is CYP Tufted, Wilton and Axminster Woven. We also carry a curated collection of designs from Nourison, Stark, Lexmark, Tisca,Yo2 & J-Mish, along with our complete custom design services. Area Rugs With the signature Cadrys style, they have a vast area rug offering using unique fibres, combinations and techniques, it’s like nothing seen before in the contract and hospitality segment. Partnering with leading mills from around the world, they have the expertise and know-how to turn your vision into a reality with an unwavering commitment to quality, aesthetics and performance. Outdoor They are proud to be the leader in the indoor/outdoor area rug category with a large variety of different styles and weaves, available in up to 300 colours. All hand woven by loom, Cadrys indoor/outdoor rugs are completely customisable in terms of colour, weight and structure to suit any commercial application. Giardino by Tisca, is a new exciting architectural grass to the commercial sector that is ideal for outdoor areas that need a splash of colour. Comprised of over 12 hues, discover what sets our collection apart from the norm.




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Woven Vinyl Debuting the award-winning Dickson Woven Vinyl, a textile composite flooring that combines the key attributes of warp and weft woven flooring with long-wearing performance characteristics of hardsurface flooring, the modular flooring is ideal for high traffic environments with low maintenance and quick installation. The woven vinyl flooring by Dickson offers impressive new features. It was created as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with specialists from research and development.

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Operator and Service Friendly. MADE IN GERMANY - SEBO vacuum cleaners come standard with high performance filtration, ‘bag full’ and ‘check brush’ LED indicators, auto shut down to prevent overheating, tool-free access to blockages and 24/7 troubleshoot assistance. Operators of SEBO vacuums are thoroughly trained to ensure maximum cleaning results. Professional Cleaners Prefer SEBO Automatic brush height adjustment for various pile heights. Light handle weight and ergonomic design for better posture. Small footprint for easy storage on trolleys and in cupbaords. Hygienic debris disposal via a sealed bag system. Low noise ideal for public areas.

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Godfrey Hirst and Holiday Inn Leading Australian manufacturer Godfrey Hirst continues to service the hospitality sector in commercial carpet design. With a talented team of textile designers, Godfrey Hirst can create custom carpet designs that achieve unique and memorable spaces for the hospitality sector. Having been a long standing supplier to the industry, Godfrey Hirst has a true understanding of the demands of visual and structural durability. Godfrey Hirst recently provided carpet to the newly refurbished Holiday Inn on Flinders Street, with a brief to provide comfort for travellers, a York Street 100% wool broadloom carpet was installed in the hotel suites to create a defined dimensional texture that offers unmistakable class, with marvellous softness underfoot. This complemented with a custom woven Axminster throughout the corridors. The design incorporates a vibrant colour palette, lifting the Melbourne interior with a high durability to stand the test of heavy patronage for years to come. This custom woven axminster is made from a rich blend of premium wools, and employs traditional weaving skills with state-of-the-art technology. The in-house design team at Godfrey Hirst is constantly sourcing inspiration, new colour palettes, textures and patterns whilst monitoring design trends around the world to ensure continual outstanding design and quality. 60 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

Designing a product that can heavily influence the ambience of an interior is a responsibility that Godfrey Hirst’s textile designers take great pride in. Enhancing and elevating spaces where people seek pleasure and relaxation is often a challenge both from an aesthetic and practical standpoint. Godfrey Hirst continues to lead the industry with custom design capability and flooring design that encompasses cutting-edge styles with the ability to capture your vision.


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Signature Floors Launches Exclusive Pentagon Shape Design Signature Floors successfully launched their brand new Pentagon Shape at Denfair 2018; the only of its kind in the market and the latest pioneering addition to their innovative Shapes Collection. Denfair is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design and art for professional designers, architects and interior stylists – making it the perfect event to exclusively launch Signature’s latest design. Some of the most influential design movements of our time use Shape as their formative foundations and Signature Floors latest product launch explores and furthers this geometric purity, allowing specifiers across Australia an alternative to traditional carpet tile constraints. Already offering six off-the-shelf stocked modular carpet shapes, SHAPES by Signature brings colour, texture and shape together in total harmony providing endless design options for creating truly unique floors. Thinking outside the box quite literally, SHAPES can be used in large and small-

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scale projects alike. Signature offers a helpful tool with the Shapes App; discover, explore and create by choosing one of our designs or by creating your own. Simply select or create your floor design, see how your Shapes pattern

will look in a variety of applications using our room visualiser app and then enter your room dimensions. Whether Shapes becomes a full floor effect, or a focal feature - it is time to unleash your creativity and design from a totally new perspective.


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Diagnose Your Business If you are familiar with the TV show House, you will know House was a diagnostician, specialising in illnesses confounding other doctors. With his team of doctors, he would investigate all the possible causes of the symptoms the patient was presenting, trying various solutions and addressing symptoms so that by the end of the 45-minute show, he would have identified the problem, and cured the patient (mostly). If we own or manage a flooring business, we know how House feels. Every day we are presented with symptoms indicating the health of our business; ideally, we fix the problem at the root cause, but if not we treat the symptoms. In an ideal world, we would have a healthy business; satisfied customers, happy staff, consistent cash flow, good profit, and minimal daily problems. Unfortunately, very few flooring businesses can check all these boxes.

…our days are spent addressing symptoms; we are so busy putting out fires we don’t have time to identify and fix the underlying causes.

fundamental disconnections between key elements of the business. A big part of the solution is a fully integrated business management solution designed specifically for the flooring industry. RFMS is the market leader. I say “a big part of the solution” because RFMS is not a magic bullet. There are lots of moving parts in a retail flooring business, and there is no software solution on the market that will address unreasonable customers, uncooperative installers, out of stock suppliers, or staff that don’t do as we expect. What RFMS will do for you, however, is create a platform from which you can streamline processes, eliminate double handling, and minimise errors and omissions. RFMS will arm you with the information you need to diagnose your business by providing reporting on all your key indicators. RFMS will remove the silos and blind alleys where your information goes to hide from you. You will still have daily dramas, but you will have less of them, and, in most cases, they will be more easily resolved because you will have the information at your fingertips to make good decisions quickly.

We see other, less appealing symptoms; dissatisfied customers, frustrated staff, lumpy cash flow, low profitability, and repeating day to day issues robbing us of the enjoyment of being in our business. Chris Ogden is a consultant and Director of RFMS Australasia a supplier of IT solutions specific to the flooring industry. Chris has an extensive background in all aspects of the flooring industry, and he can be contacted at cogden@rfms.com.

Drawing on my own experience as a retailer, and on my observations in the industry, we spend too much of our day addressing symptoms; we are so busy putting out fires we don’t have time to identify and fix the underlying causes. Instead we might add another step to our existing processes and we end up with a business made up of a bunch of systems and processes some of which were developed years ago; maybe decades ago. So, we modify the process but the problems persist. Instead of indicators of a healthy business we see other, less appealing indicators; dissatisfied customers, frustrated staff, lumpy cash flow, low profitability, and repeating issues robbing us of the enjoyment of being in business. A significant contributor is often lack of systems, or poor systems, along with 64 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018


Take Unnecessary Steps Out of Your Sales Process If you haven’t heard of the phrase “Heath Robinson solution” you will almost certainly have seen an example. In the US they are known as “Rube Goldberg machines”; machines or systems intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion. The image is of a Rube Goldberg machine designed to automate a napkin. Of course, it would be an overstatement to say that the systems and processes we use in running our businesses are Heath Robinson in nature, but as technology advances, our existing processes can be made to look almost comically inefficient; as an example, we can think about the cost and inefficiency of traditional mail compared to email. In the flooring business, an example might be our measuring and quoting process. The goal of completing a

measure is to provide our customer with a price. We might be with the customer in their home at the point where they are keen to make a purchasing decision. Instead, having drawn our mud map, we have to go back to the office to find the time to scale the plan, calculate the quantities, prepare the quote, and only then can we send that quote to the customer. Right now, you will likely have competitors who have removed those intermediate steps and will be leaving the customers home having given them the quote. They have done so because they are making use of electronic quantifying tools. I spoke to a new client this week; still trialling Measure Mobile, he measured, quantified, and quoted the job in the home, and he closed the sale. This sale

is a significant event in the history of how he will be doing business in the future. If you would like to see Measure and Measure Mobile in action, contact me at cogden@rfms.com, and I will arrange a demo. We can also provide you with a 30-day free trial, along with free training and support to get you going. I would be happy to hear from you.

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Safety at Schools: Building a Safe Yet Conducive Learning Environment

Schools and Colleges are establishments that play a critical role in moulding our future generations. A good building design plays an essential role in enabling effective and high-quality education environments for every student. Australian state governments encourage architects and designers to create designs that also provide opportunities for interaction among students of all abilities. Administrators of the educational infrastructure across Australia mostly support the concept of universal design and its application throughout the government schools. Universal design recognises that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities, including physical, perceptual and cognitive abilities. Universal designs must create environments that ensure access and participation by all. All architects, designers and project consultants, must have regard to the seven universal design principles: • Equitable use - The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities • Flexibility in use - The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities • Simple and intuitive use - Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level 66 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

• Perceptible information - The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities • Tolerance for error - The design minimises hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions • Low physical effort - The design can be used efficiently, comfortably and with minimum fatigue. • Size and spaces for approach and use - Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation and use, regardless of a user’s body size, posture or mobility. Some of these principles directly address the need for safety products such as Tactile ground surface indicators who may use a cane and Stair nosing consistent with AS 1428.1 to promote luminance contrast at the leading edge of step treads.

Urban Design Charter

State governments also set up an Urban Design Charter - commitment to making cities and towns in Victoria more liveable through good urban design. For educational infrastructure, this charter lists a set of guidelines for architects and designers to follow. Three core elements of this charter are:

Accessibility - Provide ease, safety and choice of access for all people Safety - Design spaces that minimise risks of personal harm and support safe behaviour Sensory Pleasure - Create spaces that engage the senses and delight the mind

Engaging the Senses

Colours play a significant role in our lives, and research has shown that colour can significantly impact both mood and cognitive function. As we commemorated International #YouthDay in August, we were working on multiple projects involving safety installations at schools with designs and decors in vibrant colours. The use of vibrant colours within educational infrastructure has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and this has had a remarkably positive effect on students and their learning. Creating a stimulating, safe and creative environment is the main goal of any architect or education sector decision maker.

Need of the Hour – Fostering Learning with Colour

Whether for a kindergarten, school or tertiary institution – it is important to pay attention to colour schemes. Appropriate use of colour can stimulate creativity amongst students and contribute towards


can improve mood. Use sparingly, as too much can cause anxiety and fear. In short, a well thought out combination of various tones of blue, red, green and yellow could be used to create a calm environment that nurtures creativity and enhances attention to detail. A study by the University of British Columbia found that red can improve memory retrieval and proofreading performance by as much as 31%, whilst blue caused participants to feel safe to explore new ideas. According to the International Association of Color Consultants – North America, “A school’s physical environment has a powerful psychophysiological impact on its students. Appropriate color design is important in protecting eyesight, in creating surroundings that are conducive to studying, and in promoting physical and mental health”. Simply put, if we want students to excel academically we need to make the environment a positive and safe one.

‘Bright’ – Safety in Colour

a positive learning environment. Different colours have different effects on the human brain, so they need to be chosen carefully with consideration towards the demographics of the community. Heavy use of bright and vibrant colours may not be appropriate for students who are prone to overstimulation, however preschoolers and active children would thrive in this environment. According to experts, students between 5-8 years old must feel a sense of security and positivity within the school environment. The most appropriate colours for students at this age include red, warm yellow, salmon, coral, violet and peach/orange. From the age of 9+, it is a good idea to start incorporating more blue and green. At the final stages of the education journey, you can transition away from warmer tones and instead explore cooler ones,


with green remaining one of the most popular.

The Benefits of Various Colours

Blue – Strongly associated with vast open spaces such as the sky and ocean, blue significantly enhances creativity and productivity and promotes feelings of calmness. Red – An attention-grabbing colour which enhances attention to detail and stimulates brain activity. Recommendation: balance with a complementary green to avoid overstimulation. Green – Strongly associated with the natural environment, green will help to achieve balance, focus and clarity of thought within the classroom. Yellow – Strongly associated with emotion, confidence, optimism and selfesteem. A bright and fun colour which

Whilst colour is a great way to enhance learning, safety remains a critical element for educational infrastructure. Products such as stair nosings are designed to keep everyone safe as they move about their environment, but they have traditionally only been offered in drab, boring tones which can conflict with the vibrant colours seen in the learning environments of today. We at Classic recognised this issue at an early stage, and we set about to resolve it once and for all. We introduced a new ‘Bright’ range of stair nosings - an exciting innovation in safety products that has been designed in close collaboration with architects and educators.

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We’ve listened to feedback and undertaken extensive trend analysis, culminating in the release of six exciting new profiles — Teal, Lime Green, Raspberry, Coral, Tangerine and Ultra Violet (Pantone Colour of the Year 2018). Each profile is highly visible and conforms with the requirements of the Australian Standards for luminance contrast, so they can be used to further enhance the vibrancy and safety of any building and will help to stimulate the minds of students as they move about the campus.

The future really is Bright…

The trend towards the inclusion of vibrant colour in educational infrastructure is an exciting one. There is little doubt that colour has profound impacts on the academic performance and state of mind of students, teachers and visitors alike. The new range of BRIGHT stair nosings from Classic compliments colour schemes within schools and tertiary institutions whilst also ensuring safety for all, helping to create a positive environment which nurtures intelligence, creativity and learning whilst minimising disruptions. Article supplied by Classic Architectural Group.

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Big Challenges for Australia’s Flooring Sector by Andrew Heaton

Despite a comeback in new home construction, conditions within the flooring industry in Australia remain extremely challenging, leaders within the sector say. One would think flooring would enjoy an upswing commensurate with any boon in housing. Australian Timber Flooring Industry Association CEO Randy Flierman said, however, that notwithstanding a recent upturn observed during most of the past year, quarterly data that his organisation has collected regarding the timber segment of the market specifically since the middle of 2010 indicated a 60 per cent decline in the production and sale of local timber species for flooring during that time. Moreover, while other products such as laminates, bamboo, pre-finished solids and engineered timber were continuing to do reasonably well and were finding their own respective place in the market, traditional products such as parquetry and cork were also struggling. Flierman said underlying challenges of recent years have extended beyond competition from imports and have largely reflected underlying weakness in consumer sentiment. “Only a small part of the decline [in timber flooring] has been picked up by imported products such as bamboo, laminates and engineered Oak flooring, suggesting the decline is both related to consumers’ changing habits over the four year downturn in consumer confidence, looking for a lower price-point; and consumers also showing preference for other purchase priorities such as vehicles and IT/electrical goods,” he said. Michael Keam, strategic marketing manager of Armstrong World Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd agrees that conditions are tough. He said suppliers within the commercial space in particular have been

left ‘fighting for the crumbs’ amid a pullback in government investment in public sector buildings.

“Only a small part of the decline [in timber flooring] has been picked up by imported products such as bamboo, laminates and engineered Oak flooring, suggesting the decline is both related to consumers’ changing habits over the four year downturn in consumer confidence, looking for a lower price-point; and consumers also showing preference for other purchase priorities...” Keam said Australia “certainly has a high level of suppliers of materials to the flooring industry,” and that as a developed nation and wealthy economy, the Australian market is seen by some as an opportunity for higher margins compared with other markets. While potential importers see places such as China as an easy place to source inexpensive product, Keam warned service levels and support once materials are delivered can be problematic. Armstrong employs a sourcing and technical support team based in China to conduct regular site visits and to liaise with local vendors. Flierman agrees that international competition has intensified, albeit with this being somewhat mitigated at the moment with the decline in the Australian dollar. He said while lower-priced products such as bamboo and laminate did well in a low confidence environment during the GFC, European Oak had become much

more prominent in recent times. When it comes to sustainability, Flierman said local flooring materials come predominately from Australian Forestry Standard certified projects and generally ‘win hands down’ compared to imported products. He added that wide board sales are becoming increasingly popular with consumers taking preference to 180-millimetre wide boards and shifting from strip timber flooring on joists to 14-millimetre thick overlay on ply over concrete slabs. Keam agrees that sustainability has become increasingly important. He said increasingly aware and environmentally conscious consumers are identifying areas of concern for their particular circumstances, and are requiring detailed information on things such as the chain of custody of timber, indoor air quality (TVOC levels), maintenance requirements and slip and fire resistance. The flooring sector is benefiting from recent growth in residential construction, with Flierman saying there has been a general pickup in conditions in recent quarters. He said timber flooring specifically was benefiting from the growth in multiresidential building and that it was a ‘myth’ that solid timber flooring could not be installed in multi-residential properties. “The timber flooring industry generally is benefiting from the growth in multiresidential building, those with targeted marketing and solutions for acoustically rated floors are doing well, both from a producer and installer perspective,” he said. “The important factor is that every building is different and no one acoustic system serves all situations, using installers experienced in this area is vital. To destroy a myth, in addition to laminates, bamboo and engineered flooring, solid timber floors can be installed in multi-residential properties, with a wide range of acoustic solutions available, one can be found to suit the majority of timber flooring projects.” Article originally published in sourceable.net



Product Update Advantage Flooring's New Dry Back Vinyl Plank Advantage Flooring have introduced their new Dry Back Vinyl Plank to the market “Ultimate 3.5mm Planks” showcasing 8 new Authentic Wide Board Timber look designs.

Ultimate Planks are manufactured as full stick vinyl plank and have been engineered for either Commercial or Domestic installations.

New Generation Floor Sanders Offer Superior Dust Extraction The new Polivac SUPERVAC Floor Sanders feature a powerful 400 watts long life vacuum mounted inside a canister and supported by a by-pass dust separator. Extra weights ensure superior sanding results and efficiency making them ideal for indoor sanding. Fitted with a 40cm pad drive, two versions are offered, a 1.1kw 188rpm slow speed version and a 1.5kw 364 rpm high speed version.

ONE - Single Component Water-based, Sandable, Fast Drying Sealer ONE is the latest generation of single component sandable water-based sealer. Featuring a sophisticated internal self cross-linking system (S-XL Self CrossLinking System), thanks to its particular threedimensional structure and the exceptional high build, ONE guarantees appreciable high build power on any type of wood comparable with that of a twocomponent sealer. The high “open time” and the fast hardening time mean that, whatever the environmental conditions, ONE has a minimum tendency to leave lap marks and/or roller marks. The considerable penetration in the pores of the wood, the good tone and perfect sandability in less than an hour after application, make ONE the best ally for the modern wood floor installer. In line with the quality standards that have always characterized Vermeister S.p.A., for ONE the R&D laboratory has carefully selected raw materials with 72 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

very low emission levels and with low olfactory impact making it practically odour-free.


Improve Operational Efficiencies with the Makinex Dual Pressure Washer What makes Makinex tick?

Makinex Construction Products are passionate about creating products that increase productivity by providing faster, easier and safer ways to get difficult jobs done.

What is a Makinex Dual Pressure Washer (DPW 4000 or DPW 2500)

One such product is the Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000 (DPW). The Makinex DPW is a hard surfaces pressure cleaner that combines a rotary and wand in the one machine, enabling the user to swap between them at the turn of a handle. The efficiencies offered by the duo functionality within the one machine when cleaning external hard surfaces is a must in today’s competitive facilities management environment and is unique to the Makinex DPW.

What applications are the DPW best suited for? The DPW is highly versatile and can be used on a variety of hard surfaces from schools and sporting surfaces to driveways and footpaths. If it’s a hard surface, the DPW can clean it! 74 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

Why would you choose a DPW over a hand-held pressure washer and/or whirl away? There are many benefits in choosing to use a Makinex DPW and these include: 1. It’s a rotary, wand pump and engine all combined in the one machine providing you with greater efficiencies 2. Able to adjust water pressure from 1000 up to 4000 PSI 3. No license is required to operate it 4. As a push behind machine it’s user friendly which also reduces operator fatigue 5. A range of nozzles tips come as standard enabling the user to vary the angle of their spray

How has the DPW helped Makinex customers?

Makinex are proud to say the DPW has helped many customers since it’s development in 2013. One such company is Dynamic Sports Surfaces, a civil construction and project management company who oversee the design, construction and refurbishment of sports facilities within Australia.

Around 18 months ago, they purchased a Makinex Dual Pressure Washer and have been impressed at how it’s helped improve efficiencies within their business.


Sandra of Dynamic Sports facilities had this to say; “The Makinex DPW has vastly improved the operational efficiencies of our business. The combined rotary and wand functions has meant no more stopping on the job to swap between two different machines.” Another customer, Kangaroo Courts Australia are satisfied with how the DPW has helped them reduce inefficiencies and save time on the job. With over 30 years’ experience in the installation of sports surfaces across Australia, they know when a product is giving them a good return! This is what Scott from Kangaroo Courts Australia had to say about the Makinex DPW; “The way a court falls means you’re constantly having to swap between the rotary and pressure wand to clear away the dirty water. The fact the Makinex DPW has both functions on the one machine, has enabled to complete the jobs I do 30% faster!”


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Product Update

Classic Architectural Group Unveils Instant Grab Adhesive Classic Architectural Group which designs, manufactures, supplies and installs innovative pedestrian access solutions across 4 continents, announced today the launch of its new accessory product – CA290 – an instant grab adhesive for industrial applications. Classic Adhesive (CA290) is a highquality instant grab polymer adhesive designed for the building and construction industry. The product is odourless and silicone, solvent, phthalate, PVC and isocyanide free. Its high durability with good weathering and water resistance, make it the product of choice for most applications at a construction site. “This offering is in line with our efforts to make the access issues of our customers disappear. Coincidently, its inception can be credited directly to our customers who, as part of our quarterly feedback program, informed us of their issues with product installations and the need for a fast-acting adhesive at a competitive price.”, said Garth McAlpin, Director, Operations and Product Development at Classic Architectural Group. 76 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

“We wanted to provide a viable solution to our customers. With CA290, we provide them with a tool that not only saves time for them but also addresses a number of application issues, including

having just one adhesive solution, irrespective of the substrate that its applied on,” added Leigh McAlpin, Director, Business Development at Classic Architectural Group.


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What is Mechanically Polished Concrete? Mechanically polished concrete is a beautiful, impressive flooring finish that retains its impression and lustre and hardness without any polyurethane coating or epoxy floor coating. Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete is created by using heavy-duty polishing machines, outfitted with progressively finer grits of diamond impregnated segments or disks, to gradually hone down concrete surfaces. This method, comparable to using sandpaper, allows the crew to create the desired shine and smoothness. It begins with coarse diamond segments, bonded in a metallic matrix. Just like sandpaper, these segments remove minor pits, blemishes, stains, and light coatings from the floor.


Depending on the condition of the concrete, this initial rough grinding is usually a three to four step process. Next, diamond abrasives embedded in a plastic or resin matrix are used to “fine grind” the floor. Contractors use ever-finer grits of polishing disks until the floor has the desired sheen. If an extremely high-gloss finish is required, a final grit of 1500 or finer may be used. An experienced polishing concrete flooring crew will know when to switch to a finer grit by studying the floor surface, and observing the amount of material being removed. A chemical hardener or densifier is then used to penetrate the concrete, creating a reaction that hardens and dust-proofs the surface. The result is a floor surface that is stunning, durable, easy to clean with an effective maintenance system to maintain the shine that you initially create. Learning the process On demand is the 2 day Polished Concrete Training course offered by Pyrafloor Polished Concrete – and – All Preparation Equipment to train and

educate flooring contractors on the process involved to creating impressive floors. This hands on training course gives you experience in the process along with practical and theory learning to understand the process. After the initial removal of product, adhesive or existing coating from the surface the floor is then prepared using diamond tools to flatten and resurface the floor ready to polish. Throughout the process different product and tooling is used to refine the concrete floor surface. Using resin bond polishing pads, densifiers, grouts and chemicals the surface is mechanically hardened and polished to create an impressive concrete finish.

Why is Polished Concrete Flooring Fast Becoming the Preferred Flooring System Over Other Systems in the Market? • • • •

Strengthening of floor surface Provides excellent penetration Greater abrasion resistance Elimination of dusting from

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densifiers and sealers in the market nowadays a lot of options are a manufacturer’s product re branded. It’s important to consider when buying your polished concrete densifier you’re buying it from a company that has used , experienced and developed the chemicals in achieve an mechanically polished concrete floor – to perfection. Working with Crete Colors International – from USA available through All Preparation Equipment offers great backup support and training in creating polished concrete floors through their range of grouts, repair products, densifiers and sealers.

efflorescence • Stain resistance • Improved reflectivity and ambient lighting • Added slip resistance • Improved condition for old floors • Reduced tire wear • Less maintenance • Customisable system

Unlimited Options, Limited Only To Your Imagination! Crete Colors International offers a range of tints, colours and dyes through All Preparation Equipment allowing you to create branding, logos, stencils, shapes and lines through any concrete floor. This range is used to match brand colours in retail stores, create logos and enhance the visual appeal of existing concrete floors.

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Other options of concrete design include: • Adding Coloured aggregate to the concrete mix, or seeded onto the top layer for a unique finish • Glass can be seeded into the mix. When polished, the glass pieces are exposed in the floor • Coins, nails, bolts, computer chips, and many other objects can be seeded into the mix and polished smooth – this allows for a myriad of unique and fun flooring options! You don’t need new concrete to polish it. If the concrete floor is solid and structurally sound, it can be polished to perfection.

Densifiers, Sealers and the Chemical With a lot of options for concrete



Con-Treat Equips Growing Gold Coast Flooring Company on Major Projects Flooring Logistics is a SE-Queensland flooring specialist servicing the industry for over 15 years, continually evolving to keep in line with the latest trends in carpet, timber, vinyl and concrete finishing.

Services Included Floor preparation: • Diamond Grinding • Floor Levelling • Floor Stripping Floor applications: • Carpet • Epoxy Floors • Polished Concrete • Coatings & Sealers • Timber • Vinyl • Safety Flooring • Non-Slip Sheet Vinyl Having been a Con-Treat client for over 10 years, Stefan Russell reached out to the concrete equipment authority for a better quality, superior grinder/polisher to meet high workload demand for largescale projects. The grinder/polisher would be required to continually produce high quality results at a fast production rate plus they would ideally like it to be compatible with their existing Shark S550 Dust Extractor. Con-Treat technical specialist, Andrew McLeay, advised that a commercial grade planetary diamond grinder would be the best fit and specifically recommended the Shark S750-P as the perfect fit for the larger Flooring Logistics projects. "We were very happy with the outcome Con-Tret recommended, we look forward to using the Shark S750 for all our future projects!" - Stefan Russell –

Flooring Logistics Pty Ltd. The Shark S750-P is specifically designed for larger commercial projects up to and exceeding 1,000m² and is compatible with the existing Shark S550 dust extractor that the client already has in their line-up. With a production output of 110150m² per hour and 18 diamond segment holders, complete with the convenience of the Quick-Change tooling system, the Shark S750-P is perfectly suited to the high demands of Flooring Logistics projects. With the Shark S750-P, the job is always completed to a high standard, in comfort and on time thanks to the features packed into this world-class machine. • Planetary operation with 750mm grinding diameter • 110-150m² per hour production rate • Ergonomic and adjustable handle to maximise operator comfort • Enhanced dust control system • 18 diamond segment holders compatible with the "Quick Change" tooling system • Designed for wet and dry concrete polishing and grinding • Variable speed control (450 – 1,950 rpm) The team at Con-Treat put together a custom package specific to the needs of Flooring Logistics to ensure they had everything they needed for their upcoming projects at a competitive market price. With the increased production capabilities of the S750-P, along with the convenient features and correct diamond tooling setup (thanks to the convenient online Diamond tooling guide), the Flooring Logistics team can now complete their larger projects with ease.

Planetary Drive / Variable Speed, 750mm diameter 110-150m2/hour production rate Ergonomic and adjustable handle to maximise operator comfort Enhanced dust control system Designed for wet and dry concrete polishing and grinding

*Promotional price offer valid until 31.12.18 or until stock lasts.

Diamond Tooling with All Preparation Equipment Every concrete floor needs preparing, be it by grinding, scarifying, shot blasting or scabbling the right concrete floor preparation is required to ensure effective laying of your new floor covering or coating. At All Preparation Equipment, it’s all about working smarter, not harder so in working with concrete floor preparation contractors and installers this handy guide helps to put in basic terms to understand where it all starts. A comprehensive concrete floor preparation and diamond tooling guide can be found on the www.allprep.com.au website under news. 80 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

Getting the best production from your concrete grinder means having the right diamond for the job. And choosing the right diamond is as easy as A, B, C! Onsite the Schwamborn Concrete Grinders thrive being put alongside glue, adhesive, coating removal as well as finishing flooring surfaces on new construction sites like this one. With a wide range of diamond tooling available for every brand of machine, it’s important you know what diamonds to use in each application. On hand held, single phase and three phase concrete floor grinders different tooling achieves different results.

A. Grit; The size of diamonds in each segment

Different diamond grits will give you a different finish on the concrete: A lower grit in the grinding wheel will give you a more aggressive cut, for faster removal of concrete, but with more scratches on the finished product. A higher grit in the grinding wheel will give you a more passive cut, for slower removal of concrete, but with a smoother finish.

B. Bond; the part of the diamond that holds the grinding grit in place www.flooringmagazine.com.au

As the diamond bond wears away, it allows the grit to be exposed, which makes for a faster cut. Which bond to choose will depend on the hardness of the concrete you’re dealing with. Always choose the opposite hardness bond to the concrete surface you’re grinding. This will allow the bond to wear away more easily, opening up the diamond and ensuring it resharpens.

C. Segments; the shape and size of your diamond grinding shoe or wheel.

The more aggressive the shape of your segment, the faster your diamond will work for grinding, cutting, or removal. With a more ‘passive’ looking segment, you’ll tend to have slower removal, but a smoother finish. The number of segments too will have an effect on your results. The fewer segments you have, the more aggressive your results will be, as there is more pressure on each point. Diamond grinding shoes will grind down over time. If you’re not getting enough speed with the type and shape of segments you are running, try changing the grit or the bond.

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Carpet Fit for the Queen Axminster Carpets has been synonymous with carpet luxury and craftsmanship for over 250 years. They are Britain’s oldest, best known and most prestigious carpet designer and manufacturer. Their high quality carpets can be found in royal palaces, the best hotels, sports stadiums and private houses.

Royal Warrant

A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. Axminster Carpets is a proud recipient of the Royal Warrant of Appointment for service, quality and excellence in carpet making and supply to Her Majesty The Queen. Regardless of premise size or specialisation a quality carpet such as an Axminster can define a customer’s own style and enrich their home or commercial premise.

Carpet Investment

So your customer has chosen their lovely new Axminster carpet, had it fitted and invited their friends over to admire how gorgeous it looks. But how do they keep

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it looking beautiful with the family walking over it all the time? A 5-star hotel where first impressions last and carpet lifespan matters. High traffic areas where patrons and bellhops thunder down hallways with trolleys and luggage. Who should be giving the correct advice on caring and maintaining flooring investment?

Axminster Recommends Sebo

A great-looking carpet is one that gets vacuumed regularly, ideally every day. Axminster recommends if your vacuum has a beater bar, such as a SEBO or brush head, that’s even better. Take it slowly so the vacuum has enough time to clean from deep in the tufts, and concentrate on well-trodden areas like stairs, hallways and in front of chairs. Not only does Axminster recommend SEBO vacuum cleaners to correctly care and maintain their wool products but so do many other carpet manufacturers overseas and locally here in Australia. Recommending SEBO vacuum cleaners to correctly care and maintain your customers flooring investment will keep carpets looking great for many years to come as well as the added health benefits of better indoor air quality.


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Level Up Faster with the Sticky Level Peg System Floor levelling made easy with the Sticky Level Pegs system supplied by All Preparation Equipment. When you as a flooring contractor have anywhere from 5 – 5000 bags of floor levelling product to apply the process is all about being made faster, easier and more efficient. The Sticky – self-adhesive Level Peg system has been designed to improve the quality and speed of traditional concrete floor levelling applications. The Sticky Level peg system ensures each peg can be cut to size and height as needed, they will stay in place when product is poured over them, the pegs are designed to stay in under the floor level. Especially designed for screed floor levelling, outlet and packings. A bag of 100 pegs, or box of 1000 ensures more money savings all round.

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Designed and refined for professional flooring installers and being used by flooring stores you know, these pegs are scaled in millimetres for greater precision and ease of use. Industrial strength adhesive feet ensure the peg sticks to any clean concrete surface – or dust free substrate ready to be levelled over right away. The rubber plastic composition helps also to ensure the pegs spring back to height when stepped over by the installer or trades onsite.

If you’ve been using an alternative system of peg, drilling or screw system to set your heights prior to levelling, consider the system by All Preparation Equipment to use the Sticky Level Pegs for greater accuracy in levelling high spots in your concrete floors. Being a time, cost and labour saver Sticky Level Pegs are soon to be your best friend used alongside cementitious floor levelling products and screeds.

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Fast, Furious and Effective…. That’s exactly what the diamond tooling on the Schwamborn Concrete Floor Grinding machines can be. Done right concrete floor preparation is an easy process but until you understand diamond tooling and the effectiveness of the right diamonds on your floor – you may struggle! 86 | Flooring Oct/Nov 2018

Here onsite at the Goodwill Bridge concrete resurfacing project the DSM800RC Schwamborn Remote Controlled Concrete Floor Grinder made tough jobs easy running along with the newly developed PCD Diamond grinding shoes rip through the existing thick coating getting back to bare concrete. This process ensured the coating was removed in a single application as a time and cost saving process in the preparation of the concrete surface ready to reapply a coating. PCD Diamonds is the term for Polycrystalline diamonds. Designed for a high speed, fast, aggressive removal of glues, paints , coatings or epoxies –

thicker than around 3mm and for any product that is sticky or sensitive and may reactivate when gone over with a concrete floor grinder and standard diamond tool – including a wheel or diamond grinding shoe. The Schwamborn Floor Grinding System offers a wide range of diamond tooling including PCD Diamond shoes, Bush Hammer rotating attachments, and a wide range of diamond shoes from super soft through to super hard for the toughest of concrete applications. The key to success in concrete floor preparation is maximum productivity – and minimum time – to perfect the finish every time. All Preparation Equipment


less aggressive and in turn the smoother the finish. Diamond grit refers to the finishing qualities of the diamond. Grinding with the Schwamborn Concrete Floor Grinder the most common cut is with a 20/30 or 40/60 grit Knock on diamond grinding shoe. Coarser or lower the grit – the sharper and faster the cut will be. Finer grits will create a smooth surface and slow down the productivity, but will work in the finishing or polishing process. Usually, 60-80 grit shoes are used in the process of polishing with 100-150 being a final cut prior to resin backed polishing pads and the adaptor plate to hold these in place. When comes time to ensure effective concrete floor preparation, talk to one of the All Preparation Equipment team to discuss the diamond tooling for the fastest, most effective preparation on your site.

offers a diamond tooling system which works alongside any of the conversion plates for Husqvarna and Schwamborn style grinding machines to: • Saves time in changing diamonds • Gives a greater flexibility with diamonds • Saves time in preparation and removal • Allows the dust to flow around the diamond to help give a longer life Productivity, speed and the finish are all dependent on the configuration the diamonds are set up on, under

your machine. Generally on the Base of the Schwamborn Grinders – there is opportunity for 2 different configurations – ½ or a Full plate. Metal Bond Diamonds, is the term suggesting that diamonds are fixed in a metal compound. These diamonds are used for coarse to medium grinding applications from a 16 to a 150 grit finish. The Grit – is the term for the size of the diamonds. The less segments the more aggressive. The more segments the


Basha’s Floors and Blinds

Basha’s Floors & Blinds was established in December 2001 as a continuation of T Basha & Sons Pty Ltd that began operations in Nowra in 1902. In the early days the business was like a department store with everything from furniture, bedding, menswear, luggage, lighting, haberdashery & manchester. Joe Basha & his wife Sabine are the fourth generation to run the business which started laying floorcoverings in Nowra Hotels in 1922 with the assistance of Mills & Moore at Chatswood NSW. As the floorcoverings industry changed so have Basha’s. From 69cm carpet being sewn by hand and machine to broadloom carpet wall to wall for the home. From turned and stapled carpet on felt with battens to conventional lay on foam with smoothedge.

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Today the floorcoverings industry is very diverse. Basha’s have done jobs as small as a residential ensuite to many thousand’s of square metres of commercial carpet, rubber and vinyl in nursing homes, schools, hospitals and defence bases. Basha’s also adapted to the window furnishing business in the 1930’s. At one stage they had a curtain workroom onsite. Today they offer anything that covers a window either inside or out including blinds, awnings, shutters and curtains from select suppliers. Basha’s have been instrumental in establishing two buying groups. Furniture trade buyers in the early 60’s (now Furniture One) to The Blue Ribbon Carpet People in 1984 (now Australian FloorStyle). Tom Basha was a founding Board member of Australian FloorStyle and Joe Basha has been a board member (now Chairman) since November 2004Basha’s are arguably the oldest existing retailer of floorcoverings in Australia and will continue for many more years yet. Whether the next generation continues is debatable but five generations would be a difficult feat for any business.


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India’s Signature & Unique Craftsmanship to Redefine Home & Lifestyle Product Sourcing 47th IHGF Delhi Fair – Spring 18th-22nd February 2019 IHGF Delhi Fair is organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the apex body representing handicraft manufacturers & exporters in India. EPCH facilitates its over 10,500 members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community.

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An essential meeting ground for the international gifting and lifestyle products industry-IHGF Delhi Fair has taken shape over 46 editions as the world’s largest and most comprehensive sourcing event, encompassing the complete supply chain of home fashion & utilities, gifts & decoratives and fashion jewellery & accessories. The show boasts of an impressive buyer patronage from over 110 countries with maximum numbers

from USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East and Asia. Wide-ranging selections presented by leading export houses in 14 well defined product segments at the show inspire buyers to replenish their merchandise and add new product lines for seasons ahead. While the top manufacturers, exporters and artisan groups queue up to be amongst the 3000+ participants in the forthcoming Spring edition of this distinguished sourcing show, overseas


buyers too are expected to turn out in large numbers. The show is scheduled from 18th to 22nd February, 2019, at the India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi NCR. At this state of the art venue, visitors to the fair also get access to the 900 permanent showrooms of leading Indian manufacturers of home, lifestyle, fashion & textile products, located on four levels at the India Expo Centre. Spring 2019 would see significant expansion in all categories with a promising assortment of creations, varied in inspiration, processes and materials - art metal ware, EPNS ware, wood carvings, furniture & accessories, glassware, fashion jewellery & accessories, hand-printed textiles, shawls, stoles & scarves, embroidered goods, lace, toys, houseware, decorative, gifts & general handicrafts, home textiles and home accessories, candles & incense, pottery, terracotta & ceramics, nautical instruments, Christmas and floral decorations, dry flowers & potpourri, handmade paper products, crafts made of leather, lacquer, marble, etc. offering unparalleled access to exhibitors drawn from all major manufacturing hubs, artisan clusters and craft pockets of India. Theme Pavilions and regional representations would bring in

opportunities to source directly from artisans and new entrepreneurs besidesestablished exporters from these provinces. Visiting buyers agree with the fact that Indian manufacturers fulfill demand for the exclusive, the handcrafted and the hand embellished. This strength sets IHGF apart and the crucial balance between size and quality of display and number of buyers creates a winning combination, giving unique business value to all trade partners. According to the feedback, visitors always find new accentuations in the showcased themes. Many wholesalers and importers sourcing from India highly appreciate the warmth and work culture of Indian manufacturers & exporters. IHGF Delhi Fair is organized twice every year for Spring and Autumn, by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), a non-profit organization and the apex organization representing handicraft manufacturers & exporters, pan India. Beyond providing unparalleled business platforms to buyers & sellers, EPCH also provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers, facilitating harmonious business.

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Densi Crete Solves Concrete Moisture Issues for National Retailer

Moisture is the archenemy of concrete! When you walk into a building that has damp flooring you can often smell it. This is exactly why architects, building contractors, and water proofers turn to DuraCore for an easy and effective solution that is kind to the environment. DuraCore Concrete Protection Systems use the latest technology to provide: • A complete range of concrete protection products for concrete repair, moisture proofing, surface protection, and sealing. • Products that are 100% environmentally friendly. One such contractor that has been putting their trust in DuraCore since 2012, is Dynacoat Painters an Australian family owned business that has been operating on Queensland’s Gold Coast since 1996. For a recent project, BCF at Taren Point with a store covering 1100m2; the site inspection revealed that the concrete slab had moisture issues and upon removal of the existing floor coverings an Australian Standards’ Moisture Test was completed. The floor needed to conform to the Australian Standards for moisture content prior to installing new impervious epoxy floor coverings. The experts at

DuraCore proposed the use of Densi Crete to bring the concrete’s excess moisture to within the Australian Standard guidelines. Made of a 100% pure colloidal silica, for the protection of new or old concrete, Densi Crete has zero VOC and provides exceptional concrete waterproofing. The product is used to cure, waterproof, densify, purge oil, and to seal the concrete from any contamination, while also being used extensively in the polished concrete industry. For the purposes of the BCF store, Densi Crete provided permanent waterproofing of the concrete floor. Additionally, the product purged contamination and odours from the old concrete slab, and immediately halted contaminant ingress. The real win was thatthere was minimal site disruption – after just an hour, people could get back in to do other work while the Densi Crete completed its process. Densi Crete is a great solution for flooring in factories, retail environments, corporate buildings, and private residences. It significantly diminishes the permeability of the concrete, producing an effective, internal, permanent, colloidal silica barrier. As illustrated in the diagrams below, the untreated surface allows the penetration of salts, effluents, gases and moisture and is prone to dusting, whereas the treated surface provides a solution to these problems. Brendan Sievers, Director of Dynacoat Painters, has been using Densi Crete for projects over the past six years and was once again delighted with the outcome. According to Brendan, Densi Crete “worked perfectly again on this project; removing the moisture and allowing the project to get back on schedule with minimal delay or site disruption”.





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2018/19 Exhibitions

NOVEMBER 2018 1-4 MOA CASA Flooring, furniture and Interior Decoration Expo Rome, Italy www.moacasa2018.it

JANUARY 2019 1-4 HOMI 2019 International expo of interiors, dĂŠcor, floorcoverings and gifts Milan, Italy www.homimilano.com


Homedec 2018 Home decoration, design and renovation show Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia www.homedec.com.my


14-16 IFFT Interior Lifestyle Living Interior Lifestyle Living and Furniture Fair Tokyo, Japan www.ifft-interiorlifestyleliving.com


17-25 Cocoon 2018 Home, flooring and Decoration Fair Brussels, Belgium www.cocoon.be DECEMBER 2018 5-6 Architect@work Germany 2018 Contact days for architects, interior architects, designers and consultants Stuttgart, Germany www.architectatwork.de

Domotex 2019 World trade fair for carpets and floorcoverings Hannover, Germany www.domotex.de Living Interiors 2019 An event for floors, bathrooms, lighting and wall coverings Cologne, Germany www.livinginteriors.com 17-20 IDS 2019 Interior Design Show Toronto, Canada www.toronto.interiordesignshow.com 22-25

The International Surface Event 2019 TISE is an international event focusing on floors, surfaces and stone Las Vegas, USA www.intlsurfaceevent.com

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Advantage Flooring Distributors 47 Airstep Australia 54-55 All Preparation Equipment 35 Altro Apac 41 Armstrong Flooring Outside Back Cover Australian Floor Style Cooperative 61 Blastrac Australia 31 Choices Flooring Front Cover, 19, 21 Classic Architectural Group 45 Con-Treat79 Dunlop Flooring Inside Front Cover (Gatefold) Duracore93 Floorcovering Institute of Australia (FCIA) 27 Floorex Products 33 Flooring Association of Victoria (FAV) 29 Gerflor Australasia 13 Global Media Network - IHGF SPRING DELHI FAIR 83 GMK Logistics 53 Godfrey Hirst Australia 9, 11 Ian Jones Insurance Brokers 87 Kenbrock Flooring Inside Back Cover Laser Measure Australia 69 Laticrete73 Makinex35 Mapei Australia 39 Preference Floors 85, 89 Premium Floors 5, 50-51 QEP 15, 37, 43, 57, 67 RFMS Australasia 63, 65 Sebo Australia 59 Signature Floorcoverings 7, 71 Tarkett Australia 17, 22-23 Tennant Australia 91 VNU Exhibitions Asia - DOMOTEX Asia/ CHINAFLOOR49

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Kenbrock is excited to launch its new Cushionwood Supreme range. This range has all the physical features of the current Cushionwood but in a new modern, longer plank format. Cushionwood Supreme features 8 stunning colours, ranging from Australian timbers to natural oaks in a 1524mm long plank. This range will give any interior a luxurious feel, creating impact in larger areas of the home and open plan living. Some of the physical features this new range shares with the current Cushionwood range is the modular ‘drop down’ plank technology. It also has a highly durable PU protection layer and a 0.5mm heavy duty wear. For further information please contact you local Kenbrock Sales Representative or alternatively you can call us on one of the numbers below. Photographed is CWS1638 Tasmanian Blackbutt.

Head Office-Victoria 22-24 Edison Road, Dandenong South VIC 3175 PH: (03) 9765 2222 Queensland 2 Kinbsbury Street Brendale QLD 4500 PH: (07) 3881 1000


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Flooring Magazine - October/November 2018  

The only trade publication dedicated to the domestic & commercial flooring and floorcovering industries and allied trades in Australia and N...

Flooring Magazine - October/November 2018  

The only trade publication dedicated to the domestic & commercial flooring and floorcovering industries and allied trades in Australia and N...