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Message from the CEO Since its start-up in 1997, the IVC Group has played a leading role as an independent manufacturer of high-grade vinyl ﬂoorcoverings for residential and commercial use. Today, having extended the scope of its brands and product portfolio, the Group operates across the international stage, employing 1,250 people, working in ﬁve business units on two continents. IVC International develops and produces its ﬁrst-rate vinyl ﬂoors in two state-of-the-art production units in the Benelux: IVC Avelgem (BE) and IVC Wiltz (LUX). These plants also supply ﬁve distribution hubs in Russia and Poland. In Europe, our chief vinyl ﬂooring brands are Leoline® and Itec®, which are wholesaled and retailed in the residential and contract markets respectively. Across the pond, IVC US started life as a logistics centre, but quickly developed into the world s longest (and arguably greenest) production line for cushioned vinyl. As of 2010, our plant in Dalton and Georgia locally produce and distribute high-quality sheet vinyl to our clients all over the US. Making up the IVC Groups product portfolio of resilient ﬂooring is Moduleo®, a designer brand specialising in high-spec and fully recyclable modular LVT, which is produced in our high-tech works in Avelgem. All the IVC Groups ﬂagship plants occupy the industry s cutting edge in eco-friendly vinyl production. Thanks to our sustainably managed manufacturing processes, continuous drive for innovation and substantial investment in renewable energy, we have shown ourselves to be a company that truly cares. In January 2013, the IVC Group acquired Balterio®, an acclaimed producer of high-grade laminate ﬂooring, and Spanolux®, long-time leader in the market for MDF and woodbased building materials. The premium products of Balterio® are made in the automated and fully integrated production unit in Vielsalm, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. Throughout its rich history, the IVC Group has always stood by its creed: never rest on your laurels, never take anything for granted, and never stop exploring. Every day, we look for new and more eﬃcient ways of producing better and better-looking ﬂoors, and of combining premium quality with excellent customer service. Working together with our stakeholders, partners, and suppliers, and inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm of our teams, we invite you to discover the IVC Groups corporate identity and join our passionate quest for the stuﬀ that builds dreams from the ground up.
Jan Vergote CEO IVC Group
Filip Balcaen Chairman
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Company Proﬁle History The IVC Group was established in 1997 and has since developed into an independent powerhouse in the market of synthetic ﬂooring solutions.
2004 2004 Opening of an IVC Group warehouse in Dalton, GA, USA
1997 Establishment of IVC, headquartered in Avelgem, Belgium
2004 Incorporation of IVC US to service the North American markets
2006 2006 Takeover of a production unit in Wiltz, Luxembourg
2008 Acquisition of Domo Cushion Floor
2008 Opening of the IVC Shanghai oﬃce
2009 Opening of an IVC Group warehouse in Saint Petersburg, Russia
2009 2009 Launch of Moduleo LVT
2010 Rebranding IVC Group
2010 2010 Opening of a state-of-the-art production unit in Dalton, GA, USA
2012 Opening of the new Moduleo production unit for LVT in Avelgem, Belgium
2013 2013 Acquisition of Balterio and Spanolux
2014 Opening of a new production unit for LVT in the United States
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Market Leader With a worldwide capacity of 140 million square metres of ﬂooring per year, the IVC Group leads Europe s residential ﬂooring market. Every day, the 1,250 members of the IVC Group family bring to life our company creed and commitment to a superior brand of products designed to set trends and inspire conﬁdence and style. At the IVC Group, we presume nothing and pay attention to everything, and that has allowed us to break the mould of vinyl ﬂooring for more than 15 years.
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Global Presence Pushing the boundaries of residential and commercial ďŹ‚ooring, the IVC Group delivers its products and services to more than 112 countries around the world.
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Production & Distribution 1 Avelgem & Vielsalm (BE) 2 Wiltz (LU) 3 Dalton (GA, USA) Distribution 4 Saint Petersburg (RU) 5 Moscow (RU) 6 Yekaterinburg (RU) 7 Novosibirsk (RU) 3PL-Distribution 8 Leicester (UK) 9 TFS (UK) Sales OďŹƒces 10 Sint-Baafs-Vijve (BE) 11 Derby (UK) 12 Dusseldorf (DE) 13 Shanghai (CN)
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Why Work with the IVC Group? Because as your next project partner, we oﬀer:
Top-q quality products that meet the highest standard ds,, inclu uding REACH A long traditio on of innovation in ﬂooring solutions An extensive choicce in ﬂoor specs and product designs Fashion-forward collections that capture today s market trends A portfolio of strong international brands
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Robust technical knowhow and industry expertise Hands-on customer services and dedicated sales teams Reliable and responsive collaborations and partnerships Large own produ uctiion capacity guaraanteeing fast worldwide delivery A socially re esponsible and sustainable outlook on the world of ďŹ‚ooring
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Moduleo s luxury vinyl tiles and planks are made in a cutting-edge production facility in Avelgem (Belgium), making them the eco-smart ﬂooring choice for anyone looking to transform his or her room from the ground up. Moduleo can be used in light commercial applications, and is also retailed under private label. In the near future, Moduleo will also be produced in the USA.
Leoline® / Flexitec®
Under the brand names Leoline (Europe) and Flexitec (USA), the IVC Group oﬀers a huge selection of resilient vinyl ﬂoorcoverings for residential use, including highstreet commercial applications. Ranging from classic elegance to contemporary cool, and standing up to everyday wear and tear along the way, the IVC Group s home brands provide an all-round ﬂooring solution that strikes the perfect balance between quality, durability, economy and style.
The Itec moniker was coined in 2008 and brings together the IVC Group s collections of contract ﬂoors. The versatile Itec products oﬀer a responsive and assured way of ﬂooring that meets the most exacting market demands in terms of build quality, health, safety, and the environment. Itec specialises in commercial, safety and acoustic ﬂooring, and aims to produce ﬁrst-rate vinyl ﬂoors that are perfectly ﬁtted to any commercial application or setting in a wide range of decorative designs.
The IVC Group s products are distributed through retailers and wholesalers, both individual brand and under private labels. The Leoline catalogue comprises three tiers of quality and performance ‒ smart, solid, and super ‒ delivering the styles and specs to match virtually any room and requirement.
Balterio, which the IVC Group acquired in 2013, produces laminate ﬂooring that enjoys an excellent market reputation. It is wholesaled and retailed either as a premium brand or under private label. The vertically integrated and fully automated production unit in Vielsalm (Belgium) guarantees great but aﬀordable quality and an excellent customer service. Balterio aspires to remain a green-hearted pioneer and trendsetter in the mid- to high-end market of laminate ﬂoors, ready to embrace the future.
Spanolux® Spanolux produces a wide variety of performance MDF/HDF and wood particle boards for building, construction and interior decoration purposes. Its dedicated plant in Vielsalm is the only one of its kind in Belgium. Spanolux mainly focuses on growth, ﬂexibility and a strong customer service.
Moduleo® Moduleo, established in 2011, is the IVC Group s latest in-house development, combining high-tech innovation and hyper-realistic inspirations that celebrate modular design in a big way.
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Vinyl Flooring Solutions
Vinyl, an informed & inspired choice
Vinyl is tough to beat. Compared to other ﬂoor types, it delivers the best value for money in one all-inclusive package that oﬀers a winning combination of comfort, performance, versatility, ease of use and installation. Our resilient ﬂoors are available in diﬀerent sizes, specs and forms (sheet and modular vinyl) that let you discover the practical side of contemporary elegance and style.
Leoline is our European residential brand for all sheet vinyl collections. It epitomises the IVC Group s core business and consists of an extensive selection of sheet vinyl ﬂoors that all oﬀer an unrivalled blend of comfort, quality and style. Leoline aims to be the smart and elegant choice for customers in need of a durable and budgetconscious ﬂooring solution that strikes the perfect balance between everyday functionality and timeless beauty.
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Smart ‒ Solid ‒ Super As advertised, Leoline SMART ﬂoors make for a clever choice. They combine into a budget-friendly ﬂooring solution that has style and performance to spare, making them the ideal long-term or temporary companion for practical people who want to keep their decor looking fresh. The aerated, lowweight SMART level ensures optimum resilience, eﬀortless quality and a healthy indoor environment in settings that see normal to high levels of foot traﬃc. The SOLID range strikes the perfect balance between functionality and fashion, and explores the best of both worlds. Targeting the style-savvy consumer who s willing to pay a little extra for a design ﬂoor that goes a longer way, the versatile SOLID collections anticipate the latest trends in residential ﬂooring, supported by strong performance features that can cope with the most demanding circumstances. Our SUPER ﬂoors are the cream of the Leoline crop, oﬀering people extremely durable designer ﬂoors that feel right at home in the most challenging (and chic) environments. Their semi-contract quality also makes them ideally suited for most commercial applications, providing comfort, quality and elegance in spades to the discerning customer who won t settle for anything less than the absolute best.
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Brand Promises Timeless Beauty From a long series of quirky colours to a broad range of evergreen patterns and designs we cater to every taste, striking a chord with the interior decorator in all of us. Our vinyl ﬂoors are available in just about any shade or style you can imagine, including those that mimic other ﬂoor types ‒ like natural stone and parquet ‒ with pitchperfect precision. Everyday Convenience All our products are as economical as they are elegant. Our vinyl ﬂoors are easy to install, clean and maintain. Leoline ﬂoors are very comfortable to stand on, thanks to their resilience, insulate well against noise and cold and can even be combined with underﬂoor heating. Durable Design If you re looking for a ﬂooring solution that will last a lifetime, Leoline ﬂoors are the way to go. All our ﬂoors have a design you ll never want to replace. Luckily enough, you won t need to, thanks to the IVC Group s performance wear layers and coatings. But if you do feel like a change, remember that durable means strong , not tough to replace . Our ﬂoors are a breeze to install, with minimal eﬀort and scrap, saving you time and money. Leoline ﬂoors can also be recycled, which adds to their long-lasting charm and appeal.
Healthy Flooring Leoline vinyl ﬂooring is water-resistant and virtually seamless, so dust is hardly ever an issue, and bacteria don t stand a chance, not even in warm and wet areas. Equipped to ﬁght grime and resist most allergens, Leoline ﬂoors also have VOC emission levels that stay far below the accepted values. Optimising the quality of your indoor air, Leoline is the healthy ﬂooring solution that lets everyone breathe easily. Aﬀordable Aesthetics Who doesn t want to feel proud of their home? Floors are an essential part of any decor, and make a strong statement about the look and feel of your house. The days when a beautiful ﬂoor was something of a luxury are long gone. With our wide range of striking patterns and grains, we have made fashionable ﬂooring aﬀordable. You get that lavish and expensive look you ve always wanted ‒ for less.
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Leoline® Features & Beneﬁts
Wide range of designs
Easy to clean and maintain
Realistic, natural look
Sound and heat insulating 14
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R&D and innovation
Dedicated customer care
Easy to install Custom-made solutions
Moisture and slipresistant CORPORATE BROCHURE
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Moduleo specialises in the development and production of highquality, modular vinyl ﬂoors for residential and commercial use. Oﬀering a diverse range of stylish planks and tiles with unparalleled green credentials, Moduleo is an industry-expert in natural-looking and durable luxury vinyl ﬂooring.
❶ PU Protective Coating ❷ Wear Layer
All Moduleo products are available in a CLICK version (ﬂoating installation) and in a dryback version (adhesive required).
Print layer ❹ Back Layer
❸ Glass Fibre Middle layer ❸ Glass Fibre
Contribute to a better dimensional stability of your ﬂoor.
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Composition Thanks to its unique composition, a Moduleo plank or tile oﬀers many advantages to its users. The glass ﬁbre and synthetic layers safeguard your dimensional ﬂoor stability, while the wear layer guarantees a long and low-maintenance life. In addition, all our products have a Protectonite® PU protective coating that oﬀers extra resilience against scuﬀs and scratches, as well as a moisture-resistant and uniquely textured ﬁnish. ❶ PU protective coating: oﬀers extra resilience against scuﬀs and scratches, as well as a moisture-resistant and premium ﬁnish with added texture. ❷ Wear layer: protects the design. Thanks to its structure, the wear layer contributes to the natural look of our planks and tiles. ❸ Glass ﬁbre layers: contribute to a better dimensional stability of your ﬂoor. ❹ Back layer: a sound absorbing back layer that, thanks to its reﬁned texture, contributes to an easy installation of our Moduleo planks and tiles.
Collections Select Beautiful and durable, Select is ideal for any area of the family home. Combining the natural look of stone and wood with the durability of vinyl technology, Select is scuﬀ-proof with a Protectonite® PU protective layer, moisture-resistant (making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms) and easy to clean. Select can deal with even the most demanding environments and comes with a 15 year warranty. Transform The Moduleo Transform range features a hard-wearing top layer, making it ideal for commercial as well as domestic applications. Available in wood and stone eﬀects, Transform features a thick Protectonite® PU coating that is easy to clean, ensuring that your ﬂoor is well-protected from scuﬀs and stains. Transform is moisture-resistant and has an anti-slip rating of R10.
Transform is delivered with a 20 year warranty with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BRE A+ rating, A+ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & BREEAM accreditation. Impress Our latest collection s name immediately makes clear what the collection represents: a truly unique impression. Moduleo Impress, an exclusive concept of modular vinyl ﬂoors for residential and commercial use, bringing to life the authenticity and detailed reﬁnement of wood with character, is a tribute to the beauty of nature. The emboss in register procedure contributes to the true-to-nature look and feel of the Impress ﬂoors. The result? An answer to all contemporary interior decorating trends and needs of the contract market (for instance a 0.55mm wear layer). In short: a ﬂoor that impresses.
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ModuleoÂŽ Features & BeneďŹ ts
Extra sharp and extra large design with little repetition
Strong acoustic insulation
Moisture-resistant, perfect for areas that are prone to slips, such as kitchens or bathrooms Slip-resistant, with an anti-slip rating of R10
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Strong thermal insulation, leading to a lower energy consumption and a smaller environmental impact
Natural look & feel thanks to the crisp nature-inspired design, added texture and V-groove
Guaranteed long-lasting quality with warranties up to 20 years Scratch- and scuďŹ€- resistant, courtesy of our unique ProtectoniteÂŽ PU wear layer
Easy and economical to clean and maintain
Very strong credentials ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Indoor Air Quality (A+) BRE (A+) CORPORATE BROCHURE
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Itec produces heavy-duty vinyl ﬂoors for the contract and semicontract market, meeting the most exacting market demands in terms of build quality, health and safety, and the environment.
Itec® EN 649
Itec is an expert in safety and acoustic ﬂooring and aims to produce ﬁrst-rate vinyl ﬂoors that can match any commercial application or setting. Itec isafe ﬂoors are designed to withstand high levels of foot traﬃc and come with a high slip resistance to provide style, stability and unrivalled safety in the most demanding circumstances. Our acoustic ranges, for their part, oﬀer carpet-like quiet thanks to their padded back, which is also a great thermal insulator. This results in an impressive reduction of footfall and ambient noises, ﬁlling the room with a hush to rival that of a carpet. 20
Penta, Atom, Concept Polyurethane layer
Wear layer Design Compact
High density backing
Itec® EN 649 safety
Itec® EN 651
isafe one, isafe apex
Silento, Axento, Optimise
Slip restraint particles
Sound insulation & warm touch
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A ﬁtting solution for every commercial project
A collaboration that delivers results
Whether you have a project in healthcare, education, hospitality or oﬃce building, Itec has the perfect ﬂooring solution tailored to your speciﬁc requirements and needs. Furnishing rooms with high-grade performance ﬂoors, we aim to inspire wellbeing and comfort around the house, and around the clock.
The IVC Group not only produces ﬂoors, it provides solutions. In every stage of the process we propose tailor-made ideas that match the unique vision of our partners. Working in close rapport with architects, project developers, contractors and local stakeholders, our experts are able to help bring your next renovation or building project to life, with ﬂoors that put the ﬁnishing touch to every room.
Amongst others, we oﬀer solutions for: - healthcare - education - hospitality - oﬃce building - industry - social housing
With the IVC Group you get a wide portfolio of ﬂooring solutions and one easy point of access and contact. Because at IVC Group, we believe in ﬂoors that build sustainable visions from the ground up.
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Itec® Features & Beneﬁts
Scratch- and scuﬀ-proof, thanks to our unique Hyperguard+® polyurethane wear layer
Strong thermal insulation, leading to a lower energy consumption and a smaller environmental impact
Easy installation over most subﬂoors
Built to cope with heavy footfall and frequent traﬃc
Hyper-realistic, natural look
Hygienic, counteracting the growth of bacteria and mildew
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Eco-friendly, as all our products meet the most stringent VOC standards (AgBB) and are produced safely and eﬃciently
Easy-going maintenance regime
Resists wet and damp
Slip restraint, with an anti-slip rating up to R11
Acoustic insulation up to Δ 19dB
Very strong industry credentials ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Indoor Air Quality (A+) BRE (A+) CORPORATE BROCHURE
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Balterio® Wood-based Laminate Flooring Solutions
Balterio oﬀers high-quality, wood-based laminate ﬂooring in diﬀerent styles and plank sizes. The wide selection of bevelededge ﬁnishes and true-to-nature® structures make Balterio laminate ﬂooring hardly distinguishable from real parquet and wooden ﬂoors. Thanks to our patented comfort installation systems, Balterio laminate ﬂoors install with maximum ease in no time at all.
Innovative top layer and structure
High-density core HDF board made by Spanolux
Strong click connection
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Balterio not only oﬀers high quality laminate ﬂoors, but also a variety of accessories to ﬁnish the ﬂoor in style and worriless enjoyment for years. In combination with our well-balanced oﬀer of underﬂoors, Balterio oﬀers a lifetime warranty on the integrity of the click system. Matching skirtings and proﬁles let you ﬁnish the ﬂoor in style. Consumers all over the world are enjoying Balterio laminate ﬂoors in their houses: read their stories on www.balterio.com.
Brand Promises Style Balterio wood-based laminate ﬂoorings follow the latest trends in interior design, oﬀering no less than 350 diﬀerent decors and/or colours. Whether you like modern, contemporary, rustic or minimalistic, the Balterio portfolio is sure to cater to your taste. Thanks to our innovations True-to-Nature®, ChromeZone® and 3D Wood-Eﬀect® , in combination with our lineup of beveled edges such as Nano V-Groove®, Micro V-Groove®, V-Groove® and Random V-Groove®, it is nearly impossible to tell Balterio ﬂoors apart from genuine parquet and hardwood ﬂoors. Quality All Balterio wood-based laminate ﬂoorings are produced in our high-tech production facility in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. The fully automated plant is vertically integrated, which means that we control every stage of the production chain, which guarantees the highest quality.
We produce our own core HDF boards exclusively from epicea (= type of pine) and we make sure to impregnate the decor paper, overlay and balancer. Thanks to our self-suﬃcient production process, we are able to oﬀer residential and commercial warranties of up to 33 years. Simplicity Balterio s trademark click systems ensure fast, smooth and easy installation for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. Sustainability Balterio s program for sustainable entrepreneurship is called Embrace the Future and moves along four strategic axes: production, innovation, certiﬁcation and community. The program s objective is to combine ecological, social and economic interests in a proﬁtable way. Read the IVC Group s Corporate Responsibility brochure to ﬁnd out how Balterio embraces the future.
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Balterio® Features & Beneﬁts
Easy to install. Our ClickXpress®, DropXpress® or PressXress® ensure a strong and seamless transition.
Strong acoustic insulation, especially when used in combination with our special subﬂoors.
Warm and cosy with all-natural look and feel
Scratch- and scruﬀ-resistant
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100% Belgian. Our laminate is developed and produced in Belgium before being distributed around the world.
Moisture-resistant, thanks to the strong Spanolux HDF boards
Wear-resistant, proofed against the impact of heels, stains, etc. Versatile range of designs, from grainy woodland charm to modern ďŹ‚ights of fancy.
Guaranteed long-lasting quality, with warranties up to 33 years
Sustainable & 100% healthy
Very strong credentials: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, The Blue Angel, Indoor Air Quality (A+), PEFC CORPORATE BROCHURE
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SpanoluxÂŽ HDF & MDF Solutions
Spanolux started producing high-quality MDF & HDF wood particle boards in 1998. The company delivers top-quality products, which are a staple of the building sector. The company s fast delivery times are strongly appreciated by its customers.
HDF wood particle boards All HDF (High Density Fibreboard) boards Spanolux produces are solely destined to be used as a core board for the Balterio laminate ďŹ‚oors.
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MDF wood particle boards Spanolux s wide variety of performance MDF wood particle boards are used for a gamut of building, construction and interior decoration solutions: Fibrabel® Lightweight MDF board to be used in furniture industry Umidax® Moisture-resistant MDF board to be used in humid conditions (e.g. bathroom doors) Firax® Fire-retardant MDF board to be used under strict conditions in construction MDF Prime® Pre-primed MDF board ready to be painted or used in decorative applications MDF Black Core black MDF board to be used in decorative applications such as interior decoration MDF Pure® Low emission MDF board
Standard MDF MDF boards to be used in all kinds of industries.
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Design & Development
Since the foundation of the IVC Group in 1997, the company has never ceased to invest in new technology, extra capacity, better eﬃciency and more sustainable solutions.
A little invention can go a long way The IVC Group s creative department has the art and craft to turn run-of-the-mill ﬂoors into a full-bodied fashion statement. Bringing their rich imagination to bear on the latest CAD/CAM systems and printing cylinders, our creative whizzes take pride in designing virtually ﬂawless reproductions of just about any material and texture known to man: stone, minerals, wood, sand, concrete, ... whatever mother nature can throw at them, whatever takes our clients fancy, they ve got it covered. A little invention can make a big impression.
Our ultramodern machinery is capable of producing the widest range of products. This technical prowess, combined with the commitment and the professionalism of our production team, has resulted in an optimal price/quality relationship.
The ﬂoor is yours But the IVC Group s designer prints and patterns are much, much more than imitations of nature s bounty: they express an individual lifestyle, bathed in style and colour, the mark of a true conversation piece. Such is the philosophy of a company that involves its customers and partners in every step of the creative process, while keeping close tabs on the changing trends in the international market. Whether it s retro or deco, shabby chic or simply classic, urban eclectic or country club, the IVC Group takes a fresh perspective on visually stunning ﬂooring solutions and invites everyone to brainstorm along: the ﬂoor is yours.
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Quality At the IVC Group, we want our ﬂoors to be the best they can be. To make absolutely, positively sure that they are, we have put in place a stringent system of testing & quality assurance procedures, which make up a pivotal step in the overall design and development process. Here are some of the rigorous tests conducted in our plants in order to make sure our customers get the top-quality products they deserve: ■ Crack Resistance test Measures the strength that is required to make the vinyl ﬂoor buckle and crack. ■ Delamination Test Gauges the power of adhesion between diﬀerent layers by measuring the force needed to tear two layers apart.
■ Dimensional Stability and Curling Determines whether (or not) the vinyl ﬂoor curls, shrinks or expands by ﬁrst exposing it to a temperature of 80° C and subsequently allowing it to acclimatize to room temperature. ■ Thickness Test Measures the thickness of our vinyl ﬂoors to verify if we meet all European standards (we do). ■ Wear layer Thickness Test Measures the thickness of the wear layer using microscopy. ■ Furniture Leg Test Pits our vinyl against three types of furniture leg, which are dragged across the ﬂoor vinyl with a pressure of 100kg to see what the damage is.
■ Residual Indentation Test Measures the residual indentation and elasticity of our vinyl by controlling its reaction on an exposure to a pressure of 50kg/cm² during a period of 2.5hours. Furniture Leg Test
■ Castor Chair Test Evaluates the wear and tear resistance of our vinyl ﬂoors by unleashing a castor chair and examining changes in the ﬂoor s look and stability (25,000 to 50,000 rotations).
■ Ramp Test (slip resistance) Under controlled conditions, a test person wearing control shoes walks back and forth over the ﬂoor covering, whose slope is incremen-
tally increased towards the so-called acceptance angle (the point where the average person would loose his or her footing). Special lubricants are used to mimic speciﬁc real-life conditions, like wet or oily ﬂoors. This yields a rating from R9 to R13. ■ Surface Roughness Measurement (RZ) A meter scans the surface of the ﬂoorcovering in 10 diﬀerent areas, travelling a 4mm distance and covering ﬁve 0.8mm sections in which it measures the highest and lowest point encountered. The Rz value is the average of these and suggests the slip potential of the ﬂoor in wet conditions. ■ Pendulum Test A pendulum, attached to a spring-loaded foot equipped with a standard rubber slider, is made to swing back and forth so that it connects with a dry or wet test ﬂoor over a ﬁxed distance. The extent to which the pendulum fails to reach the height of its release (the zero point) on the overswing is used to calculate the slip resistance of the ﬂoor.
Residual Indentation Test
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Social & Environmental Responsibility
Our Community, Our Creativity Our catalogue of products is the IVC Group s calling card, to be sure, but the real core and capital of the Group are its employees. Without their boundless enthusiasm and unique creative talents, the IVC Group simply wouldn t be able to produce the quality products our customers have come to expect from us. In return, the IVC Group does everything it can to create and foster a safe and inspiring working environment for its people to thrive in. Everyone is invited to join and help shape the shared vision of the IVC Group, regardless of sex, age, colour or creed: working together as individuals, free to express their opinion and explore their talents to the fullest extent, the ﬂoor is theirs for the making ‒ and taking.
■ Training & Personal Development At the IVC Group, we intend to stay ahead of the learning curve. The search for real inspiration and innovation requires us to expand our horizon every day. That is why the IVC Group is proud to give its employees ample opportunity to develop their individual skill sets, explore new and exciting possibilities, and advance their knowledge and career. ■ A Safe Workplace From the outset, the IVC Group has been deeply committed to preventing and reducing the number of accidents in the workplace. This resolve underpins the IVC Group s ongoing eﬀorts to create an even better, healthier and safer workplace.
Energy ■ Wind park In 2012, the IVC Group obtained the required construction and environmental permits for a wind park on its premises. The construction of the 3 wind mills started in spring 2014. This inexhaustible source of energy now supplies power to our factories in Avelgem and the three of them combined account for more than one third of the annual energy consumption of our factories. ■ Solar Power In Dalton, Georgia, 454 solar panels, capable of generating a combined per annum total of more than 10,000kWh, provide enough green juice to power IVC USA s ﬂeet of electrical lifting trucks, which run on rechargeable batteries. The garden of photovoltaic panels will also create a healthier environment while reducing the plant s overall emission levels, which are already 250% sub industry par. Now that s low.
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■ Cooling Water At the IVC Group, the water required to manufacture high-grade vinyl is passed through a closed-loop circuit, where it is cooled, cleaned and recycled into the manufacturing process. En route, the ﬂow is puriﬁed by reclaimed thermal energy. The IVC Group has also invested in a daring experiment that uses surface water from the nearby Scheldt as a coolant. So far, the results of this experiment have been very encouraging with a 30% boost in energy eﬃciency and zero damage to the environment. ■ Energy Recovery In every one of our plants, we recover and re-use energy in the course of the production process. The IVC Group calls this The Big Commute principle. And we stick by it, every step of the way! Want to know how this works? Learn all about it in our Corporate Responsibility brochure.
Materials ■ Sustainable Woods Balterio makes a point of using only PEFC-certiﬁed materials in its high-density ﬁbreboards. This means that the woods inside our products are sourced from sustainably managed forests, where the local resources and ecosystems get treated with the love and respect they deserve. ■ Recycled Resources Our Moduleo design ﬂoors partly consist of recycled materials of a controlled origin. Through postindustrial recycling we are able to distil a particularly pure type of PVC with a very limited impact on the environment. Similarly, Leoline s Greentex ﬂoors, which come with a padded textile back, use recycled household plastics, such as PET bottles and plastic containers.
■ Making our Commitment Click IVC s patented click-lock systems ClickXpress®, DropXpress®, PressXPress®, together with our Balterio attachment clips and the Moduleo Click system with L2C technology banish potential contaminants like adhesives from the installation process of the ﬂoor and skirting, resulting in a perfect ﬁt with a healthy ﬁnish.
Waste Management ■ Waste Water With the exception of tap water and rainwater, the plants of the IVC Group do not waste or spill a single drop of H2O. Water is not only used as a natural coolant in the production cycle, but also as a cleaning product during the stages of printing. ■ Waste Streams From the get-go in 1997, the IVC Group has made a point of recycling the PVC waste streams generated in the manufacture of its products. Vinyl scraps are salvaged and then pressed into bales, ready to be re-used in a wide variety of applications. All surplus PVC paste is similarly recovered and injected back into the production process of our sheet vinyl.
Curbing Emissions ■ Volatile Organic Compounds The processing of PVC inevitably releases VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, which can cause damage to the environment. The IVC Group, however, uses suction and diversion to remove potentially harmful VOC emissions at the source. In Avelgem, the diﬀusions are rounded up and rerouted into a state-of-the-art condenser, which is able to recoup the bulk of these compounds and re-use them in the production process.
■ Indoor Air Quality The release of volatile organic compounds is not only conﬁned to the in-house production process of vinyl, but also likely to occur throughout the entire lifespan of building materials. Some products (such as glue, paint, or wooden panels) are liable to emit concentrations of VOCs for prolonged periods of time. The IVC Group has made great strides in counteracting this phenomenon, and in safeguarding the Indoor Air Quality for the duration of our ﬂoors long and healthy life. This commitment has earned our products the green A+ label, the highest accolade awarded by the French authorities. ■ Water-based Inks and PU Coatings The IVC Group exclusively uses water-based inks for its printing purposes. This decision has completely eliminated the risk of hazardous toxins being released into the air, and markedly reduced our carbon footprint overall. Moreover, the polyurethane ﬁnish that protects our Moduleo ﬂoors and keeps them looking fresh is entirely water-based.
Keeping Track of our Achievements ■ BRE Ecopoints All Itec and Moduleo products have been certiﬁed by BRE Global, the Building Research Establishment in the UK. In order to acquire this certiﬁcation, products are submitted to a life cycle assessment (LCA). Our excellent A+ and A ratings demonstrate the real progress the IVC Group has made in reducing the environmental impact of its products.
Want to learn more about our eﬀorts? Take a look at our Corporate Responsibility brochure.
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Meeting International Standards & Norms Certiﬁcate / Label
What it means
The Blue Angel is only awarded to products and services that are of considerable beneﬁt to the environment and meet high standards of serviceability, health, and occupational protection.
All Balterio laminate ﬂoors carry the Blue Angel label.
BRE (British Research Establishment) subjects products to a full life cycle assessment, that examines the environmental impact associated with the individual stages in a product s life from cradle to grave.
Moduleo and Itec achieved an excellent A+ and A rating.
CE EN 14041:2004
EN 14041:2004 details the requirements for CE marking of textile, laminate and resilient ﬂoor coverings.
Balterio s laminate products outperform the proviso for E1 CE-conformity by a factor of 10.
Der Grüne Punkt
The Green Dot (Der Grüne Punkt) is the license symbol of a European network of industry-funded systems for recycling the packaging materials of consumer goods.
Our Spanolux branch can boast the Green Dot label for retrieving and recycling all our Balterio product packaging.
DIBt is by far the most unforgiving interpretation of the European directive for the safe and sustainable use of construction products.
All our vinyl products satisfy the stringent emission criteria as stipulated by the renowned DIBt Institute.
Construction products, decoration and furnishing products to be traded in France for the ﬁrst time are to be labelled with the Émissions dans l air intérieur classiﬁcation on the basis of VOC emissions tests.
Balterio, Leoline, Itec and Moduleo carry the green A+ label.
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Émissions dans l air intérieur
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Certiﬁcate / Label
What it means
FloorScore® was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) together with Scientiﬁc Certiﬁcation Systems (SCS) to test and certify ﬂooring products for compliance with the volatile organic compound emissions criteria of the California Section 01350 standard.
Moduleo s luxury vinyl planks and tiles have obtained an excellent FloorScore that qualiﬁes them for use in public spaces such as schools and healthcare facilities.
The ISO 9000 family standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. ISO 9001:2008 sets out the requirements of a quality management system.
The IVC Group is ISO 9001 certiﬁed in all our production sites worldwide.
This oﬃcial seal of approval refers to the international standard in environmental management systems and lets everyone know that a company is actually living up to its ecological promises and policies.
The Environmental Management Systems of Balterio, Spanolux and IVC NV in Avelgem are ISO 14001 certiﬁed.
REACH, the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods and the free circulation of substances on the internal market.
The IVC Group carefully vets the raw materials we buy and process, making sure that they do not contain suspect or potentially harmful substances.
Recovinyl works as a neutral mediator between recyclers and converters. Its role is to certify the quality and volume of recycled PVC being put in the market by its recycling partners and to certify the volume of recycled PVC used by its converting partners on new products.
The IVC recycling plant in Avelgem is audited and certiﬁed under the Eucertplast Scheme for European Plastic Recyclers. The Recovinyl Plus certiﬁcate of compliance is awarded.
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S079XX999Z.EN - Corporate brochure EN - Juni 2014
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Published on Jun 6, 2014
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