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Varnish manufacturer receives DIBt approval

According to the German approval body DIBt (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik), many requirements concerning hygiene, health and the environment are not covered by the European standard DIN EN 14342. Therefore, for health and fire protection, Germany will begin requiring national technical approvals from the DIBt, in addition to CE marking, for construction products that fall under this standard. The approval requirement for surface treatment agents and adhesives comes into effect on 01 January 2011. In addition, construction products used on site for gluing and coating parquet and wood flooring will also be subject to national technical approval. LOBA was the first varnish manufacturer to be granted the ‘Ü’ mark for its products; both the varnish Lobadur WS 2K Duo (gloss levels: semi-gloss; matt; extra matt; anti-slip R9 and R10) and the primer Lobadur WS EasyPrime in combination with Lobadur waterborne finishes.

Wilsonart out of flooring! Wilsonart International has said it will discontinue

tinue to put pressure on prices, the company said.

its Wilsonart Flooring product line in October and

preference for high-pressure laminate flooring and changes in pro-

“Despite focused resources and programming toward building

close both the flooring and cast sinks manufac-

cesses, procedures, people and product, we have not been able to

turing operations in Temple, Texas. (Reported in

dent of Wilsonart in North America. ”This convinces us that we will

sustain any turn-around in our business,” said Bill DiGaetano, presi-

be unable to uphold these businesses for future growth or invest-

The company, a division of publicly traded Illinois Tool Works, said

business will cease its international operations in December this

the decision was made due to the sluggish US economy and con-


ment.” Flooring manufacturing will be discontinued in October and the

tinuing declines in sales of both high-pressure laminate flooring and cast sink products. Wilsonart Flooring, which specialises in high-pressure laminates, competes not only with other laminate flooring products, but also with wood, vinyl, tile, carpet, and more. Wilsonart said that it’s high-pressure laminate flooring products are the only ones still manufactured in the United States, and are also among the highest priced laminate flooring offerings in the market today. Consumers, burdened by the economy and construction woes,

Wilsonart International was one of the first laminate floorcovering manufacturers to enter the South African flooring market, which it did with a bang – opening dedicated branches in each of the main centres throughout the country. Wilsonart International disinvested in 2005 yet continued to offer their HPL floor products through Ceiling & Partition Warehouse in Edenvale, and Nextstep Flooring in Cape Town. Although the WSA HPL range of floor products will no longer be available to the SA flooring industry, Nextstep Flooring will continue with their German partners, EGGER RETAIL PRODUCTS, [ERP], in sup-

have opted for lower prices versus higher value as they look for

plying the SA market with Egger’s range of high-quality laminate

ways to save, and competitive forces and foreign markets also con-

floors and associated floor products.

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FLOORS in Africa Journal 6'2010  

Africa's leading flooring magazine

FLOORS in Africa Journal 6'2010  

Africa's leading flooring magazine