Resilient Flooring to Grow Nearly 4% Annually Through 2022

Global demand for resilient flooring is forecast to rise 3.9% per year to 3.7 billion square meters in 2022, outpacing growth for nonresilient flooring. Vinyl products – particularly LVT – are expected to gain market share, continuing the 2012-2017 trend. These and other trends are presented in Global Flooring, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Global demand for vinyl flooring is projected to advance 3.9% per year to 3.1 billion square meters in 2022. These products will continue to expand their share of the global market as penetration of LVT rises, aided by improvements in digital printing that have increased their aesthetic appeal. Niche multilayer flooring products also offer strong prospects, although penetration remains limited, particularly outside of developed countries. However, the pace of gains will moderate somewhat relative to the 2012-2017 period, when a strong rebound in the US market boosted growth.

Global demand for all types of resilient and nonresilient flooring is forecast to rise 3.1% per year to 21.0 billion square meters valued at $226 billion in 2022. Growth will be driven by increased construction of new housing and nonresidential buildings and the higher spending on improvements and repairs in existing buildings. The industry will also see greater use of finished floor coverings relative to total floor space as standards of living improve worldwide.

Global Flooring (published 01/2019, 465 pages) is available for $6700 from The Freedonia Group. Please link citations to

About The Freedonia Group
The Freedonia Group is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985, we have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Additional Construction & Building Product studies can be purchased at, and

Microban Continues Growth in Europe With New Strategic Distributor, Eigenmann & Veronelli

Microban® International, the global leader in antimicrobial and odor control and prevention solutions, announced early January 2019 that they reached an agreement with Eigenmann & Veronelli SPA for distribution of Microban products in select European markets.

Eigenmann & Veronelli will now distribute Microban’s full portfolio of antimicrobial and odor control technologies, including Scentry, Scentry Revive, AEGIS, ZPTech and SilverShield to customers located in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Russia.

“Expanding our presence in Europe through world-class partnerships and strategic initiatives, has been a priority for Microban over the past year,” said Pablo Perella-Berdun, vice president of global textiles for Microban.

“Extending this partnership agreement with Eigenmann & Veronelli, one of Europe’s leading chemical distributors, is another positive step for our organization. They’re an ideal partner to help us provide the best antimicrobial and odor control solutions for new markets in Europe.”

Microban’s portfolio, which provides solutions for apparel, furnishings, home textile and technical textiles, will now be easier for healthcare retailers, brands and their manufacturers to access and will allow Microban to provide enhanced customer service through more regional support and faster turnaround times.

Microban products are available now from the Eigenmann & Veronelli SPA distribution network.

About Microban
At Microban, we promise to redefine clean with proactive product protection that lives on. Our proactive systems keep products cleaner, and control odors better by preventing problems before they start. Microban drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products around the world. Today the Microban brand and technologies are featured on thousands of products worldwide. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit

About Eigenmann & Veronelli SPA
Established in 1910, Eigenmann & Veronelli has been creating value for customers and suppliers in the distribution and production of fine chemicals, specialty chemicals and performance materials for more than a century. Eigenmann & Veronelli combine local market knowledge with international chemical innovation to meet the ever-evolving demands of the global life sciences, nutrition, polymers and industrial chemical sectors.

SPESA to Host Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference in Conjunction with Techtextil North America

Techtextil North America announced in December 2018 that SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) will hold its Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday, February 27th, in conjunction with the show’s 2019 edition.

Since 2010, SPESA has hosted the Advancements Conference, which offers its attendees the opportunity to learn about the current and future state of the sewn products industry from leaders on the frontline of manufacturing. The one-day event will be organized into three panel discussions that address the top areas of technology advancements in manufacturing today, including microfactories, automation, and software connectivity.

“Every major manufacturer, brand, and retailer that touches the textile industry is talking about speed-to-market, reshoring, quality control, and improving supply chains,” said Michael McDonald, executive director of SPESA. “The Advancements Conference allows us to tackle these topics with the best experts in the industry. We’re very excited about February and the opportunity to gather insights about the major changes impacting manufacturing today.”

The co-location will provide attendees of both events access to the Techtextil North America exhibit hall, with exhibiting companies like Morgan Tecnica Spa, Apjet, Inc., Carr Textile, brrr°, Zund and more. Badgeholders will also have the ability to register for Techtextil North America’s paid Symposium, including a session on Industry 4.0, which will discuss the barriers, solutions, and current trends of automation and data exchange in moving towards a smart textile supply chain, featuring SPESA board member Dr. Mike Fralix of [TC]2. SPESA will also provide its conference attendees the opportunity to attend Techtextil North America’s Reception and Tours at NCSU, on the evening of Wednesday, February 27th, 2019.

“We believe that this co-location furthers the relationship between the technical textile and sewn products industries,” said Kristy Meade, Show Director for Technical Shows: Textiles, Sewn Products, Equipment and Technology at Messe Frankfurt, Inc. “As these two industries continue to evolve and innovate, the companies in each face similar challenges, and the solutions are increasingly dependent on collaboration and the incorporation of new technologies and processes throughout the supply chain.”

Techtextil North America is where manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and industry professionals come together for three days of networking, education & innovation. For more information and to register for the upcoming edition of Techtextil North America, February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina, please visit

For more information on the Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference please visit

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,400* employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €669* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organizing and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). *preliminary numbers 2017

Messe Frankfurt North America is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Messe Frankfurt North America produces nine shows within the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, the North American portfolio of events includes Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, Apparel Sourcing USA and Texworld USA, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City and NACE Automechanika Atlanta. For more information, please visit our website at

Background information on SPESA
Formed in 1990, SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) is the largest trade association in the Americas solely devoted to the advancement of suppliers of machinery, technology, ancillary equipment, parts, services, and other solutions for the development, manufacture, and distribution of sewn products. SPESA members serve the apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, military, technical/industrial textiles, and other sewn products segments. SPESA promotes and coordinates business and social interaction and provides opportunities for the sharing of industry-specific and general business information for its members and their customers. Learn more at

Polymetrix: Continuous success with SSP solutions for polymers

In March 2018 Beijing Sanlian Hope Shin-Gosen Technical Service Co. Ltd (SLHP) acquired 80% of the shares of Polymetrix AG, while 20% of the shares remained with Bühler AG in Switzerland. The strategic orientation of the new owners allows Polymetrix to grow rapidly and provide additional technology and engineering solutions for the polymer industry and plastics recycling industry.

The successful commissioning of the world’s largest bottle grade PET resin lines in China is marking another milestone in the up-scaling of SSP technology. Compared to conventional SSP technology the specific energy consumption per ton could be reduced by 50%. Each of the two world scale SSP lines has an annual production capacity of 570’000 tons.

In 2018 Polymetrix was awarded contracts for the production capacity expansions of various major bottle grade PET producers in Europe, Africa, China and South East Asia. The additional SSP capacity of totally more than 1’000’000 tons per annum will reach the markets in 2019 and 2020.

High viscosity resins for industrial yarn grades are another major area of application for SSP technology. During 2018 Polymetrix was awarded with orders to build twelve new IDY SSP lines in China, Europe and South East Asia. The line capacities are in the range of 70 to 130 tpd and will add a total of 450’000 tons per annum of IDY grade PET resins in the market.

Polymetrix’s SSP decontamination technology is a key process for the recycling of post consumer PET bottles into food grade resin for up to 100% reuse. Polymetrix was the successful bidder for major integrated PET recycling projects in Europe and Asia in 2018.

The new projects include two important novelties Polymetrix can now provide to the markets.
Polymetrix engineers fully integrated plants from post consumer PET bottles to food grade pellets.  The first integrated rPET plant built by Polymetrix will start-up end of 2019.
Polymetrix has developed a new small scale SSP technology for recycling capacities of 1,000 kg/hour and 1,500 kg/hour. The first small scale rPET SSP lines will be coming on stream in the third quarter of 2019.

About Beijing  Sanlian Hope Shin-Gosen Technical Service Co. Ltd (SLHP) – P.R.China
SLHP is a leading technology and engineering provider in P.R China for the manufacturing and processing of polyamide. For more information visit:

About Bühler AG – Switzerland
Every day, billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for food and mobility. The company strives for innovations for a better world, with a special focus on healthy, safe, and sustainable solutions. The company contribute significantly to feeding the world’s population, while setting the focus on food security and safety.

About Polymetrix AG – Switzerland
Polymetrix is a leading technology and engineering provider for processing and recycling solutions for polymers such as PET, PA, PBT, PC etc. /

PrimaLoft, Inc. debuts PrimaLoft Bio, the first synthetic insulation made from 100% recycled, biodegradable fibers

Fibers using proprietary technology enable highly accelerated rate of biodegradation

PrimaLoft, Inc., a global leader in advanced material technology solutions, introduced October 23, 2018 PrimaLoft® Bio, the first synthetic insulation made from 100% recycled, biodegradable fibers. Developed over the last four years by PrimaLoft’s team of scientists and engineers, PrimaLoft achieved this textile breakthrough without affecting the performance characteristics of the insulation. In accelerated test conditions simulating a landfill environment (ASTM D5511), PrimaLoft Bio fibers have reached near complete biodegradation in 394 days, a highly accelerated rate as compared to the negligible degradation observed in standard polyester, under the same conditions. This proprietary technology does not change the performance, look or feel of the garment and is expected to be available to consumers in fall 2020.

PrimaLoft Bio fibers break down when exposed to landfill or ocean environment. PrimaLoft has enhanced the fibers to be more attractive to the naturally-occurring microbes found in these anaerobic environments. The microbes eat away at the fibers at a faster rate, returning the insulation to nature. The biodegradation process leaves behind water, methane, carbon dioxide and biomass (expired microorganisms, organic waste). PrimaLoft Bio insulation will only biodegrade when exposed to the microbes in landfills or ocean water, thus, the insulation remains highly durable throughout its usable life cycle in a garment.

“With PrimaLoft Bio, PrimaLoft is leading the charge by redefining what sustainability really means,” said Mike Joyce, president and CEO of PrimaLoft. “Recycling is a good start but, we are intent on providing an even better answer to the environmental issues facing our industry. As we have been making sustainable products since 2007, PrimaLoft Bio speaks to the heart and soul of who we are. We looked at the global issues, including the proliferation of textile waste and microplastics, and determined how PrimaLoft could make a positive impact within our core competencies – material science and polymers.  This technology, one of the most significant global technology launches in the company’s history, provides a solution at the material level, which was key for our vision.”

The idea was already born in 2014 from the PrimaLoft product management. After two years of research, it took two years to develop the process and more than a year of testing with an independent lab. “PrimaLoft Bio has the potential to transform the outdoor and fashion/lifestyle industries’ supply chain,” said Dr. Charles Lancelot, a materials technologist who worked alongside PrimaLoft during the testing process. “Over 80% of discarded textile and garment wastes were landfilled in 2014 in the US, accounting for nearly 8% of the total waste. This advanced biodegradation technology from PrimaLoft leverages progressive end-of-life material science and demands the attention of every apparel brand interested in making a smaller environmental footprint.

PrimaLoft Bio expands upon PrimaLoft’s commitment to being Relentlessly Responsible, providing sustainable solutions throughout its business in order to lessen its impact on the earth. To date, PrimaLoft has saved more than 84.7 million plastic bottles from landfills and transformed them into premium insulation technologies. By 2020, 90% of PrimaLoft insulation products will have at least 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, without compromising performance. Earlier this year, PrimaLoft introduced its first insulations with 100% post-consumer recycled material. Moving forward, PrimaLoft is working diligently and investing to reduce its footprint through the supply chain with an emphasis on finding solutions for reducing energy, carbon emission reduction, utilizing biodegradable products and incorporating natural plant-based fibers in its products.

“With premium quality, we want our consumers to be able to enjoy their garments for many years,” continued Joyce. “Yet, we know that products have a life cycle and are eventually disposed one day. PrimaLoft Bio goes hand in hand with sustainability, by providing a solution for the end of a garment’s life cycle. We are excited to be the first to solve this problem in the synthetic insulation category.”

About PrimaLoft, Inc.
PrimaLoft, Inc., a materials science company based in Latham, New York with offices in Germany and China, is the world leader in research and innovative development of comfort solutions with high performance insulations, fabrics and yarns. The PrimaLoft brand, a registered trademark of PrimaLoft, Inc., delivers feel-good products that are used in the top global outdoor and fashion brands, home furnishings, work wear, hunting and military applications. PrimaLoft insulation was originally developed for the U.S. army as a water-resistant, synthetic alternative to down. Today, the brand is recognized as a benchmark in the outdoor industry for providing unsurpassed comfort in any condition, ultimately empowering users to stay in the moment. PrimaLoft, Inc. is active in sustainable textile production through partnerships with the bluesign® system, the International OEKO-TEX® Association and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index. For more information, please visit, and follow PrimaLoft on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.