The increasing number of new types of products in the multilayer flooring sector continues to change the industry. The rise in product developments has led to the European MMFA (Multilayer Modular Flooring Association) embarking on a number of initiatives, technical discussions and projects.

Besides offering the advantages of different product characteristics and types of flooring in a single product, modular multilayer flooring (MMF) also gives designers the benefit of a broad and interesting design selection. Synchronous embossed decors with matt surfaces and a pleasantly soft touch are all the rage in the MMF segment, with the “shabby chic”’ look also being popular at the moment. Shabby chic designs include replica signs of wear and tear such as scratches in the surface of the MMF boards.

Within the wood reproduction products, the many varieties of oak as well as grey hues and matt white are popular. Within the residential sector, new stone MMF collections are increasingly being specified, while modern concrete look variants are also frequently used. An increasing number of residential clients are also opting for contemporary interpretations of classics such as slate, granite, sandstone, as well as ornamental marble decors.

Sustainable material combinations in MMF flooring products continue to increase the importance of eco-conscious MMF flooring. Numerous brand manufacturers now completely abstain from the use of phthalates or PVC and instead use eco-plasticisers such as vegetable oil-based epoxides or polymers from the polyolefins group.

One of the newer arrivals in the MMF market is thin MMF constructions based on sheet goods with a material thickness of only 4mm – 5mm for floating laying with click profile. In several products, wood-based highly compacted and double-sealed cores are used. These “Ultra Wood Fibre Boards” (UWF) promise high form stability, even when large temperature fluctuations occur.

Innovative solutions in the MMF market have led to manufacturers producing flooring products that have a self-repair function. If a flooring surface is damaged by indentations from furniture feet, for example, the molecules will move back to their original position within a short time thanks to technological advancements.

For more information, contact the MMFA via www.mmfa.eu.

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