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Modular Multilayer Products gain traction

by Tania Wannenburg
MMFA gain traction Jnl 3 16

The MMFA implements high quality standards for modular multilayer flooring products in all markets.

The Multilayer Modular Flooring Association (MMFA), based in Bielefeld, has established itself as a leading European network in the international market within a short period of time. It has already brought together the major market players from the flooring sector and their suppliers. One of the goals of the MMFA is the implementation of high quality standards for modular multilayer flooring (MMF) products in all markets. To this end, the Association participates actively in standards committees, cooperates with other industry organisations and focuses on its in-house pilot research projects.

For MMFA President, Matthias Windmöller, the annual report is positive. “2015 has been a good and significant year of progress for the MMFA. The upward trend for modular multilayer products in our markets is now well-established,” he says. “At the same time, the MMFA, a young, European Association, has received approval and recognition as an international organisation.”

Interesting innovations in product features and design

For Sebastian Wendel, Market Development Chairman for the MMFA, there is one key reason why modular multilayer planks enjoy success in the market. “No other floorcovering combines the many advantages of different flooring categories in a single product,” he says. “Thanks to the benefits of floating installation and the innovative click-lock installation technique, laying the planks is a quick and secure process. At the same time, MMF flooring possesses all the positive characteristics of elastic coverings including being comfortable to walk on, warm to the touch, good room acoustics and easy to care for.”

Modular multilayer systems with a wood effect finish suitable for wet rooms, for example, continue to gain ground. Along with kitchen and bathroom applications, this flooring is an increasingly popular choice in the contract sector for many different areas from shop-fitting to doctors’ practices.

When it comes to multilayer planks, the extra-long version is currently a big trend; in line with the modern country style of furnishing, the preference is for longer and wider plank formats. With new developments in installation technology, even the larger boards can be clicked together securely. One interesting new development is the “all-round” click system that enables various-sized planks and tiles to be combined in one area for a custom look.

Rustic-style variety of surfaces and new tile formats

The major themes in the flooring markets still include the Scandinavian style with its light shades and clean lines and also the exciting mix of rustic and urban looks, where country style and contemporary “shabby chic” are creatively combined. By using cutting edge digital printing technology, manufacturers can be very flexible and satisfy the demand for custom designs within their collections.

“We are confident that in 2016, innovative multilayer products will continue to attract a great deal of attention in flooring markets,” Sebastian concludes.

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