New board elected in Berlin continues to promote the flooring objectives of this specific association.
Around 40 industry participants gathered in Berlin earlier this year at the second meeting of ordinary members of the MMFA – the Multilayer Modular Flooring Association. This event saw flooring manufacturer Unilin (Belgium) welcomed as a new ordinary member. The IHD Institute of Wood Technology Dresden (Germany) and the TFI Institute for Flooring Systems at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) joined as new supporting members. This has resulted in the MMFA now totalling 30 members.
“As of April, the MMFA comprises 15 European flooring manufacturers as ordinary members, 13 supplier companies as associate members, and two research institutes as supporting members,” says Matthias Windmöller, chairman of the MMFA.
At the regular MMFA board elections Matthias Windmöller (Windmöller Flooring Products) was confirmed in office as chairman of the board. Vice-chairman Edwin Lingg (Li & Co) did not stand for re-election in Berlin, but he will continue to provide expert support to the MMFA. In his absence, Volker Kettler (MeisterWerke Schulte), previously an additional member of the board, was elected Lingg’s successor by MMFA members. Following the members’ vote, Sebastian Wendel (Akzenta Paneele & Profile) was appointed to Kettler’s former position while Peter Hamberger (Hamberger Flooring) will remain treasurer of the association.
As was the case at the first meeting of ordinary members at the end of October 2013, the main focus of this meeting was on the association’s activities. A series of specialist talks provided the participants with detailed information on the topics of product labelling and selecting plastics for PVC flooring. On the second day of the event, the two MMFA working groups (Technology and Market Development) gathered once more for a joint meeting.
The first topic discussed by the Technology group was the continued development of European standards: the “prEN 16511” was voted through at the beginning of the year and the standard is expected to come into force as “EN 16511” shortly.
For the MMFA, it is essential that its technical work schedule looks at flooring as the overall system of different components as only the correct combination of underflooring, underlay material and multilayer modular flooring can exploit the full potential of the flooring system and extend its lifetime. A technical data sheet on this topic is currently undergoing development by the MMFA’s “Underlay” working group. Gert Bauerfeind (The Selit Group) presented a first draft of this document to members in Berlin.
Furthermore, aspects such as laying, cleaning and care were also on the MMFA’s agenda. Following appropriate preliminary work, the association hopes to issue concrete recommendations for handling underlay materials.
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