Multilayer market is growing sustainably. At the invitation of the associate member Amorim Cork Composites, the stakeholders of the MMFA (Multilayer Modular Flooring Association) met on 27 and 28 April 2017 to hold its member’s meeting in Porto/Portugal. More than 70 participants found out about the latest developments in the industry and used the two days to work on the association’s current projects.
As of April 2017, the MMFA has grown to 44 members. This year the flooring manufacturer Falquon (Pritzwalk) joined as an ordinary member, new associate members are Sondermann Profile (Drolshagen) and A. + E. Ungricht together with Saueressig Design (both Mönchengladbach). In Porto, Volker Kettler, Convenor of the Technical Workgroup, together with Dr Rico Emmler (IHD Dresden), was able to present the initial results of the “Hot Spot” research work initiated by the MMFA. The extensive project deals with the “top surface localised heat conditions" (“hot spot”) on MMF floors – a situation, which can occur in practice due to sunlight exposure where room-high glazing is installed. The objective is to work up new, practical test methods for floating MMF floorings. Various click systems and different underlay materials are being considered. A clear picture will only emerge by combining several methods. Multilayer products still on the rise According to an internal association estimate, in 2016 the MMFA members achieved an approx. 55% share of the total market in classes 1 and 2 in their main market Western Europe. The MMFA expects annual increases of 10 to 15% for the total modular multilayer floorings market in the next three years. MMFA President Matthias Windmöller welcomed Harlan Stone, president of the newly founded North American association MFA (Multilayer Flooring Association), to the meeting in Porto. The two associations strive to achieve active professional exchange and want to work together on all levels for a successful future of innovative multilayer flooring. Stone invited the MMFA President to the MFA members’ meeting in the USA in July 2017. The MMFA workgroups will hold further meetings during this year, the member’s meeting in 2018 will be held on 25 and 26 April 2018 in Mönchengladbach/Germany. For more information contact Mrs Anke Wöhler, Public Relations;