First U.S. manufacturer buys Hymmen digital printing line

HAMONT, Belgium – Engineered Floors in Dalton, Ga., has become the first manufacturer in the United States to purchase a Hymmen Jupiter Digital Printing Line for its flooring products.

Engineered Floors has also signed a license agreement with i4F for digital printing technologies. The i4F company is an innovations group focused on the development of patents and technologies for the flooring industry. 

Hymmen and i4F’s patent partnership gives i4F exclusive licensing rights for all Hymmen’s digital printing patents and technologies for flooring production.

Engineered Floors is a carpet manufacturer and flooring provider that serves multiple markets including retail, new home construction and multifamily.  

The digital printing line from Hymmen will be located in North Georgia where the company already operates multiple manufacturing facilities. The decision to start with the Jupiter Line highlights Engineered Floors’ strategy to digitally print all LVT flooring produced in North America using new materials.

Digital printing will play a crucial role in the future of new material flooring as it enables unlimited design and embossing-in-register flexibility and can be applied to a wide range of materials. This facilitates faster response times to market demands and trends while reducing material waste. 

Designed to enable 24/7 industrial production, Hymmen’s JPT-C print-to-board lines deliver intelligent and highly precise register accuracy.

This ensures color stability and print quality output while maintaining printing speeds of 25-50 meters per minute, the company said.

Robert E. Shaw, chairman, and CEO of Engineered Floors said, “The latest ‘Innovation and Technology have always been important to us. Whether it is carpet or LVT, our customers can expect high-quality stylish products made with disruptive technology like solution-dyed PET or digital print LVT. We will continue to innovate.” 

René Pankoke, Managing Partner of Hymmen added, “We are delighted to welcome Engineered Floors to Hymmen’s world of superior digital printing.  This has only been made possible thanks to our partnership with i4F.  As our exclusive licensing partner, i4F ensures freedom to operate under the patents in its digital printing cluster in the United States and beyond.”

i4F’s CEO, John Rietveldt, commented, “Engineered Floors continues to be a front runner especially when it comes to leading change within the global flooring industry through innovation. High-quality digitally printed flooring is the future and now Engineered Floors is pioneering that shift by producing all multi-layer modular flooring to digital printing.

Hymmen digital printing technologies produce the world’s most advanced flooring and are exclusively available via an i4F license.”  


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