Bielefeld, Germany

BIELEFELD, GERMANY  - Members of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) had multiple reasons to celebrate during the association’s 20th meeting in Bad Oeynhausen.

 Not only did association members celebrate EPLF’s milestone 20th anniversary, they also celebrated a small, but nonetheless upward trend in the European laminate flooring sector. According to a report issued during the meeting, the market for European produced laminate flooring was stable with a slight upward trend during the first quarter of 2014. In 2013 the EPLF reported an increase of .7 percent in market share.

The sales report noted differences in the individual sales markets, with eastern Europe, Asia, North America and South America recording gains, while sales in western Europe saw a slight decline.

Germany proved consistent as the largest single market, yet EPLF producers observed losses in the Turkish market. EPLF officials said the negative development of the exchange rate of the Turkish lira may be the reason for this decline.

EPLF also reported that its members continue to battle counterfeiting of laminate flooring products in the Russian market.

Also at the meeting, EPLF members bid goodbye to Dr. Theo Smet, who stepped down as chairman of the association's Technical Committee after serving 12 years. The members elected Eberhard Herrmann (Egger) as his successor.

The association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring has been actively involved in European and international standardization work since it was founded in 1994. In 2000 the association set the first mandatory standards for laminate flooring across Europe.

The next meeting of EPLF members will take place May 20-21, 2015 at Homag AG in Schopfloch, Germany. Homag is an associate member of the EPLF

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