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Forbo News overview

Read about product introductions and news about Forbo Flooring Systems.


January 2017 - IF Design award for Marmoleum Cocoa

Marmoleum Cocoa receives iF DESIGN AWARD 2017

The new Marmoleum Cocoa collection, a cocoa husk enhanced linoleum design, has been awarded with the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017. The collection is part of the new Marmoleum Solid range which is at the heart of Forbo’s contemporary linoleum designs featuring amongst others new concrete, uni and semi-plain designs will be introduced in April.

Using cocoa husks as part of the Marmoleum Cocoa collection not only improves the sustainable profile of Forbo’s linoleum by adding a fifth natural ingredient, it also results in a new tactility and a design where the subtle organic scattering and fine coloration create a new and innovative design feature for the linoleum product category.

Introduction April 2017

Manufacturing Chocolate in the Netherlands originates from the 17th century and is located in the same region where Forbo Flooring Systems is manufacturing linoleum for well over one hundred years. The upcycling of the Cocoa industries’ waste stream is a fine example of Forbo’s continuous effort to innovate linoleum as the original and most sustainable resilient floor covering to date.

Marmoleum cocoa is available in a small collection of 5 earthly tones that are presented under the seducing names of white, milk and dark chocolate, earl grey chocolate and a mystery chocolate blue(s). The Marmoleum Solid collection of which the new Cocoa range is a part, is made up out of a new Walton series, a colourful piano design, original and coloured concrete designs and a an embossed slate variety, which is another innovative new design that will feature in Forbo’s new linoleum offer to be introduced in April.

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  • Press release IF Award 2017

    Press release IF Award 2017

January 2017 - New Luxury Vinyl Tile collections Allura

Aligned introduction of new Dry Back, Loose Lay and Click

The Forbo Flooring Systems Allura collection entering its 11th year and introducing its 4th collection renewal. This time the company presents five new collections, all produced in the Netherlands in a zero waste production environment with green credentials. The Allura Dry Back (glue down) collection is at the heart of the presentation. Over 100 different design presented in a large variety of shapes and formats. Allura presents in-house designed realistic close-to-nature designs which come to life through Forbo’s unique mat finish and subtle embossing techniques in no less than 14 different structures.

The Allura dry back range presents Forbo’s largest offer in ‘wood’ visuals to date and is characterized by innovative product concepts such as the Hungarian-point planks, XXL plank varieties and some spectacular realistic colourations. In addition to wood the Allura collection comprises realistic stones and concretes, brand new all-over and spectacular highlight designs. Allura can boast the markets best performance when it comes to dimensional stability, durability and performance as well as by its sound environmental profile.

The most comprehensive LVT offer in the market today

The Allura Loose Lay collection is designed with the application segments of retail, office and hospitality in mind. Wood, stone and concrete designs prevail and 34 of its designs are a one-on -one alternative to the designs found in the Allura Dry Back collection. Allura Flex, as the collection is called, present an extremely dimensional stable lay-flat stay-flat tile that can be used for commercial applications such as raised access floors in offices, temporary floors in utility buildings, but also for retail Allura Flex has the benefit of rapid overnight installation and direct occupation. The recycled content in the backing is controlled and comes from internal sources presenting a 100% phthalate free construction.

Allura Click matures with a brand new collection of 38 items that are available in both tile and plank formats. The enhanced angle and lay down locking systems allows for easy installation and is capable for usage in commercial environments when every speed and ease of installation are key. This brand new development also excels in dimensional stability and durability, like all Allura products. A large number of the designs in the
Allura click collection match those of the popular loose lay and dry back product offers. A residential offer in Forbo’s Allura Click construction are also available for the consumer market.

Press release Allura

  • Press release Allura

    Press release

December 2016 - Study on Indoor Environments

Delft Technical University to study the effects of floor coverings in the indoor environment

Forbo Flooring Systems is supporting Prof. Dr. Ph. Bluyssen and her team at Delft Technical University (Netherlands) for a two year field and lab study project to research the role of flooring materials in health, comfort and performance of children in class rooms. The study is both a holistic analysis of class rooms and student performance in real life situations as well as experimental and quasi experimental studies providing insights in environmental impacts, making use of the newly established university’s SENSELAB study centre.

In the study Prof. Bluyssen and her team will conduct interviews, visit a large number of randomly selected school buildings, collect and monitor data as well conducting test involving children age 10-12 in the specially built SENSELAB. In the SENSELAB different class room conditions can be evaluated. The study ultimately aims to define design guidelines for the use of different (flooring) materials in classrooms for different situations.

Committed to the Health of One

Forbo is interested in collecting the data in the interest of its flooring offer to schools, universities as well as other building types that are study or work related such as libraries, study centres and offices. In 2016 Forbo Flooring Systems launched its “Committed to the health of one initiative’ in which the company is actively searching and progressing its ambitions to make a positive contribution to the quality of the indoor environment. Forbo’s broad portfolio offering products with low indoor air emissions and phthalate free, is seen as a sound base for improving the indoor (air) climate and related effects on adults and children. The study is expected to provide initial results by September 2017.

Prof. Dr. Philomena M. Bluyssen occupies the Chair for Indoor Environment at the Delft University of Technology at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Department of Architecture, Engineering + Technology, Section Climate Design. Prof. Dr. Bluyssen is author many studies and publications as well as the book: ‘The healthy indoor environment: how to assess occupants’ wellbeing in buildings’ (2013)

Press release Indoor Environments

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October 2016 - Sphera Homogeneous vinyl

Sphera Homogeneous vinyl

In the summer of 2016 Forbo Flooring Systems inaugurated its greenfield operation location for homogeneous vinyl in Coevorden, The Netherlands. Although Forbo already for years has carried homogeneous vinyl as part of its portfolio, the new production set-up delivers a wealth of new opportunities. For creating Sphera, the new homogeneous product offering, Flooring Systems has used the latest insights and state of the art technology to create three individual collections that demonstrate superior characteristics in performance as well as by its sustainable profile.

See the Sphera homegeneous vinyl collection

Sphera Element 50049 yellow green
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    Sphera homogeneous vinyl press release

September 2015 - Leed Gold certificate for Forbo warehouse

Leed Gold certificate for Forbo warehouse

September 2015

Forbo Flooring Systems is the first company to receive a LEED Gold Certificate for a warehouse in the Netherlands. The Forbo LEED certified warehouse has also been nominated for LEED project of the year and the company has been nominated for the Leadership Award for Manufacturers.

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October 2016 - Exposition Broken White

Broken White / Aristotle’s Room

Akzo Nobel, Forbo Flooring Systems, Royal Mosa and Vescom show colours and materials at van Abbe Museum during Dutch Design Week 2016

Design Academy Eindhoven and the Van Abbe Museum join forces during Dutch Design Week 2016 in Broken White: an inspiring exhibition exploring our understanding of colour.

Aristotle’s Room is part of the exhibition Broken White and will be on show in Eindhoven at the Van Abbe Museum from the 8th October until the 6th November 2016. Dutch Design week runs from the 22nd until the 30th of October.

Broken White
  • Press release Broken White

    Press release Broken White