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Forbo News overview

Read about product introductions and news about Forbo Flooring Systems.


Forbo Flooring Systems’ Tessera carpet tile collection awarded Cradle to Cradle certification

Tessera Layout/Outline collection; presenting a sustainable alternative

Forbo Tessera carpet tile offer contains some 20 individual collections which amongst them present the most sustainable alternative in textile floor coverings by displaying an on average 58% of recycled content by weight. Supported by international recognition and green product ratings like BREEAM, SKA, GUT and LEED, Tessera can now also boast the Cradle to Cradle certification for its new Tessera Layout/Outline collection

The Cradle to Cradle certification considers the product on the basis of five individual criteria; material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

In accordance with the Creating Better Environments policy of Forbo Tessera carpet tiles are being developed using Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). This holistic view on the environmental impact of a product is the foundation to consciously analyse and improve the environmental performance. For maximum transparency Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are published. Product labelling is obtained to ensure the acknowledgement of this consistent LCA based environmental policy.

Tessera is produced with 100% green electricity. Besides making use of yarn which has been recycled from used fishing nets and pet bottles Forbo Flooring Systems also makes use of recycled backing material for its carpet tiles and a modified bitumen which only contains a small percentage of actual bitumen. The Forbo Tessera factory is accredited with the SA8000 certification.

Tessera carpet tiles offer solutions for the office environment as well as for leisure, hospitality and selected retail spaces. Tessera designs are coordinated with the resilient products in the Forbo Flooring systems portfolio and as such can be combined in individual projects and spaces.

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    Tessera layout & outline
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Forbo Flooring Systems’ Flotex collection at zero emission level

Flotex Zero Emission, champion floor for better indoor environments

Forbo Flotex again exemplifies its unique position as a High-Tech textile by introducing zero product emission* on all non-digital sheet floor covering. When indoor air environment is of key importance this product is guaranteed to be a safe choice.

Zero product emission levels in textiles are unique. Further, Flotex is unique as its surface is created by 70 million nylon 6.6. fibres per m2 that are electrostatically injected into an impermeable vinyl base, resulting in an extremely durable, hygienic, yet warm and comfortable surface which today unlike any other carpet can boast a zero emission level for better quality indoor air environments.

In addition, Flotex Zero Emission sheet is the only textile floor covering that carries an Allergy approval seal from the British Allergy Foundation because of the capability absorb fine dust and release it during vacuum or wet cleaning. Flotex is impermeable, has excellent acoustic properties and is slip-safe both in dry and wet conditions...

*emissions below detection limit after 28 day according to ISO 19000-9

Flotex zero emission press release

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July 2017 - New Flotex Cityscape collection, a three dimentional tile collection inspired on the urban landscape

Innovative embossing technique creates a new world for Flotex tiles

The new Flotex Cityscape collection is inspired on the lines and intersections that can be found in today’s modern urban landscapes as it captures the movement and dimensions of our cities. Referencing both their portrayal on maps as well as the grids that are formed by the architecture.

This Flotex collection builds on the innovation of a unique embossing technique that adds a striking 3D effect to the textile surface, that was first introduced on Forbo’s new collection of Flotex planks. Flotex city scape makes use of existing linear designs for the tile collection which are subsequently treated with precision embossing plates to create the 3D effect. Flotex Cityscape is available in two basic design “Integrity and ‘Complexity’ with in total 14 different colourways. The end-result is a striking, comfortable, hygienic textile floor which is both safe as well as extremely durable.

Flotex planks feature a surface of densely packed Nylon 6.6. fibres that provide an indestructible yet comfortable floor to walk on. Flotex is hygienic as the fibre catches and release fine dust to standard cleaning appliances.

Flotex Cityscape tiles are easy to install and can be combined with other floorcovering products from Forbo Flooring Systems such as the Allura flex loose lay tile and plank collection.

Flotex cityscape press release

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June 2017 - Flotex plank collection: setting a new standard in office design

New Flotex plank collection: setting a new standard in office design

Flotex high tech textile in a new modular format
With its new collection of Flotex high tech textile planks, Forbo Flooring Systems creates a new era for interior design in office and leisure & hospitality environments. The new collection contains 6 new designs, each available in a wide range of colourways. The planks, measuring 25 x 100cm, are easy to install and invite designers and architects to play with colour mixes as well as laying patterns. The end-result is a striking, comfortable, hygienic textile floor which is both safe as well as extremely durable.

Flotex planks feature a surface of densely packed Nylon 6.6. fibres that provide an indestructible yet comfortable floor to walk on. Flotex is hygienic as the fibre catches and release fine dust to standard cleaning appliances.

Embossing

The Flotex planks collection also introduces a new and innovative embossing technique in which the nylon fibres are compressed creating a 3D effect on the floor. The Flotex Triad design in which the embossing is introduced shows a metric pattern of embossed and colourful printed line patterns side by side, creating a spectacular all over floor design in which the shape of the plank still features as an additional design element.

Other designs in the collection feature an elegant box-cross graphic pattern, a colourful all over design with bright but warm colours and a series of so called natural designs featuring sea-grass, wood, stone and concrete patterns.

Flotex planks are easy to install and can be combined with other floorcovering products from Forbo Flooring Systems such as the Allura flex loose lay tile and plank collection.

Flotex planks press release

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April 2017 - Marmoleum Cocoa & Marmoleum Slate awarded with Reddot Design Award 2017

Marmoleum Cocoa and Marmoleum Slate receive Reddot Design Award 2017

2 of our newest Marmoleum flooring ranges - Marmoleum Cocoa and Marmoleum Slate - have been awarded with the Reddot Design Award 2017. The collections are part of the renewed Marmoleum Solid range which is at the heart of Forbo’s contemporary linoleum designs.

About Marmoleum Cocoa:
Marmoleum Cocoa is a cocoa husk enhanced linoleum design available in 5 earth tones. Using cocoa husks not only improves the sustainable profile of Forbo’s linoleum flooring by adding a 5th natural ingredient, it also results in a new tactility and design where the subtle organic scattering and fine coloration create an innovative design feature.

Manufacturing chocolate in the Netherlands originates from the 19th century and is located in the same region where Forbo Flooring Systems is manufacturing linoleum for well over 100 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.

About Marmoleum Slate:
Concrete and stone-like visuals always have been part of traditional linoleum designs which have their origin in the classic marbled varieties that are well known from the early linoleum days.

The new varieties in concrete and stone equivalents are more appealing to an audience that connects sustainability and design for modern environments.

With Marmoleum Slate Forbo created a random embossed structure on top of a minimal tone in tone marbled linoleum which resulted in a realistic slate floor covering. There are 5 slate varieties ranging from dark anthracite grey to copper and metal color tones.

Both Marmoleum Cocoa and Marmoleum Slate will be available from April 2017, together with the renewed ranges of Marmoleum Walton, Piano and Concrete, presented in Marmoleum Solid.
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  • Press Release RED DOT DESIGN AWARDS for Forbo Marmoleum Solid collection 2017.pdf

    Press release Reddot Design Awards 2017

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.

Press release

  • Press release IF Award 2017

    Press release IF Award 2017

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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