HAMONT, Belgium – Engineered Floors in Dalton, Georgia, 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. i4F is an innovation group focused on developing patents and technologies for the flooring industry.
The patent partnership between Hymmen and i4F gives i4F exclusive licensing rights to all of Hymmen’s patents and digital printing technologies for the production of flooring.
Engineered Floors is a carpet manufacturer and flooring supplier serving multiple markets including retail, new home construction and multi-family housing.
Hymmen’s digital print line will be located in North Georgia, where the company already operates multiple manufacturing facilities. The decision to start with the Jupiter line underscores 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 allows unlimited flexibility in design and embossing in register 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 card printing lines offer intelligent and highly accurate registration accuracy.
This ensures color stability and print quality while maintaining print speeds of 25 to 50 meters per minute, the company said.
Robert E. Shaw, President and CEO of Engineered Floors, said, “The latest innovations and technologies have always been important to us. Whether it’s carpet or LVT, our customers can expect stylish, high-quality products made with breakthrough technology like solution-dyed PET or digitally printed LVT. We will continue to innovate. »
Rene Pankoke, Managing Partner of Hymmen, added, “We are delighted to welcome Engineered Floors to the world of superior Hymmen digital printing. This was only made possible through our partnership with i4F. As an exclusive licensing partner, i4F guarantees freedom to operate under patents in its digital printing cluster in the United States and beyond.
i4F CEO John Rietveldt said, “Engineered Floors continues to be a leader, especially when it comes to leading change within the global flooring industry through the ‘innovation. High quality digitally printed flooring is the future and Engineered Floors is at the forefront of this shift by producing all multi-layer modular flooring towards digital printing.
Hymmen digital printing technologies produce the most advanced flooring in the world and are exclusively available through an i4F license.