Products and technology
Wood Fiber Floor production and properties
Välinge anticipates that Wood Fibre Floors (WFF) with a Solid Surface based on the new Powder technology developed by Välinge in 2007 will most likely replace paper technology in the same way as DPL replaced HPL and mechanical locking replaced tongue and groove.
Powder technology is very cost efficient compared to traditional laminate production since several expensive and capital intensive production steps could be eliminated.
This extremely cost efficient production technology, where a powder based solid layer replaces printed decor paper and thin gray overlay paper, provides superior impact and wear properties and flexible design features, which are impossible to distinguish from real products such as stone and ceramics.
The easy and fast installation of such Wood Fiber Floors utilizing the Välinge Fold Down Technology are additional advantages that stone and ceramics cannot provide.
Very deep embossing, solid bevels, decorative grooves and crystal clear surfaces without gray overlays will be presented at Domotex and Surfaces.
All floorboards could be unique without repetition effects from printing cylinders and an endless variety of new designs could be introduced in the production line within a few minutes.
Wood Fiber Floors are anticipated to take major market shares from mainly ceramic floors but also from conventional laminate floorings since even wood designs could be produced.
Powder technology can be used to produce high quality products that will compete with the most advance flooring categories on the market but also to produce extremely cost efficient floors that could compete with the most cost efficient conventional laminate floors using the paper technology.
Investments are rather limited since conventional laminate presses are used. Välinge is able to provide all special equipment such as scattering and design stations. Välinge has also the capacity to deliver powder.