Norwegian producer Forestia is a leading supplier of particle boards in the Nordic region. By adding the 2G mechanical locking system on the long side of the company’s subflooring, Forestia becomes a pioneer in meeting the growing demand for particle board products with easy installation and outstanding locking performance.
“It's great to make everyday life easier for our customers, both from a cost- and installation perspective. It is important for us to be innovative and develop solutions which make the handing with our products easier and better for our end-users. Our expertise in raw material, combined with Välinge’s knowledge within locking technologies, made us come up with the best solution for click in load-bearing subflooring”, says Terje Sagbakken, CEO, Forestia.
The 2G locking system by Välinge is one of the most used and appreciated systems in the world for floating installation of laminate, wood and resilient flooring. However, angling installation of the long side also has a lot of advantages for subfloors. By customizing and adjusting the profile, Välinge has now established the basis for a whole new patent family, thereby allowing the 2G locking technology to develop further.
"Particle board subflooring is a completely new market for Välinge and we see a big potential. Välinge’s locking technology saves time and it provides a much smoother handling for the floor installer. We are proud to now being able to further reduce the costs and time spent on the construction site, by expanding our already extensive technology cooperation with floor manufacturers to include subfloor manufacturers as well,“ says Niclas Håkansson, CEO, Välinge Innovation.
The first range of particle board subfloors with Välinge’s locking technology will be on the market from August 2018.
Forestia AS produces particle board in various thicknesses and sizes for flooring, interior walls and ceilings and is one of the leading suppliers of particle board in the Nordic region. The company’s factory is placed in Braskereidfoss, Norway, and has a production capacity of 300,000 m3 of particle board per year. Since 2006, the company is owned by Byggma Group ASA.