CFL acquires Hymmen Jupiter digital printing line
Hamont, Belgium – According to i4F, a group of companies that provides patents and technologies to the flooring industry, CFL Flooring has acquired a Hymmen Jupiter digital printing line for its US facility and has signed a new digital printing technology license agreement with i4F. This reinforces both CFL’s long-term digital printing strategy and the company’s commitment to innovation “firsts”, while reducing its environmental footprint. CFL’s next-generation rigid core products will be produced using Hymmen’s Jupiter JPT-C print-to-board line.
With 4,500 employees, CFL Flooring is a global leader and innovator in the manufacture of rigid cores and other hybrid vinyl flooring solutions. Over the past 18 months, the company has invested heavily in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Calhoun, Georgia, which the company says is now fully operational. The new Jupiter digital printing line will be located in Calhoun and used to produce CFL’s next generation rigid core lines.
In addition to the multiple design and manufacturing benefits, CFL said the decision to purchase the digital printing line was driven by the goal of reducing its environmental footprint and becoming more sustainable. Digital printing eliminates the need for certain elements, reducing overall PVC usage, reducing plastic waste and reducing the supply chain impact associated with manufacturing.
Designed to enable 24/7 industrial production, Hymmen’s Jupiter JPT-C print-to-board lines deliver intelligent and highly accurate register accuracy, the company said. This ensures the highest levels of color stability and print quality while maintaining print speeds of 25-50 meters per minute.
i4F licenses the world’s most advanced digital printing technologies and provides exclusive access to all Hymmen digital printing technologies in the flooring industry. Digital printing will play a critical role in the future of new material flooring, as it allows unlimited design and embossing-in-register flexibility and can be applied to a wide variety of materials, the company says. This enables faster response times to market demands and trends and reduces material waste.