i4F to exhibit at NAFCD 2022
Hamont, Belgium – i4F will be an exhibitor at NAFCD 2022, taking place November 1-3 in Chicago. This year, the company said it will zoom in on process technologies of the future, with new innovations available only through an i4F license, including i4F Be-Lite and AquaProtect.
i4F’s latest range of drop-lock technologies, including the custom herringbone installation system and True Grout from the surface finishing technologies cluster, will also be showcased at i4F’s booth, number 629.
i4F Be-Lite is a patented, breakthrough technology that the company believes will deliver a more sustainable manufacturing process for SPC panels to the global flooring industry. Thermoforming technology uses up to 20% less raw materials during the panel core manufacturing process, without sacrificing performance. This differs from other existing material saving techniques that remove and recycle materials after the manufacturing process of the panels, creating more waste, costs and CO2 emissions associated with transport and recycling of scrap. You will have earned back your investment within two weeks! The new technology is available exclusively through i4F as part of its portfolio of sustainability-focused process technologies and is the result of a patent partnership with CFL Flooring.
AquaProtect is a high-precision, resource-saving impregnation technology that protects up to 75% against water surface swelling, significantly increasing overall water resistance. Unlike other impregnation systems, the resource-saving AquaProtect technology uses a high-precision spray system that applies the hydrophobic impregnant exactly where it is needed, avoiding unnecessary overspray, the company said. AquaProtect seals the joint edges of both V-groove and non-V-groove laminate panels. AquaProtect treated laminate meets all recognized international laminate water resistance standards and tests, including NALFA and ISO 4760. AquaProtect also saves on core materials as it allows the use of standard HDF boards to achieve the same moisture resistance performance as HDF with 20% higher resin content .
“Our latest process technologies are designed to help with two of the top priorities facing the flooring industry: sustainable manufacturing and water-resistant products,” said John Rietveldt, CEO of i4F. “i4F Be-Lite and AquaProtect tackle these head-on and have the advantage of being affordable, easy to integrate into existing production lines and providing a quick return on investment. It is now time to implement production processes that do not cost the earth, in every sense of the word, to make a meaningful difference to our industry and the planet.”