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UNILIN increases wood flooring capacity with new production site in Czech Republic

Vyškov, Czech Republic, 17 October 2014 – UNILIN, part of the Mohawk Group, a leading global flooring manufacturer, announces the expansion of its production capacity for engineered wood floors. In response to an increasing demand, UNILIN is opening a state-of-the-art production site in Vyškov (Czech Republic). With this multimillion-euro investment, UNILIN strengthens its position as a preferred supplier of innovative wood flooring products.

Rapid market growth

Ever since UNILIN started producing engineered wood flooring in 2009, demand has been on the rise. Up until now, UNILIN’s wood products were mainly manufactured in Malaysia. To sustain the growth of engineered wood flooring, and because the bulk of this demand comes from European markets, UNILIN decided to expand its production and invest in a new, state-of-the-art facility in Europe. Besides having a central location – fostering shorter lead times and an improved level of customer service – the new site also needed to offer sufficient possibilities for future expansion.

Introducing innovative technology

When UNILIN joined forces with Magnum Parket, a leading Czech flooring brand, earlier this year, the ideal solution presented itself in Magnum’s Vyškov plant. Bringing together Magnum’s world-class expertise in engineered wood flooring manufacturing with UNILIN’s innovative technology opened up a new range of possibilities for both companies. As a first step in maximizing the return on this partnership, and to meet rising European demand for engineered wood flooring solutions, UNILIN has now completed a multimillion-euro investment in the former Magnum production site in Vyškov.

The revamped production facility is now fully ready to reap the benefits of UNILIN technology. Carl Plyson, General Manager Wood at UNILIN: “Several production lines were upgraded and modernized, increasing the plant’s overall efficiency and production capacity. From now on, the site will be capable of producing flooring products with UNILIN’s trademark Uniclic Multifit® click technology. With the addition of surface brushing and the ability to produce lacquered bevels, the Vyškov plant can count on the latest in flooring surface technologies.”

Towards sustainable production

By expanding the production volume in the Czech Republic, UNILIN will be able to offer shorter European supply lines. The available site capacity in Malaysia will be used to further grow mainly in Asia, US, Latin America and Australia. In addition, this expansion will also yield a 75% reduction in the company’s carbon footprint.

Plyson: “Sustainability has always been at the heart of our mission and vision, with all wood flooring products being made of 100% natural, PEFC certified wood. By opening a wood production in Europe, our home market, we will significantly reduce carbon emissions.”

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