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2010/04/12

Tarkett launches an ecological eucalyptus flooring product, a world first, under license from Style

Tarkett, a world leader in general and sports flooring solutions, has signed a license agreement with the Australian company Style , owner of patented technology regarding use of natural fibers. Under this agreement, Tarkett will produce a new generation of parquet flooring made from eucalyptus wood - the first of its kind on the market. This is a responsible and environmentally friendly product, developed with a view to preserving natural resources and using renewable materials. It is primarily intended for commercial use, and will be available as of late 2010.

Wooden flooring of unprecedented hardness and wear resistance 

Using a unique, patented production process, Tarkett will produce densified wood ensuring a finished product with a hardness and wear resistance that is unique on the market. As such, this ecological eucalyptus flooring will be three times harder than its oak equivalent.

Eucalyptus: a natural, renewable resource

Eucalyptus Grandis  is one of the most common tree species in Asia, Europe and Australia. It is also a very fast-growing tree, reaching maturity and becoming harvestable in only 8 to 10 years , as opposed to almost 100 years  for an oak tree. All the wood used comes from forests certified by the FSC  (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC  (Pan European Forest Certification). These organizations ensure responsible forestry management. Indeed, Tarkett was a key pioneer behind FSC certification.

A long-lasting product

The production method and wood types used ensure flooring products that are highly wear resistant and extremely stable  in all climatic conditions and at any ambient temperature. Raw materials will initially be provided by Style , while Tarkett rolls out its technology and makes the investments necessary to begin production in one of its West European plants.

"This innovation complies with our approach to sustainable development. It also allows us to develop a new commercial wood offering for collective customers, with a very attractive, warming and hard-wearing product, " said Patrick Mathieu, Tarkett President Western Europe.