Customised Monforts stenters for floor coverings are upbeat
German Monforts customised, high performance for coating installations for floor coverings is profiting from worldwide growing carpet tile applications
According to Jürgen Hanel, Head of Monforts Technical Textiles Division, the company has produced a number of stenter installations for drying and backing systems for modular carpet tiles, rugs, mats, textiles and other floor covering applications. The latest Monforts stenter, Montex 8000 Series, is the most advanced carpet tile pre-coating stenter in the world, with a maximum width of 6.2 m, the Series 8000 TwinTherm has a minimum six chambers with 12 burners.
Jürgen Hanel adds: “each chamber has a separate burner for top and bottom to obtain a temperature differential. The web passing through the chambers are quite different on each side. One side is the surface you normally see and walk on and it is a fibre that has a lower melting point. The other side is made with adhesive latex that is applied to fix the fibres into a primary cloth. This is the reason for building the oven/dryer chambers with separate temperature control in the top and bottom of each chamber.”
Hanel is convinced that every structure in the world has to have floor covering, and this is not going to change. The economy may take time to recover, but floor coverings will still be in demand. There may be fewer dealers offering floor coverings, but to many more customers.
The floor covering industry was subjected to significant changes in the past few decades, and carpet tiles, known as modular carpet, are the most common coverings, followed by wood, broadloom and other alternative flooring in the commercial sector.
Today, the annual carpet tile market is worth USD 2.7 billion, and the USA is the biggest market with a share of 32 %, followed by Japan with 13 %. Carpet tiles are below a share of 50 %, except in Japan, thus the potential for further growth is there, especially in developing economies.
Modular flooring is particularly popular in US corporate and governmental offices, as well as in institutions such as schools and hospitals, because of its durability, ease of installation, maintenance and replacement.
Experts estimate that 1.6 to 1.8 billion m2 of new floor space will be needed annually between now and 2025 to accommodate China’s urban migration, this increase is the size of the current U.S. market. Additionally, India is expected to add between 700 and 900 million m2 per year. Also the markets of Russia and Brazil are earmarked for further growth, while a number of Asian countries step behind China as low cost manufacturers.