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ERFMI Newsletter 5 – June 2017


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• New Composition of ERFMI’s executive Committee:

John Patsavellas – president Altro
Fabrice Barthélemy – member Tarkett
Willem Burmanje – member Forbo
Pierre Convers – member Gerflor
Andreas Müller – member Nora

• Jean-Yves Simon re-elected as chairman of the Technical Committee

• Formation of a marketing contact group with one member per company

With these members as group or with selected task groups the new website will be kept up to date.
This Group will also function as a panel for marketing specific issues regarding ERFMI

• New Website

After some modifications and fine tuning the launch is foreseen in July 2017
Further elements still to be developed are an international version of a ‘Technical explorer’ and a password protected website

• Responsibility Pledge

A draft document will be developed by a special taskforce.
When accepted it will become an element for the website.

• ISO 20326: 2016

Resilient floor coverings – specification for floor panels / assembly for loose laying.
This standard covers all multilayer products with a resilient on top not having a PVC core, but cores like MDF, HDF, WPC with or without wood fiber.
This standard will be proposed to become an EN_ISO standard and then EN14085_2010 will be withdrawn

• Harmonisation of technical standards for modular floor coverings with a mechanical locking system

The work is going on, therefore so far no changes foreseen for:
EN_ISO 10582-2016
and ISO 20326 -2016 (see above)

• EN14041 – CE mark

The standard is out for no voting without VOC classes, because the EU delegated act is still not out.
Important is the standard will be approved at this stage.
Revision will follow after the delegated act is in place.
Latest news: the proposed model is again changed. We will keep you informed.

• Recycling projects for PVC floor coverings

ERFMI members are interested in a follow-up of the Fraunhofer dissolution project. We have applied for support from VinylPlus.
Oreade Suez has made the first tests with post-consumer PVC material to supplied by AgPR to neutralize occurring HCL to NaCl. This NaCL has to be purified to be used for the production of soda ash e.g. for glass production.
Results are promising but still a long way to go.

News overview