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REHAU announces its surface line, RAUVISIO ingrain wood fiber laminate, that combines natural wood fibers with synchronized etching for a luxurious veneer aesthetic.

New to the North American market, wood fiber laminate is cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp bonded using vegetable-based adhesives, resulting in a high-performing, sustainable surface. With high-definition printing and precision REHAU LaserEdge duo-gloss embossing, the immersive patterns of RAUVISIO ingrain deliver an atmosphere of eco-conscience luxury to designed spaces.

“I find RAUVISIO ingrain very hard to describe, because it’s not like any other laminate on the market,” said Jesse Collins, director of marketing and communications at REHAU. “Without having actual peaks and valleys, the wood fiber laminate surface uses patterned lacquer to accentuate the grain. It channels light and contrast in such high definition that you’re convinced it’s a real veneer.

The three color collections of RAUVISIO ingrain are curated to create unique environments as they bring the comfort, beauty, and luxury of the natural world inside. The colors in the Timeless collection are pillars of any good design because of their versatility. Into offices, hotels, and restaurants, they carry a graceful worldliness that gleams confidently. The warm, deeply vibrant colors of the Horizon collection provide a sunny-side-up experience that nurtures elevated moods and keeps ideas flowing. Patterned for visual impact, the Atmosphere collection creates a mystical setting for resimercial spaces that need a spark of warmth and homeyness.

The RAUVISIO ingrain line is available in 15 colors of PSA laminate and edgeband as well as double-sided boards, finished panels and modern cabinet doors. The wood-fiber paper is crafted in Italy, laid-up stateside on a particle board core using PUR glue and seamlessly finished with REHAU LaserEdge for a monolithic effect. Grain-matched panels with expanses up to 47 in by 119 in (119 mm by 302 cm) are also possible.

Synchronized etching, the new, proprietary technology used in RAUVISIO ingrain, adds visual dimension to a wood-fiber pore by applying a patterned matte and low gloss finish. It delivers the soft, crisp graining of a veneer, without the overcompensations typical of melamine embossing. On REHAU LaserEdge, this technique known as duo-gloss, recreates each laminate color using a precision embossing pattern for a visually seamless surface-to-edge transition.

“Textured melamines have printed designs that are then subjected to a resin bath causing the image quality to become diluted. The resulting finish is typically glossy and artificial,” explained Scott Blaire, senior product engineer at REHAU. “RAUVISIO ingrain maintains a high-definition print because its finish is applied by a proprietary print-roller process in a unique matte and low-gloss texture that matches the grain pattern. To match this high-definition effect in REHAU LaserEdge, our color-match artisans have advanced our edgeband technology with complex designs that use patterns in the color, gloss and embossing.”

Crafted from organic materials, the laminate is free of melamine resins, formaldehyde, phenol and solvents, making it especially suitable for spaces that prioritize health and wellbeing in addition to sustainability. The extreme flexibility of the RAUVISIO ingrain PSA laminate makes it ideal for expansive interior vertical design elements, including curved walls and soft 3D applications, and opens the potential for low-temperature application using widely available adhesives.

RAUVISIO ingrain is a step up from melamine, offering superior heat and moisture resistance. Because it is 3 times thicker than melamine, it has more depth to create a tighter seal between surface and edge. The engineered natural material is an economical choice, eliminating the labor-intensive finish work of real veneer and coming in at one-third of the cost of pre-finished veneer.

Visit www.rehau.com for more information on this and other lines.

Genesis Products announced that it is expanding capabilities as a one-stop source for quality residential cabinet doors, drawers and components, which debuted at the recent International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, GA. Genesis is a fabricator for some of the largest cabinet manufacturers in America, offering a comprehensive range of styles and price points, along with customized contract door profile programs.

As a new face in residential cabinet doors, Genesis features premium styles and components including five-piece doors in mitered, cope and stick, and cap and dowel construction, as well as thermofoil and contemporary slab doors. Multiple profiles offer residential looks from traditional to trending.

“One of the strengths of our cabinet door program is our ability to support new product development and match existing programs,” said Cory Marvel, Product Manager, Genesis. “Our team of in-house engineers and designers partner with multiple domestic and global suppliers to offer customers virtually unlimited options. We can offer just-in-time or built-to-stock programs designed to meet any schedule and budget.”

The Genesis residential cabinet door line includes:

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5-Piece Laminate Doors

Paper- or vinyl-wrapped five-piece doors offer a classic cabinet door look in a variety of residential styles. Produced like traditional wood frame doors, laminate doors are more durable, cleanable and repeatable over time.

Thermofoil Laminate Doors

Detailed looks, durable and economical solution for commercial, multi-family and residential use. Standard or custom door styles feature a clean, high-performance aesthetic with a variety of finishes, including the ability to achieve a matte look.

Contemporary Slab Laminate Doors

Genesis research says 30% of Kitchen and Bath cabinets in the U.S. feature European-influenced contemporary style doors. European-style full-access slab doors and door fronts are manufactured with a variety of finishes and matching edge banding, offering endless options for this growing style trend.

Along with Cabinet Doors, Genesis specializes in every component of residential laminate cabinets and drawers. From CNC panel processing to mouldings, edge-banding and wrapping, Genesis offers the capacity, quality and customer commitment to act as a seamless extension of your manufacturing team. Boasting the industry’s largest selection of films and finishes, world-class manufacturing technologies and 100% domestic production, Genesis is the place where all the pieces come together for your cabinet program.

Visit www.genesisproductsinc.com to learn more about Genesis Products’ residential cabinet doors and components.

The Swiss developer and producer of high-end large format printers celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. What began as a six-man operation has since blossomed into an internationally active company with 200 employees.

It was on September 17, 2007, that Reto Eicher, Roland Fetting and Hansjörg Untersander had the swissQprint company entered in the commercial register. With a crew of six, the company was under way. Already on board was the present CEO, Kilian Hintermann. The following year, notwithstanding the financial crisis then in full swing, the team launched the first swissQprint flatbed printer.

swissQprint has since grown to employ around 200 people. 130 of them, the founders included, work at headquarters in Kriessern, Switzerland. The rest of the roughly 70 employees do duty at subsidiaries in Germany, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the USA and Japan. The company continued its growth through the pandemic years and pressed ahead with development projects. The latest product is Kudu, a high-end printer launched in May this year.

Today’s product range comprises eight models: six flatbed and two roll to roll printers. More than 1600 swissQprint machines are in operation worldwide. Sales and service are handled by six subsidiaries in concert with over 30 distribution partners around the globe. Development and production of the machines stays seated in Switzerland. Company headquarters also recently began managing sales to the Swiss home market.

In adtech and digital printing circles especially, swissQprint is an acknowledged brand: a byword for precision, reliability and durability. Indeed, even the very earliest printers continue ticking along like a Swiss watch. Users appreciate the versatility and user-friendliness of these large format printers, with their efficiency that generates high added value.

Visit www.swissqprint.com for more information.

Arclin, a chemistry-based manufacturer of engineered products for the building, transportation, agriculture and other industries, recently announced that it has named Brian Adams Senior Business Director — International Overlays. The newly created position will leverage Adams’ industry and leadership expertise to drive Arclin’s expansion and presence in international markets outside of North America.

Adams joins the company after serving as President and Managing Director of Surfactor North America. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in the wood products industry with a heavy focus on sales, marketing and production of surface overlay materials. He will be responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Arclin’s international overlays business.

“Brian has a high-energy sales-driven leadership style that is perfectly suited to Arclin as we focus on growing our surface overlay presence outside of North America,” said Matt Pogue, Arclin’s President of Engineered Building Solutions. Arclin engineers decorative and industrial surface overlays that enhance the performance of wood panels including plywood, particleboard, OSB, MDF and more.

“Arclin has long been the leader in value-add overlay technologies in North America,” said Pogue. “Our G&I (Growth and Innovation) team has been working diligently to expand Arclin’s reach around the world through product development and new market introduction,” he said, adding, “Brian, partnered with our G&I team, will lead the commercial execution of our legacy and new surfacing products to a much broader audience, including our recently launched Arclync and Arctek portfolios.” Adams will initially focus on South America, further expanding to Europe, Asia and Australia.

Adams is a graduate of Oregon State University from which he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Forest Products Management with a focus on Wood Science Engineering. He has previously worked for Universal Forest Products, among other industry-leading companies.

Visit www.arclin.com for more information.

Formica Corporation recently announced the opening of the 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition. This annual competition invites architecture and interior design students in the U.S., Canada and, new this year, Mexico, to showcase their creativity through original furniture designs that feature Formica Brand products.

Twins Table, a design by Sarah Dezember and Wenhan Zhang from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was the Grand Prize winner of the 2022 FORM Student Innovation Competition hosted by Formica Corporation. The 2023 competition launched this month and is open through March 6, 2023, with winners to be announced in April 2023.

This year’s challenge asks students to submit a color rendering and project statement for a furniture design that interprets the student’s concept of maximalism. The “new maximalism” revolves around maximum color, painterly print and rich textures. It allows a space for expressing individuality and unique perspectives. Students are asked to use their creativity when defining what maximalism means to them, which could be furniture with multiple patterns, unique architectural shapes or bold, saturated colors that draw the eye.

Student submissions must include three or more Formica or FENIX Brand products, including at least one from the SurfaceSet 2022 collection by Formica Corporation. They will have the chance to win cash prizes and national recognition and have their work showcased at NeoCon 2023. A distinguished panel of industry and design professionals will judge the student submissions.

“Each year, we continue to be impressed by the unparalleled originality and inventiveness students bring to this competition,” said Renee Hytry Derrington, managing principal of North American design at Formica Corporation. “We are incredibly excited to announce the expansion of the competition into Mexico, growing its international presence and celebrating innovative designs from the next generation across more of North America.”

The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash award and their design will be fabricated and displayed during NeoCon 2023 in Chicago. The second-place winner will be awarded $1,000 and the third-place winner will receive $500. The top three winners also will be invited to attend NeoCon as guests of Formica Corporation for the opportunity to network with industry professionals and get a taste of the design community.

INDEVCO Plastics, a sustainable plastics manufacturing division of INDEVCO North America, has named Demetri Papachristopoulos as VP of Sales & Marketing, effective September 6, 2022.

Papachristopoulos brings two decades of experience in sales and marketing to INDEVCO Plastics, with extensive industry knowledge of plastics extrusion and flexible packaging converting.

“Demetri is an accomplished and versatile leader adept at developing and leading high performing teams and driving profitable growth,” said Ned Bassil, CEO of INDEVCO North America. “He is a skilled communicator focused on building trust-based relationships to accelerate mutually beneficial programs with customers.”

Demetri will champion INDEVCO Plastics’ diversification across manufacturing plants in Longview, Texas and Orangeburg, South Carolina. He will interface with packaging converters to meet their sustainable packaging requirements.

INDEVCO Plastics produces industrial PE films in Longview, Texas, including form-fill-seal (FFS) film, centerfold sheeting, open mouth polybags, stretch hood, and print-ready shrink bundling film. In Orangeburg, South Carolina, INDEVCO Plastics has expanded its portfolio to sealant films and barrier films.

Bassil continues, “Demetri will be focused on growing the business while continuing to reinforce and develop our sales teams. He will lead our efforts to expand into adjacent markets and under-served industries.”

Before joining INDEVCO Plastics, Papachristopoulos served as National Sales Director at Plastic Packaging Technologies, VP of Sales for Eagle Flexible Packaging, and Strategic Account Manager at Polymer Packaging Incorporated.

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