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U.S. Rug Industry to Continue Growth Dominance over Carpet

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Residential Flooring.jpegThe U.S. rug business will continue its three-year reign over carpet, in terms of growth. Area rug sales should top $2.5 billion in 2016, a
3. 5% gain from 2015, reports FCNews Research.

Growing consumer demands for hard surfaces and custom rug programs have provided manufacturers with additional selling opportunities. According to FCNews, most traditional broadloom companies offer some variation of a custom rug program in which rugs are cut from broadloom and can be specifically tailored to the needs of consumers.

The trend represents an add-on opportunity that generates considerable revenue, one more flooring dealers and non-flooring outlets are leveraging. In fact, FCNews reports that some flooring retailers that previously diminished or even shelved the rug category are reconsidering its marketability, and using the Internet to push online sales.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

Water-like Polymer Creates High-Temperature Ceramics

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM
liquid polymerMix together the following ingredients—a little silicon, some boron, a smidge of carbon, a pinch of nitrogen and a dollop of hydrogen—and you might invent a liquid polymer that can transform into a ceramic with valuable thermal, optical and electronic properties.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

VOC Detection Device Breathes Life into Earlier Cancer Diagnosis

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Many cancer screening tests have been shown both to find cancer early and to improve survival rates. Colonoscopy, the gold standard for detection of colorectal cancer, is an unpleasant procedure that has yielded low rates of patient compliance. Other screening techniques include flexible sigmoidoscopy and barium enema x-ray tests, both of which are less invasive forms of colonoscopy but again, are unpleasant. Poor levels of patient compliance are common.
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Topics: Instrumentation and Sensors

PVC Pipe Proved Peerless by Life-Cycle Study

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM
A recent study supports polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe as having the environmental and economical attributes needed for long-lasting water and sewer systems. The report touts PVC pipe as less costly than other types of flexible piping for water, yet maintains performance and reliable service levels. The result: a product type that protects water quality and minimizes water main breaks, water loss, and infiltration and pavement repairs.
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Topics: Plastics