December 15, 2014

Armstrong World Industries is breaking it off with its European flooring business as well as discontinue funding for its DLW subsidiary, which filed for insolvency in Germany as a result.

"Our difficult, but necessary, decision to exit the European flooring business and discontinue funding our DLW subsidiary in Germany was the culmination of a comprehensive evaluation of strategic alternatives following years of disappointing results, multiple restructuring initiatives and significant financial investments," said Armstrong CEO Matthew Espe.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

April 23, 2014

New London, N.C.-based Fiberon, maker of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products, hired Robert Staudte as its new European market manager. Staudte will oversee marketing and sales for all European countries from his office in Gütersloh, Germany.

April 2, 2014

Each year, HCN raises its flag full-staff in honor of the homegrown manufacturing efforts taking place on our soil. Particularly in the building materials and home improvement industry, many enterprising suppliers go the Made-in-USA way because, as they put it, it’s the obvious choice.

April 2, 2014

Around the globe, sellers from country A who promote their products as “Made in country A” are quick to point out that country A products are known for their quality, even by buyers from country C.

Let’s call it “the universal theory of country-of-origin quality,” and it was on full display at the recent Internationale Eisenwarenmesse (International Hardware Fair) in Cologne, Germany.

March 17, 2014

Analog is out, digital is in, and efficiency is here to stay. 

That’s according to the organizers of the 2014 International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany. The three-day event wrapped up last week, but the trends carry on in the form of “improved efficiency, ergonomics and digitality” across all hardware segments.

March 13, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- In what is certainly not the last presentation on three-dimensional printing technology and its uncertain role in the future of commerce, a German technologist explained why we will someday be producing goods in the living room.

The revolution in 3-D printing -- the process of making a three-dimensional solid object out of digital information -- is likely to develop slowly, he said, as efficiencies in design compound over time, making 3-D-printing machines easier to own and operate.

March 13, 2014

West Palm Beach, Fla.-based GeoGlobal Partners, a leading North American provider of innovative water gardening brands, has been acquired by The OASE Group headquartered in Hörstel, Germany.

The transaction has been closed with immediate effect and the terms were not disclosed.

GeoGlobal brands include Gardenique, pond boss, smartpond and TotalPond.

March 10, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- John Herbert has a front row seat on the global home-improvement retailing scene. The former president of EXPO Design Center West Coast (USA) and the current general secretary of the European DIY-Retail Association, Herbert identified six major changes facing retailers in 2014.

March 10, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- European economists have a new phrase to describe their expectations for future growth. Out of fashion is "cautiously optimistic." In fashion is "moderately positive, but wobbly."

February 19, 2014

For the 27th time, the American Hardware Manufacturers Association’s USA Pavilion will this year celebrate 27 years as an exhibitor at the International Hardware Fair Cologne in Cologne, Germany, scheduled to run from March 9 through March 12, 2014.  

January 17, 2014

Home remodeling and design platform Houzz is opening its first offices abroad, a move motivated by the 35% share online traffic that already comes from outside the U.S.

October 17, 2013

Munich, Germany-based Osram has appointed Jes Munk Hansen as the new CEO of its Americas business, as well as president and CEO of Osram Sylvania, effective Oct. 16. He replaces Rick Leaman, who has left to pursue other interests.

August 15, 2013

Swedish retailer IKEA has bought a wind farm in Ireland to power its furniture stores in Dublin and Belfast, according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph. 

March 12, 2013

The Paint – Finishing & Façade: Exhibition in Cologne attracted 47,000 trade visitors from 78 countries, according to conference organizers.

November 9, 2012

Researchers and experts often examine different generations in the workplace, looking for clues to improve management effectiveness. Recent studies suggest that employers should think twice before making stereotypical assumptions about individual employees based on age.

October 23, 2012

Green Energy Renewable Solutions has entered into a joint venture with eCycling USA to expand its Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D) deconstruction plans to include electronic and whiteware waste using a proprietary system developed in Germany. ECycling USA has already partnered with the German firm, called Adelman Umwelt GmbH, to implement 100 electronic waste (e-waste) demanufacturing and materials reclamation sites across the United States. Adelman currently has 60 plants operating throughout Europe.

May 14, 2012

Spoga+gafa is coming back to Cologne, Germany, Sept. 2 to 4, creating a global marketplace for outdoor living buyers and sellers. 

One of the buzzwords at this year’s event is sustainability, which will play a more prominent role in the event’s “Boulevard of Ideas.” The trade fair for the lawn and garden sector -- named for the German words for sports/leisure and garden -- is organized by Koelnmesse and held in Cologne.

March 30, 2012

Cologne, Germany — In the hallway connecting the multiple levels of show floors here at the sprawling Koelnmesse exhibition center, Manfred Maus, the famous pioneer of German home center retailing and founder of OBI, is pacing while talking on his cell phone. He later tells a reporter that home centers maybe should rethink their model.

March 30, 2012

During the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse in Cologne, Germany, a steady stream of taxis shuttled visitors from the convention center, across the railroad tracks and to a home center at 20 Istanbul Strasse. That’s where one of the biggest, latest, modern Bauhaus home center attracts customers from this ancient city on the Rhine.

Coming out of a cab, one visitor from China asked a reporter: “Did they allow you to take photos?”

Answer: Well, nobody said we couldn’t.

March 8, 2012

From the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse -- or the International Hardware Fair --  in Cologne, Germany, an editor and a camera crew visit the booths of Pferd, Einhell and Rhodius. 

March 6, 2012

Cologne, Germany -- Arrow Fastener Co. of Saddle Brook, N.J., has a pair of new executives leading international development. Part of their message is the American know-how.

Roberto Izaquirre, VP of international sales, told Home Channel News: “International growth is one of our top priorities.”

March 6, 2012

Cologne, Germany -- Does home center retailing need a new business model? One DIY pioneer thinks so. 

Manfred Maus, who in 1970 founded OBI, which grew to become Germany’s largest DIY home center, spoke to Home Channel News at the 2012 Internationale Eisenwarenmesse – or International Hardware Fair – in Cologne, Germany. 

“My children and my grandchildren will buy completely differently than we buy,” he said. “I think the home center concept is old. We need a new business model.”

March 5, 2012

Cologne, Germany -- From the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, a torque wrench, a cutting plier and triple-blade cutting tool earned innovation awards.

Koelnmesse, organizer of the 2012 International Hardware Fair, and the Central Hardware Trade Association (ZHH) jointly awarded the “EISEN 2012” innovation prize for the top tool products, industrial supplies, fastening and connection systems and fittings.

The winners are: