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The Canadian Standards Association names a chairman

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Dr. BJ Yeh has been named chairman of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) 1369 Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels.

The Committee puts out four national consensus standards on plywood and oriented strand board in Canada: CSA O121 Candian Douglas Fir Plywood, CSA O151 Canadian Softwood Plywood, CSA O153 Poplar Plywood and CSA O325 Construction Sheathing.

Yeh is also director of technical services for APA-The Engineered Wood Association, which sponsors CSA standards on wood structural panels and structural glued laminated timber.

Yeh is a voting member on CSA O86 Engineering Design in Wood, Chair of ASTM D07.02 Committee on Lumber and Engineered Wood Products, Secretariat of seven American National Standards under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Convener of ISO Technical Committee TC165 Working Group 2 on Structural Glued Laminated Elements.

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Armstrong quits its European flooring business

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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.

For now, Armstrong says its expects DLW operations to continue as usual, including two manufacturing plants in Germany and various administrative offices across Europe.

Armstrong wll classify the results of the business under discontinued operations beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The European flooring business pulled in net sales of $144.7 million in the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, as well as an operating loss of $23.2 million.

Additionally, the carrying value of assets was $152.0 million as of Sept. 30, 2014, while the carrying value of liabilities was $171.3 million.

"Despite investing approximately $150 million in the business since 2007, DLW has been unable to generate profit or achieve its strategic plans. These results, and our ultimate decision, however, in no way reflect the dedication, effort and commitment of DLW employees over the years, for which we remain grateful," added Espe.

Armstrong originally acquired DLW in 1998 to help spur its European flooring business.

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Delta dishes on design for 2015

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Delta Faucet Company has shared its design outlook for 2015, which will see a particular focus on streamlined design, a natural look and bold motifs.

"The design team at Delta Faucet Company is constantly identifying trends and inspiration across design, travel, fashion and more, whether a new finish or the resurgence of a vintage style," said Judd Lord, Delta Faucet Company senior director of industrial design. "Our products undergo arduous research, evaluation and testing and they need to be designed to last for years. To innovate our design, we must be vigilant about finding the ways to inspire, motivate and excite our consumers."

In the Delta Faucet Company design team’s words, 2015 will the year of Natural Aesthetics, the Boldy Feminine and Smooth Geometry.

For the former, think subtle wood elements, powdery surfaces, uneven edges and organic shapes, as well as colors found in nature. "While natural does not mean neutral, it’s important to integrate softer hues into the home with earth tones such as soft gray, sky and sand," read a company statement. "This style allows homeowners to get creative – whether transforming a stained piece of wood into a kitchen counter or incorporating staghorn ferns into a wall mount."

What does Boldly Feminine mean, according to Delta? "Feminine curves paired with boisterous colors, subtle creams next to loud lace, this movement is an exercise in creativity and imagination. Pretty and practical, bold and bright, the style brings cheerful comfort to the home through robust, oversized floral patterns."

As for Smooth Geometry, Delta forsees a whole lot of geometric elements paired with clean simplicity. This might mean lots of rectangular shapes and slim features.

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