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Optimistic forecast for wall coverings

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Demand for wall coverings is projected to advance 8.2% annually from a weak 2010 base to $2.2 billion in 2015. 

Those numbers are from a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. The report, "Wall Coverings," calls for all the areas of wall coverings to show impressive growth through 2015.

Demand for wall coverings fell sharply in the wake of the economic recession and the collapse of the U.S. construction market, particularly residential construction, according to Freedonia. 

Demand for wallpaper products is projected to increase 7.3% annually to $480 million in 2015. Demand for wall panel products is forecast to increase 9.0% annually to $1.2 billion in 2015. And demand for decorative tile wall coverings is projected to increase 7.1% annually to $450 million in 2015.

Sales of wall panel products will benefit from the expected recovery in residential construction activity, coupled with improving prospects in nonresidential construction markets. Laminate panels, in particular sheet panels, will continue to dominate demand, but greater growth prospects will emerge for several products at opposite ends of the value spectrum.

In the wallpaper category, the development of such products as wallpaper borders, custom wallpaper and textured wallpaper is expected to generate interest and sales, according to Freedonia. Also, advances in wallpaper technology, which make these products easier to apply and remove, will expand sales opportunities.

 

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Lowe’s to sell electric car chargers

BY Brae Canlen

Lowe’s home improvement stores, in partnership with General Electric (GE), will introduce an electric vehicle charging station for home or commercial use at five California stores this August. Following the California introduction, the E WattStation will be available to 60 total stores in September, Lowe’s said, and nationwide through Lowes.com.

The GE WattStation, a Level 2 charger, fully charges an electric car in four to eight hours compared with standard overnight charging that can take as much as 12 to 14 hours. The wall-mount unit can be installed in an EV user’s garage or outdoors, operates on a 208-240VAC circuit and is designed to work within the EV ecosystem. The design of the GE WattStation is NEMA 3R rated to resist rain, sleet and even ice, according to GE.

Lowe’s installed a GE DuraStation EV Charging Station for use at its headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., and will also install commercial GE WattStations at select stores for public use. The GE WattStation is manufactured at a GE facility in Mebane, N.C.

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Image enhancements are part of the new Haieramerica.com

BY HBSDealer Staff

New York-based Haier has redesigned its Haieramerica.com website.

“Over the past several months we have globalized the Haier brand through a consistent logo and company tagline, Smarter Life-Better Planet,” said Richard Block, Haier’s VP marketing, North America. “The next component of that strategy is our website, which now has a new look and much more consumer-friendly navigation.”

The new Haieramerica.com was designed to meet the needs of the consumer, with a cleaner look and enhanced imagery, as well as a more intuitive navigation that makes it significantly easier to search the site for particular product needs. 

Along with technical improvements, the layout of products has been streamlined to provide more straightforward usability. The information that the consumer is seeking can be found upfront, often directly from the home page, where links to all product categories and company information are clearly displayed.

Additional enhancements include demonstration videos for key products and informational pages that walk the consumer through the decision-making process for purchasing such products as air conditioners. New features that center on consumer product education will roll out in the next few months, the company said.

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