We all love real wooden floors and sometimes printed vinyl and ceramic tiles printed to look like wood just doesn’t cut it. When bamboo flooring first hit the global market, we all thought BOOM… this was going to revolutionize and redirect the world’s insatiable consumption of old-growth hardwood trees. It hasn’t happened yet. Maybe with the shock of Covid-19, many more consumers will reassess the decisions they make from day to day and, with a little luck, materials like bamboo will hit the mainstream.
One company that has globally proven itself as a responsible and bankable bamboo material producer and promoter, is Moso Bamboo. We spoke to Andy Paige, managing director of Moso Africa. We got to explore some of Andy’s and, in turn, Moso Global’s core foundational principles in delivering great sustainable products and leading teams through tough times.
We spend so much time and effort choosing, specifying, and installing beautiful flooring yet we give so little time and consideration to protecting this investment in its most vulnerable period.
Post-installation protective products should be a compulsory purchase for any discerning site manager or installer, and that’s why we were so excited to interview Jurgens Terblanche from Dewpoint Industries, who are specialist suppliers in this field. Having seen multiple floors damaged or trashed due to unconscious post-installation contractor abuse or accidents, it’s easy to understand why a founding objective of Flooring Africa is to educate the market about tools, skills, and products like these that are readily available to save floors.
While we are all fairly familiar with the various formats of luxury vinyl flooring by now, the natural progression of this segment is to evolve from fixed shapes and decors into the wonderful world of customization. Never before have we seen the variety of possibilities available to us as presented by Amtico Commercial, a world leader of quality and design.
We chatted with Eva Kaiser, director of Evalution Flooring, and importer of the Amtico ranges into South Africa about her passion for colour, pattern, and sustainable management of this beautiful medium, also being Global Green Tag certified. Designers take note: if you are looking for an opportunity to elevate a flooring space beyond the traditional, then this is something you should definitely consider.
In this episode we showcase technology advancement driven by passion. Jeremy Stewart, owner of Seamless Flooring Systems, reveals his latest creations and products that take variable types of natural or recycled granule-based materials and transform them into technical, modern, and functional wall and floor mediums that wow the viewer.
From coloured quartz stone, glass, cork, or ground truck tyres and more, these materials are coated with variable pigments or glow in the dark solutions to deliver exciting technical solutions for our modern residential and commercial flooring industry. These products, paired with Jeremy’s passion for education and localized product development, propel him to the forefront as a homegrown South African flooring innovator and leader.
Working efficiently is the SECRET SAUCE to maximizing return in an ever more competitive and evolving market. When first introduced to this system of products, we knew it was a game-changer. It is the technology, and comprehension of how these technologies can accelerate your game, which will provide you with that competitive advantage and security in the end results.
In this interview, we chatted with Portamix Global’s CEO Miles Suckling and their UK and European sales director, Brian Burwood, on how this product delivers advantages and the benefits of this system in a post-Covid19 contractors’ world.
In setting trends, you need to lead and sometimes take large calculated chances. Renalde Pretorius has done just that and got it right. Her brand – Wanabiwood – is now a recognized South African flooring brand that continues to deliver products of value and quality across our nation.
Renalde chatted to us about her story and she shared some of her history on how she came to be in the flooring industry and what inspires her to step out and lead from the front. We also got a tease into what’s coming next in the Wanabiwood portfolio for 2020/21.
Every industry needs a champion who leads and motivates its people to higher levels of competence, understanding and engagement to make it better. Here in Southern Africa, we have Pasi Muzvidziwa, a flooring specialist who continues to push the boundaries of quality service and industry leadership.
While steering his own business – PasiFlooring – through these tough times, he is also our local flooring association’s (Southern African Wood, Laminate, and Flooring Associations) chairman, an organisation responsible for being the guiding light and champion of our industry. We had the awesome pleasure of exploring various questions and views on skills development in Africa and the unique structural dynamics of our local industry.