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Unilin unveils modern grout solution at Domotex Asia 2024


Unilin Technologies, the IP and technology division of Unilin, is thrilled to announce the launch of Unigrout Slim, a grout imitation bevel that brings the sophisticated appearance of ceramic tiles to vinyl flooring without the need for actual grout. Unigrout Slim will make its premiere at Domotex Shanghai, offering attendees an exclusive first look at this innovative product design.

Unilin’s Matte Bevel Technology empowers Wuxi Boda


Unilin Technologies, the IP and technology division of Unilin, is pleased to announce that Wuxi Boda Bamboo and Wood Industry Co., Ltd. (hereafter referred to as "Wuxi Boda") - in the wake of Novalis - has started the mass production of the Matte Bevel technology. The adoption of the Matte Bevel technology will raise the bar for Wuxi Boda’s SPC flooring by achieving a more natural and realistic matte bevel.

Unilin’s IP division partners with Centexbel for bio-based coating and adhesive technology


We are proud to announce our partnership with Centexbel, a pioneer in biobased polymer research. Through this collaboration, Unilin has secured the exclusive and worldwide licensing right for Centexbel’s patent family on bio-based and biodegradable coatings, inks, and adhesive technologies.

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Unilin takes proactive measures against Vilox to protect licensed partners


Unilin Technologies, a global leader in flooring innovation, has filed a complaint in the East Texas District court on January 24 against Vilox, Amy Group and East Texas Floors. The legal action was taken to address the alleged infringement of several claims of multiple US patents within Unilin’s extensive SPC patent portfolio.

“We firmly believe that SPC products with a Vilox locking technology are covered by our SPC patent portfolio,” states Bart Van der Stockt, President of Unilin Technologies. “Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that Vilox representatives are providing a different narrative to the market. Consequently, we find it necessary to take decisive action against them and the companies doing business in such products, in order to protect the interests of our licensed partners.”

Unilin’s SPC/LVT patent portfolio currently contains 120 granted US patents and 45 US patent applications, protecting different technological aspects integral to the success of SPC technology. These patented innovations include, for example, the extrusion and lamination process during manufacturing, density and rigidity parameters of the core boards, different locking systems, foaming technology, and more.

The Texas district court case follows Unilin’s successful 2019 International Trade Commission (ITC) case, which resulted in obtaining a General Exclusion Order based on three of the 120 above-mentioned patents in the portfolio. Unilin’s decision to file the new Texas case is based on two other US patents of the extensive portfolio that were thus not included in the 2019 ITC case. Unilin also continues to evaluate other infringements and expects to bring additional infringement claims in the coming weeks or months.

“We remain dedicated to creating a fair and competitive market environment while protecting the investments and interests of our licensees and their customers,” added Van der Stockt. “The legal action will contribute to maintaining a level playing field in the industry and ensuring that innovative technologies continue to thrive for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

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