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Wood flooring sales in Europe stable during 2015

The European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP) recently met to review the state of the wood flooring industry in Europe. They found that sales of wood floors in the first nine months of 2015 were stable when compared to 2014.

Wood flooring sales were up in Sweden, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark. Wood flooring in North Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom experienced a healthy increase of between 4 and 6 percent, but sales in Finland and Norway were down around 8 per cent.

Faced with an uncertain economic climate in Europe, the hard wood flooring industry has remained strong and has successfully dealt with competition from competing flooring materials.

FEP is working with European political institutions to lobby for the interests of the wood flooring industry in Europe. The group publishes research, newsletters and collects sales data on the use of wood flooring throughout Europe.

FEP has launched the Real Wood project to promote the use of real wood flooring. It encourages distributors and installers of floors to promote wood floors as the material of choice.

The Real Wood promotion focuses on the ecological benefits of wood. The timber trade consumes less energy in the production, processing and disposing of timber products compared to other flooring materials. Sustainable forestry means that trees are replaced after harvesting.

Thanks to the efforts of the European Federation of the Parquet Industry, wood flooring remains a widely used material for floors.

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