Flooring Industry News, Videos, and Press Releases 2008
Press Release : Mobile Floor Estimating Software to Debut at Surfaces
Videos : DomotexAsia Chinafloor Exhibition, Bullet Train from Beijing to Qingdao, Visit to Lao Shan Mountain, Wangfujing Walking Street
Press Release : Spreen Tapped for Experts Panel at China Summit
Press Release: Mobile Floor Estimating Software to Debut at Surfaces
FloorEstimate Pro COMMERCIAL PLUS and MOBILE Editions to be launched by Floor Covering Soft
January 22, 2008 (Pasadena, CA) - Floor Covering Soft will unveil FloorEstimate Pro Commercial Plus, a new high-end edition of its flooring layout and estimating program series for commercial flooring contractors, during Surfaces 2008 in Las Vegas.
"The Commercial Plus edition reflects our commitment to meet customer and marketplace needs. Unique enhancements to the standard commercial version include dye-lot and roll allocations, and batch plan import for large projects, which adds new efficiency for the professional user," explains Dr. Steven Wang, President of Floor Covering Soft.
Demos of FloorEstimate Pro Mobile, which works on Tablet and Laptop PCs in combination with laser Disto Meters, will be ongoing during Surfaces as well. On-site users can easily draw room shapes and import sizes into the program to be fine-tuned with laser accuracy using a Disto A6. The system increases productivity, reduces errors, and gives the estimator a competitive advantage.
Lorrie Balusik, president of Texas flooring contractor Floor Pro Network, says, "We have been using FloorEstimate Pro for 5 years and now the Mobile edition has substantially enhanced our estimating efficiency even further."
For added functionality, all FloorEstimate Pro V6 editions are integrated with QuickBooks, so transfers of estimates to the popular accounting program can be made with a click.
Special show pricing and demos will be featured during Surfaces 2008 at Floor Covering Soft booth G3229.
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China Trip - March 2008 Videos
The first video (10.2 MB) below is a computer slide presentation condensed into a web movie. The pictures cover the DomotexAsia Chinafloor Exhibition, bullet train trip from Beijing to Qingdao, visit to the Lao Shan Mountain area, and return to the Wangfujing Walking Street.
The second video (4.4 MB) is a combination of 10 mpeg video segments taken with a digital camera, spliced together with sound dubbed back in from the original sound tracks of each segment.
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Press Release: Spreen Tapped for Experts Panel at China Summit
China Wood International to hold events Nov. 12-15, 2008, in Shanghai
Oct. 14, 2008 - Dave Spreen, President of Dave Spreen Enterprises, Inc., has been invited to participate in the Experts Panel during the 4th China Wood International (CWI) Wood Flooring Cooperation Summit to be held Nov. 12-15 at the Shanghai MinYa Hotel located in the Lujiazui financial trade zone.
Participants in the Summit will have opportunities to visit Chinese wood factories and their retailing outlets to better understand current administration practices and marketing channels. Attendees will explore the developing consumer market, business strategies, and sourcing initiatives in an effort to promote cooperation between Chinese and foreign companies in each other's markets.
Factory tours on Nov. 12 include an engineered flooring factory operated jointly by Power Dekor and Kahrs in Danyang along with Power Dekor's laminate factory in the area. An optional field trip on Nov. 14 -15 to the Guangdong region looks at the Power Dekor/Anderson engineered factory in Guangzhou as well as the New Elegant Living Corporation factory there. The field trip is capped off by a visit to a retail specialty shop of New Elegant Living in Shenzhen.
The Summit agenda for Nov. 13 is divided into 3 sections: the global wood flooring industry and market (current status and development trends); international cooperation (advantage comparison in industry and markets); and the internationalization of Chinese wood flooring corporations. Panels of experts have been assembled to participate in each section of the Summit discussions.
Speakers include Michel Gagne (V.P., Goodfellow, Inc.), Henrik Stoldt (Senior Editor, Parquet International Magazine), Richard McLellan (President, Global Forest & Trade Network), Alexander Voropaev (Russia FTN Coordinator, WWF Russia), Hongfan Li (President, CWI), Tong Zhongyue (Vice-Chairman, Real Estate and Housing Research Association), Wang Sheng (President, Refer Center of Nanjing), and Guo Hui (V.P. Power Dekor Group).
A separate meeting regarding green products purchasing is scheduled for the morning of Nov. 14. Topics include the impact of the Lacey Act, forest certification, and perspectives from industry leaders and trade professionals. The Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN) solution will be discussed followed by the GFTN Annual Convention & Training that afternoon.
Mr. Spreen is also forming an industry delegation to attend the Summit. For additional information and attendance options, go to www.chinawood.org/meeting_e/index.jsp?meetingid=38 and contact Dave Spreen.
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