Flooring manufacturer Triforest signs license agreement for i4F's drop-lock technologies on Triforest's laminate flooring product lines; Triforest will later expand the technologies onto some of its SPC ranges destined for North America

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TURNHOUT, Belgium , July 7, 2023 (press release) –

  • Hard flooring market conversion to drop-lock installation technologies accelerates further
  • Triforest to produce i4F drop-lock lines from Toronto facility for North American market

i4F®, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, today announced that Triforest Manufacturer INC. has signed a license agreement for i4F drop-lock technologies. Triforest will first introduce i4F’s drop-lock technologies on to its laminate flooring product lines quickly followed by some of its SPC ranges destined for the market in North America. This latest license agreement further underlines the ongoing transition to i4F one piece drop-lock solutions in the hard flooring market.

Triforest is a producer of high quality laminate and SPC flooring products and is the only laminate and SPC manufacturer with the North American market as its main focus. This focused market approach provides more options for distribution and consumers as well as contributes to Triforest’s ESG commitment to reduce its carbon footprint linked to manufacturing and shipping. The company will begin with the production of laminate products enhanced with i4F drop-lock technologies from its manufacturing facility in Toronto as from August 2023. 

 Junwu Zhang, Triforest’s founder and CEO, said, “We are proud to supply and distribute our ‘Made in Canada’ laminate and SPC ranges to the North American market and, now, our new i4F drop-lock ranges will help expand further our offerings and speed to market. We believe i4F’s drop-lock is the future for laminate and SPC flooring because the system is easier to install. This resonates with our retail customers as well as installers and consumers looking to DIY themselves.”

John Rietveldt, i4F’s CEO, adds, “As a leading laminate producer, Triforest’s decision to transition to our drop-lock technology further reinforces the global shift towards providing easier installation systems in the hard flooring and laminate markets.  i4F continues to deliver meaningful innovations to help its licensees exceed customer demands in a profitable way by enhancing where people live, work and play.”

Used by the world’s biggest flooring manufacturers, on billions of square feet of flooring each year, i4F drop-lock technologies, powered by the company’s flagship innovations 3L TripleLock® and Click4U®, deliver the world’s best and easiest flooring installation systems. i4F drop-lock technologies are 30% faster to install than the tradtional angle/angle and are suitable for existing high speed production.  They also eliminate the need for inserts meaning faster installation, lower costs, fewer materials and a lower carbon footprint.

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