Good News is Surfacing at Surfaces ~ CRI President Werner Braun positive about future outlook for flooringCarpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun’s February 5, 2011 column in Dalton’s Daily Citizen titled, “Scratching the ‘Surfaces,’” addresses the atmosphere at the floor covering industry’s largest trade show, Surfaces.
“With roughly 35,000 floor covering buyers, sellers and customers and more than 1,000 exhibitors, Surfaces is an important business and education event for the floor covering industry, as well as an opportunity for some enjoyable social interaction with my flooring friends.
I also had the opportunity at Surfaces to speak on a state of the industry panel with representatives from other areas of the floor covering industry, such as laminate, hardwood, tile, and resilient. Each of us spoke about our industry’s current position in the global market. I shared the good news that buyers are still investing in carpet because they recognize its beauty and long-term value.
It was heartening to hear my counterparts from other industries share my views on the economic future of flooring. We’ve all felt the squeeze of a tight economy over the past few years, but ultimately, we’re optimistic that brighter days lie ahead.
Because in the end, nothing is more comforting than hearing that times are getting better, innovation is still occurring and new ideas are flowing for future development.”
Thank you, Werner.