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Solid-Core Waterproof Laminate    

Commercial flooring and many other uses in the RV and other industries.

Overview

The Business:

Production of a high-profit, truly moisture-resistant laminate flooring product, a solution for an open market segment.

The most widely spread complaint with existing laminate flooring products is the edge thickness swell (“buckling”) of the product after exposure to excessive moisture or water. In comparison, today’s specifications for laminate flooring allow a thickness swell up to 12% (for “heavy- commercial”) and up to 18% (for “residential”), when exposed to water (NALFA Test method). The patented technology under similar conditions, swells less than 0.8% (virtually not measurable or visible). Today’s laminate floor coverings are currently not specified by professionals like architects, & builders for hospitality or commercial applications (hotels, theaters, shopping malls, hospitals, airports, showrooms or other high-load, high-traffic areas) where moisture or spills occur frequently. Equally, the desire of many high-end home owners to continue the same floor covering of a hallway into the bath-, or washroom (wet room) is hampered by the inability of current laminate floors to perform in such environment.

The patented solid-core waterproof laminate closes this market segment and provides a high-return investment.

Environmental Benefit:

A totally GREEN Product and a solution for an OLD problem.

An effective, cost effective recycling of waste Polyurethane Rigid foams (PUR’s) from industrial manufacturing processes as well as end-of–life vehicles is still a large challenge, especially when these PUR’s are bonded to secondary materials (fiberglass, cloth, plastics, metals, etc.) These components are basically impossible to recycle with commonly developed methods on an industrial scale, and in a profitable manner. Therefore, currently only approx. 15% of such PU/PUR waste is being successfully recycled and reintroduced into new products, the rest ends up in landfills or is being incinerated for energy recovery.

The patented solid-core waterproof laminate is manufactured from 100% recycled materials, it qualifies for LEED & Greenguard certifications.

Primary Application of the Technology

The product is primarily designed to be used for the commercial sector of the laminate flooring industry, but due to it’s unique characteristics, strength and durability, has also been found attractive as a substitute for:

 Marine and CDX/MDO plywood, for end-uses in boat hulls, tractor trailer doors and school bus flooring
 Production of sports flooring systems.
 Outdoor billboard signs (replacement for plywood)
 Decorative and structural (waterproof) panels for the RV and boat industry

Competitive Advantage

Several companies have recognized the urgent need for a moisture resistant laminate flooring concept and are offering products that are labeled: “moisture-resistant” some even “water-resistant”. With the exception of three PVC hollow-core plastic-based products all other flooring cores consist of a wood-based panel; in some cases particleboard, most commonly MDF (Medium-Density-Fiber-board) or HDF (High-density Fiberboard). Most all of those manufacturers use a dye (coloration) to disguise the wood particles/fibers. All may have a cover-layer (thickness of such layer is 0.5 mils to 10 mils = 0.013 mm to 0.254 mm), that is moisture resistant in itself, but the flooring edges, sides and profile of the “click lock system” are easily attacked by moisture. The product descriptions of these types of laminate flooring are misleading.

The seller may consider selling these patents individually.

Additional Information

Seller may be interested in issuing an Exclusive License Agreement or enter into a Partnership with an established industry partner or investors.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 428: Stock Material Or Miscellaneous Articles

This is the residual class for: 1. Stock material in the form of a structurally defined web, sheet, rod, strand, fiber, filament, cell, flake, particle not provided elsewhere. 2. Stock material in the form of a web, sheet, mass or layer which consists of or contains a structurally defined constituent or element. 3. A nonstructural laminate defined merely in terms of the composition of one or more layers. 4. An article of manufacture or an intermediate-article not provided for elsewhere. 5. A process for applying an impregnating material to a naturally solid product such as a wood beam, a sheet of leather or a stone, or for applying a coating to a base, and which process includes no significant method step.

Subclass 423.1: Of polyamidoester (polyurethane, polyisocyanate, polycarbamate, etc.)
Subclass 423.3: Next to second layer of polyamidoester

Class 264: Plastic And Nonmetallic Article Shaping Or Treating: Processes

Processes for molding, casting, or shaping of nonmetallic materials to produce articles. Liquid or melt comminuting of materials other than glass or metal. Uniting or compacting of bulk or randomly assembled particles. Furnace Lining or repair. Melt shaping in the absence of a mold or shaping surface, e.g., spheroidizing of particles. Working or treatment of nonmetallic materials not otherwise provided for.

Subclass 113: Plural layers formed by uniting randomly associated particles
Subclass 122: Utilizing diverse solid particles
Subclass 128: Liquid binder applied subsequent to particle assembly