One of the main topics was the economic situation in the European laminate flooring industry.

Positive development in 2012 confirmed how well the general public accepts laminate flooring.

Compared with the same period in the previous year, the market for laminate flooring produced in Europe by member firms was relatively stable overall in Q1, 2013, although there were differences on the individual sales markets: figures for Asia and South America were up and Eastern Europe increased slightly too while North America and Western Europe remained stable at a relatively high level.

In 2012, the market share of laminate flooring production in Europe, including Turkey, supplied by EPLF members was 89%; globally the figure was 53%.

China has caught up and in 2012 was for the first time the largest individual producer with a market share of 28%, ahead of Germany with 27%.