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Hymmen’s New Production Technology Advances Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLEplus)

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Hymmen’s latest advances in Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLEplus) allows flooring company Barlinek to offer high-quality floors that have been digitally printed and textured.

Barlinek Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of multilayer parquet flooring and is also involved in the production of modern vinyl flooring.

In Hymmen, the flooring manufacturer has now found a partner that provides it with a forward-looking and reliable production technology in the form of Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLEplus). This supports Barlinek in meeting the demands and desires of the market in terms of individual design collections and flexible batch sizes, while at the same time ensuring reliable quality and cost-effectiveness. This goes hand in hand with the expertise of Barlinek’s own decor development department, which has access to high-quality woods thanks to the established real wood flooring business. As a result, Barlinek has its own decor library for digital wood flooring decors.

In cooperation with i4F as a partner for the patented technologies used, including Hymmen IP, the first contact between Hymmen and Barlinek was established in spring 2021. Within the scope of extensive test series at the Hymmen Technology Center, digital decors and structures were tested and verified with different substrates and product variants. “This is how the deep trust in a successful cooperation developed,” explained Lukasz Luto, CPO of the Barlinek Group. This was confirmed when the contract was signed in early summer 2022. In the summer of 2023, the plant will be delivered to the Barlinek production site of the same name in Poland, and production will then start in the 4th quarter of 2023.

The plant concept comprises a digital printing line with a total length of approx. 140 m. Depending on the type of operation, the calculated production capacity is thus over 10 million square meters per year.

The overall system includes handling via fully automated gantries and transports from Hymmen as a single source. After loading, SPC plates are prepared for digital décor printing using several roller applicators. The ACC scanner installed downstream of the JUPITER digital printing system extends over the entire printing width and enables homogeneous printing of even difficult decors.

In Europe and the USA, Barlinek will be able to serve various target groups in both the residential and commercial sectors with a flooring quality that can be scaled as required from the end of 2023. Be it floors with oak decors in all conceivable variants or any other decor to be digitally created with matching structure – thanks to Hymmen’s Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLEplus) technology.

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