Hymmen Granted Two Digital Embossing Patents
Turnhout, Belgium, February 12, 2024-I4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, announced that its digital printing technology partner, Hymmen, has received two new patent grants from the European Patent Office as well as the Chinese Intellectual Property Office. Both the European patent (EP3666525) and Chinese patent (CN112188936) cover aspects of Hymmen’s DLE plus as well as competing digital embossing technologies that enhance embossed-in-register optics on decorative flooring and wall panels, in any material.
Exclusively available via an I4F license, the new patents represent valuable additions to I4F’s Digital Printing Technologies cluster covering the world’s most advanced digital printing and digital embossing technologies. I4F’s patent portfolio covering all relevant jurisdictions-including the U.S., China as well as Europe-offers one of the world’s most comprehensive digital printing patent portfolios for flooring available today.
This accelerating development is being demonstrated through the incorporation of I4F Digital Printing Technologies powered by Hymmen into production lines around the world by prominent global flooring manufacturers. With an I4F digital printing license, Engineered Floors is digitally printing and digitally embossing its new SPC products in the U.S. Amorim manufactures millions of cork-based digitally printed and digitally embossed panels in Portugal, and Barlinek’s digital printing SPC production line in Poland recently entered into operation. Digital Printing lines at CFL USA and HMTX are soon to follow.