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Featured Designs: Gris & Mineral

November 2022

GRIS

Synergy Thermal Foils introduces two new walnut designs to its extensive in-stock 3DL collection. Gris and Mineral are the latest matches to embossed-in-register Lakeland Walnut TFL from Kronospan, joining previously available Cocoa and Oatfield. All four walnuts are part of an exclusive North American arrangement between STF and Kronospan.

Austria-based Kronospan has invested nearly $1 billion to develop and grow its multi-faceted manufacturing facility in Oxford, Ala., since its initial start-up in 2008. When Kronospan began producing particleboard in Fall 2019, it became the only manufacturer in North America to produce MDF/HDF, MUF/UF resins, treated paper, laminated HDF and TFL/MF PB, laminate flooring, and particleboard on one site.

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MINERAL

Value Engineering with Laminates

November 2022

Egger Industries, one of our matching TFL partners, has created this educational video that provides an excellent discussion of how value engineering with decorative laminates can help deliver high-quality, performance and value to customers.

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Surface & Panel Goes One on One with Synergy President

October 2022


In case you missed it, Synergy President Amir Bakhtyari, was featured in the Q3 2022 issue of Surface & Panel magazine. (Note: Please bear in mind that his comments were submitted back in July. Supply chain challenges and gas price pressures have largely stabilized, only to be replaced by economic inflation concerns.)

Bakhtyari responded to a trio of questions poised by the editors of S&P. He shared his thoughts and experiences about ongoing supply chain challenges, including some of the initiatives Synergy has taken to service customers through these extraordinary times.

“Our response has included stocking up inventories of foil at our expanded South Florida facility and adding a warehouse on the West Coast to service customers. We can cover the customers who buy one each of eight colors but when a customer needs material for a 150-unit project, we encourage them to plan ahead.”

He also addressed design trends. “I think the biggest emerging trend is matching programs. I don’t hear a lot of cabinet or store fixture customers say they just want white oak or walnut foil anymore. What they really want is a white oak or walnut thermofoil that matches a specific brand of TFL or HPL.”

Read the full Q&A.

Bonus Press Coverage
We were also recently featured in Woodworking Network’s IWF Materials Finder and Surface & Panel’s IWF Products Preview.

Back in the Saddle at IWF

October 2022

It felt great to be “live” again at the International Woodworking Fair Atlanta, August 23-26.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth during the show. We appreciate your interest, your feedback, and of course, your business!

If you didn’t see us, please feel free to contact us to learn more about the new Oaks, Elmes, Walnuts and other 3DL designs that we displayed.

In the Wake of Hurricane Ian

October 2022


Our hearts go out to all of the victims and families of Hurricane Ian.

The Category 4 storm claimed more than 100 lives, wreaked billions of dollars in damage and left thousands of residents without homes. The rebuilding will be massive and take years to complete. But it will get done.

Synergy Thermal Foils stands at the ready to furnish our customers with the decoreative surface materials they need to make cabinets, closets and other products that will help Gulf Coast residents rebuild their lives.

Here’s to better days.

Featured Design: Elme Collection

September 2022

Sultana Elme

We’re excited to introduce our new Elme designs at the International Woodworking Fair this week.

All three of these trend-setting decorative surface have a mathing TFL with with Funder America’s Cabrera Elme textured TFL collection.

Stop by booth C-1208 if you’re in the IWF neighborhood.

Come See Us at IWF!

August 2022

Oatield

The International Woodworking Fair is open! We’re there in force displaying our newest and most in-demand designs.

In addition to our Elme designs featured above, we are showcasing two new walnuts and four new oaks..

Cocoa and Oatfield are two new wonderful walnut woodgrains that match designs by the same names of TFL panels offered by Kronospan. Cocoa is a rich, dark chocolate walnut, while Oatfield is a lighter color with a strong grain character.

Carolina Oak

Carolina Oak

Our four new instant-classic oaks include HighlandsWilliamsburgCarolina and Charleston. Each matches textured TFL panels offered by Funder America.

If you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by and see us at booth C-1208. See and feel our textured 3DLs and let us know how wc can help you choose the perfect design for your next project.

If we aren’t going to see you at the show, contact us to receive samples of our latest designs.

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Trendspotting: Despertar, an Orangey-Red that ‘Stirs the Senses’

August 2022

 

The Color Marketing Group (CMG), the international arbiter of color and design trends, spotlights Despertar in its July Color Alert.

CMG describes Despertar, which translates at “awakening” in English, as “an intense, vibrant, and highly saturated orange that is symbolic of the sun’s power and the rich life of the earth, all suggesting great growth and strength. It is a color to symbolize the awakening of future experiences, expressions, and actions in life.”

Synergy Thermal Foils Red Gloss

Orangey-red Despertar emanated from CMG’s Latin America color workshops and is “is emerging in 2022 with broad reach in apparel and interior décor as well as expanding to visual communications and accessories from home to fashion,” including furniture and entry doors.

Despertar is not included in STF’s catalog. But if you are looking for someting in a similar vein color to stir the senses, then check out our Red Gloss.

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Come See Us at IWF!

August 2022

The International Woodworking Fair is just around the corner. We’ll be there displaying all of our new and traditionally popular designs.

In addition to the Cabrera Elme designs featured in this newsletter, we will showcase two new walnuts and four new oaks..

Oatfield

Cocoa and Oatfield are two new wonderful walnut woodgrains that match designs by the same names of TFL panels offered by Kronospan. Cocoa is a rich, dark chocolate walnut, while Oatfield is a lighter color with a strong grain character.

Highlands Oak

Our four new instant-classic oaks include HighlandsWilliamsburgCarolina and Charleston. Each matches textured TFL panels offered by Funder America.

Stop by and see and feell these and other great designs at IWF booth C-1208.

Construction Input Prices Are Up 21% from a Year Ago, Says ABC

July 2022

Construction input prices rose 2.3% in May compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 2.3% for the month.

Construction input prices are up 21.4% from a year ago, while nonresidential construction input prices are 21.9% higher. Input prices rose in 10 of 11 subcategories in May. The largest price increases were in natural gas (+39.7%) and unprocessed energy materials (+16.3%).

“Inflationary pressures show no signs of abating,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “For months, economists and others have been expecting inflation to peak and then subside. Instead, the Russia-Ukraine war has disturbed markets, driving energy prices higher. Those elevated energy prices are now circulating across the economy, affecting manufacturing and distribution, and there is little prospect for inflation to meaningfully subside during the weeks ahead.

“Federal Reserve policymakers will continue to aggressively combat inflationary pressures,” said Basu. “But what the Federal Reserve most directly affects is demand for goods and services, not supply. By tightening monetary policy and raising interest rates, the Federal Reserve will suppress demand over the rest of the year. Eventually, suppliers will respond to diminished demand. This dynamic will quite likely drive the economy into recession either later this year or at some point in 2023.

“Based on the historical lag between the performance of the economy and nonresidential construction spending, more difficult times could be ahead for contractors in 2024 or 2025,” said Basu. “Looking at the most recent reading of ABC’s Construction Confidence Index, contractors are already seeing momentum slow. The likely exception is public contractors, who will continue to benefit from stepped-up infrastructure spending.”

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2DL Is the Best Choice for Profile Wrapping

July 2022

While our claim to fame is offering sensational textured three-dimensional laminates (3DL) that closely mimic the look and feel of solid wood, we also offer more than a dozen 2DL designs. These products, available by special order, dovetail with our matching TFL/HPL program.

2DLs are PVC films primarily used in flat lamination and profile wrapping of trim and mouldings. In some cases, they are vacuum formed around contour components to provide a seamless design.

Check out our 2DL designs.