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June 1st, 2010
Sustainability is still the key trend when it comes to flooring, according to Angela Schaschen, managing director of the Dubai branch of Deutsche Messe, organiser of Domotex Middle East, the trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, which took place in Dubai from May 10 to 12.
Looking forward, the flooring industry is all set to be revolutionised by nanotechnology, according to John Alexander Smith, professor and Emeritus chairman of the department of interior design at the American University in Dubai, who gave a presentation entitled ‘Flooring - Old Problems, New Materials', as part of the APID seminar session at Domotex.
"If we apply nanotechnology to flooring finishes, there are unlimited potential benefits. Floors could be self cleaning. They could have thermo-insulation, UV and solar protection, fire proofing, anti-grafitti, anti bacterial, scratch proof, and even anti-fingerprint properties," Smith said.
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