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Metallic/Glass Solid Vinyl Tile combines durability, aesthetics.

Press Release Summary:

Jul 30, 2014 - Combining precious materials appearance with resilient flooring characteristics, Johnsonite GemStone™ Solid Vinyl Tile (SVT) withstands use in heavy commercial traffic areas. These 16 x 16 in. vinyl tiles, which incorporate shimmering metal or glass mottle chips, require minimal maintenance. Available in 12 new visuals, including 6 metallic colors and 6 glass colors, flooring solution features construction that exhibits indentation resistance, increased binder content, and durability.

Tarkett - Farnham, QC, CAN

Original Press Release

Tarkett Introduces GemStone(TM) Metallic/Glass Solid Vinyl Tile

Press release date: Jul 24, 2014

Elegant Flooring Solution Combines the Features of Precious Materials with the Practicality of Resilient Solid Vinyl Flooring

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- Combining the look of precious materials with the characteristics of resilient flooring, the new Johnsonite GemStone(TM) Solid Vinyl Tile (SVT) from Tarkett, worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, delivers both luxury and performance. The ideal solution for heavy commercial traffic areas, GemStone SVT is durable and low maintenance, allowing for the perfect balance of aesthetics, cost and performance.

All That Shimmers
Inspired by all that shines, GemStone SVT incorporates shimmering metal or glass-look mottle chips, which add depth and luxury in a natural stone-like appearance. Available in 12 new visuals, including six metallic colors and six glass colors, GemStone SVT visuals shimmer, reflect, glow and catch available light to deliver a space of elegance and glamour. The glass visuals offer gentle pastels with subtle shimmers that are created to give a space a calming feeling with hushed elegance while the metallic visuals take cues from precious metals.

Underscoring Tarkett's commitment to Balanced Choice, GemStone SVT can be paired with the company's Cortina Grande SVT offering vast coordination possibilities. And, with the same gauge as VET and VCT, the flooring can transition seamlessly from one style to the next. GemStone SVT also coordinates beautifully with metallic finishing borders and transitions.

Strength and Performance
GemStone SVT can increase productivity in high performance spaces by making people more comfortable and lowering maintenance costs. The tile's unique construction provides higher indentation resistance and increased binder content, offering improved durability and maintenance requirements. The affordable 16" X 16" vinyl tiles are an ideal solution for heavy commercial traffic areas and less maintenance means decreased  lifecycle costs.

Sparkling Sustainability
Tarkett's ongoing commitment to circular or "closed loop" design has led to its offering of environmentally responsible products. GemStone SVT is made in the USA in an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified plant, assuring quality and a positive environmental impact. FloorScore(TM) certified and featuring post-consumer recycled content, the flooring contributes to excellent indoor air quality (TVOCs<10ug/m3) and is also phthalate free. GemStone SVT is part of the Johnsonite ReStart(TM) Recycling and Reclamation Program, which allows for unadhered jobsite scraps to be collected and returned to the company to be repurposed for other products or uses, ultimately reducing the impact on landfill.

For more information on Tarkett's comprehensive range of Johnsonite commercial flooring solutions, finishing borders and accessories, visit

About Tarkett
Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. With a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletics track, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 11,000 employees and 30 production sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett net sales of 2.5 billion euros in 2013 are balanced between Europe, North America and new economies. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small, CAC All-Tradable. For more information, visit To learn more about Tarkett North America, please visit

CONTACT: Cindy Mansfield, Tarkett, 440.708.9238,; Joslyn Fagan, Function:, 404.524.3075,