European laminate flooring producers recorded their second best year in 2010, according to new statistics.

Members of the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) achieved worldwide sales of 479 million m² during the year (2009: 443 million m²). The best year was in 2007 when about 500 million m² was sold.

EPLF members’ market share in the laminate flooring market grew by 8.1%.

Western European core markets remained stable, with sales rising 14 million m² to 299 million m².

The German market experienced a slight decrease but it remains the largest single market in Europe with 83 million m² sold. Turkey moves up to second place with 52 million m² (2009: 26 million m²), followed by France, the UK and the Netherlands.

In eastern Europe, record sales of 104 million m² were recorded. Poland was the largest market at 28 million m², but Russia is not far behind and its sales are increasing rapidly.

Sales in North America accounted for 41 million m² (2009: 36 million m²). South American sales totalled 16 million m².