Veka Inc. is no newcomer to cellular PVC decking. The Fombell, Pa.-based firm came out with its Vekadeck reinforced cellular PVC deck board, above, several years ago, to compete with wood composite decking. Veka also recently signed a deal with Winchester, Va.-based Trex Co. Inc. to extrude PVC profiles for Trex's new Escapes decking, not yet on the market. Veka's own agenda involves coming out with its next-generation Vekadeck soon, said marketing director Steve Dillon. Meantime, cellular PVC is climbing the high end of the alternative decking market and manufacturers are hoping to profit. The boards are reputed to resist staining, scratching and color fading extremely well. Azek Building Products Inc. rose to the top in market share in the category when it acquired Procell Decking Systems early this year. Azek already was a market leader in extruded cellular PVC trim. Others entering the market with their own first-time PVC decking products, besides Trex, are TimberTech Ltd., Fiber Composites LLC, Gossen Corp., and the Structure subsidiary of W&E International LLC. See related stories on the wood composite and PVC decking, including news from the recent Wood-Plastic and Natural Fiber composites conference in Baltimore on Pages 8-9. Also pictured is Veka's extruded PVC railing system.
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