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DSM-Niaga fully closes loop in carpet materials
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Jan '16
Through a portfolio of new, proprietary and patent-protected technologies, DSM-Niaga has achieved breakthrough to fully close the loop on carpet materials.

“DSM-Niaga is a joint venture between DSM, a global science based company active in health, nutrition and materials, and Niaga, a Dutch provider of sustainable materials solutions,” a DSM press release stated.

“The Niaga technology is now available enabling the elimination of carpet waste, based on well-defined pure materials without compromising quality of the carpet,” DSM added in the press release.

“These recovered valuable materials can be reused again to make carpets, and also other products such as automotive textiles,” the company observed.

Up till now, DSM-Niaga has focused on development and upscaling tests at its Tech Center in Zwolle, Netherlands using prototyping equipment.

“But now the Niaga Technology is ready to take carpet production to broadloom width and commercial production speeds,” the press release said.

“We have proven conclusively that everything works with all-polyester, mono-material carpets made using our Niaga Technology”, DSM-Niaga's chief commercial officer Norbert van der Nap said.

“We have tested it in the market, worked with customers, and carpets made using our technology will go commercial in 2016,” he too added.

“Moreover, we have expanded our capabilities to include polyamide broadloom carpet, polypropylene carpet and even wool carpet, Nap informed.

According to DSM, in addition to eliminating carpet waste, carpets made with Niaga technology also offer various benefits to its users.

The all-polyester carpets made using Niaga technology perform exceptionally well in fire safety and smoke tests, a vital factor in houses, hotels and offices, but also when installed in airplanes or cruise ships.

While latex-based carpets release organic compounds into the air over time, Niaga carpets are completely latex-free and Niaga broadloom carpets also are lighter, softer and easier to handle.

“For decades, traditional carpet manufacturing technologies have involved using multiple materials that cannot be effectively separated and recycled at the end of their useful life,” Chris Reutelingsperger, CTO at DSM-Niaga too said.

“If you take all carpet waste that ends up being landfilled or incinerated, there is enough waste to fill London's Wembley Stadium to the brim every 12 days,” Reutelingsperger noted.

“Niaga Technology can be applied to all commonly used carpet designs, so together we can go from waste, to less waste to no waste at all,” he concluded by saying. (AR)

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