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Carpet waste ‘can be made obsolete’

carpetrecyclingMan-made carpet fibre waste could become a thing of the past and the carpet materials loop closed, according to a new joint-venture.

Materials science firm Royal DSM and carpet technology firm Niaga have formed DSM-Niaga 'to further develop and commercialise sustainable technology for recyclable carpet'. Based on proprietary and complementary technologies, DSM-Niaga says it will enable the industry to close the carpet materials loop.

Niaga's carpet fibre binding technology, combined with DSM's engineered polyester lamination adhesives will enable the carpet industry to manufacture mono-material or duo-material carpet systems systems that are fully recyclable, thus making carpet waste obsolete, it says.

'With DSM being a pioneer in sustainable resin technologies for the coatings and adhesives industries, the DSM-Niaga joint venture fits very well with our strategy. It is a natural fit of two companies with a very strong commitment to minimize the impact we have on our planet and create brighter lives for people today and generations to come,' says Pascal de Sain, DSM Specialty Resins md.

Norbert van der Nap, Niaga co-founder says: 'In DSM we found a strong, and reliable partner to speed up the development - currently commercial scale - and market this technology globally. The DSM-Niaga technology is latex free and provides a carpet manufacturing company with the possibility of creating and re-creating raw materials from waste. Next to this important sustainability aspect, the final product and production process provide many benefits for the different players in the carpet value chain, and can easily be integrated into current production processes.'