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DSM-Niaga

Sustainable carpet technology on a commercial scale

We’re currently very excited by the prospect of enabling the carpet industry to close the carpet materials loop. DSM-Niaga, a joint venture established in 2014, has now concluded successful industrial-scale tests and in June announced it had entered into a Premium partnership with Lacom in Germany. Lacom, a leading manufacturer of customized coating and laminating systems will scale-up the machinery needed to make fully recyclable carpet using the patent-protected, proprietary Niaga® Technology on a commercial scale.

Niaga provides the market with a uniquely sustainable carpet technology; the opportunity to make carpet waste obsolete, with the value chain creating and re-creating raw materials from waste.

Life Cycle Assessments of Niaga and conventional carpet tiles and broadloom carpets show a 40-65% reduction in the environmental impact throughout the full lifecycle. The Niaga fiber binding technology also reduces the energy consumption in carpet production by as much as 95% versus traditional manufacturing processes.

The Niaga technology also replaces the traditional mid-layer in a carpet so it meets the most stringent flame-retardancy standards without the need for any additives and has an improved smoke development performance compared to traditional carpet.

Convention-breaking next-level Denim

Convention-breaking next-level denim

Denim was always the choice for people who need sturdy, protective workwear. Dyneema® is the strongest and most durable fiber in the world. So combining the two is the perfect way to increase durability, toughness, protection, and cut resistance, without reducing comfort.

Austraian brand Saint's Unbreakable Denim is the first single layer motorcycle denim. Saint Unbreakable Denim is a blend of Dyneema and natural fibers that outperforms aramid-lined jeans and jacket combos. Saint weaves Dyneema in the warp and weft to create a fabric that looks great, protects great and is comfortable to wear all day and all night.

Monolithic Arnitel® eliminates need for micropores

Eliminating micropores

In the past, the ultra-thin plastic films used for textile protection were based on micropores: Thousands of tiny holes that allow moisture to escape. The only drawback is that microporous films also enable liquids to enter. Water, blood, mud…you name it. Our breakthrough monolithic technology Arnitel® eliminates the need for micropores – providing a 100% barrier to unwanted fluids, bacteria and viruses.

Arnitel is also extremely efficient to produce and can be processed in a variety of different ways – which means our customers can cut waste by up to 50%, thus reducing their carbon footprint.