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.