Polycom, a division of Taylor Adhesives, announced that its EcoBlend water-based, recycled PVB (polyvinyl butyral) dispersion can "replace up to 30% of the VAE precoat (vinyl acetate ethylene emulsion) used primarily by manufacturers in the production of carpet tile."

“Supply chain constraints have affected carpet mills in a number of different critical components,” said Gary Bartley, chief chemist at Polycom. “VAE is used as a precoat, a flame retardant carrier, and for lamination to secondary layers. By adding our PVB dispersion to their now limited supply of VAE, we can increase their carpet production by extending their VAE precoat supply without any change in performance.”

Polycom EcoBlend is made from a proprietary process that converts chips and pellets of polyvinyl butyral, reclaimed from the film found in discarded vehicle windshields and safety glass, into a water-based dispersion.

EcoBlend is not affected by current supply chain constraints, is manufactured in Dalton, Georgia, and can be rapidly delivered, the company said. 

For more information: https://www.polycomsolutions.com/vae-ecoblend