Royal DSM and Niaga's joint venture, DSM-Niaga, will further develop and commercialize sustainable technology for recyclable carpet, according to the companies. Based on proprietary and complementary technologies, DSM-Niaga will enable the industry to close the carpet materials loop.

Officials said current carpet systems are based on a heterogeneous mix of materials that, at the end of the carpet’s usage or lifetime, end up in landfills or incinerators. Niaga’s carpet fiber binding technology, combined with DSM’s engineered polyester lamination adhesives enable the carpet industry to manufacture mono-material (polyester) carpet systems or duo (polyester-polyamide) systems that are fully recyclable, according to the companies.

“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," said Pascal de Sain, managing director DSM Specialty Resins. "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."

“In DSM we found a strong, and reliable partner to speed up the development - currently commercial scale - and market this technology globally," said Norbert van der Nap, co-founder of Niaga. "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.”

Chris Reutelingsperger, inventor and co-founder added, “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.” 

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