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Why carpet

We started with carpet inspired by its contribution to local waste problems. Even though we use the same carpet for years in a row, it is listed in the top 5 single contributors to landfill or incineration in European and North American countries. Globally, over 95% of all carpet is burned or land-filled after use.

Today, most carpet is made by using a complex set of materials, glued together for eternity with latex. Separating these materials after use for recycling proved to be difficult and expensive.

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Niaga® Technology

The Niaga® Carpet Manufacturing Technology is the last step in the carpet making process. Here the ingredients come together to make a carpet for an office, living room, baby room, airplane, event, or hotel.

In line with the Niaga® Design Philosophy, only pure materials are selected in the lowest possible diversity. In practise, this results in a mono-material polyester carpet. When facefibers from another material than polyester are desired, an adhesive is used that can decouple on demand. In other words, a glue that works like a screw.

In the first step, the facefibers are bonded to the primary backing by using only heat and pressure. The second and last step of the Niaga® Carpet Manufacturing Technology marries the top-layer and the backing together, using the Niaga® Adhesive.

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Benefits

Carpet-to-carpet recyclable
Carpets made with the Niaga® Technology are fully recyclable back into new carpet.

Easy to install and remove
Installation time is reduced to around 40% for broadloom carpet, with lower risk of damage to hands, walls and furniture. Also, removal is easier, since the carpet can easily be folded and is about 20% lighter.

Easy to clean
The material(s) used in Niaga® ingredient branded carpet have inherently better soil and stain performance. Due to the absence of latex, the airflow through the carpet when using a vacuum cleaner is better.

Fire safety
Due to the absence of latex, PVC and bitumen, smoke creation in case of fire is strongly reduced, allowing more escape time.

Health
The Niaga® Adhesive is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This results in an odour-free installation with no negative impact on indoor air quality.

Future proof production
Compared to today’s standard in the lamination process, the Niaga® Technology reduces energy use by approximately 90% and eliminates the need for water. 

 

Recycling

All products redesigned by Niaga® are fully recyclable back into the same product. To allow for decoupling of different materials, Niaga® invented an adhesive that decouples on demand. When the carpet is no longer in use, a recycler can “unclick” the adhesive to harvest two pure material streams.

Only the design is not enough to make recycling really happening. The carpet must come back to the producer, or has to be offered to a recycling company. We actively support the actual recycling by:
- sharing a recycling manual with carpet recyclers,
- reaching out to consumers of carpet,
- thinking along with carpet manufactures and retailers on how to stimulate the return flow.

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Where we stand today

Niaga® has developed the production technology for fully recyclable carpets. A carpet manufacturing line is operational in Geleen, The Netherlands, to road test with new customers, and to make carpet ourselves for people who can’t wait to have a healthier and fully recyclable carpet. We offer this technology to all carpet manufacturers globally.

Mohawk Industries launched their product Air.O in the US market in early 2017. Air.O is made with Niaga® Technology, and represents an entirely new flooring category called Unified Soft Flooring (USF). Air.O eliminates the “new carpet smell", is easy to install and is 100% recyclable.

Beyond carpet Niaga® is redesigning other products. Stay tuned to LinkedIn, Twitter and this website, for latest news on other products.

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Partners

LACOM GmbH

LACOM is worldwide known for its laminating and coating machines. Together with Lacom we started the development of a laminating process based on engineered adhesive technology. Lacom also developed the second generation fiberbinding machines for Niaga®.

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CUMAPOL

Cumapol upgrades post-consumer polyester for re-use in multiple applications including the food packaging. This expertise is key in our ambition to upcycle carpet waste to its highest possible application. With this partnership we are one step further in securing carpet to carpet recycling.

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Mattex

Mattex develops and produces carpet backing, artificial grass backings and Geotextiles. Mattex is our supplier of the primary backing we use for our Niaga® Technology.

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