Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-01-0018
2009-04-20

Tufted PET Automotive Carpet – Next Generation Flooring System 2009-01-0018

With the continued pressures on the automotive industry to improve quality and reduce costs by vehicle consumers, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) producers are continually looking to the supply base to provide lower cost solutions that do not sacrifice quality. One of the innovations which have been developed as a direct result of these industry pressures has been the evolution of a tufted PET (polyethylene terephthalate) carpet for automotive applications.
New breakthroughs in the development of tufted PET carpet technology will allow suppliers to provide OEM’s with improved material performance characteristics, while at the same time, reducing costs. A significant benefit of this technology over conventional tufted products is the ability to utilize post consumer material content in the production of automotive grade main floor carpet and floor mats. OEM customers and consumers are becoming increasing more sensitive to “environmentally friendly” materials and are now looking for these alternatives to be incorporated into today’s consumer products. Tufted PET carpet can provide customers with a product which meets these needs, without sacrificing cost or quality

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