The choice of binders plays a key role in many applications — and the carpet industry is no exception. While latex was the material of choice in the past, binders based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers (VAE) have now been successfully tailored to carpeting. These new binders offer a number of advantages over the latex traditionally used in carpet backing.
Everybody recognizes it: the typical smell that pervades a room for days after laying carpet. However, as it is caused by conventional styrene-butadiene (SB) binders, that unpleasant odor is a thing of the past now in carpets made with a new polymeric binder based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers (VAEs). This novel, VAE dispersion-based binder (Vinnapas CA 55) has now been modified for the European market, replacing the styrene-butadiene (SB)-based latex previously used in formulating adhesives for carpet backing.
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