the advantages

Vinyl acetate ethylene is produced from acetic acid. In the 1960s researchers succeeded in creating a binder that is now used in a wide range of applications including adhesives, low-odour interior paints and nonwovens. The use of VAE in carpet backing has several  advantages:

Absence of odour

Using VAE ensures that the characteristic odour of new carpets - sometimes perceived as being unpleasant - now belongs to the past.

reduced flammability

Tests on films of carpet backing compounds with VAE and SBR showed the VAE films to be far less flammable than the SBR films. The backing compound based on SBR burnt completely and even released a black smoke in the process (as shown in the illustration on the right). Ceneva® backing is therefore ideal in commercial locations such as hotels, offices and aircraft where fire safety is a high priority.

lower emissions of volatile organic compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals used to manufacture and maintain building materials, interior furnishing and cleaning and personal care products. These carbon based chemicals evaporate into the air, often in indoor environments. Since their surface area is large, floor coverings have the potential to emit such VOCs to the environment. The German Textiles & Flooring Institute GmbH (TFI) tested both VAE and SBR carpet backing for emissions of VOCs.

Following the rigorous standards of the GUT label, the emissions of VOCs released by carpets on VAE backing was shown to be much lower than when using an SBR backing (see chart above).

quality final products

The quality of the carpet backing has become more consistent and is now more flexible allowing for easy
fitting. Ceneva® backing has excellent tuft bind and lamination qualities.