A Strong Back
Carpets fitted in offices, hotels or conference centers are exposed to high loads – so their backing needs to be correspondingly durable. For these types of application areas, Dutch manufacturer Condor has now developed a new product line that uses VAE dispersions from WACKER.
Our customers buy reliability,” says Stefan Diemke, sales manager for Germany at Dutch carpet producer Condor, reaching for the sample folder that is on display at the Domotex tradeshow in Hannover. How are carpets related to reliability? Diemke has the answer: “Especially in the contract business, it is important for floor coverings to be sturdy, environmentally friendly and easy to fit: this avoids complaints later on.”
With around 600 employees, the Condor Group, which was founded in 1992, is one of the three largest manufacturers of floor coverings in Europe. Every year, around 90 million square meters leave its two production sites in Hasselt and Genemuiden in the Netherlands. Condor produces floor coverings for living areas, offices, vehicles, gardens and sports fields. The Condor Carpets division – the origin of the group – now has 25 tufting machines. The other divisions are Vebe Floorcoverings (needlefelt), Condor Grass (artificial turf) and Condor Cartex, where floor mats and other interior trim components for the automotive industry are manufactured. The Dutch company also works as a contract manufacturer for other carpet brands.
Customers can get this reliability with a carpet from Condor’s new Powerbacking line. Diemke takes a gray-blue sample out of the folder and runs his hand over the polyamide fibers. He explains that these floor coverings are particularly durable, which is also indicated by the “Class 33” label. This means that Powerbacking carpets have been approved for commercial areas with heavy foot traffic. They are fitted in business offices, medical facilities, hotels or conference centers – known as the contract business. “This is a sophisticated market, which we want to expand,” explains Jan Hoekman Jr., head of marketing and a managing director at Condor.
“Especially in the contract business, it is important for floor coverings to be sturdy, environmentally friendly and easy to fit”Stefan Diemke Sales Manager Condor Carpets
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