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Joint Venture To Produce Recycled PET Carpet Backing

Italy-based Freudenberg Politex, a Freudenberg Nonwovens business group, and Germany-based Rethmann/Rhenus, a disposal logistics and waste separation company, have formed first*PET, a joint venture to recycle plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) soda bottles into raw materials, which in turn will be made into primary carpet backings.Jean Skinner, a spokesperson for Freudenberg, said trial rolls have been delivered to customers, and actual production will begin this month in Mannheim, Germany.Freudenberg claims the joint venture will be the first company in the world to supply primary carpet backings that contain 25- to 100-percent post-consumer recycled content.

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