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Sommer Needlepunch Co, debuts its new, vibrant Ingeo innovation

Sommer Needlepunch Co, debuts its new, vibrant Ingeo innovation

HANOVER, Germany, January 12, 2008 – Sommer Needlepunch and NatureWorks LLC are pleased to present their latest innovation Ecopunch, a new eco-carpet made of Ingeo fiber at Domotex 2008 - the most complete of floor covering trade shows.

Ecopunch, made with Ingeo fiber, is a 75% biobased product. This new development provides a revolutionary environmental benefit, especially in the event business where the life cycle of a carpet is limited to a few days, at the most a few weeks, Ecopunch, needle punched flooring solutions for events and domestic applications, is produced in France and will be distributed throughout Europe and with select partners in the rest of the world.

The Ingeo fiber used in making Ecopunch carpet is the first man-made fiber made from a 100% annually renewable resource, not oil. Conventional needle punched carpets use the world’s finite oil reserves as their source material. Ingeo, representing ‘ingredients from the Earth’, is a nature-based fiber made from NatureWorks biopolymer, derived from plant sugars, and is the world’s first polymer that demonstrates a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

“We always choose the most natural of materials. Our environmental engagement is not limited to the post life-cycle of our products. Developing recycling programs is not enough. Sommer Needlepunch engages itself not just to solve problems but to create solutions. With this in mind, our first objective is to produce our products in an environmentally sound way. With NatureWorks LLC, we found a reliable partner providing us with the answer we were searching for. By using Ingeo fiber, we reduce our own and our customer’s carbon footprint. Finally nature goes with glamour,” stated Kris De Saedeleir, Sales & Marketing Director of Sommer Needlepunch.

The Ecopunch collection is offered in 2 finishes, flat and velour, and is available in 13 vibrant colors. Ecopunch meets the general applied requirements for trade show flooring and offers the same performance as conventional oil-based flooring products.

Please visit Sommer Needlepunch during Domotex at their booth Hall 6, Stand D13 to see for yourself this unique product and the wide range of color options and qualities available.

This product demonstrates the reality of Ingeo innovations in the world today, where the brand now meets the growing market demand for better consumer lifestyle products. Today you can now find a whole new generation of Ingeo fiber and even natural plastic lifestyle products on shelves in more than 20 application assortments from at least 100 commercial partners, selling in more than 70,000 retail outlets worldwide.

The new business development that comes from this invention brings a new meaning of how to do business differently today by making contemporary goods with a natural origin, bringing performance without compromise and making products that have a powerful environmental message to the consumer looking for better choices.

NatureWorks LLC, its partners and Ingeo: making contemporary products for everyone for better choices. Better for the planet, so better for consumers and ultimately better for business.

About Sommer Needlepunch
Sommer Needlepunch offers flooring solutions for event, domestic and office applications.  Based in France and founded in 1880, Sommer Needlepunch is since 2004 a business-unit of DS Textile Platform, a family owned Belgian company active in textile. More than 200 highly skilled employees produce 27.000.000m² needle punched carpet a year. Sommer Needlepunch differentiates itself through quality, professional and market knowledge. Establishing durable partnerships with its customers based upon mutual respect, open dialogues and sharing know-how is the key guideline of their commercial policy.
About NatureWorks
NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available low carbon footprint biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oilbased plastics and fibers. The production of these biopolymers uses less fossil fuel and emits fewer green-house gases than conventional polymers. The company applies its proprietary technology to process natural plant sugars to make NatureWorks biopolymer, which is then used uniquely to make and market finished products under the Ingeo™ brand name. NatureWorks LLC is a joint venture between Cargill and Teijin Limited of Japan.

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Ingeo and the Ingeo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NatureWorks LLC in the USA and other countries.

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North America / Latin America

 Steve Sterling

Europe
 Steve Sterling

Asia Pacific
 Pauline Ning

Japan
 Daisuke Takabatake

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