Anker, Devan and Shark Solutions have created the first flame retardant aviation carpet using a recycled PVB based binder.
Anker, Devan and Shark Solutions have created the first flame retardant aviation carpet using a recycled PVB based binder.

Anker, Devan and Shark Solutions have teamed up to create the world’s first flame retardant aviation carpet using a recycled binder.

Inspired by the needs of the aviation market, German carpet manufacturer Anker was motivated to achieve this new goal together. The PVB binder reuses laminated glass, from windshields and architectural/building glass, that otherwise would go to landfill.

Anker claimed it is the first company to offer flame retardant carpets for aviation that are made with a recycled binder. In the search for a more sustainable binder, Anker discovered the PVB from Shark Solutions, a Danish cleantech company focused on giving a new life to post-consumer PVB.


Properties of the aviation carpet with PVB as binder are the same as those of traditional non-sustainable carpets. This type of solutions had been long looked for and now the market introduction has started.

Anker will introduce well known and special developed styles of aviation carpets with PVB and plan to take out traditional non-sustainable aviation carpets stepwise as soon as possible.

Shark’s PVB reuses laminated glass, from windshields and architectural/building glass, that otherwise would go to landfill. The non-toxic binder (no chlorine or phthalates) is fully recyclable and thus lives up to the future standards of the industry.

Textile innovator Devan Chemicals, known for its tailor-made flame retardant solutions, was called in to develop the flame retardant back coating, which is compliant with the Airbus and Boeing safety standards.

“We are very proud that, together with Anker and Shark Solutions, we can contribute to this rising demand for products that meet the standards of a circular economy solution,” stated Dirk Vanpachtenbeke, R&D manager Flame Retardants at Devan.

In other news, Anker and Devan are already working on a new project, which includes Devan’s antimicrobial/viral-reducing technology. Recently, Devan has published test results on the activity of their technology (BI-OME) against SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.

According to independent testing, BI-OME is proven to achieve 99% and higher virus reduction, including of SARS-COV-2, on samples before washing and retains 98.5% even after 25 wash cycles. This technology has been recognized with the 2020 European Technology Innovation Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan.