9. Thrive offers “mergeable capability”. In the
production of carpet, yarn “tail-outs” may remain.
Rather than scrap this yarn as unusable, merge-
able capability makes it possible to combine new
inventory with existing tail-outs, reducing waste
by 5-10 percent.
10. Thive is formulated as a liquid moultant
at 515 degrees Fahrenheit. It is then
extruded through “spinnerets,” solidi-
fies into solid monofilaments via an
energy-free air-cool process, and
finally wound on cones or “creels”
for further finishing techniques.
11. Thrive stain-resist ingredients are permanent
and built in during the melt stage. They are not
topically sprayed on the surface of the fiber, and
therefore cannot be worn off in traffic or washed
off in maintenance. Thrive’s lasting stain resistance
will not diminish over time and performs like new
throughout the life of the carpet. What’s more—
Thrive’s stain resistance is safe for the environment so the carpet is 100 percent recyclable
without any harmful byproduct.
12. Finely gauged filters or screens are used to
remove foreign contaminants from recycled
material. As the percentage of this content
increases, these screens must be cleaned more
frequently resulting in more down time and
less efficiencies in production. But as it
benefits their sustainability commitment, any
down time is worth it.
13. Finished fiber is extruded in various cross-section
shapes described by its “modified ratio” (diameter
of the inner core vs outside lobes). Universal
Fibers produces Thrive with a MR of less than
2 since they believe this optimizes lasting
performance, color clarity, and cleanability.
This is combined with Universal Fibers’
propriety lightweight 600 denier “building
block,” delivering exacting color, added bulk,
and greater coverage with less fiber in carpet.
Less = More, and here’s why:
a. Extended product life
b. Ease in care and maintenance
c. Lighter fiber weights in carpet
d. Less energy used in shipping and cleaning
e. Lighter carbon footprint
14. Universal Fibers is partnered with the brand
studio of Gensler-Chicago to bring the human
element of the company to the forefront.
This standing behind the people who make
up Universal Fibers is evident in everything
the company does, from associate safety
and customer relationships, to their commitment to bettering the world around them—
locally, regionally, and globally. Even their
product names are aspirational; Refresh,
Rise and Thrive.
15. Universal Fibers
in their sphere
is a customer,
including their own associates. Their Customer
Care Center, located in the Virginia-based mill,
is designed and intended to service their
customers—from company activities, to service
awards, to community outreach support.
16. Universal Fibers credits 90 percent of its innovation
to inclusive partnered customer
relationships and a will-
ingness to be flexible in
response to needs of each
and every customer. Their
unique company culture has
led to incredible innovation including
pre- and post-consumer recycling,
solution-dyed technology, and Universal Color,
which is considered best in class by industry
professionals globally. The company points to
Thrive as its latest example of how partnered
relationships create leading innovation valued at
all levels of the design-build industry including
carpet mills, A&D, and end-use customers.
17. Universal Fibers is proud to
serve nearly every carpet
manufacture in the world.
Their world headquarters
is in Bristol, Virginia USA
with additional facilities in
Tennessee, United Kingdom,
Thailand, and China. Universal
Fibers employs more than
1,000 Associates worldwide.
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A smaller “modified ratio” is created in the
triangle-shape because the space between
the fiber core and lobes is smaller.
The further the core is to the lobes the
higher the modified ratio. The Y-shape of
other fibers are more easily bend- and
breakable, leading to a shorter life cycle.