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The Flooring Group retails Desso to its commercial flooring London customers. This in addition to some retail customers as well.

Below, Desso explain their flooring products to customers in further detail;

Desso Group

Desso focuses primarily on superior floor design and Cradle to Cradle® in providing high quality carpet tiles and broadloom.


Its commercial product offering, business carpets, represents more than half of total sales and can be found in offices, banks, retail units, public buildings, schools, universities and care centres. Customers include ABN AMRO, Rabobank, AkzoNobel, Dutch Ministry of Safety & Justice, KPMG, PWC, Deloitte, Allianz, Canon, EDF, HSBC, Porsche, Procter & Gamble, SNCF, Nestle and many more.

Desso’s innovation strategy is concentrated in 3 key areas: Creativity, Functionality and Cradle to Cradle®. For Desso, creativity is synonymous with CARPETECTURE®, which is a powerful example of Desso’s commitment to creative carpet design and its dedication to meet the needs of architects, interior designers, building owners and end users. In the field of functionality, Desso develops pioneering solutions that make a difference for health and wellbeing. As a result of this innovation and creativity strategy, Desso has launched a number of patented products like DESSO AirMaster®, for 8 times lower fine-dust concentration in the air (versus hard floors), and DESSO EcoBase®, which enabled Desso to achieve a Cradle to Cradle® silver certificate for an entire carpet tile product.

Desso Consumer Carpets is represented by three strong brands: Parade, Bonaparte and Desso. All with a rich history in manufacturing high-end consumer carpets where products are available through specialist retail traders, plus selected carpet stores and home furnishing shops. Desso Consumer Carpets is the only European high end consumer carpet company with sales in Benelux, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria.

Desso’s creative carpet design and service oriented approach has enabled Desso to become a leader in developing solutions for the Hospitality, Marine and Aviation (HMA) markets. Desso’s HMA division works with companies such as Hilton, Intercontinental, Maritime, KLM, China Airlines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Holland America Line.

Desso Sports is a leading player in the provision of artificial turf for sports fields and hybrid natural grass systems that provide the perfect playing surface at every level of sport. DESSO GrassMaster® is a high-tech hybrid sports field of 100% natural grass reinforced with Desso synthetic grass fibres, which has been installed in two Euro 2012 stadiums and at the ‘football temple’ Wembley.

Cradle to Cradle®

In signing a partnership agreement with the Hamburg-based Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA), Desso has become the first carpet manufacturer in EMEA to adopt the Cradle to Cradle® design. It marks Desso’s radical decision to move beyond ‘mere’ sustainability in producing its carpets and artificial grass. In the Cradle to Cradle® principles, products are made from positively defined components that are easy to disassemble, in order to create new products in both the biological and technical cycles.

Desso is active in more than 100 countries and can look back on almost 80 years of proven performance, having built a reputation as a leading manufacturer of high quality carpet tiles, broadloom and artificial grass pitches.

Desso has two factories and a major distribution centre in Europe, as well as specialist customer service centres throughout Europe, in North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.


We want to be the world leader in making environmentally responsible flooring products that deliver outstanding value in design and functionality and thus contribute to people’s health and wellbeing.

Today, most people spend 90% of their time indoors. This makes it imperative that we create healthy interiors. As a supplier of carpets to the commercial and consumer sectors, we believe it is our responsibility to develop products that contribute to a healthier living and working space.

At Desso, we say ‘The Floor is Yours’ to underline the fact that we maintain a relentless focus on our customers at all times. It underpins everything we do. We know that our success depends on it.

Business Concept

Our mission is to ensure that we develop unique products that deliver a much improved indoor environment that maximises people’s health and wellbeing and ultimately their performance.

This is driven by our innovation programme based on the three pillars of Creativity, Functionality and Cradle to Cradle® design. We want to have all our products designed according to the Cradle to Cradle® principles by 2020, which will enable us to make the shift from the linear ‘take, make and dispose’ economy to the circular economy. Here products are designed to be disassembled after the end of their life and the materials reused or recycled. This will make us more profitable and resilient to resource scarcity in the long-term. It will also enable us to live up to our high standards of environmental responsibility.

Our values, code of conduct and rules for corporate governance set the principles by which we conduct business and, in doing so, create the framework for our operations. Through our business strategy we aim to be the leading carpet provider across all our markets and different customer segments. Our focus on operational excellence, innovation, geographic and channel expansion and communications enables us to achieve our goals.

Our leadership team sets inspirational goals, motivating our employees to stretch themselves and reach ambitious new targets. Our leaders are the link between the articulation of our strategic objectives and the action needed to get there. Our people, our most important asset, are the driving force behind our succes. 

Core Values

We take pride in our diverse workforce. Diversity enriches the business in so many ways.

But, as with all international companies, something must hold it all together. In our case, it is our six core values that act as the corporate glue connecting the whole.


They are our guiding stars, which set our course for our long-term strategies and goals. They are a permanent part of our day-to-day conduct and decision-making. We believe these values define our uniqueness compared to our competitors. We are proud of our core values!

1. Customer Focus

We are 100% committed to doing what is right for our customers. We want them to keep coming back and to recommend us to others. To make the point as upfront as possible,we made our brand tagline, ‘The Floor is Yours’, emphasising the fact that we put our customer’s wishes at the centre of our operations and thinking- every second of the day.

On a daily basis, we maintain our customer focus by:

  • Having a ‘Best in Class’ supply chain.
  • No compromise on the quality of our products, solutions and service.
  • Researching and fully understanding our selected markets.
  • Sparking off new ideas through co-creation with top architects and designers via our unique Circles of Architects® platform.
  • Working with customers to build long-term partnerships for mutual benefit.
  • Understanding how our business decisions will affect our customers.
  • Delivering on our promises and commitments.

2. Common Sense

We prefer to take the simplest and fastest route to achieve our objectives and encourage all our employees to use their common sense drawn from their own opinions to deliver successful results. It is about finding the best solutions and ideas that will take us forward in the quickest possible time. We rely on the wealth of experience and knowledge of our employees. Imagine: ‘If only Desso knows what Desso knows’

3. Integrity

We believe that trust is a fundamental requisite of good business. That is why we regard integrity as a critical core value. It’s about being open, honest and respectful at all times with our colleagues, with our customers and with all our stakeholders.

4. Entrepreneurial spirit & ambition

We never rest on our laurels. Business can be tough and you must adapt constantly in a fast changing world, always meeting your customer’s needs and spotting opportunities for new markets. Entrepreneurs are adaptive, risk-taking and hungry for success. They are brilliant at spotting new opportunities and developing talent. At Desso, we believe everyone can develop their own entrepreneurial spirit. That is why we have made it a core value. We combine this with the value of ambition because we expect our people to follow through on their best ideas and make them happen.

5. Ownership & Empowerment

The best way to engage our employees is to trust them to make the right decisions. We call this Ownership & Empowerment and it means that every single employee at Desso is responsible for achieving the best results, for drawing on and strengthening their skills, for collaborating successfully with their colleagues, for developing new ideas and solutions and for contributing to the drive, energy and creativity of the overall organisation.

6. Corporate Social Responsibility & Cradle to Cradle®

Corporate Social Responsibility means many things to us. It embraces our responsibility to people, profits and the planet. Through our commitment to Creativity, Functionality and Cradle to Cradle® design, we are inventing a new business model that we believe will deliver value to customers, shareholders, society and the future generations who will rely on this planet to sustain their health, wealth and happiness.

On a daily basis, we demonstrate our Corporate Social Responsibility by:

  • Respecting the culture, customs and rules of the countries in which we operate
  • Communicating in an open and honest way with all our stakeholders
  • Having the courage to express our opinions
  • Taking personal responsibility for our actions
  • Performing our duties to the best of our ability and with integrity
  • Communicating on our progress in reaching our Cradle to Cradle® targets.

Cradle to Cradle® Vision: Since 2008, we have maintained our focus on having all our products designed according to the Cradle to Cradle design principles by 2020. Inspired by nature’s continuous cycle, this concept requires companies to use materials and design products in such a way that they will be positive to the environment and human health.

Corporate Strategy

Our strategic objective is to be the world’s best provider of healthy and inspiring working and living spaces in the world through innovative flooring solutions.


We will achieve this by producing stunningly designed carpets that have smart functionality built in. While we don’t wear carpets like we do clothes, they are around us all the time. So, how they look can make a huge difference to our mood and the general atmosphere in which we work and live. At Desso, we are dedicated to creating carpets inspired by the latest trends such as fashion, architecture, art and interior design to enhance and enliven the interior space. Our global growth strategy is based on the following drivers:

Operational Excellence

Relentless in our desire to satisfy our customers, we make it a priority to continuously improve our operational performance. We must maintain the best capabilities to deliver what our customers need whenever they want it, however they need it and wherever they are. It’s about having the mindset to deliver fast, flexible and focused customer solutions that are flawlessly executed. The business environment is changing fast all the time and we must be able to adapt to the ever changing needs of our clients.


Creativity: Design excellence is a priority for us across all our business divisions. We are inspired by the latest trends in areas such as fashion, architecture, art and interior design. Next to that we want to stimulate co-creation of stunning new designs either via our international Circles of Architects® platform or by successful partnerships with leading architects and designers.

Functionality: Pioneering solutions that lead to healthier and happier living and working conditions.Through this process, we ask what can our carpets do to improve health and well-being, leading to innovations such as the DESSO AirMaster® and SoundMaster®, carpets that reduce the amount of fine dust in the indoor atmosphere and unwanted noise.

Cradle to Cradle®: We are passionate about creating products that have a positive impact on people’s health today inside their homes and offices and that also contribute to a more sustainable business model in the future. We achieve this through Cradle to Cradle® design


Geographic expansion: Desso’s goal is to continue to expand the business to new geographical regions. Currently, Desso is expanding its activities in Asia, Pacific and Latin America and have further plans for expansion in other regions in the coming years.

Market channel expansion: Desso is highly committed to further develop the Education, Healthcare and Government channels. Desso is therefore successfully taking our new products that clear the indoor air of dust and reduce unwanted noise into these channels


At Desso, we are committed to clear, open and honest communications that enable us to achieve our strategic objectives. Reinventing a business means having to win the hearts and minds of a multitude of stakeholders, both internally and externally. For these reasons, Desso believes that robust and open communications is one of the fundamental drivers of its long-term success.

Health and Wellbeing

People talk about the ‘Great Outdoors’, where they go for fresh air.


But we know that people really spend most of their time indoors- 90% of their time in fact. And people are consuming things they cannot see such as fine dust or potential VOC’s from paint, plastics, etc. This leads us to ask: How can we make our carpets work better for people? How can we create the ‘Great Indoors’?
Our innovation pillars of Creativity, Functionality and Cradle to Cradle® design enable us to achieve this: to create carpets that improve people’s health and wellbeing when they are indoors.

Through creativity we make carpets that have the right colour, texture and design to form the exact atmosphere our customers want from the inspiring to the reflective. As clothes make the man, so do carpets. And also other parts of the interior can create the place our customers want. We believe that design can have a major impact on people’s mental state of mind, thus influencing people’s physical condition.

With functionality, we make products that add real practical value. For example, they reduce the amount of fine dust in the indoor air or wipe out some of the unwanted noise. These are just some of the innovations we have delivered.

With Cradle to Cradle® design, we are taking materials and design to the next level, where our products can become even healthier and the materials can be recycled, benefitting the environment.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for Desso’s policy in the fields of amongst others brands and markets, finance, acquisitions and divestments.

Remco Teulings

Chief Executive Officer

Remco Teulings is CEO of Desso, a global carpets, carpet tiles and sports pitches company. In January 2015 he was appointed CEO in addition to his current responsibilities as President Tarkett EMEA.

He joined the Tarkett Group as EMEA Division President, leading all activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based at Tarkett’s headquarter in Nanterre (Paris – France), he is a member of the Executive Management Committee and reports directly to Michel Giannuzzi, Chief Executive Officer of Tarkett Group.

Before joining Tarkett, Remco Teulings was CEO and Managing Director Central Europe for Knauf Insulation (worldwide insulation manufacturer), where he started early 2007 in the position of Group Marketing Director. From 2002 until 2007, Remco held several management positions at Ansell Healthcare (industrial, medical and consumer protection solutions) among other Marketing Director EMEA and General Manager UK & Ireland for the Consumer Division.

He started his career working for Oilily (children’s apparel and accessories) and later for Royal Numico (Danone Group) in various international marketing, sales and purchasing positions.

Born in 1970, he holds an MBA in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, a Bachelor Degree in Economics and an Executive MBA from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand).

Tom Francken

Chief Financial Officer

Tom first worked for Desso as an external advisor from 2001-2007, during which time he made major improvements to the company’s financial management system. He was the driving force behind Desso’s launch of its Financial Shared Services Centre, its implementation of Sox 404 and a variety of other tax and financial projects. During the same period, he worked as a partner in a financial consultancy firm where he took on a number of assignments for different companies. Previously, Tom worked as the Finance Director at the Mijnmaatschappij Group, a limestone pit and concrete plant based in Curacao, Financial Manager at the Remco Ruimtebouw Group, and General Manager, Finance & Control at the Van Gils Group, a textile production company based in Essen, Belgium. Between 1985 and 1992 Tom worked as Financial Controller for Akzo Nobel pharmaceutical companies in Belgium, Mexico and Spain.


Today, Desso is commercially active in more than 100 countries and can look back on 80 years of successful performance, having built a reputation as a leading manufacturer of high quality carpet tiles, broadloom and artificial grass pitches.

Desso has three factories, a major distribution centre in Europe, as well as specialist customer service centres in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia. Its head office is located in Waalwijk in the Netherlands.

Key milestones in the history of Desso:

1930 – Founded in Oss in the Netherlands and Desso established as a producer of woven carpets for both residential and commercial use.
1980 – Established artificial grass division.
1981 – Merger with Esco, a producer of needle-felt carpets.
1993 – Acquired by DLW (Deutsche Linoleum Werke) and removed from the Amsterdam stock exchange.
1998 – DLW/Desso taken over by Armstrong World Industries Inc. (NYSE:AWI).
2007 – In April, Desso became independent again after the acquisition by the current management board and NPM Capital, a Dutch investment company.
2010 – In February, Desso Group acquired the profitable activities of Enia Carpet NL Holding BV.
2011 – Majority shareholding purchased by Bencis Capital Partners with the remaining shares still owned by the current management board.

Victory for Virserius Studio design Hyatt Regency Montreal equipped with Desso Carpet

06 July 2015 – Desso congratulates Virserius Studio with winning best lobby/public area/lounge design at the 2015 International Hotel & Property Awards, with their design work at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, equipped with Desso Axminster custom carpet.

Extraordinary hospitality design project

Therese and Regina were on hand as the winners were announced live at the ceremony at the Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy. Desso is proud to be part of this extraordinary hospitality design project!



Desso® extends its Transitions collection to bring the outside in

27 May 2015 – Transitions in Structure is a collection of four new carpet tiles that have been designed to reconnect people with nature, inviting the outside in to soften the interior.
Being part of Desso’s CARPETECTURE® Transitions Collection, Salt, Rock, Desert and Grain bring organic beauty to the office environment and help create flexible spaces with different areas for working, meeting – and quiet contemplation. 

Natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce

Reflecting the ever-changing world where natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce and where more and more people are living and working in man-made, urban environments, the carpet tiles combine the latest thinking in interior design with that of a circular, regenerative economy. 

Today, our carpet tiles contain on average 50% positively defined? recycled content, according to Cradle to Cradle® principles. Products with our DESSO EcoBase® backing are produced with 100% recycled chalk from drinking water companies. 

We have developed a new material stream for our carpet tiles

Our new Transitions in Structure collection, is supplied with DESSO ProBase as a standard backing. This bitumen based backing will gradually hold more positively defined1 recycled content, as we increase the supply of chalk from local drinking water companies we can source. We also offer this collection with an EcoBase™ backing as an alternative, in which case the backing already contains 100% recycled chalk. 

 (Image: Transitions Salt Carpet)

Transitions Salt/Rock Carpet

Salt is a two-tone, high/low structure carpet tile with a natural organic structure that helps inject striking, yet subtle colour into a scheme to accentuate furnishings and is available in six neutral and vibrant shades. Rock has been designed in twelve complementary hues to sit alongside the distinctive Salt tile to create zones for contemporary and impactful interiors.

(Image: Transitions Salt/Rock Carpet)

Transitions Desert Carpet

Desert is a non-directional carpet tile that creates a dynamic floor with a different vista from every angle. It is textured with a subtly layered organic design in a choice of nine weathered shades ranging from muted mushroom to deep charcoal. 

(Image: Transitions Desert Carpet)

Transitions Grain Carpet

Grain has a natural, free-flowing pattern that adds subtle movement by softening the edges of the interiors and inviting nature inside. It is available in a selection of twelve colourways including both neutral and vivid shades.

(Image: Transitions Grain Carpet)

Desso shortlisted for Business Green Leaders Awards 2015

20 April 2015 – Desso has been shortlisted for the second year running for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2015, organised by, the leading UK information source for the green economy.

Now in its fifth year, theBusinessGreen Leaders Awardscelebrates leading businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and campaigners from across the green economy, highlighting how they are driving the emergence of innovative and sustainable new business models and technologies.

Desso, shortlisted for the Waste and Recycling category, has showcased its innovative development of a new Cradle to Cradle® material stream to support its ongoing commitment to the circular economy.

A more sustainable alternative

Through collaborative development with local water companies, Desso discovered a more sustainable alternative to purchasing calcium carbonate, a material used as a stabilizer in its carpet tiles. The processes for softening water (making it suitable for drinking and for use in home appliances) produces a residue of calcium carbonate. The challenge then was to develop a way to prepare this material in the right form for Desso’s processes. In collaboration with Restoffenunie, a collective shared service centre of the Dutch Water Supply Companies, Desso found an innovative way to upcycle re-engineered calcium carbonate into Desso’s carpet tiles. The award entry shows how Desso shifted to using the residual stream of calcium carbonate from local water producers instead of purchasing it from mining companies in France.


“We are delighted that our commitment to developing healthy Cradle to Cradle®material streams is being recognised in this way. It demonstrates the power of cross-industry collaboration and innovation in paving the way for better and more sustainable supply chains and products.”

Roland Jonkhoff, Managing Director Desso

Desso is the first carpet company in the world to use the upcycled calcium carbonate and expects eventually to draw as much as 20,000 tonnes of chalk from this source per year. Already, in the first year, it will receive 10,000-12,000 tonnes via this route – over half of its total needs.

Desso donates a FloFlo: portable water drilling unit

07 April 2015 – Clean drinking water is a basic necessity of life. The FloFlo enables people in developing countries to drill for water themselves – and start their own water company.

The Holland Water Goes Africa Foundation was launched in September 2008 to help Africa solve its water problem. The young no-nonsense foundation is convinced that there is a different way to provide development aid! FloFlo was designed to encourage action before emergency situations arise. By managing funds efficiently and involving the population, Africa can save itself.

Everyone has a right to water

Floris Vos, president of the foundation: “We believe that by tackling the water problem in Africa at the source, you can also resolve economic, social and medical problems. It’s really not necessary for people to walk miles to fetch water and the solution doesn’t need to be expensive either. Everyone has a right to water; water is a basic necessity! Furthermore, there’s enough water in the ground in Africa. All the Africans need are the right tools and instructions on how to use them. We feel it’s important that the Africans do it themselves, so that besides finding their way to water, they also find their way to knowledge, entrepreneurship and thus grow in self confidence and fulfilment.”

Drilling for water using pure manpower

With just one FloFlo, the local population can drill multiple wells themselves. Teams are already at work in various African countries, where they have made a business of drilling and installing pumps. A donation from Desso, among others, has enabled the local population not only to provide for its own water needs but also to establish a micro business. They then bring the water pumps to neighbouring villages. And because people can drill wells to provide for their own needs, there is enough water for them to survive and to grow crops and keep animals.

‘Breathtaking everyday’ photography exhibition

15 April 2015 – Desso is inviting the design community to submit photographs for a ‘Breathtaking Everyday’ photography exhibition being launched in the showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week (19th-21st May) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of DESSO’s leading product innovation AirMaster®.

Clerkenwell Design Week

The Breathtaking Everyday theme sets out to document a mindful approach to photography by inviting people to slow down to re-discover their surroundings and capture the awe and beauty in their everyday environment.

Running alongside the exhibition, Desso is inviting people to share their Breathtaking Everyday snaps on social media using #BreathtakingEveryday.

The best picture wins a Champagne Afternoon Tea for two at the Shard – with some truly breathtaking views.

Taking part:

Breathtaking Everyday Photography Exhibition in London Showroom

  • Timings: 19-21 May 2015
  • Submit your photographs for consideration to

#BreathtakingEveryday social media competition

  • Timings: 1 April – 21 May 2015
  • Share pictures using #BreathtakingEveryday:
    • Twitter (@desso_uk),
    • Pinterest (dessogroup/breathtaking-everyday/ )
    • Instagram (DessoGroup)

Further information is available from Desso on 020 7324 5500.

Desso shortlisted for Business Green Leaders Awards 2015

20 April 2015 – Desso has been shortlisted for the second year running for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2015, organised by, the leading UK information source for the green economy.

Now in its fifth year, theBusinessGreen Leaders Awardscelebrates leading businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and campaigners from across the green economy, highlighting how they are driving the emergence of innovative and sustainable new business models and technologies.

Desso, shortlisted for the Waste and Recycling category, has showcased its innovative development of a new Cradle to Cradle® material stream to support its ongoing commitment to the circular economy.

Roland Jonkhoff appointed managing director of Desso

02 April 2015 – Desso, a leading carpets and sport pitches company (part of Tarkett), today announced the appointment of Roland Jonkhoff (46) as Managing Director of Desso. Formerly, a divisional Managing Director at Desso, Jonkhoff is now responsible for the complete management of the Desso business and carpet activities within Tarkett EMEA.


End of December 2014, Desso was acquired by Tarkett, a global leader in flooring and sports surfaces solutions. The two companies share the same vision and entrepreneurial values, as well as a strong commitment to sustainability, both applying Cradle to Cradle®principles at each step of the product’s life cycle and supporting the transition towards the circular economy. 

In addition to his new role at Desso, Jonkhoff will also hold the position of Vice President Carpet (EMEA) within the Tarkett organisation.  

Jonkhoff has many years of commercial sales, marketing and leadership experience at a number of organisations including Transavia Airlines, Bolidt Synthetic Applications and the Vita Group, a producer of cellular foams and industrial polymers. In 2008, he joined Desso as Managing Director of the HMA (Hospitality, Marine, Aviation) division. In 2012, Jonkhoff was given the additional responsibilities of Global Strategic Accounts, Customer Services and the Dutch commercial contract business.    

Commitment to implementing Cradle to Cradle®

Jonkhoff will maintain Desso’s commitment to implementing Cradle to Cradle® design and the transition towards the circular economy, along with its other innovation drivers of creativity and functionality, all whilst contributing to the company’s vision to make the floor work for people’s health and well-being.

“I am obviously thrilled to be given this opportunity to lead Desso within Tarkett. I am excited about the combined potential for future growth and success of the two companies, knowing that we can build on the continued commitment and creativity of our employees and other stakeholders.”
Roland Jonkhoff, Managing Director Desso

Desso introduces broadloom and carpets especially for the office market.

20 March 2015 – Desso’s new collection of broadloom and carpets offers endless possibilities and combinations, including a wide range of colours and structures like the versatile Desso Flux or Palatino. There are also richer woven structures like the Wilton Classic and Wilton Profile.


“By using different structures and exciting accent colours, this collection perfectly enhances our rich and innovative carpet tile programme. Broadloom is indispensable for specific applications. Think of the perfect connection to and on stairs, using different structures to emphasise certain areas, but also creating amazing rugs which augment and embellish smooth surfaces.”
Rob Peters, Managing Director at Desso

A unique concept

The new programme enables Desso to customise samples from the complete collection as a carpet. “Carpets are increasingly being used to partition spaces and accentuate and enhance hard floor areas. A unique concept for the office market”, according to Rob Peters.

Desso’s carpets can be ordered in any size and format with a choice of four different types of edge finishes, including boarders in numerous accent colours.


Contemporary product presentation

For the new broadloom and carpet assortment, Desso has created a contemporary yet concise product presentation, featuring an inspiring collection of photographs. The product presentation features all the available collections, colours and edge finishes.


Desso joins world leaders to discuss circular economy at Davos

20 January 2015 – Desso, a leading carpets and sport pitches company (part of Tarkett Group), is once again attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on 21-24 January, 2015 at Davos in Switzerland to engage in the debate on the future shape of the world economy.

Remco Teulings, CEO of Desso and President of Tarkett EMEA, a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, will be attending the Summit, where top level discussions on progress towards the circular economy continue.

Desso and Tarkett support the circular economy

Desso and Tarkett are supporters of the circular economy – the regenerative, sustainable model in which goods are designed to be recycled, reused or remanufactured in a closed loop system. -Desso has been a member of the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s Project MainStream, a cross-industry collaborative project searching for practical routes to upscale the shift to the circular economy.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the management consultants, McKinsey & Co., industry could save as much as a trillion dollars a year through cost savings on materials as a result of going circular.

Our CEO participates as a discussion leader on the circular economy

Remco Teulings will participate as a discussion leader at the latest Project MainStream session, to be held in Davos on Saturday, 24 January. In addition, there will be a public discussion on the World Economic Forum agenda on the circular economy on Wednesday, 21 January.

“We are excited to see how discussions on this critical subject have taken root within the World Economic Forum. It helps to engage new business and political leaders and build momentum for positive change. In a world where we expect to see several billion new consumers in the rising markets, we need a model to be able to supply this demand within the resource means of the planet and in a way that has a positive impact on the environment.”
Remco Teulings, CEO of Desso

Based on Cradle to Cradle® principles

The World Economic Forum’s annual summit in Davos is one of the premier gatherings of the world’s business and political leaders.

Since 2008, Desso has been transforming its business along circular economy lines, based on its Cradle to Cradle® principles around five key areas: Material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness.

A ‘sad lamp to smile about’ tops Desso’s Best in Class poll

07 January 2015 – Desso has announced that a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamp has been voted overall Best in Class winner out of six innovative designs by recent UK design graduates.

Crafted by University of Dundee product design graduate, Steve Swanton, the LUX light therapy lamp – along with the other five designs – was curated for Desso’s Best in Class exhibition by Katie Treggiden, editor of ‘confessions of a design geek’.

The new Best in Class event sees Desso, the global carpets, carpet tiles and sports pitches company, collaborating with Katie to deliver an exciting exhibition celebrating the very best student design work.

A beautifully crafted light therapy solution

Over 400 entries were received for the designs with the alternative light therapy LUX lamp – described by Steve as a ‘SAD Lamp to Smile About’ – taking almost half the votes.


Through his Scandinavian inspired design Steve wanted to tackle the stigmatising medical aesthetic of other seasonal disorder lamps and create a beautifully crafted light therapy solution for the home or office environment.

An additional feature of the LUX lamp is a series of lights in the lamp’s base that come on as other people with SAD switch on their lamps, creating a visual reminder of a supportive community and enhancing the user’s sense of wellbeing.

New designers still believe in the impossible

As the overall Best In Class winner Steve receives a ?500 bursary to help fund his next steps into the design world. Commenting on his win Steve says: “It’s great to be recognised for all the work that’s gone into my design and it’s particularly exciting as this is Desso’s inaugural Best in Class exhibition.”

All six designs selected for Best In Class exhibition were described as being highly imaginative, optimistic and strong examples of rethinking the ordinary.
“New designers still believe in the impossible, something which is not only exhilarating to be around, but also crucial if they’re going to come up with something new, something exciting, and something that solves the very real problems facing the next generation. The six designs selected for Desso are all optimistic and experimental, but also create a sense that the future is in good hands.”
Katie Treggiden, editor of ‘confessions of a design geek’

The other five designs were:

  • A Perspective on Dots by Meggan Johnson, Buckinghamshire University
  • Mediumwave by Jake Rich, Kingston University
  • No Right Angles in Nature by Josh Plough, Buckinghamshire University
  • Sling Step by Matej Chabera, the Royal College of Art
  • OysterActive by Nora Mekavuthikul, Central Saint Martins

Evolution of the governance of Desso

02 January 2015 – Following the closing of the acquisition of Desso by Tarkett, it has been agreed that Alexander Collot d’Escury, CEO of the Executive Board of Desso, will leave the company as per 5th January 2015. Remco Teulings, President of Tarkett EMEA Division, will be appointed CEO of Desso in addition to his current responsibilities.

Alexander Collot d’Escury has been part of Desso’s Executive Board since the end of 2007, initially as Chief Commercial Officer and since 2012 as CEO.

Under his leadership Desso realised a strong profit growth, through ground breaking innovations and a focus on geographical- and channel expansion. Desso’s Vision ‘To make the Floor work for people’s Health and Wellbeing’ played a crucial role in the transformation of the company as well as its leadership position in the field of Cradle to Cradle® and Circular Economy. As a result of this strategy, Desso has been able to grow its European market share in commercial carpet tiles significantly. 
“I am very proud with the outstanding results that Desso’s employees have realised since 2007. These achievements have ultimately led to the acquisition of Desso by Tarkett. The acquisition will provide Desso with the opportunity to further strengthen its international growth potential. My task is completed and I leave with a very good feeling, knowing that Desso will be part of the Tarkett Family.”
Alexander Collot d’Escury

“I would like to give credit to the Desso team for the excellent work done in terms of innovation and growth accomplished under the leadership of Alexander Collot d’Escury. Yet, we respect his decision to leave Desso and wish him all the best for his future career. We are very pleased that as of today Desso will be part of Tarkett, and we warmly welcome all employees.”
Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett

Tarkett has completed the acquisition of Desso, one of the European leaders in commercial carpets

02 January 2015 – Tarkett, a global leader in flooring and sports surfaces solutions, announced on October 30, 2014 its intention to acquire 100% of Desso, a leading commercial carpets and sport fields company in Europe. Today, the company is pleased to confirm that the acquisition has been completed after approval by the relevant antitrust authority.

“Through the acquisition of Desso, we strengthen our product portfolio in adding high-end carpets and carpet tiles for our European clients. This operation enables us to reinforce our geographical presence in EMEA and allows Tarkett to provide commercial carpet solutions to all customers worldwide, leveraging on the successful acquisition of Tandus in North America in 2012. Desso is a recognized brand for high quality and innovative products and is strongly committed to sustainability. We are very pleased that as of today Desso is part of Tarkett, and we warmly welcome all employees joining our Group”
Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett

Desso, a well-established brand, produces high-end and innovative carpet flooring, mainly for commercial applications (offices, education, hospitality, marine and aviation segments), and is present in the consumer carpet segment in Europe. The company also serves the sports market with artificial turf and a unique reinforced natural grass system (GrassMaster®).

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Desso achieved 202 million euros of sales in 2013, employs approximately 820 people and operates three plants in Europe.

About Tarkett

Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. With a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 production sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields.

Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett net sales of 2.5 billion euros in 2013 are balanced between Europe, North America and new economies. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small, CAC

The Road Less Travelled

Corporate Responsibility means many things to us. It embraces our responsibility to a business model that delivers success in terms of commercial profitability and a positive impact on people and the environment.


In a resource-constrained world the linear economy of ‘take, make and dispose’ is unsustainable. There is a better way: reshaping businesses so that products are made to be made again in a circular fashion as seen in nature. Businesses, we believe, need to reshape their models for the circular economy, where goods and materials are reused and recycled.

In 2008, inspired by the Cradle to Cradle® concept, the top team at Desso including the current CEO Alexander Collot d’Escury set the company on its current course to make all of its products according to Cradle to Cradle®principles by 2020.

Inspired by nature’s continuous cycle, this concept requires companies to use materials and design products in such a way that they will be positive to the environment and human health. In broad terms, this means using positively defined materials1) so that the goods can be returned and the materials recycled into new high quality products through two streams: technical or biological. In the former, the materials are fed back into the manufacturing process to make new goods; in the latter, they can go back as a nutrient into the soil.

In both cases, they act in the same way as a natural living system like the Cherry Tree in using all of the materials for new growth in an unending cycle.

But this is not easy. There are many complex and rigorous procedures to adhere to in order to ensure that a product can meet five criteria, set by the assessors of Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM programme – and framed by the co-founders of the concept, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, a German chemist and former Greenpeace scientist and William McDonough, a US architect.

Desso believes that its commitment to the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy and the transition to the circular economy will enable it to become more efficient in the use of natural resources, improve its environmental footprint and develop healthier materials in its products that benefit people and the planet.

Cradle to Cradle®

Being a Cradle to Cradle® Company means going beyond what most people conceive of as sustainability.

By 2020 all our materials will have to be free of toxins that could cause harm (though allowed by all regulations certain chemical components are not healthy enough to be passed as Cradle to Cradle®), energy used will be renewable and the specially designed goods will be capable of being taken back and the materials used to make new high grade products, ending the need to continually draw on the earth’s resources to meet growing consumer demand across the world.

In short, the vision allows for companies and people to prosper while taking cognizance of the planet’s delicate ecosystem and finite resource. It deals head-on with three global challenges we face: toxicity in materials; climate change; and resource scarcity. It is also about making sure everything we do has a positive impact on human health. The five criteria that Desso and other Cradle to Cradle® companies must adhere to are:

1) Material Health – ensuring all of the chemical ingredients in products are defined as positive (either optimal/green or tolerable/yellow). These are judged against a set of environmental and human health criteria and any ingredients that are classified as red (high risk) or grey (unable to define) should be phased out and replaced.

Desso has achieved this with its new DESSO EcoBase® backing, which contains a polyolefin based layer that is 100% safely recyclable in Desso’s production process. Carpet tiles with DESSO EcoBase® achieved a Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certificate for having reached a level where up to 97% of the materials are positively defined1) (Green or Yellow).

2) Material Reutlization- you must be able to identify the material streams that can be reutilized when the product is taken back after it has been used by the consumer or customer. These are fed back as nutrients either into the manufacturing process (technical sphere) or into the earth (biosphere).

At the heart of the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy is the idea that ‘waste equals food’. So, in the case of carpets, Desso has developed the technology to take back carpets and recycle or reuse the materials.

Today, we take back used carpets from our customers and our competitors and separate the yarn and other fibres from the backing, thereby producing two main material streams which can be recycled. After an additional purification stage, the yarn (with the required purity) is returned to the yarn manufacturer for the production of new yarn. In the entire process, some virgin material is needed to compensate for losses and process inefficiency. Today’s bitumen backing is recycled as a valuable raw material for the road and roofing industry. All non-recyclable fractions will be used as secondary fuel in the cement industry.

For Polyamide 6 yarn, this process takes place at Aquafil; one of our yarn suppliers. Aquafil has developed proprietary technology at its regeneration plant to turn recovered post-consumer polyamide 6 carpet fibres into new polyamide 6 again and again.

3) Renewable Energy Use – One of Cradle to Cradle®’s three core principles (the other two being Waste equals Food; and encouraging diversity as in nature) is to use current solar income, meaning that energy use should be, as far as possible, renewable. In this way, Cradle to Cradle® companies like Desso can be assured that the bulk of what they do and what they produce is positive for the environment and for human health.

During the period 2007-2011, Desso reduced its CO2 emissions by 50% owing to its increased use of green electricity (mostly hydropower and biomass). Besides Desso’s roof is currently covered by 25,000 m2 solar cells. It aims to switch over completely to renewable energy by 2020.

4) Water Stewardship – Companies following this route must demonstrate they are using their water resources responsibly and efficiently and that the water discharge from factories into local rivers is as clean as possible.

5) Social Responsibility – Companies must demonstrate they live up to the highest principles of responsibility in regard to their staff, and endeavor to make sure that companies in their supply chain are not violating these principles. Desso is committed to adhering to theSA8000 standard, set by the non-governmental organization Social Accountability International (SAI). It is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards covering policies and procedures that protect the basic human rights of workers.

Cradle to Cradle® Achievements

To close the loop, you have to be able to take used goods back and recycle or reuse the materials. To achieve this you must:

  • Develop Take BackTM technology to receive used materials and recycle the materials
  • Create products with the right purity that can be recycled at high levels.

We list below some the milestones in our journey to closing the loop, bringing us closer to our 2020 Cradle to Cradle® vision.

Milestone 1 – Going Silver

In 2010, just two years after the start of Desso’s new Cradle to Cradle® strategy, we received Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certification for DESSO EcoBase®, a new carpet tile backing. DESSO EcoBase®’ backing was checked against tough environmental and human health criteria with up to 97% of the materials classified as positively defined. Positively defined  means that all the ingredients were assessed as either Green (optimal) or Yellow (tolerable) according to the Cradle to Cradle® assessment criteria. The polyolefin based layer of the DESSO EcoBase® backing is 100% safely recyclable in our own production process.


Milestone 2 – DESSO Take Back™ & Refinity®

Millions of square metres of worn-out carpet are thrown away every year, often burned or dumped at landfill sites, leading to the destruction of valuable raw materials. In 2008, Desso launched its Take Back™ programme and one year later, developed an innovative separation technique called DESSO Refinity®.

Through Refinity® we take back old carpets (provided they don’t contain PVC) and separate the yarn and other fibres from the backing. This creates two main material streams: the yarn which is sent back to our suppliers for recycling and the bitumen (currently the most common material for carpet backing), which is sold to the road and roofing industry.  All non-recyclable fractions are used as secondary fuel in the cement industry.

Those who send back carpets and participate in our programme receive a Take Back™ certificate as a guarantee that the material is recycled according to Cradle to Cradle® principles.


Milestone 3 – Using recycled yarn

One of our suppliers, Aquafil has developed proprietary technology to recycle old Polyamide 6 yarn from used carpets into new material known as ECONYL® over and over again.

Today, Over 50%1) of our carpet tile range is available with ECONYL® yarn. ECONYL® is a yarn which is made from 100% regenerated nylon including post-consumer yarn waste from DESSO’s Refinity® plant.


EU Eco-Innovation Funding

At Desso we are delighted to receive an EU subsidy via its Eco- innovation funding scheme to support our Take Back™ & Refinity® programmes.

We are very grateful for this support and see it as a wonderful example of the link between government and industry to increase support for the Cradle to Cradle® concept and the growing movement towards the circular economy.

Our goals are:
1. Put in place the collection and recycling scheme in six European countries (BeNeLux, France, Germany and the UK);
2. Collect 4% of carpet waste in the contract market, amounting to 16,000 tonnes per year, where at least 50% will be processed via our recycling facility: Refinity®;
3. Recycle 50% of this material;
4. Prevent 8,000 tonnes of carpet waste from going to landfill every year;
5. Develop a business plan for the replication of this collection and recycling scheme and scale-up.
We need them to understand how this benefits society and the environment. To help us in this task, we will cooperate with other industry leaders involved in the carpet business to create greater awareness for our Take Back™ programme.

LIFE programme

Desso has been awarded a subsidy from the EU’s LIFE programme in support of its commitment to develop carpet products that can be recycled in a healthy closed loop system, based on Cradle to Cradle® principles. Through this programme LIFE contributes to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy.

The Desso project ‘ClosedLoopCarpet’ is focused around developing the most effective methods in the separation of materials as the basis for the closed loop recycling of carpet waste into polymers and new products.

The linear model is unsustainable 

The current linear model of ‘take, make and waste’ is unsustainable.  Today, Europe dumps about 1,600 kilo tonnes of post-consumer carpet material every year with about 60 percent going into landfill and much of the rest into incinerators. Large amounts of this waste, especially nylon, is not biodegradable and according to Cradle to Cradle® principles should be designed to go back into the technical sphere for healthy recycling, rather than end up in landfill. 


The linear model is unsustainable for several key reasons:

1. It uses up energy and scarce natural resources;
2. Landfill waste pollutes the soil and groundwater;
3. Incineration adds to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2009, DESSO established a take-back and recycling programme for used carpets in six EU countries and has been steadily increasing the amount of material it takes back. However, there are various technical challenges to overcome especially in relation to the scaling up of the separation of waste material into reusable compounds that are pure enough to meet Cradle to Cradle® standards for non-toxicity.


The aim of Desso’s LIFE project is to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a separation line based on innovative shredding and cryogenic separation technology. This enables Desso to separate used carpet material into its original separate primary resources, which can be used in the production of new carpets or for the production of new polymer material known as depolymerisation. The project expects to increase the purity of the final material from 85% to at least 97%, providing the only possible basis for non-toxic closed loop recycling – and thereby creating a breakthrough technology.

The project aims to:

1. Develop a Cradle to Cradle® manufacturing process for carpets;
2. Produce recovered material for reuse in high-quality applications. This requires a sophisticated separation and purification line to ensure that the recovered materials, including polyamide (one of the main materials used in carpet manufacturing) can be reused; 
3. Recycle each output material as much as possible into new high grade materials.