ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Atlas Hali, a Turkish carpet manufacturer, saw its annual profit grow by 350 percent in 2013 over the previous year after inventing "nano carpets," which clean themselves and prevent stains, mold and bacteria from developing.
Inspired by the lotus flower's ability to repel water, Turkish engineers from the research and development department of Atlas Hali developed carpets that clean themselves using energy from light. An investment of TL 1.2 million resulted in a type of carpet produced with nanotechnology that destroys organic substances before they can take hold or become a stain. The company increased the number of sales points for their products from 117 to 330 in 2013.
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on a molecular scale. The Atlas carpet is the first and the only example of its kind.
Professor MeriÇ Bebitoglu, general manager of Atlas Hali, said their goal for 2014 is to increase the number of nano carpet dealers beyond 500 and to see their annual profit reaches TL 35 million.
Atlas Hali products are sold in
(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN
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