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Sustainable dyeing success in Taiwan

Alchemie’s Endeavour forms the centrepiece of a demonstration hub and showroom for Asia.

7th September 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Taiwan

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Taiwan-based JSRTEX has completed its first full run using the Endeavour waterless dyeing system supplied by the UK’s Alchemie Technology.

Alchemie’s Endeavour, which JSRTEX has purchased to dye polyester, uses 95% less water and 85% less energy compared to traditional methods. With textile dyeing the biggest cause of pollution in apparel manufacture, the successful sustainable dye run at JSRTEX is a pivotal moment for the outdoor and fashion industry and a first in Asia.

The Endeavour, developed in one of the world’s high technology clusters in Cambridge, UK, will form the centrepiece of a demonstration hub and showroom for Asia and brands and manufacturers are welcome to request an invitation to come and see the sustainable dyeing process in action at the JSRTEX plant in Taiwan.

Taiwan is a rising star in the global textile market, witnessing significant growth in recent years. It has transformed from mass production to more integrated product chains and is the world’s seventh largest textile exporter and home to over 4,300 textile manufacturing businesses.

The use of waterless dyeing technology is the first step in the wider sustainable vision of JSRTEX, named Pureline, which will bring together the world’s most advanced textile manufacturing solutions to create an integrated eco-friendly supply chain.

The Pureline concept aims to reduce the carbon footprint and water consumption of each stage of textile manufacturing.

JSRTEX also plans to use Alchemie’s Novara digital finishing system which uses up to 85% less energy, up to 95% less water and up to 50% less chemistry to apply functional finishes to fabric.

“Having an Endeavour demonstration hub in Taiwan, and our partnership with JSRTEX, is another key milestone on our journey towards transforming the textile industry as we aim to stop 500 million tons of CO2 emissions being produced by the outdoor and fashion industry by 2030,” said Alan Hudd, founder of Alchemie Technology.

“Taiwan is the epicentre of advanced textile manufacturing technologies in Asia, and we are proud to be playing our part in setting new sustainability benchmarks and working with pioneering brands to accelerate the change to a cleaner dyeing and finishing industry,” added Steve Lin, chairman of JSRTEX.

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