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Huntsman at Colombiatex

Helping textile and apparel companies make the shift to more environmentally sustainable operations while enhancing competitiveness.

24th January 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Medellín, Colombia

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Huntsman Textile Effects is showcasing a complete suite of solutions for performance apparel, technical textiles and casual wear at Colombiatex de las Américas 2022 in Medellín, Colombia, this week (January 25-27).

“Sustainability is becoming a priority for regulators in South America and around the world, and consumers are increasingly keen to make a difference by choosing green brands,” said Ben Powell, commercial director Americas at Huntsman Textile Effects. “Huntsman is redefining what’s possible to help textile and apparel companies make the shift to more environmentally sustainable operations while enhancing their competitiveness. Our innovations make it possible to benefit from efficiency gains and resource savings in the factory and deliver products that stand out in the market.”

The company will feature the latest addition to the third generation of its Avitera SE polyreactive dye range. Avitera Rose SE delivers brilliant bluish-red shades while reducing the water and energy required for production by up to 50% and increasing mill output by up to 25% or more. It also significantly outperforms the best available dyeing technologies for cellulosic fibres and blends in terms of value by reducing recipe costs, minimising processing costs and eliminating reprocessing.

Eriopon E3-Save is another next-generation water-saving innovation. An all-in-one textile auxiliary for polyester processing, it allows pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing to be combined in a single bath and eliminates the need for anti-foaming products. This shortens processing time and saves water and energy.

As leading brands begin to work towards a circular economy for textiles, mills are also being asked to overcome challenges associated with transforming recycled polyester (rPET) into high-quality new textiles. At Colombiatex, Huntsman Textile Effects is presenting an end-to-end solution for achieving full whites and consistent shades on rPET with right-first-time quality. The eco-friendly rPET processing solution includes pre-treatment chemicals, fluorescent whitening agents, state-of-the-art washfast dyes, and finishing solutions for high-performance protection and comfort.

Terasil Blue W is the latest addition to Huntsman’s range of washfast disperse dyes for polyester and man-made fibres and their blends. Crucially, it is not sensitive to reduction, leading to higher reproducibility and higher right first-time results and operational excellence. It also reduces overall water and energy consumption, as well as water effluent.

In partnership with Sciessent, Huntsman will also introduce antimicrobial and odour-control solutions enabling mills to produce garments that smell fresh for longer and need less frequent washing. Including Sciessent’s new anti-odour technology Nobo, in addition to Agion Active X2 and Lava X2, a standalone odor adsorption product and key component of Agion Active X2 that attracts, absorbs and degrades odours for long-lasting protection.

For more information visit huntsman.com.

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