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Textile auxiliary helps save 130 million litres of water in one year

Mills that have adopted Huntsman Textile Effects’ all-in-one ERIOPON E3-SAVE textile auxiliary for polyester processing, have collectively saved more than 130 million litres of water

24th September 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Singapore

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

As global interest in sustainable textile production continues to soar, mills that have adopted Huntsman Textile Effects’ all-in-one ERIOPON E3-SAVE textile auxiliary for polyester processing, which launched one year ago, have collectively saved more than 130 million litres of water, Huntsman reports.

Demand for polyester fabric is being driven by seemingly insatiable consumer appetite for sportswear and athleisure clothing, according to the Singapore based company. Sales in the sector have been on an upward trend for several years and are even proving resilient amid Covid-19 market disruption. However, dyeing of polyester and its blends has traditionally been resource intensive, time consuming and costly, Huntsman says.

Huntsman Textile Effects’ next-generation ERIOPON E3-SAVE textile auxiliary was engineered to address these challenges. It eliminates the need for separate pre-scouring, allowing pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing to be combined in a single bath. Mills that use ERIOPON E3-SAVE can thus, Huntsman explains, dramatically shorten the polyester dyeing process and save water, energy and cost.

“Our innovations aim to help mills improve their productivity and competitiveness while also contributing to the textile industry’s shift to more sustainable practices and a reduced environmental footprint,” comments Kerim Oner, Global Marketing Manager, Huntsman Textile Effects.

“With ERIOPON E3-SAVE, we have harnessed the unparalleled technical expertise and application know-how of our research and field teams to develop a product that is proven to reduce costs for mills and that meets current and anticipated industry sustainability standards.”

Dae Young Textile Vietnam Co., Ltd, a forerunner in sustainable textile production in Asia, was an early adopter of the ERIOPON technology. Results from bulk production show that ERIOPON E3-SAVE has reduced process time by over 20% and water consumption by over 50%, delivering annual cost savings of up to 30%.

“ERIOPON E3-SAVE delivers a combination of best-in-class performance and value. It allows us to have the shortest possible processing cycle, which is key for us to deal with increasing industry pressure for faster turnarounds,” Jeong Won Oh, General Manager, Dae Young Textile Vietnam, said. “Alongside dramatic time savings, we are also saving water, energy and ultimately cost. Huntsman’s best-in-class products and high level of technical support help keep businesses like us productive.”

The unique polymer technology of ERIOPON E3-SAVE promotes controlled exhaustion to ensure right first-time level dyeing, adds Huntsman. It extracts oil and oil-based impurities from the fibre during processing and displays a high affinity to disperse dyes, enabling the rapid removal of unfixed surface dyes from the fibre during reduction clearing. The technology also enhances reproducibility and improves wet- and rub-fastness, the company concludes.

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