Dyes & Chemicals News

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Jet dyeing novelty sees lift off

    TAIPEI – Taiwan-based Acme Machinery provided one of the biggest talking points at the recent ITMA with new jet dyeing technology with an integrated fabric transport system that improves fabric quality and can lead to big savings in water…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    App scans chemical inventory, helps compliance

    HONG KONG – A new time-saving mobile app that makes it easy for textile mills to create their own chemical inventories on the factory floor will soon be available on the market. Inspired by the popular wine app Vivino, which scans the label on a…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    CCC report highlights denim worker health concerns

    BRISTOL – Bleached Souls – A report by Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey – has put pressure on the Turkish denim industry after it revealed workers using Potassium Permanganate to create the faded look in denim were suffering skin and respiratory…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    Atexco develops two-sided digital textile printer

    BARCELONA – ITMA 2019 saw the unveiling of many innovations in textile technology, most of which were showcased at the front of exhibitor stands. But an alleged ‘world first’ – a new machine that digitally prints the same design on both sides of a…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2019

    Roaches releases new software

    BIRSTALL – UK based designer and manufacturer of textile testing instruments and laboratory dyeing machines Roaches has released Orbis, new software which allows Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for textile testing machines in its range. It is…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2019

    CHT breaks €500M, eyes circular economy

    TÜBINGEN – Despite raw materials shortages, sales at European textile chemical supplier CHT Group have burst through the €500 million barrier at a time when it expects to ramp up the development of new products that fit in with the ‘circular…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019

    Bluesign launches cloud computing solution

    BARCELONA - On the opening day of ITMA 2019, Bluesign has launched the Cube, a cloud computing solution which it says provides “continuously expanding and updated information, as well as applications and modular services for chemical change…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    ZDHC and chemical suppliers patch up differences

    AMSTERDAM – After a year of intense negotiations and behind-the-scenes meetings, a group of leading chemicals companies including Archroma, DyStar and Huntsman Textile Effects have all agreed to join the ZDHC Foundation as contributors, which, for…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    Sanitized launches peppermint-based antimicrobial

    BURGDORF – Swiss textile solutions specialist Sanitized AG has developed a peppermint oil-based antimicrobial as it looks to satisfy demand for renewable textile finishes that retain a high degree of performance and durability. Metals, such as…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Bluesign to release ‘black limits’ for textile dyes

    ST GALLEN – Starting next month, Bluesign will publish threshold limits for chemical substances in finished products such as textile auxiliaries or dyes that are listed as having carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic properties. The new Bluesign…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Greenpeace takes a fashion Detox ‘pause’

    AMSTERDAM — Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has revealed to Ecotextile News its intention to take a “pause from active campaigning” in the textile and apparel sector given the “significant progress” made by various industry actors in the…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    New concerns raised for chemical safety in China

    BEIJING — March of this year saw a fatal explosion rip through a factory run by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. Ltd (JTC), a company which produces m-phenylenediamine alongside a range of other key intermediaries in Yancheng, China, that are used in…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Pilot yields C2C certified ‘biodegradable’ printed textiles

    TÜBINGEN – In a significant advancement for the textile printing sector, speciality chemical supplier CHT Group has produced print pastes and pigments that have been certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold Standard by consulting institute EPEA…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ADIF and ZDHC announce collaboration

    SHANGHAI – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA) participated in a joint information event at the 2019 China InterDye exhibition, during which they announced ADIF will join ZDHC as a…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    Dye price chaos fears after fatal factory explosion

    YANCHENG – A large-scale explosion said to have been triggered by a fire close to benzene tanks at Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Yacheng, China, has tragically left ‘more than 70 people dead’ and hundreds injured. The facility, which it is claimed…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Stahl expands finishing range to boost compliance

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl is introducing a new range of finishing options, including a wet-end solution, so it can offer clients a complete portfolio of leather processing products that comply with the ZDHC (Zero…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    EPA updates TSCA for first time in 40 years

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first update of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, for 40 years, which shows that over half of the listed substances are no longer being sold on the US…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Demand grows for cleaner denim dyes

    REINACH – Archroma has told Ecotextile News that due to a higher than expected demand for its for ‘Denisol Pure Indigo 30’ it’s had to triple the planned production for this dye, with all the pre-reduced liquid indigo capacity at its Pakistan…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    CHT sees a formaldehyde-free textile future

    TÜBINGEN – Speciality textile chemicals supplier CHT says it’s seen a spike in demand for formaldehyde-free binders used in textile finishing and pigment dyeing – despite some initial doubts about the effectiveness of these types of formulations.…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    Gore PFC challenge tougher than expected

    DELAWARE – Gore Fabrics has said ‘technical challenges’ have slowed down its efforts to commercialise the production of its PTFE membranes without the use of what it calls PFCs ‘of environmental concern’ (PFCEC) – but it remains confident that it…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Proposal aims to restrict ‘C6’ textile finishes

    BRUSSELS – Renewed efforts are underway in Europe to restrict ‘C6’ short-chain fluorine-based formulations that are widely used to repel oil and water on textiles and clothing. The move comes in the form of another proposition from the German…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Odour-eating finish gets certified

    BURGDORF - Sanitized has said its non-biocidal odour-management technology ‘Odoractiv 10’ is now certified to bluesign, the ‘skin friendly’ certification from the Hohenstein Institute and Eco Passport from Oeko-Tex for treating polyester sport and…
  • Sunday, 03 February 2019

    Bluesign to integrate tools in cloud platform

    MUNICH – Bluesign will integrate its complete set of tools for chemical management within a new cloud-based platform to help improve efficiency, safety and sustainability in the textile industry. Over the course of 2019, the Swiss-based organisation…
  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019

    Study backs up calls for fluorinated textile ban

    LEEDS – Researchers in the UK and Sweden have developed a new test method for water- and oil-resistant textiles which uses an innovative ‘roll-off’ method to assess repellence with movement to more actively reflect how clothes actually behave in…
  • Friday, 18 January 2019

    India textile sector weighs up CO2 dyeing

    GUJARAT – Waterless textile dyeing using super-critical CO2 technology could be coming to India for the first time, with Dutch engineering company DyeCoo confirming to Ecotextile News that it’s in talks with several Indian textile companies –…
  • Tuesday, 15 January 2019

    Electrochemical indigo machine debuts in Pakistan

    KARACHI – Technical Color Solution, which supplies a range of technologies to the textile sector has teamed up with French textile machinery supplier Sedo Engineering to produce pre-reduced liquid indigo dyes using an electrochemical process. The…
  • Monday, 14 January 2019

    Polymer nanogel zaps bugs on textiles

    SHANGHAI – Scientists in China say they’ve developed a new anti-microbial finish for cotton textiles that uses a nanoscale polymer treatment based on guanidine, which both inhibits and kills bacteria using a novel method without the use of metals or…
  • Friday, 11 January 2019

    Brands converge efforts under ZDHC umbrella

    AMSTERDAM – In a major new collaborative approach to chemical management, ZDHC signatory brands Levi Strauss, Nike, H&M and C&A have come together to share and align their screened textile chemistry programmes and hand them over to the ZDHC for…
  • Thursday, 20 December 2018

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Chemical management

    Vancouver - Dr. Meg Whittaker, managing director of Toxservices, takes a different approach than most to harmonisation: “I'm one of the friendlier consultants out there and I'm probably the only one that actually trains my competition.” “I actually…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    Colorifix raises scaling funds for dyeing solution

    NORWICH – Biological dyeing firm Colorifix has raised US$3 million from impact and strategic investors with links to the fashion industry as part of a Series A investment round. These funds, the company states, will support the expansion of its…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    ZDHC adds five further contributors

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has confirmed five new contributors to its programme, with two new signatory brands, one value chain affiliate and two new associates having now joined its existing 116-strong membership. Fashion retailer Next,…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Over 30 new textile chemicals to be restricted by EU

    BRUSSELS – The European Union has initiated a 24-month transition period for the restriction of 33 chemicals used in the textile sector which are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR). The adoption of these CMR…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Denim mill takes indigo dyeing to absolute limit

    REINACH – Thailand-based Absolute Denim says it has switched 100 per cent of its indigo denim dyeing to Archroma’s Denisol ‘Pure Indigo 30’ liquid dye, which is said to be free of the problematic hazardous chemical aniline – at ‘levels below…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    Greenpeace sees both detox progress and challenges

    AMSTERDAM – Greenpeace has, for the first time, taken to the stage at a ZDHC event to discuss its perspective on industry-wide chemical management alignment work. Those firms to have already joined initiatives like the ZDHC Foundation are the…
  • Friday, 30 November 2018

    LCA confirms fluorine textile coating risks

    BRUSSELS – A 3-year EU life cycle assessment study to evaluate alternatives to fluorine-based durable water and oil textile repellents (DWOR) has concluded that fluorinated formulations have a negative environmental impact “10 – 40 times larger”…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    New inductees to ZDHC programme

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has confirmed the addition of seven new companies to its Roadmap to Zero Programme, meaning that the organisation’s pool of partners and contributors has now reached a total of 116. ASOS will join the organisation as a Signatory…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    Mission impossible?

    Frank Michel, CEO of the ZDHC Foundation, wonders how we will be able to fully detox the apparel and footwear supply chain.
  • Thursday, 01 November 2018

    Polyester flame retardant gets Oeko-Tex approval

    BRIGHOUSE – UK textile chemical supplier Avocet has received Oeko-Tex ‘active chemical product’ approval for its range of ‘Cetaflam PDP’ polyester flame retardants, which means they can now be used for all classes of Oekotex certified textiles for…
  • Monday, 22 October 2018

    Revealed: hidden source of hazardous textile pollutants

    MILAN – Large amounts of commodity chemicals used in the textile industry are contaminated with potentially hazardous substances such as APEO’s, phthalates, chlorobenzene, toluene and other restricted chemicals – that routinely end up in wastewater.…
  • Friday, 19 October 2018

    Is a chemically compliant Brexit Britain out of REACH?

    BRUSSELS – To coincide with the latest round of Brexit talks, Cefic, CHEM Trust, the European Environment Bureau (EEB) and the UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) have used an open letter to all EU Heads of State to call for the UK to remain…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    LJ Specialities cites REACH constraints for closure

    BARNSLEY – UK-based printing ink specialist Magna Colours has announced its acquisition of fellow UK textile formulator LJ Specialities, confirming that it will continue the work of the company which has recently struggled to operate within…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Huntsman strengthens DWR ties with Chemours

    SINGAPORE – Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company have announced an expansion of a long-standing working relationship in the field of durable water repellence (DWR). By pooling their respective strengths in market-specific innovation,…
  • Tuesday, 02 October 2018

    DyStar publishes latest sustainability report

    SINGAPORE – DyStar Group has released its 2017-18 Sustainability Performance Report, the eighth edition of its annual review of the company’s progress and the first to have been prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)…
  • Thursday, 13 September 2018

    Fashion for Good, ZDHC seek textile chemistry innovators

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good and ZDHC have announced a joint venture which is seeking innovators in the field of textile chemistry to pioneer technologies to make the industry safer. Companies that apply will run for selection into the Fashion for…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Microban technologies achieve Eco Passport certification

    HUNTERSVILLE – Antimcrobial textile specialist Microban International has confirmed that both its Scentry and Scentry Revive technologies have earned Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification.
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    DuPont scales up bio-based polymer site

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Industrial Biosciences has finalised the expansion of its Kinston manufacturing facility which produces the firm’s bio-based Sorona polymer in North Carolina, USA. The decision to grow the site, the company says, reflects the…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Polyester dyeing auxiliary meets stringent eco standards

    SINGAPORE – A new diffusion accelerant has been released by Huntsman Textile Effects that complies with current textile industry sustainability standards and improves the dyeing performance of polyester fibres including microfibres and blends – even…
  • Friday, 31 August 2018

    Investment boost for Swedish textile dyeing innovator

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion-tech company We Are SpinDye looks set to accelerate the development of its proprietary colouring method for synthetic textiles courtesy of a round of investment. Dutch duo Textile Innovation Fund (TIF) and Social Impact…
  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018

    EU Initiative seeks consumer textile chemical engagement

    BRUSSELS – An initiative funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme is aiming to collaborate with companies in order to provide consumers with information regarding the presence of potentially hazardous chemicals in the textile supply chain.
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    NERC handed funding to investigate hazardous chemicals

    LONDON – NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) has been awarded £6 million to investigate the risks posed by potentially hazardous chemicals released through agriculture and industrial operations. The wider-reaching impacts of potentially…

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