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SINGAPORE – Textile dyes and auxiliaries business, Huntsman Textile Effects has launched a new dyeing auxiliary which, it is claimed, provides the shortest possible processing cycle for polyester – saving time, water, energy and cost. The launch is in response to booming demand for polyester and man-made fibres in the sports and athleisure apparel markets. “At the same time, brands, consumers and mills are increasingly focused on sustainability and performance resulting in raising demand for optimisation of the costly, time consuming and resource intensive polyester dyeing process,” said a statement from the company.

The Epron E3-Save designed to help mills achieve savings in the water, energy and time for the intensive process of dyeing polyester and its blends by combining pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing in a single bath.

Oliver Gerlach, global marketing manager for process chemicals at Huntsman Textile Effects said: “Epron E3-Save dyeing auxiliary delivers in all critical stages of polyester dyeing from pre-scouring to washing-off for exceptional performance and environmental and economic sustainability. Its environmental credentials offer mills greater processing flexibility and an optimum price-performance ratio. We expect this latest offering to support the textile industry’s drive towards more eco-friendly practices.” 

The auxiliary can be used to successfully dye in jet applications without the need for anti-foaming products. Its superior levelling is also claimed to increase reproducibility, allowing mills to dispense with additional levelling agents.

Polyester, microfibers and blends treated with the auxiliary comply with the requirements of bluesign, Level 3 of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Gateway and the Restricted Substances Lists of international brands, in addition to being suitable for processing of textiles in compliance with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex and the Global Organic Textile Standard.

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