Textile Technology section
Archroma: number 1 in the “industrial chemicals” list
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, ranked number 1 in the “industrial chemicals” list published by the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), Beijing/China, for driving transparency in their supply chain. Archroma also entered the Top 50 of companies in IPE’s Green SupplyChain CITI Evaluation, at the 47th position.
The evaluation dynamically assesses brands on the environmental management of their supply chains in China. Archroma supplies industries as diverse as textiles, fashion, packaging, paper, adhesives, paints, and construction, with innovations and solutions that can be found in many consumer goods, from paper and packaging, to home décor paints and textiles, to clothing and car seats.
With a wide array of products, the company is committed to operate along the principles of “The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The Archroma team is therefore committed to sourcing safe and sustainable raw materials and intermediates from like-minded partners. The efforts in this area have been noticed and rewarded earlier this year with the EcoVadis Gold award of EcoVadis SAS, Paris/France.
Heike van de Kerkhof, CEO of Archroma
Archroma: 20% price increase for fluorochemical range
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced an increase of up to 20% in the selling prices of its Nuva N and Fluowet fluorocarbon polymers.
Fluorocarbon polymers are typically used in essential applications where a water and/or oil barrier is needed, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for health professionals, or other technical textiles.
The price increase has become necessary to support the increasing regulatory and other costs, as well as ongoing investments. It will be effective, in all regions and markets, for all new orders and as contracts allow.
SCTI: chemical companies unite to accelerate sustainability
Launched in October 2020, Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI) is an alliance of 7 leading chemical companies that strives to empower the textile and leather industries to apply sustainable, state-of-the-art chemistry solutions that protect factory workers, local communities, consumers and the environment.
All of the founding members of SCTI – Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, CHT Group, Tübingen/Germany, Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore, Kyung-In Synthetic Corp. (KISCO), Seoul/Korea, Pulcra Chemicals GmbH and Rudolf Group, both Geretsried/Germany, and Tanatex Chemicals BV, Ede/Netherlands – have made substantial investments in sustainable solutions in recent years.
Specifically, SCTI will support brands, retailers and manufacturers of all sizes at every stage in their sustainability journey to achieve the highest levels of sustainability, by sharing members’ knowledge of chemistry and its application, and by providing training and tools to ensure stakeholders can adopt technologies and optimize processes.
SCTI is also developing a global harmonized sustainability standard for chemical products used in the industry, along with a supporting assessment tool that covers all aspects of the products, from hazards through to environmental, ecological and social impacts. The ultimate aim is to produce more sustainable products through cleaner and more transparent supply chains that use less water and energy and produce less emissions and pollution.
Photo: Rohit Aggarwal, SCTI Chairman and President of Huntsman Textile Effects
Archroma/Shima Seiki: Color Atlas library for new design software
The 4,320 color references of Archroma’s Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, Color Atlas library have been selected by the manufacturer of flat knitting machines, Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, and integrated into their SDS-One Apex2 series of software for the design, planning and virtual sampling of textile and apparel.
Shima Seiki is a provider of digitally optimized solutions for the apparel industry, who combines its on-demand Wholegarment knitting machine with realistic virtual sampling. Based on actual yarn data, fabric simulations generated on the SDS-One Apex-series have high standard in quality and realism. Design and simulation are available for knits and various other textile applications, and smooth transition to machine programming is possible for quick and accurate design-to-manufacture interface.
The Color Atlas was launched in 2016 to provide fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf color inspiration that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.
With this new collaboration, the users of the SDS-One Apex design software of Shima Seiki will have 4,320 colors at their disposal with which they can visualize, evaluate and implement, in a considerably accelerated process from the first creative idea to the production to the final outlet.
Archroma: assessment of CSR performance
The EcoVadis Gold rating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) 2020 has been awarded to the producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland. Thus the company is placed within the top 5 % of the best rated companies in the industrial sector.
EcoVadis is an organization specialized in assessing the CSR performance of companies on a global basis. The assessment focuses on 21 criteria which are grouped into 4 themes: environment, labor & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.
Archroma, who was undergoing the assessment for the 3th year has built a strong reputation as a global leader in developing innovations and systems that help minimize resource, increase productivity and create value for its customers.
Archroma: combining eco-advanced colors with hygiene and protection
As part of its active engagement in the fight against Covid-19, the producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced a collaboration with denim manufacturer Soorty Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., Karachi/Pakistan. The alliance will develop Soorty’s new collection combining eco-advanced colors with hygiene and protection technologies. Archroma will contribute technologies, innovations and systems for coloration, hygiene and protection. These include an aniline-free indigo system, Pure Indigo Flow, based on the new Denisol Pure Indigo developed to preserve the health of denim workers and aquatic life, a water-saving dyeing technology, and an antibacterial treatment based on Sanitized technology and designed to keep the garment odor-free, fresh and germ-free.
The denim collection will be introduced by Soorty under the brand SmartCare+ and will include denim fabric, garments and, coming soon, masks.
Archroma: start of production of hand sanitizersIn May 2020, the producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, started bulk production of a new range of hand sanitizers at its Landhi site in Pakistan. The new Kieralon HS range was developed by the R&D team at the Archroma Center of Excellence in Karachi, in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. The Kieralon HS range is being produced in different grades and concentrations to eliminate a broad range of germs, bacteria and viruses, to cater for various healthcare and hygiene requirements. They also include emollients and display non-stick and quick drying effect, for skin comfort. Archroma is also actively supporting manufacturers in the production of face masks and medical protective equipment. Due to the corona pandemic its antimicrobial and barrier products are in high demand. Moreover Archroma helps existing and new customers entering this sector by providing technical know-how and support.
Archroma: cooperation to produce PPE in Pakistan
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has teamed up with leading producer in healthcare textiles Liberty Textile Mills Ltd., Karachi/Pakistan, to produce high quality personal protective equipment (PPE). Liberty will be benefitting from Archroma’s specialty solutions for hygiene protection, and well-established technical expertise in the area of medical textiles. Amidst the corona virus pandemic, the PPEs manufactured by Liberty are aimed at easing the current shortage of PPEs for medical professionals in Pakistan. With its advanced scientific knowledge and technical expertise, Archroma provides a complete set of specialty chemicals required to produce PPEs, in particular in the area of antimicrobial and barrier coatings. The project will assist in enhancing medical standards in hospitals, isolation centers and intensive care units, in Pakistan and, soon, worldwide.
Sanitized: new commercial partnership with Consolidated Pathways
The supplier of antimicrobial hygiene function for textiles and polymers, Sanitized AG, Burgdorf/Switzerland, has made an agreement with Consolidated Pathways Inc., Midland, MI/USA, to globally promote the Sanitized odor-management, hygiene function and material protection technologies.
Consolidated Pathways acts as a global brand and technical representative for the Sanitized line of antimicrobial products and will be focusing on commercializing Sanitized products in textiles.
A longtime cooperation between Sanitized and the producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, remains unchanged and is supported by the activities of Consolidated Pathways.
Archroma: Chinese affiliate named ‘Green Factory’
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced that its affiliate in Tianjin/China has been named ‘Green Factory’ by the Tianjin authorities. The nomination was granted as of January 1, 2020, following an evaluation process conducted under the authority of the Tianjin Bureau of Industry and Information Technology.
The ‘Green Factory’ list comprises companies comprehensively evaluated and scored against 92 indicators, in areas such as site intensification, production cleanliness, energy consumption efficiency, raw material recycling, environmental impact, product ecological profile, and carbon footprint. The initiative takes place in the wider framework of fostering ‘Green manufacturing’, one of the 9 strategic objectives defined by the Chinese Authorities under the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan.
The production site in Tianjin is fully integrated into the Archroma Management System is ISO certified. Commitments to the United Nations Global Compact and Responsible Care are complementing the local framework.