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Report | December 2019

Garmon smart foam tech makes water saving easy

Result of collaboration between three leading companies across the garment finishing market, smart foam simplifies the sustainable practices, helping suppliers of any segment achieve their sustainability goals.

Garmon, the brand for chemical solutions for the denim and fashion industry owned by Kemin Industries, launches smart foam at The Kingpins Show in Amsterdam. Through an innovative patented technology, smart foam has the goal of revolutionising garment finishing. The system is designed to minimise natural resource consumption, making sustainable garment production easy and accessible.

Innovative

smart foam is a patented technology, a result of a collaboration of Garmon, Itaclab and Mactec, three leading companies across the garment finishing industry. With smart foam the chemical carrier is not water, but a special foam created with a combination of new technologies:

  • Garmon’s tested and selected range of chemicals
  • easyfoam and easyfoam pro, Garmon’s special foaming agents
  • foam generating equipment recommended by Garmon

The smart foam system can be used to create everything from traditional finishes to unique fashion concepts and styles.

Sustainable

The main benefit of smart foam is the great reduction of water and energy consumption. Compared to traditional washing processes, the application of chemicals through smart foam allows savings of up to 80 per cent of water. All the treatments are performed at room temperature, therefore reducing the energy required.

Moreover, when combined with Garmon certified chemicals, smart foam can be used to perform treatments fully compliant with greenofchange® requirements. Overall, smart foam helps suppliers of any segment achieve their sustainability goals, to better serve the fast-moving fashion industry.

Easy

smart foam has been designed to be the easiest and most affordable system to save water in garment finishing, making the technological investment accessible to any industrial laundry. Compared to nebulisation systems, smart foam is up to three times faster to load chemicals in the washing machine, and it doesn’t require sealed equipment, allowing technicians to interrupt finishing treatments and check garments with safety and ease. For this reason, any type of washing machine—from the traditional to the advanced—can be utilised with the smart foam equipment and process.

Kemin Textiles Auxiliaries, through the brand Garmon, is a leader in the R&D and marketing of total chemical solutions, innovation and creativity for the denim and apparel industry. The company is internationally recogniSed as a symbol of pioneering evolution in the name of a better tomorrow.

Since its birth in 1982, Garmon established itself at the very centre of a narrative that talks to manufacturers, apparel brands and retailers about innovative chemical auxiliaries and solutions. For over 30 years, Garmon has been an R&D and marketing platform for fashion innovation and a reference for product quality and responsible practices. With manufacturing facilities in San Marino, Brazil, China, India and Turkey, the company operates in more than 30 countries through a commercial network of subsidiaries and agents. This global footprint ensures technical assistance in strategic textile areas around the world, as well as capillary distribution of both chemical products and related knowhow.

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