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Report | May 2014

Archromas denim technology bags award

Archroma-a global leader in colour and speciality chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant-will reveal inspirational design possibilities achievable with eco-advanced denim production at the InDIGO denim B2B expo. Archroma will demonstrate how fabric producers and brands can benefit from its "Advanced Denim" concept to expand colour horizons, create soil-resistant finishes and significantly reduce the impact of denim manufacturing on the environment.

When using Advanced Denim technology based on "Denim-Ox" and "Pad/Sizing-Ox" processes, water consumption to be reduced by up to 92 per cent, up to 63 per cent of the usual cotton waste can be avoided, and up to 30 per cent can be saved in energy costs compared to traditional denim processes. Advanced Denim technology received the prestigious 2012 ICIS Innovation Award and Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit Award.

Visitors to InDIGO can look forward to prototypes and garment collections featuring the latest developments of Advanced Denim (Booth #32).

Latest illustration collection

The newest garments in the Advanced Denim collection illustrate how the approach supports designers creativity and ideas with the right combination of dyestuffs and effects. Colours, wash-downs, fabrics, etc., can be played together by those innovative denim brands and professionals constantly in search for eco-advanced denim solutions that help them stay true to their values.

Soft colours made easy with new Optisul® C

Colours other than blue have been tricky to achieve in the past. Archromas original Diresul® RDT dyes offered a first solution to this issue. At InDIGO, Archroma will show denim manufacturers how they now can expand their colour horizons with a new range of six dyes especially designed to produce soft denim colours in continuous dyeing processes: Optisul® C dyes. These affinity-free sulphide-free* dyes, suitable for GOTS** and bluesign«1 approval, can be combined with each other at low concentrations to obtain collections of jeans in a wide array of easily achievable and reproducible soft colours - all while using the most sustainable Advanced Denim technology.

Technology meets lifestyle with Archromas finishing products

Combining functionality and lifestyle is a challenge that is constantly influencing the development work of designers and brands across the world, especially when they long for eco-advanced solutions. With Archromas innovative products, denim lovers can indulge their favourite attire from dawn to dusk, wherever they are, whatever they do. Archromas water and soil management finishing technology, such as C6-based Nuva« N4547 and Nuva N1811, or fluorine-free Arkofix® FFR, are designed to help denim stay clean and fresh, whilst Archromas Arkofix® ELF provides just the right amount of 3D effects that make that much sought-after effortless chic look so good.

"The production demand and consumption of denim-wear in South Asia is increasing at an extremely rapid pace. With "Advanced Denim", Archroma offers possibilities to meet this demand using dyes, finishes and processing technology that respect both our planet and the economic priorities of denim producers in the regions local markets," comments Nirmal Punjabi, Head of Business Development & Competence Centre Dyes, Archroma, India.

Innovation meets sustainability with Archromas ONE WAY sustainability service

Archromas ONE WAY is recognised for its game-changing approach to textile manufacturing based on the strong conviction that both ecological and economic benefits are reachable. ONE WAY is designed to help customers meet their sustainability target

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