Archroma at Intertextile

Innovations & solution systems for sustainable colors & performance

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Archroma was at Intertextile 2021 to launch its latest innovations and solution systems aimed to help textile manufacturers with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their market. (Photo Archroma)

Archroma, a global enterprise in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, was at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition (Intertextile), to present its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help textile manufacturers in China with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their markets.

The Archroma way

The solution systems and innovations presented by Archroma have all been selected for their compliance with “The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”.

All cost and resource savings are substantiated using the One Way Impact Calculator, a proprietary process simulation and calculation tool designed to provide an accurate estimate of the process costs, resource utilization, effluent discharge quality, and CO2 emissions of production processes and systems.

At Intertextile, visitors were able to discover the 70+ systems recently developed by Archroma along the principles of The Archroma Way to help them create value in their textile applications and markets. All systems can be found on the Archroma System Selector.

Outdoor & active wear

Archroma offers 17 systems that can be used in for outdoor and active wear applications, in particular:

Fast Sport x Hydry, an ultimate sportswear system that keeps polyester colorful, dry, and fresh for longer. The system offers a PFC-free* soil release benefit as well as an antimicrobial effect for freshness and odor management. The system itself comes with an optimized application process with up to -25% process time, -41% water consumption, -45% energy consumption, -45% chemical usage, and -49% CO2 emission.

Color Vibe, a system for nylon sportswear to maintain color vibrancy, time after time, wash after wash. The optimized and efficient process used at all stages allows -8% process time, -13% energy consumption, -39% chemical usage, and -11% CO2 emission compared to a benchmark reactive dye system.

Pigment dyeing and printing

Archroma offers 7 systems for printing. The Archroma experts at Intertextile presented 2 formaldehyde-free* systems:

Just Color, a stress-free coloration system for cotton, polyester, and blends, that allows to create brilliant pale to medium shades resistant to light and bleach… whilst using significantly less chemicals and water. The process is optimized to reduce up to -79% water consumption, -68% chemical usage and -14% CO2 emission compared to a benchmark polyester/cotton reactive/disperse dyeing.

Bright Extract, an innovative 3-in-1-step system that enables brilliant and deep prints with the ability to dry-discharge to a bright white, with sharp and distinct lines. The system process can help reduce up to -68% process time, -23% water consumption, -51% chemical usage, and -59% CO2 emission compared to a benchmark discharge printing.

Hygiene & protection

Archroma has several systems and solutions applicable not just in medical textiles but also in any segments where the user or consumer may desire protection from viruses and bacteria in their daily life such as, automotive, transport, workwear, home textiles, and even fashion, and sportswear.

More specifically, Archroma presented its Odor Control 2.0 and Hydry 2.0 range of systems.

Odor Control 2.0 (Sports) and Odor Control 2.0 (Fashion) focus on odor-free sportswear and fashion where permastink cannot build up on your favorite clothes, and that is applicable on polyester, cotton, and nylon. Odor Control 2.0 (Home) allows to created odor-free home textiles that keep a sensation of freshness night after night.

HYDRY 2.0 is complete system for sportswear that keeps you and your gear dry and fresh for longer.

For more information on hygiene & protection, please visit: https://www.archroma.com/solutions/protection-workwear

Denim & Casual Wear

Archroma brings its expertise, powerful innovation, and commitment to sustainability, into developing cutting-edge dyeing technologies and systems solutions to support your creativity.

The company has recently introduced 20 systems for denim and casual wear, including some based on its ground-breaking aniline-free* indigo dye, Denisol Pure Indigo 30 liq, and its iconic EarthColors, a range of plant-based dyes made from non-edible waste left over by the herbal and food industry, adopted by brands like Primark, G-Star, and many others.

Pure Indigo Icon, a aniline-free* indigo system that produces authentic denim without compromising our planet. The indigo is cradle-to-cradle certified, and the Archroma exclusive technology enhances consistency of the dyeing process for premium quality, whilst allowing a market difference with a clear promise of sustainability to the consumer.

Love Nature x Earthcolors, an efficient dyeing system based on upcycled plant waste for colors inspired by nature that preserve its precious resources. The patented EarthColors dyes are cradle-to-cradle certified with Platinum Level. In denim dyeing, the system allows reducing up to -86% water consumption, -34% energy consumption, and -34% CO2 emissions, compared to benchmark indigo dyeing on denim dyeing. Other dyeing processes are also allowing substantial savings in water and energy.

For more information on hygiene & protection, please visit: https://www.archroma.com/markets/denim-casual-wear

“We are very proud to be at the Intertextile in Shanghai for the first time ever in the history of Archroma. This October Archroma is celebrating 8 years of creating positive impact with a continuous flow of innovations and system solutions that help increase productivity and create value for textile manufacturers in China and worldwide,” says Jay Tang, head of Sales, China, at Archroma. “We do that with in mind the planet and its inhabitants. Because it’s our nature!”

Archroma is a global, diversified provider of specialty chemicals serving the branded and performance textiles, packaging and paper, and coatings, adhesives, and sealants markets.

Headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland, Archroma operates in over 100 countries, with 3,000 employees located in 35 countries and 26 production sites.

Archroma is passionate about delivering innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives, and respecting the planet. The company is committed to the principles of “The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, Efficient, Enhanced. It’s our nature!”; an approach reflected in its innovations, world-class quality standards, high service levels, and cost-efficiency.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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