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Italian company Bozzetto Group acquires Levaco's fibre division

Bozzetto Group, the global specialty chemicals company with over €200 million revenues and a global industrial footprint, has announced the 100 per cent acquisition of the fibre division from Levaco Chemicals GmbH, a privately owned company based in Leverkusen and part of Diersch & Schröder GmbH.

First certification labels recognized for the Green Button 2.0 meta-label approach

A benchmarking process is currently underway for Green Button 2.0 to evaluate which certification labels are recognized for meeting production process requirements. Certification labels must be demonstrated for different production stages. We are particularly pleased with the first recognized certification labels for the fiber and material use recognition area, which is new in Green Button 2.0.

Sun Chemical to Showcase Digital Ink Solutions at PRINTING United Expo 2022

“We are thrilled to be presenting our inaugural exhibit at PRINTING United Expo this year,” said Simon Daplyn, Manager, Product Marketing, Sun Chemical. “In addition to displaying our full portfolio of solutions, our team is excited to share the latest in ink solutions to enable more sustainable printing and highlight our commitment to developing and growing the digital ink market in North America.”

In total, seven collections of quilt sets with matching accessories are being debuted. Emma is constructed from cotton fabric and features a floral patchwork pattern that is overstitched in a vermicelli pattern, and finished with scalloped borders. It reverses to an all-over neutral gray for easy pairing with a range of sheet set styles. The quilt has a lightweight, cotton-rich fill for year-round layering and comfort. Emma coordinates with a throw. Pavona is finished with a plush blue velvet border. Kiva summons the spirit of the Southwest with Boho flair and Native American art-inspired design motifs relayed in neutral colors. It reverses to an all-over apple butter brown colorway. This collection coordinates with a window panel set and an oversized mix-and-match reversible furniture cover made of stain-resistant fabric for durability. Pavona imagines an exotic, biblical garden alive with songbirds, butterflies and peacocks among blossoming vines in a lush botanical. The look is finished with a plush blue velvet border. It reverses to an all-over solid blue colorway. Coordinates include a shower curtain and a window panel set. Senna presents a floral bouquet in bold colors and oversized blossoms. It reverses to a blush colorway. A matching throw is also available. Somerset reverses to an all-over gingham print. Somerset lets the sunshine in with its watercolor-like sunflower design and golden gingham ruffled border. It reverses to an all-over gingham print in gold and white. The quilt is lightweight for year-round comfort and channel quilted in rows to bring to mind the furrowed fields of America’s heartland. Coordinates include a shower curtain and an oversized mix-and-match reversible furniture cover made of stain-resistant fabric for durability. Wheatly takes its cues from country farmhouse style. Red and white windflowers billow in a gentle breeze on a traditional gingham check ground, finished with a frayed edge ruffled border in ginger-and-red gingham. It reverses to a ginger-and-red checkered fabric. A window valance and ruffled throw coordinate with the quilt set. Red Rock is inspired by the rugged landscape of the Southwest. Its diamond railroad quilting pattern adds loft and surface interest to its pattern of geometric stripes in turquoise, gold, orange, sandstone and clay. It reverses to an all-over coordinating print in coffee bean brown. Coordinates include a shower curtain and an oversized mix-and-match reversible furniture cover made of stain-resistant fabric for durability.

In total, seven collections of quilt sets with matching accessories are being debuted. Emma is constructed from cotton fabric and features a floral patchwork pattern that is overstitched in a vermicelli pattern, and finished with scalloped borders. It reverses to an all-over neutral gray for easy pairing with a range of sheet set styles. The quilt has a lightweight, cotton-rich fill for year-round layering and comfort. Emma coordinates with a throw. Pavona is finished with a plush blue velvet border. Kiva summons the spirit of the Southwest with Boho flair and Native American art-inspired design motifs relayed in neutral colors. It reverses to an all-over apple butter brown colorway. This collection coordinates with a window panel set and an oversized mix-and-match reversible furniture cover made of stain-resistant fabric for durability. Pavona imagines an exotic, biblical garden alive with songbirds, butterflies and peacocks among blossoming vines in a lush botanical. The look is finished with a plush blue velvet border. It reverses to an all-over solid blue colorway. Coordinates include a shower curtain and a window panel set. Senna presents a floral bouquet in bold colors and oversized blossoms. It reverses to a blush colorway. A matching throw is also available. Somerset reverses to an all-over gingham print. Somerset lets the sunshine in with its watercolor-like sunflower design and golden gingham ruffled border. It reverses to an all-over gingham print in gold and white. The quilt is lightweight for year-round comfort and channel quilted in rows to bring to mind the furrowed fields of America’s heartland. Coordinates include a shower curtain and an oversized mix-and-match reversible furniture cover made of stain-resistant fabric for durability. Wheatly takes its cues from country farmhouse style. Red and white windflowers billow in a gentle breeze on a traditional gingham check ground, finished with a frayed edge ruffled border in ginger-and-red gingham. It reverses to a ginger-and-red checkered fabric. A window valance and ruffled throw coordinate with the quilt set. Red Rock is inspired by the rugged landscape of the Southwest. Its diamond railroad quilting pattern adds loft and surface interest to its pattern of geometric stripes in turquoise, gold, orange, sandstone and clay. It reverses to an all-over coordinating print in coffee bean brown. Coordinates include a shower curtain and an oversized mix-and-match reversible furniture cover made of stain-resistant fabric for durability.

Green Button: The government-led textile certification label celebrates its third anniversary and presents new standard version

Berlin, September 9, 2022 - For three years now, consumers have been able to recognise sustainable textiles more easily when shopping: By the government-run textile certification label Green Button. Since August, an even more sophisticated standard version, the Green Button 2.0, has been on the market.

Archroma announces distribution agreement with Inquistar for its textile dyes in Central America & the Caribbeans

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that it has entered an agreement with Inquisalva-Inquistar for the distribution of Archroma’s textile dyes in Central America and the Caribbeans.

OEKO-TEX® Annual Report 2021/2022: Values from the past 30 years are more relevant than ever and are reflected in recent growth

During its 30th anniversary, the international OEKO-TEX® Association is still seeing positive business development despite numerous global challenges. In total, OEKO-TEX® issued more than 36,000 certificates and labels in the past financial year – an increase of 14% compared to the previous year. The STeP by OEKO-TEX® facility certification recorded the strongest growth, almost doubling compared to 2020/2021. The number of labels and certificates issued increased from 31,696 to 36,084 between July 1st, 2021, and June 30th, 2022.

Archroma releases its Color Atlas online library for open access in design software for fashion, apparel, and textiles

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that the 5’760 color references of its Color Atlas library will be available in ASE file format for open access to the users of most design software for fashion, apparel, and textiles. With this, designers and stylists are given open access to the largest library of colors for cotton and polyester.

Itema exhibits the Itematech weaving solutions at Techtextil in Frankfurt, June 21st – 24th

June 20th, 2022 (Colzate, Bergamo, Italy) – Itema, the leading Italian manufacturer of advanced weaving solutions, including weaving machines, spare parts, and integrated services, exhibits the most comprehensive weaving portfolio on the market to weave technical fabrics at Techtextil, from June 21st to 24th (Hall 12 – Booth A50) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Replacement of the P1 rapier weaving machine, expanded virtual offer and more service in pandemic times: Powerful demonstration of Lindauer DORNIER at Techtextil

Replacement of the P1 rapier weaving machine, expanded virtual offer and more service in pandemic times: Powerful demonstration of Lindauer DORNIER at Techtextil

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – June 7, 2022 – MMCF is the third most used textile fiber in the world after polyester and cotton. Yet it lags behind polyester and cotton with a market share of around 6 percent, mainly caused by quality issues such as the fabrics developing fuzz and pills after only a few washes. This makes the garments look worn and impact consumers’ perception of quality and sustainability. With Fiberlife® Novozymes offers a world-first family of biopolishing that minimizes fuzz and pilling in viscose, modal and lyocell. Biopolishing uses enzymes to remove loose fiber ends, leaving a clean, new-looking surface, which lasts for at least 60 washes. It can also improve print quality in daily wash and wear. “Alongside the choice of material, the garment’s active life is a key factor of its climate impact. With Fiberlife®, MMCF fabrics are given the wash and wear durability that consumers demand, prolonging the time the garments look and feel new. This is a better solution for the fashion and broader textile industry, consumers, and the planet,” says Dina Lipp, Global Marketing Manager at Novozymes. Biopolishing for increased circularity Circular fashion starts with sustainable production, free from waste, water pollution, emissions, and chemicals. Novozymes’ biodegradable enzymes support this by reducing the use of water and chemicals in the production. “At Novozymes, we want to create forward-thinking solutions for the textile and fashion industry. That is why we have been working intensively on making MMCF biopolishing possible for viscose, modal and lyocell. We see a big potential for textile manufacturers to extend the longevity of MMCF fabrics, ultimately offering consumers longer lasting garments made of fibers from nature,” says Pedro E. G. Loureiro, Global Business Development Manager at Novozymes. Buying clothes that last longer is central to minimizing the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Fiberlife® can help textile producers improve on quality and sustainability while strengthening the connection towards a growing number of eco-conscious consumers. The global nonprofit Textile Exchange is the driving force behind climate action on textile fiber and materials in the textile industry. Its new Climate+ Strategy aims to guide the fashion and textile industry towards CO2 reductions of 45% by 2030 while reducing water consumption. MMCF fibers are sourced and produced mainly from renewable wood and can support the shift from oil-derived synthetic fibers. By extending the quality and lifespan of MMFC textiles, Fiberlife® can help the fashion industry to further reduce its environmental footprint. More consumers are conscious about how clothes are made and how they impact the environment.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – June 7, 2022 – MMCF is the third most used textile fiber in the world after polyester and cotton. Yet it lags behind polyester and cotton with a market share of around 6 percent, mainly caused by quality issues such as the fabrics developing fuzz and pills after only a few washes. This makes the garments look worn and impact consumers’ perception of quality and sustainability. With Fiberlife® Novozymes offers a world-first family of biopolishing that minimizes fuzz and pilling in viscose, modal and lyocell. Biopolishing uses enzymes to remove loose fiber ends, leaving a clean, new-looking surface, which lasts for at least 60 washes. It can also improve print quality in daily wash and wear. “Alongside the choice of material, the garment’s active life is a key factor of its climate impact. With Fiberlife®, MMCF fabrics are given the wash and wear durability that consumers demand, prolonging the time the garments look and feel new. This is a better solution for the fashion and broader textile industry, consumers, and the planet,” says Dina Lipp, Global Marketing Manager at Novozymes. Biopolishing for increased circularity Circular fashion starts with sustainable production, free from waste, water pollution, emissions, and chemicals. Novozymes’ biodegradable enzymes support this by reducing the use of water and chemicals in the production. “At Novozymes, we want to create forward-thinking solutions for the textile and fashion industry. That is why we have been working intensively on making MMCF biopolishing possible for viscose, modal and lyocell. We see a big potential for textile manufacturers to extend the longevity of MMCF fabrics, ultimately offering consumers longer lasting garments made of fibers from nature,” says Pedro E. G. Loureiro, Global Business Development Manager at Novozymes. Buying clothes that last longer is central to minimizing the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Fiberlife® can help textile producers improve on quality and sustainability while strengthening the connection towards a growing number of eco-conscious consumers. The global nonprofit Textile Exchange is the driving force behind climate action on textile fiber and materials in the textile industry. Its new Climate+ Strategy aims to guide the fashion and textile industry towards CO2 reductions of 45% by 2030 while reducing water consumption. MMCF fibers are sourced and produced mainly from renewable wood and can support the shift from oil-derived synthetic fibers. By extending the quality and lifespan of MMFC textiles, Fiberlife® can help the fashion industry to further reduce its environmental footprint. More consumers are conscious about how clothes are made and how they impact the environment.

Sustainability by DNA

The world’s finest underwear – this is what Zimmerli of Switzerland stands for in the last 150 years. From the early days of its foundation by Pauline Zimmerli in 1871, sustainability has been an essential part of the company’s DNA. Based on carefully selected materials from local suppliers, all styles are handcrafted and made to last.

DEVAN AND JEANOLOGIA JOIN FORCES TO REDUCE WATER USAGE FOR ANTIMICROBIAL AND SKINCARE FINISHES FOR POST GARMENT TREATMENTS

RONSE, BELGIUM – Devan, leader in sustainable and functional textile finishes, has been working together with Jeanologia, a global leader in sustainable and efficient finishing technologies for textiles, to reduce further water consumption during the application of Devan’s awarded BI-OME® antimicrobial and R-Vital® skincare range.

Superdry to use new dyeing route

Following the latest H&M collection featuring garments coloured using its technology, We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) has now signed a collaboration agreement with Superdry.

For more Transparency in the Leather Industry

The Sustainable Leather Foundation CIC and the OEKO-TEX® Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two parties will work collaboratively across a number of areas which will benefit the global leather industry.

Safety and Sustainability in Textiles is a Women’s Rights Issue

Women keep the textile industry running. Nearly 80 percent of the world’s garment workers are women. Garment-related global supply chains provide critical jobs and capital that help women workers to raise their standard of living and provide for themselves and their families. Yet, these jobs and the women doing them are vulnerable in global supply chains.?Low wages?and?unsafe working conditions?are the norm. And a recent?study?shows that garment factory workers are at higher risk of dying from COVID-19, highlighting the urgency of addressing inequities and unsafe conditions.??

Bluesign recognised for GPP in Germany

The German authorities now acknowledge the bluesign system as a qualifier for Green Public Procurement (GPP).

Dow introduces new DWR finish for sustainable textiles

Formulation does not contain fluorocarbons, has excellent durability, resistance to wash cycles and offers greater control over the hand feel of the fabric.

Archroma and CleanKore join forces to promote sustainable, cost-effective indigo dyeing process

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore, aiming to advance sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.

Polygiene ViralOff features in Casall training glove

Casall Exercise glove Polygiene ViralOff will be launched January 26 and will be sold on Casall.com, in Casall's concept stores and at selected retailers globally.

Cifra presents antibacterial and antiviral athleisure collection

Cifra’s new base layers, leggings, tops, sweaters, gloves, and helmet liners are a novelty on the international scene in terms of style, and for product and production processes.

Polygiene acquisition expands sustainable offering

On one of the last days of the year, an extraordinary general meeting voted in favour of Polygiene’s acquisition of Addmaster Holdings Limited at a purchase price of SEK 374 million.

WACKER Presents Innovation Award for the Development of New Silicone Resins for Optical Bonding Applications

Munich-based chemical Group WACKER has honored Korean employees SeungA Lee and JungEun Lee with the Alexander Wacker Innovation Award for the development of new silicone resins for optical bonding applications. Additionally, and for the first time, WACKER also presented this award in the Lifetime Achievement category – for outstanding performance during an individual’s career. It went to Amit Paul of Wacker Metroark Chemicals, WACKER’s Kolkata-based joint venture, which makes silicone specialties for the Indian market and for international customers in the consumer goods industry. On account of the coronavirus pandemic, both awards, each worth €10,000, were presented at an online event today.

Zschimmer & Schwarz further strengthens its focus on its customers and their markets

Even more benefits for the customers, an even quicker response to dynamic market developments, tailor-made chemical solutions for all requirements – Zschimmer & Schwarz is increasing its consistent focus on customer wishes. With a restructuring of its business divisions, the corporate group is evolving strategically and intensifying its application orientation.

25th Anniversary Message from the CEO

The year 2020 marks the Silver Jubilee of DyStar. This is also a very special year where the world facing an unprecedented global health crisis. While it’s not a time for celebration, it is still important for us to reflect on the past, and more importantly, to focus on the future.

Archroma awarded EcoVadis Gold Rating for its CSR performance

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that it has been awarded the EcoVadis “Gold” rating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) 2020, which places our company within the top 5% of the best rated companies in its industry.

CHEMLOGIS and SANITIZED AG: New strategic sales partnership for the Sanitized® antimicrobial polymer additives in Mexico

Mexico and Switzerland, 30July 2020: SANITIZED customers in the polymer industry in Mexico will profit from CHEMLOGIS’s expertise and established sales network. The Sanitized® antimicrobial additives for hygiene function and material protection for polymers will be marketed in Mexico by our new sales partner.

China chemical maker wants to invest $300 mn in Bangladesh

Yabang Investment Holdings Group Co, a concern of Yabang Group of China, has expressed its willingness to invest $300 million in textile and other chemical industries inside Bangabandhu Sheikh MujibShilpa Nagar in Bangladesh’s Chattogram. This the highest amount of investment proposal received by the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) during the pandemic.

STOCKMEIER donates hand disinfectant to local kindergarten

This week, the Hanau branch of the STOCKMEIER company donated hand disinfectant worth €400 to the kindergarten in Sulzbach am Main.

DyStar collaborated with ZDHC foundation for textile sustainability

DyStar has joined the ZDHC Foundation, which administers the Roadmap to Zero Program to phase out dangerous chemicals in the supply chain of textiles, clothing, footwear and leather by encouraging healthier chemistry and fostering innovation.

Sun Chemical and DIC Corporation Acquire Digital Inks Business from Sensient Technologies Corporation

Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Sensient Imaging Technologies and certain other assets related to the production of inks. The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2020.

Grüezibag and CHT | A success story that benefits the environment

The innovative Biopod DownWool Ice CompostAble sleeping bag made by Grüezibag is currently everbody’s favourite. Interested customers have to accept longer delivery times due to the high demand. The reason for this high demand is not only the excellent sleeping comfort offered by this outdoor equipment but also its completely reduced ecological footprint.

Hohenstein advances textile sustainability with microfiber analysis.

BÖNNIGHEIM (aba) Hohenstein has completed the development of its new method for analysing microfibre shedding from textiles. Using dynamic image analysis, the method quantifies shedding behavior and reveals previously unattainable data with practical implications for material development throughout the supply chain

Archroma joins 'The Denim Window' to support inspired, sustainable denim creation

Archroma is a global, diversified provider of dyes and specialty chemicals serving the branded and performance textiles, packaging and paper, and coatings, adhesives and sealants markets. Headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland, the company operates a highly integrated, customer-focused platform that delivers specialized performance and color solutions in over 100 countri