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Alchemie & HeiQ to create low-cost textile finishing

May 29, 2021
Alchemie & HeiQ to create low-cost textile finishing

Alchemie Technology, a leader in waterless, digital on-demand, smart dyeing technology, has partnered with HeiQ, a leader in textile innovation, to deliver high-performance finishing with less cost and chemistry. HeiQ will create some of the most sustainable, effective, durable, high-performance textile technology in the market. Alchemie Technology will transform the dyeing and finishing industry by reducing the environmental impact and costs of manufacturing, with its waterless, low energy, low chemistry digital technology.

NOVARA can apply single-sided, or simultaneous two-sided coating of multiple finishes to specific areas of textile such as combining anti-odour and water repellence in one material. It offers the most sustainable and efficient direct-to-fabric solution available. NOVARA significantly lowers cost using 50% less chemistry and energy and provides a saving on production cost up to 50% per metre.

Dr Simon Kew, Managing Director, Alchemie Technology commented that, extensive testing using HeiQ’s chemistry with their digital finishing technology has achieved exceptional finishing performance with half the chemistry required of traditional finishing methods. He said that using NOVARA for single-sided finishing of HeiQ Viroblock required 52% less chemistry, 66% water reduction and 50% less energy, achieving a 99.7% reduction in antimicrobial activity after 15 washes at 400 Celsius. He added that, with the huge demand for high-performance antibacterial, antiviral finishing for face masks, medical apparel, gym wear, home furnishing, mattresses, and textiles for high-risk, high traffic areas such as train, plane seats, and more, their combined technology is critical for increasing protection and reducing the environmental impact of these products.

NOVARA also enables lifestyle product innovations at lower production cost for fashion, sportswear, technical clothing and upholstery. It combines sustainable odour control, skincare additives and fragrance finishing, without impacting breathability, hand-feel or wicking. It is suitable for finishing all fabric types, from 50 - 1000 gsm, including polyester, cotton, nylon and polycotton.

Carlo Centonze, Co-founder and CEO, HeiQ Group, said that they were delighted to partner with Alchemie Technology and their journey to transform the textile industry with solutions that reduce the environmental impact of dyeing and finishing. He also said that with such compelling cost benefits, Alchemie’s technology delivers both for the textile industry, and the environment.

Alchemie Technology has developed breakthrough clean-tech dyeing and finishing processes that help reduce the pollution and climate change effects of the apparel and textile industry. Endeavour™ and Novara are enabled by unique digital fluid jetting technology to deliver a step-change in sustainability.

Source – Alchemie Technology and HeiQ Press Release

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