Resil, Acticell collaborate bring green sustainable textiles

Resil, Acticell collaborate to bring green sustainable textiles

9:00 AM, 19th June 2017
From left: Christian Schimper, managing director, Acticell Technology Solutions and Ganesh Srinivasan, executive director innovation, Resil Chemicals.
From left: Christian Schimper, managing director, Acticell Technology Solutions and Ganesh Srinivasan, executive director innovation, Resil Chemicals.

BENGALURU, INDIA: Resil Chemicals Pvt Ltd, one of Asia’s leading textile finishing chemicals manufacturer and Acticell GmbH, an Austrian chemical research company have joined forces to develop environmentally friendly, sustainable textiles.

The collaboration is focused on developing a range of green, sustainable chemical solutions for the denim industry. And also, to eliminate what they consider a hazardous process of using potassium permanganate spray in the denim industry, the company said.

Most denim manufacturers rely on hazardous and environmentally damaging chemical processes like potassium permanganate treatments to create effects on denim. Potassium permanganate, considered as toxic and hazardous substance, is sprayed onto the denim fabric with a hand spray gun, exposing the factory employees to the danger of exposure to microparticles of potassium permanganate.

“One of the innovative solutions offered by this collaboration is to substitute potassium permanganate with Actigo, a laser booster, powered by green screen listed; patented Acticell technology,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, executive director innovation, Resil Chemicals.

“Actigo enables jeans manufacturers to move to a new process that eliminates the need for potassium permanganate (PP) spray and hand sand process. The new process of denim treatment carried out prior to Laser step helps to create the new look as well as replicates denim effects similar to that of hand sand and PP process on denim garments just by using Actigo­-laser combinations,” continued Srinivasan.

Actigo, a laser activated bleaching technology also helps in improving laser productivity thereby providing a cost neutral solution for switching over from potassium permanganate sprays. Additionally, the new process saves water and energy in denim finishing and eliminates labour intensive hand sand and not to mention improving the safety of factory employees.

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