Archroma successfully implements sustainability invalue chain

Archroma successfully implements sustainability in the value chain

5:16 AM, 20th October 2016
Archroma successfully implements sustainability in the value chain
Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma. (File photo)

REINACH, SWITZERLAND: Archroma celebrates its three years’ achievement in driving sustainability in the value chain, starting from 2013. The company supplies the textile supply chain with chemicals for pre-treatment, dyeing, printing and finishing of textiles. It serves the paper market with its expertise in the management of whiteness, colouration, special coatings and strength for all kind of papers. Archroma also supplies emulsions products used in paints, adhesives, construction, as well as in the textile, leather and paper industries, it said.

The company has been bringing new products and services aimed at improving product quality and sustainability at its customers while boosting its own business. For example, in 2014 it launched a new range of “biosynthetic” dyes for cotton and cellulose-based fabrics named “EarthColors” and designed to provide rich red, brown and green colours to denim and casualwear. In this patent-pending process, Archroma makes use of almond shells, saw palmetto, rosemary leaves, and other natural non-edible agricultural waste products that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

In March 2015, Archroma introduced a new water repellency agent for outdoor clothing in cotton and synthetic fibres: Its “Smartrepel Hydro” range based on non-fluorine chemistry. As such, it supports the increasing adoption of eco-advanced materials and production processes by textile producers and brand owners adhering to industry initiatives such as the Joint Roadmap towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), and eco-label standards such as bluesign and Oeko-Tex.

“We plan to build on position, by making use of innovations we have developed and continue to develop for implementation across our markets. There is value to be absorbed and derived in every part of the supply chain. Technologies and innovation eventually need to be created in a manner that it is made affordable to everyone. In its first three years, it is a mindset to challenge the status quo and every day  try to make our customers’ products and processes more sustainable. Archroma has shown that this is possible, and we intend to continue on this path well into the future,” said Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma.

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