Archroma, a global leader in colour and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, recently launched its new Foron SP-WF, a range of high wet-fast disperse dyes for sportswear and activewear applications. The new dyes are especially suited for colouration of polyester fibres and microfibres, and polyester/elastane blends, in exhaustion application.

The Foron SP-WF dyes were developed in compliance with ‘The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature’. The approach finds its origin in Archroma’s deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable, economically and ecologically, said Archroma in a statement.

The new product is at the core of Archroma’s Fast Sport, a colouration system for polyester knitted sportswear, providing the best fastness in the shortest possible time with a reduced environmental footprint.

The Foron SP-WF range which includes primary and ternary colour grades has been developed to fulfill the high colour wet fastness and performance requirements of sportswear manufacturers and brands. Moreover, the core ternary colour grades enable deep shades at lower dyeing temperatures on sensitive polyester/elastane fabrics without causing excessive fibre damage, saving energy resources and meeting the high fastness demand of leading brand companies.

When using Foron SP-WF dyes as part of the Fast Sport system, manufacturers can in many cases have the potential to significantly reduce their consumption of time, energy, chemical, and water, as well as their CO2 emissions.

“We see a growing demand for apparel in the sportswear and active wear segment, reinforced with the now installed athleisure trend,” said Mark Dohmen, Head of Archroma’s Competence Center Automotive and Synthetic Dyes. “Consumers want deep colour that stays put on the fibre and brands are defining their requirements accordingly. With our Foron SP-WF, we can offer to manufacturers of sportswear textiles a solution that combines high levels of wet fastness with high productivity and low resource consumption. Because it’s our nature!”