Archroma, a global leader in colour and speciality chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has recently launched at the ITMA exhibition its new Helizarin® LTC New liq, a formaldehyde-free* low temperature curing binder for pigment printing on all kinds of fibres. Prints are increasingly popular in apparel and interior textiles, as they allow us to express ourselves through vibrant colours and patterns. Consumers are especially drawn to the soft touch of an elegantly printed fabric. Creating soft and vibrant prints can however be challenging for textile manufacturers: Pigment printing is usually applied to the fabric with a binder that often contains formaldehyde, needs a high temperature for curing, and can make the fabric harsh to the touch. That is why Archroma developed its new Helizarin® LTC New to allow textile manufacturers to address these challenges.
The innovation was 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. Helizarin® LTC New is a binder designed for low temperature curing or no curing. This allows to reduce the fixation temperature and time compared to conventional pigment printing processes. In addition, manufacturers will not experience the change of shades that sometimes occur with high temperature processes.
When using Helizarin® LTC New, textile manufacturers can therefore improve the productivity of their printing process and reduce their energy consumption. Helizarin® LTC New is also a welcome solution for textile manufacturers who do not have curing equipment, since it offers similar to better fastness than commodity binders that have been treated through a full process, and excellent fastness on synthetic fibres such as polyester and polyamide.
When it comes to the final result on the fabric, Helizarin® LTC New allows the creation of soft and durable prints for premium quality articles. The new product will be the core of Archroma’s Cool Print, a complete formaldehydefree* system that keeps printed textiles soft and durable, and the planet cooler.
The system, which combines Helizarin® LTC New with Luprintol® softening and fixing auxiliaries and Printofix® pigment preparations, allows manufacturers to realize potential savings of up to 30 per cent in processing time, 45 per cent in energy consumption and 44 per cent CO2 emissions – compared to benchmark pigment printing. Helizarin® LTC New, as well as the Cool Print system, is formaldehyde free* and registered under REACH. It can be used in line with the ZDHC & bluesign® requirements, is compliant with the Oeko-Tex Std 100 Class 1 standard for baby wear, and with the MRSL of the most major brands.
“Helizarin® LTC New was developed by Archroma’s R&D team together with experts at our Global Competence Center for Printing, based in Barcelona, Spain”, says Joaquin Femat, Head of Business Development for Printing, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, at Archroma. “As The Archroma Way is based on Safe, Efficient and Enhanced as its three pillars, we designed an innovation that offers our customers a balanced combination of resource optimization, safe handling, and controlled effluent. Because it’s our nature!”.