SINGAPORE — March 26, 2015 — With the world’s brands and retailers increasingly choosing to work with only environment-friendly suppliers, Huntsman Textile Effects is working closely with leading Korean textile exporter Daechun Co. Ltd to deepen its commitment to sustainability.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 25 March, Huntsman Textile Effects will help Daechun streamline operations and train technical staff at its textile mill in Gyunggi Province. This reinforces the Korean mill’s growth as an eco-friendly export business and builds on its reputation as a sustainability leader in the global marketplace.
Daechun has already adopted Huntsman Textile Effects’s state-of-the-art technologies to improve their efficiency at its Gyunggi plant. These include the NOVACRON® P reactive inks for textile printing and the CLARITE® ONE all-in-one pretreatment for peroxide bleaching. With Huntsman’s support, Daechun is seeking to further enhance its chemical management capabilities as it continues to develop new products for its global markets. Specifically it will optimize its chemical management processes from pretreatment to finishing and set up a waste print paste system.
Experts from Huntsman Textile Effects will carry out an operational audit called PIP, on a need basis at Daechun’s facility and recommend ways for the mill to improve productivity and profitability. Implemented in many mills around the world, the Huntsman PIP has proven to be capable of reducing overall energy consumption while increasing output by up to 30% and improve right-first-time performance by up to 95 percent. Huntsman Textile Effects will also work closely with Daechun to support product development and testing programs at Huntsman’s laboratories.
Mr. D.K. Kim, President, Daechun Co. Ltd, said, “As a major producer of high-quality textiles for global markets, we continuously develop new products and look for new ways to meet the highest environmental standards. Our investments in digital printing technology and our commitment to organic materials and eco-friendly inks and dyes illustrate our approach. With Huntsman Textile Effects as our innovation partner, we are now going even further in adopting sustainability best practice to achieve an even cleaner supply chain.”
Mr. Jay Naidu, Vice President – Strategic Marketing and Planning, Huntsman Textile Effects, added, “Korea’s textile mills are high-quality manufacturers with the ability to deliver high-value products to the world’s most demanding brands. Companies like Daechun are leading the way and showing other mills what it takes to compete at this level; namely, a commitment to investing in sustainability and continuous improvement. Huntsman Textile Effects is pleased to support Daechun in its on-going drive to explore efficient, ecological and economical ways to save energy and water and help strengthen Korea’s capabilities in high-quality textile production.”
Korea’s textiles and apparel export value stood at USD15.9 billion in 2014, accounting for 2.8 percent of total exports*. The Korean textile industry has been quick to adopt advanced technologies and to enter niche markets in order to gain market share from lower-cost competitors.
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*Source : Korea International Trade Association
Posted April 14, 2015