In a milestone for the development of waterless dyeing using carbon dioxide (CO2), NIKE Inc. and its innovation partners recently came together to celebrate the opening of Far Eastern New Century Corp.’s new dyeing facility in Taiwan.
The facility features the Supercritical CO2 technology invented by DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V. using recyclable carbon dioxide as an application medium in the fabric dyeing process, which eliminates the use of water and other process chemicals.
“As a key innovation partner, Huntsman Textile Effects has collaborated with DyeCoo for the past three years to help bring the Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology to market, says Steve Gray, vice president of strategic marketing and planning at Huntsman Textile Effects. “This emerging technology has the potential to revolutionize the textile manufacturing process and it is very satisfying to see the first of NIKE Inc.’s ColorDry products derived from this new process and our dyes.”
The factory opening and technology demonstration attracted a great deal of attention from government leaders, energy management companies, textile mills and global media.