News-Releases Index | Sympatex Technologies, Inc.
Minimizing water consumption: Sympatex to introduce spun-dyed functional textiles at the 2018 Performance Days (11/21/18)
According to estimates from the World Bank, dye processes used by the textile industry account for
around 20 percent of the world’s industrial water contamination. This is despite the fact that
polyester dye technologies which conserve significantly more water than traditional dye processes,
while massively reducing the use of chemicals, have been available for some time. Sympatex
Technologies, the current pioneer in the field of sustainable functional textiles, will present a new
line of spun-dyed laminates at the Performance Days trade fair in Munich on November 28 and 29
(exhibit booth C11). Thanks to the non-PTFE and non-PFC based, 100 percent recyclable Sympatex
membranes, the monofraction laminates are ideal for closed textile loops and can be easily reused at
the end of their product life cycle.
These apparel innovations from Sympatex, made with fully-recyclable textile surface materials,
combine the advantages of both raw material recycling processes and the spun-dyed technology.
With this dye technology, water consumption can be reduced by around 75 percent, while
decreasing the use of chemicals by as much as 90 percent. In combination with the 100 percent
polyether/polyester Sympatex membrane, which uses 50 percent less water during the
manufacturing process than a commercially-available PTFE membrane, there is no need to sacrifice
performance. The articles, which are ideally-suited for outdoor and ski applications, and even for
the fashion world, are 100 percent water- and wind-proof, in addition to optimally breathable, thus
offering further proof that it’s possible to combine sustainability and performance in a single
With this spun-dyed technology, instead of adding the dye to the finished textile product, it’s mixed
into the raw material granulate. This not only improves the penetration intensity of the dye in the
thread. The process also offers significant advantages with respect to color harmony and the
reproducibility of the hue.
“The only prerequisite for the extensive use of this dye technology is close collaboration between all
of the participants during the design process, since the color selection has to be mutually agreed
upon at an earlier timeframe,” explains Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO at Sympatex Technologies. “Given the
acute environmental issues created by our industry in the manufacturing countries, plus the
enormous ecological benefits that spun-dyed technologies bring, this should be an acceptable
concession for all of those involved,” adds Fox.
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