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Kingwhale creates low impact technology for textile dyeing
Jun '11
Kingwhale, a leading developer of performance fabrics and garments for the global apparel industry, has developed a Low Impact Technology (LIT) for dyeing polyester fabrics.

According to the Taiwan-based company, the LIT will use 22 percent less energy, and save 20 percent water and 15 percent dyestuffs compared to the existing dyeing technologies.

The new technology is intended to conserve raw materials and energy from the beginning of production process. It includes a step during fibre making, where polyester molecules can be modified in such a way that the yarn would absorb the dye more quickly than the polyester yarn would absorb normally. Thus, it would need less amount of dyestuff and would also decrease the quantity of water and energy needed.

Mr. James Huang, President, Kingwhale said, “Recycling is normally considered the best method to lessen waste. But, this needs to be taken a little further and a way has to be found for production using fewer amounts of materials and resources from the very initial stages.”

He added that such a process may turn out to be costly in respect of machinery, man hours, and time, but these costs are mitigated by the less amounts of raw materials and resources used. Hence, the fabrics that are manufactured using the LIT are price-wise as competitive as fabrics produced without using this advanced techonology.

The first items that Kingwhale's would be dyeing using the LIT process are fleece products. However, the company plans to dye all of its products using the new process over a period of time.

Kingwhale, started in 1992, is a bluesign®- and Oeko-tex®-compliant company that has fibre spinning, fabric weaving and even garment manufacturing facilities.

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