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JV to develop sustainable technologies for textiles
23
Aug '12
The University of Manchester and Beyond Surface Technologies AG (BST) have joined forces on the development of sustainable technologies for textiles. The two organisations have come together to provide alternatives to fossil-based raw materials currently used in textile processing. “Our aim is to help meet changing needs and improve sustainability in the textile industry,” explains Matthias Foessel, Managing Director of Beyond Surface Technologies.
 
Professor Chris Carr and Dr Muriel Rigout, School of Materials at The University of Manchester said: “Here at The University of Manchester we are developing innovative technologies that emphasise the use of renewable raw materials as well as biochemical technologies and Beyond Surface Technology is a dynamic company ideally placed to bring these to market.”
 
One of the initial projects is the replacement of formaldehyde-based glyoxal resins, which are widely used in easy-care finishing of cotton shirt and trouser fabrics. Beyond Surface Technologies, working through The University of Manchester’s IP commercialisation arm (UMIP), has entered into a licence agreement with the University in order to commercialise the formaldehyde-free finishing technology for easy care cotton.
 
Both The University of Manchester and Beyond Surface Technologies believe that this novel approach, based on sustainable biochemistry, will ultimately revolutionise easy-care finishing technology and replace conventional chemistries.
 
“This rapidly advancing development can benefit the entire textile value chain, from raw material to consumer,” concludes Matthias Foessel. “The new technology will help both to enhance the environmental compatibility of textile processing and to eliminate concerns about the potential health hazards associated with formaldehyde.”

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