Relentless cost pressure remains a major concern for the textile industry. The reasons for this are numerous, and include the steadily rising costs of energy, water, and effluent treatment. This is especially an issue for the production of woven fabrics that consist of blends of polyester and cellulosic fibres such as cotton and viscose and elastane, etc. The established methods of dyeing such blends are extremely time consuming and cost-intensive. These methods require large amounts of water and chemicals, which also leads to higher effluent loads and hence increase effluent treatment costs.

Econtrol T-CA process for continuous dyeing of fabrics consisting of blends of mainly polyester fibre with cellulosic fibres, and with elastane, e.g. Lycra. It is a one-bath process where the dyes for the polyester, cellulosic and elastane portions of the fabric are padded in a single bath in an alkaline medium. As a single stage dyeing process, the Econtrol T-CA offers significant benefits both economically and ecologically. For successful Econtrol T-CA dyeing, it is necessary to use a Monforts Thermex range with an Econtrol set-up; Levafix, Remazol, and Dianix dyes; and Sera auxiliaries for perfect process stability.