IMPRESSIONS from a Cross-section

Shawn Honeycutt
Shawn Honeycutt
Sales Manager
Bolger & O'Hearn

‘The Indian market is interesting and rather persistent in seeking new technologies’

Company Details

Business Area:
Specialty chemicals
Non-woven, paper and textile industries


Which chemicals are likely to dominate the sustainable textiles industry? How do you find the Indian market?

We can expect fluorine-free water repellents, lifetime water repellents, and formaldehyde-free alternatives in place of common textile auxiliaries to make processing in the textile value-chain more sustainable. Fluorine-free water repellents and C6-based repellents that last a  lifetime in garments will also be the dominating technologies revolving around sustainability in the textile chemicals industry. The chemicals for nonwovens market are very similar to textiles. There is typically less demand for durability in nonwovens as compared to apparel or upholstery fabrics, but they do use a large volume of chemicals. Formaldehyde-free products can have a large and immediate impact here as well.

Apparel is our biggest market in Asia. Our business footprint in India is just one step yet. But the Indian market is interesting and rather persistent in seeking new technologies.

Published on: 11/04/2015

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