In a roundtable discussion during the recent Innovate Textiles & Apparel (ITA) textile machinery exhibition, Per Stenflo, Founding Partner, imogo and representatives from a number of European companies unveiled new spray application technologies that help dye and finishing manufacturers save tremendous amount of natural resources.
These technologies help can slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90 per cent compared to conventional jet dyeing systems, said Stenflo. This is due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.3-0.8 litres per kilo of fabric and at the same time, considerably fewer auxiliary chemicals are required to start with.
However such technologies also face a number of obstacles to adoption and 2020 has not provided the ideal climate for adventurous investors, he added. All panelists at the discussion affirmed that sustainable production will remain top of the agenda for the textile industry in the longer term and spray technologies for dyeing and finishing processes will be a part of it.