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Archroma and India’s DKTE Enter Five-Year Education Partnership

Archroma is college bound.

The Swiss color and specialty chemicals firm on Friday said it had signed a five-year partnership with DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute at Ichalkaranji (DKTE) in Kolhapur, India.

The collaboration, officially announced at a Feb. 11 ceremony in Mumbai, will share Archroma’s expertise in technical textiles and nonwovens with the institute’s faculty and students by providing training sessions, as well as support and guidance.

As part of the partnership, DKTE’s students will be able to use some of the company’s technical laboratories in India and Switzerland for projects, experiments and trials.

According to a statement, scholars will also benefit from access to a range of functional products with application and performance characteristics critical to the industry, which will allow them to gain hands-on training and help develop innovative solutions.

In particular, DKTE’s faculty has expressed interest in Archroma’s Nuva N water and oil repellent solutions, Sanitized antimicrobials and Appretan solutions for textile strength and flexibility, to name a few.

“At Archroma, we continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. With this partnership, we want to take a new approach to knowledge sharing and help to prepare a new generation of textile experts to the opportunities and challenges of our industry,” Anjani Prasad, the company’s head of sales for textiles specialties in India, said.

Dr. P. V. Kadole, DKTE’s principal, continued, “Thanks to our collaboration with Archroma, our institute and center of excellence for nonwovens will be an interface between the industry and consumers in order to improve article effectiveness.”