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Huntsman and Chemours Expand Alliance in Durable Water Repellent Products

Huntsman Textile Effects and the Chemours Company are expanding their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR).

The expanded cooperation combines the strengths of both companies in innovation, technical support and marketing and is intended to help the organizations reach their full potential to develop and deliver new, sustainable DWR solutions and chemistry. The companies have been working together since the early 1990s on state-of-the-art DWR deliverables for the textile industry.

In addition to fluorinated solutions already offered, the expanded alliance now will include non-fluorinated alternatives. The enhanced alliance will cover different aspects of the value chain, including research, marketing, technical support and manufacturing.

“Strengthening the partnership between Huntsman Textile Effects and Chemours unlocks the full potential of both companies to shape technology and product offerings in sustainable durable water repellency,” said Jay Naidu, vice president of strategic marketing and planning at Huntsman Textile Effects. “Our cooperation, which has stood the test of time, has clearly demonstrated that strong environmental credentials and performance can co-exist in equal measure.”

Jesal Chopra, vice president of Chemours Fluoropolymers, said the partnership reinforces the company’s commitment to innovation and development of more sustainable and high performing products “that address the rapidly evolving needs of the textile industry and the consumers that use these products.”

Together, Huntsman Textile Effects and Chemours have worked to lead a movement toward more environmentally friendly chemistries in DWR products and, more recently, non-fluorinated chemistry. The collaboration has resulted in new, market-leading DWR solutions that deliver on performance and sustainability.

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Chemours introduced Teflon EcoElite with Zelan R3 technology in 2015, a renewably sourced, non-fluorinated water repellent finish. Zelan R3 contains 60 percent plant-based materials that are not derived from food-sources, are non-genetically modified and comply with key industry standards. It offers excellent water repellency and durability, while preserving fabric breathability, and meeting or exceeding the performance levels possible with fluorinated technologies, the company said.

More recently, Chemours introduced Teflon Eco Dry with Zelan R2 PLUS technology, which contains 30 percent renewably sourced plant-based raw materials and is focused on delivering a high level of DWR.

Last year, Huntsman Textile Effects introduced Phobotex RSY non-fluorinated DWR, which was developed to meet extreme protection, comfort and durability requirements for synthetic and cellulosic fibers. Phobotex RSY allows brands to offer high-performance weather protection for extreme environments. Repelling rain, sleet and snow, it is ideal for high-performance outerwear fabrics.

Huntsman Textile Effects is a unit of Huntsman Corp., a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2017 revenues of approximately $8 billion. Huntsman Textile Effects is the global provider of high quality dyes, chemicals and digital inks to the textile and related industries, with operations in more than 90 countries and six primary manufacturing facilities in six countries: China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.

Chemours is a market leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining and general industrial manufacturing. Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Chemours has 26 manufacturing sites in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.