Sustainable innovations from
Clariant at Techtextil
Clariant showcased its
latest innovative and sustainable solutions for the technical
textiles sector at this year’s Techtextil.
Clariant has developed advanced solutions to provide exactly
what’s needed when it’s needed, be it strength, resiliency,
antimicrobial protection, fire retardancy, repellency or barrier
in Protech©, Medtech©, Mobiltech© and Hometech© categories
include several new products.
The Nuva® N products impart long-lasting soil repellency and
release effects, while being non-sensitive in respect of their
compatibility to other finishing chemicals.
Nuva N2155 liq is a C6 based fluoro polymer with non
detectable PFOA, characterized by good alcohol and blood
repellence, with a fast curing profile, even at low
temperatures, making it suitable for sensitive fibers such as
polypropylene. The fastness of Nuva N2155 liq provides an
excellent repellency performance and the non-ionic nature of the
product has an improved compatibility with the binders employed
in such disposables.
NF liq, meanwhile, imparts very interesting properties on
nonwovens for medical and hygiene applications, notably alcohol
resistance and wet elongation. The styrene/acrylate is soft and
self crosslinking, even though being formaldehyde free and
Clariant has developed new products for Mobiltech
applications: strength and flexibility, repellency, flame
retardancy and antibacterial protection.
For the back-coating of seat covers and carpets, automotive
fabric suppliers choose Pekoflam STC p, which not only has high
water resistance, but can also withstand common dry cleaning
systems and achieve limited wash fastness (when incorporated in
a suitable hydrophobic binder matrix).
Newly launched at the Techtextil, Appretan N94181 is a very
hard polymer based on vinyl/acrylate chemistry. ing properties
are required. It is mainly recommended for stiffening nonwovens
used in the transportation sector and has low yellowing and
excellent wetting properties.
Two products in the Nuva N series are finding wide
applications for the home. In combination, Nuva N5151 liq and
Nuva SBC liq provide particularly effective soil repellency,
stain blocking characteristics and low dry soiling properties to
Nuva N products are based on Clariant’s C6 chemistry,
introduced in 2007 as a cleaner route to the production of
toxicologically-safe high molecular weight polymeric fluoro
Clariant offers both active and passive stain management
systems as part of the Nuva N series. With hydrophobic active
protection, the repellency effect of the fluorocarbon is
directly visible and effective on water, oil and alcohol, while
at the same time providing protection against acids and caustic
substances. With passive Nuva N systems, the effect is less
immediately apparent, but the finish works on stains to ensure
their easy removal during washing.
Two new Sanitized antimicrobial additives were showcased at
Techtextil 2011. Sanitized PL 24-32 is a safe treatment for
soft PVC products, imparting protection against fungal and yeast
infestation. It prevents ‘pink stain’ problems which are known
to affect this material, and is also effective against
streptoverticillia, which can also cause stains. This product
has an excellent light fastness and migration resistance.
Large spectrum antimicrobial protection for the PUR industry
is provided with Sanitized TPL 27-40. When incorporated in
polyurethane, the additive is resistant to water exposure and
effective against a broad range of microbes – bacteria, yeasts,
Thomas Winkler, Head of Textile Business says,“Customers
prefer to work with us because we identify their needs at an
early stage and provide customized products all along the
technical textiles chain. Boosting the creativity and efficiency
of our customers is what we’re all about.”