Chemical company BASF has launched a new wrinkle-free textile finish developed to meet strict consumer safety and environmental standards.

The non-iron Fixapret Resin WFF (Wholistic Future Finishing) "ensures a high wrinkle-free effect with zero add-on formaldehyde, yet maintains optimal fibre strength," the company says.

"This property is a first in the industry, as often fibre strength is compromised and weakened in such applications," explains Lütfü Okman, vice president of global business management, Textile Chemicals, BASF South East Asia.

It also meets strict consumer safety and ecological standards, including Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Product Class I, since formaldehyde is not intentionally added by recipe, or through its raw material components.

This is particularly important for manufacturing of children's apparel, where controls over formaldehyde levels have been tightened.

In addition, the resin is biodegradable according to OECD guidelines for the testing of chemicals.