Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar Group is setting up a global innovation centre at its Nanjing Colours production site in China to develop new environmentally-friendly dyes and chemicals.

The new centre, located in the north Shanghai province of Jiangsu, will incorporate state-of-the-art laboratories for research and development, process technology development and up-scale labs. With a footprint of 3,000 square metres, the R&D centre will focus on new molecules and chemicals development.

A pilot plant for small production will also be housed in the new facility. New processes to be developed at the site are expected to enable shorter and more economical dyeing procedures, reduced water and energy consumption and lower waste water and polluting effects. Completion is expected at the end of March 2017.

"With these activities DyStar confirms its commitment to continuous innovation in products, services and manufacturing technologies in order to deliver environmental compatible products and minimise the impact on the environment of its operations," the company says. "The plans for the new facilities are inspired by and dedicated to all the requirements of sustainable architecture and construction."

In connection with the company's growth strategy, Dystar says the global innovation centre will not only focus on the textile industry, but also look for new segments for its new products.

DyStar's dyes were recently included in a new Fashion Positive Materials Collection launched to make it easier for fashion designers to find sustainable, certified fabrics and other apparel inputs.

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