Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar has joined TEGEWA – a sector association within the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) – after resigning from the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) following an ongoing spat.

Despite being one of the major sponsors and supporters of the ETAD for many years, DyStar says it had to make the decision in response to the “new industry challenges”.

The company says the decision to leave ETAD and join TEGEWA was made after “careful considerations” during periodical reviews and business alignment sessions on current global business needs, market demands and customers’ requirements.

“We concluded the immediate need to work with an organisation that can better represent and effectively support the chemical industry in a fast and challenging environment, and at the same time, provide essential support to the textile chemical producers, the brands and retailers, among other stakeholders in the worldwide supply chain,” it explains.

A statement published on ETAD’s website last month, says: “In 2019, DyStar was found no longer compliant to the eligibility requirements for an ETAD company. However, before the final decision on its status was reached according to the Rules Governing the Enforcement of ETAD’s Code of Ethics, DyStar terminated its membership per 31 December 2019.”

DyStar said it joined TEGEWA in January this year. The association has over 100 members and represents manufacturers of chemical substances and mixtures, such as surfactants, textile, paper and leather auxiliaries, colourants, cosmetic raw materials, antimicrobial agents, polymeric flocculants and allied products.

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“At DyStar, we are customer-focused,” says Fanny Vermandel, VP global marketing colouration at DyStar. “We find TEGEWA a good fit and appreciate their diverse network. Most importantly, we are delighted to learn that TEGEWA works with many organisations such as IVTG and t+m, brands and retailers and other stakeholders in the worldwide supply chain.”

DyStar says it refutes the “wrong and baseless accusations” of ETAD’s earlier posting regarding its ability to meet the ETAD’s Code of Ethics and “reserves every right to pursue the wrongful accusation and irresponsible statement, in protection of our brand and industry reputation”.