Garmon Chemicals, the Textile Auxiliaries business unit of Kemin Industries, has launched a range of enzymes developed specifically for garment washing, becoming what it claims is the first textile chemical company to produce its own enzymes.

When Kemin acquired Garmon in 2018, the two companies came together with a goal of "revolutionising the garment finishing industry".

After investing two years of research into its newest product range, Garmon has developed the Kemzymes range which offer a combination of sustainability, performance and cost competitiveness. The first products available are two lines of stonewashing enzymes: Kemzymes KS and Kemzymes K.

Kemzymes KS are the concentrated version of Garmon's new neutral cellulase enzymes for denim stonewashing. Designed to work at room temperature and included in the ZDHC Gateway, Kemzymes KS open the possibility to eliminate the use of pumice stones, the company says.

Kemzymes K, also included in the ZDHC Gateway, are strong powder enzymes for denim stonewashing. Delivering a combination of abrasion power and sustainable characteristics, they are designed to become the bestseller of denim stonewashing enzymes for all types of industrial laundries, the company adds.

"As the first textile chemical company to produce our own enzymes – not just blend them, as many do – we set our own standards very high," says Kimberly Nelson, president, Kemin Textile Auxiliaries. "The textile chemicals market is saturated with options, but they do not create the results Kemzymes achieves. To continue distinguishing Garmon as a brand with research-backed products and proven solutions, performance was the key target when we developed Kemzymes."

Kemzymes KS and K are available now for testing in most international markets.