• PolyOne has developed ColorMatrix Fiber Colorant Solutions.
  • The technology combines colourants and "specialised melt spinning equipment" to provide new system for colouring polyester fibre.
  • This increases production speeds, flexibility, and process control and eliminates the need for water and wastewater treatment.

Specialised polymer materials and solutions provider PolyOne has developed new colourant technology it says eliminates the need for water and wastewater treatment and boosts production speeds.

The firm's ColorMatrix Fiber Colorant Solutions combine colourants and "specialised melt spinning equipment" to provide an adaptive, innovative system for colouring polyester fibre. Together, this allows textile manufacturers to increase production speeds, flexibility, and process control. It also eliminates the need for water and wastewater treatment, up to ten litres per kilogram of fibre, commonly required with aqueous dyeing processes.

"The textile industry is at the forefront of adopting sustainable solutions across its entire supply chain," says Polyone CEO Robert Patterson. "Our advanced fibre colourant technology is critical to helping these manufacturers address sustainability, production flexibility, and speed-to-market goals to stay on top of these trends."

Recent commercial projects for this technology include textiles for high performance sports apparel, home furnishings, and carpeting.

"Our technology not only improves sustainability, it fosters rapid, on-site design and scale up, enabling economically viable smaller lot sizes and improving production flexibility overall," says Mark Crist, president, colour, additives and inks at PolyOne. "We've enabled a transformation in the way that upholstered fabrics, footwear, apparel, safety straps, industrial fabric, and more can be manufactured."