NIKE ColorDry Technology to Eliminate Water and Chemicals in Dyeing

NIKE ColorDry Technology to Eliminate Water and Chemicals in Dyeing

Sportswear maker, NIKE, Inc. just yesterday opened a waterfree dyeing facility featuring high-tech equipment to eliminate the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Far Eastern New Century Corp.

NIKE, Inc. has named this sustainable innovation "ColorDry" to highlight the environmental benefits and unprecedented coloring achieved with the technology. The event marks NIKE, Inc.'s February 2012 announcement that it had taken a strategic stake in Dutch start-up, DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V., a company that invented a technology to replace water, normally used for dyeing, with recyclable CO2, reducing energy use and eliminating the need for added chemicals in the process.

On average, an estimated 100-150 liters of water is needed to process one kg of textiles today. Industry analysts estimate that more than 39 million tons of polyester will be dyed annually by 2015.

NIKE, Inc. sees the step as a step closer towards its Chief Operating Officer, Eric Sprunk's belief that businesses recognize the need to reduce dependence on constrained resources, manufacturing innovation can play a key role.

Initial indications from Far Eastern New Century Corp. (FENC) show the ColorDry process is both more efficient and more consistent than traditional, resource-intensive dyeing methods."Compared to traditional dyeing methods, the ColorDry process reduces dyeing time by 40%, energy use by around 60% and the required factory footprint by a quarter. It's also the most saturated, intense and consistent color we've seen," said Mr Kuenlin Ho, Exec. Vice President at FENC.

Consumers can expect to see NIKE Inc. ColorDry products in the marketplace from early 2014.

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