Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, breaks new ground with new aniline-free indigo for denim.
Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, breaks new ground with new aniline-free indigo for denim.

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, presented an aniline-free denim indigo dye at the recent Planet Textiles 2018 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The brand new dye provides a non-toxic way to produce the traditional, iconic indigo blue that consumers associate with denim and jeans.

Scientific testing has shown that aniline impurities are toxic to humans, causing skin allergies, damage to major organs and genetic defects, as well as being linked to cancer. Aniline is also toxic to aquatic life, which is an issue as two thirds of the 400 metric tons of aniline waste on an annual basis ends up in the environment as wastewater discharge.

As stated by Alexander Wessels, CEO, Archroma, aniline concentrations are found frequently higher than expected in denim garments during testing. This could put some manufacturers over the limits agreed on their restricted substance lists (RSLs).

True to its commitment to take on innovation challenges, the company decided to take a closer look at the issue with its R&D experts, and developed an alternative system that is aniline free.

“We continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable,” he continued. “By removing a hazardous impurity from the denim supply chain, we aim to protect the workers who create denim, the consumers who wear denim, and the environment with cleaner waterways.”

The Denisol Pure Indigo 30 dye is the latest in a long line of sustainable innovations for denim started in 2009. That year, the color and specialty chemicals specialist introduced its ‘Advanced Denim’ technology which uses up to 90% less water during the dyeing process.

For designers and brand owners who long for authentic indigo inspiration, the new Denisol Pure Indigo 30 now also makes it possible to produce indigo-dyed denim without high levels aniline impurities.

In addition, Denisol Pure Indigo 30 was also successfully tested at Absolute Denim mill in Thailand. According to Vichai Phromvanich, Board Member, Absolute Denim, during the testing, everything performed exactly the same as it would with conventional indigo.

Archroma will make the Denisol Pure Indigo 30 dye in the most sustainable way as possible and the new dye will be produced in the company’s facility in Pakistan.

Further intergrates textile dyes and chemicals specialist M. DohmenOn May 1, 2018, M. Dohmen USA, Inc merged into Archroma U.S. Inc. operations in the US and into Archroma Canada, Corporation in Canada.

Meanwhile, in order to strengthen its offerings in the market, Archroma announced the further integration of M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors. This went into effect on May 1, 2018 and follows the company expanding its stake in M. Dohmen from 49% to 75% in September 2017.

The increased integration will be implemented in North America and Korea. In North America, the company merged into Archroma U.S. Inc. in the US and into Archroma Canada, Corporation in Canada.

In Korea, the company recently acquired 100% of the shares of M. Dohmen Korea Ltd. The company’s name has been changed to Archroma Korea Ltd on April 30, 2018, and its 75 employees will now work under the company’s brand.

“The further integration of M. Dohmen will enable us to strengthen our offerings to textile markets worldwide,said Marcos Furrer, President Brand & Performance Textile Specialties and Innovation, Archroma.