NEWS
26 Mar 12
Ramatex Forms Strategic Partnership with Huntsman to Lead Textile Industry in Addressing Hazardous Chemicals Concerns in Support of Nike’s Road to Zero Goals

Malaysia – Ramatex, a leader in the textiles industry and a world-class manufacturer for textiles and garments, is taking the lead in its industry to begin the process to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals in their manufacturing processes.

Since the release of the ‘Dirty Laundry’ reports by international environmental campaign group Greenpeace, six of the world’s leading brands have publicly committed to the goal of eliminating hazardous chemicals through the joint roadmap ‘Towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals.

Though the implementation poses significant challenges due to complexities in the textile supply chain, Ramatex is among the first textile manufacturers publicly committed to rise to the challenge.

“We believe the solution to the issues already exists. Alternative chemistries are available and Ramatex is determined to become the first supplier in the world to produce fabrics and garments which are fully compliant with the commitments in the roadmap, “said Mr. Ma Wong Ching, Chairman of Ramatex.” We have formed a strategic partnership with Huntsman Textile Effects and together, we will drive the initiative and create a template for others in the industry to follow.

“We are very excited with the strategic partnership between Ramatex and Huntsman Textile Effects.  This kind of collaboration will allow Nike to begin to address some of the key challenges we face in implementing the Road to Zero goals,” said Eric Sprunk, Nike’s Vice President of Merchandise and Product. “Using this partnership as a template for others in our supply chain gives Nike a path to real, sustainable change within the footwear and apparel industry”.

Ramatex has a socially responsible approach to its manufacturing and is committed to embracing environmental standards as a core part of its manufacturing processes.  This allows them to create a more sustainable approach to their high-quality production by minimizing energy usage, adopting waste & water recycling and using state-of-the-art chemicals and dyes.
Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, is a key partner in helping textile mills around the world address both environmental and sustainability concerns.

Media Contacts:

Ramatex: Faith Lee: +65 6780 1130,  faith@ramatex.com.sg

Huntsman Textile Effects:
Mindy Chee: +65 9875 4380,  mindy_chee@huntsman.com
Christina Koh: +65 63906482,  christina_koh@huntsman.com

 Nike: Erin Dobson +1503-671-2682,  Erin.dobson@nike.com

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About Ramatex
Ramatex is a well-established and progressive textile manufacturer. It was first established in 1976 in Singapore. In 1990, the group took the decision to provide a vertically integrated service. This led to the formation of Ramatex Textiles Industrial in Malaysia. Ramatex is a leader in the textiles industry and a world-class manufacturer for textiles and garments. Through its sustained program of investment in technology, manpower and training, Ramatex has built up a fine reputation for quality and on time delivery around the world. To date, Ramatex has extended its operational base across Asia, with 3 fabric mills and 13 apparel factories spreading over Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and China to reinforce its capabilities across apparel manufacturing functions. Today, this vertical integration helps Ramatex strengthen its apparel production capabilities, offer customers integrated textile solutions, control the entire manufacturing process from spinning, knittin g, dyeing and printing to garment export.

About Huntsman Textile Effects
Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries. Research, innovation and sustainability are at the heart of what we do and we use cutting edge technology to develop innovative solutions to create innovative products and technologies with intelligent effects, such as built in freshness, sun protection or state-of-the-art dyes to reduce water and energy consumption, meeting the needs of our customers and supporting a more sustainable environment. With operations in 110 countries and 14 primary manufacturing facilities worldwide in twelve countries (China, Columbia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, Switzerland, USA), Huntsman TE is uniquely positioned to provide fast and expert technical service wherever our customers are based.

About NIKE, Inc.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit
www.nikeinc.com and follow @Nike.

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