06 Sep 06
Huntsman launches first-ever global branding program for innovative textile color and finishing effects

High IQTM stands for innovation and quality; first five effects launched - more to come; response surpasses all expectations; benefits throughout value chain.

Basel, Switzerland, September 6, 2006 – Huntsman’s Textile Effects business segment has launched the first-ever global branding program for innovative textile color and finishing effects. High IQTM stands for Innovation and Quality. The first five “intelligent” effects in the program are Cool Comfort, Lasting Color, Freshness, Easy Care Plus and Sun Protection. Additional effects are being developed.
“The new High IQTM branding program underlines Huntsman’s commitment to investing in specialty chemicals and textile innovation,” said Paul Hulme, President of Huntsman’s Materials & Effects Division. Peter Otto, Global Head of Marketing in Textile Effects, commented: “The response to High IQTM has surpassed all expectations. The program has been welcomed by our mill partners, garment packagers and converters, brands and retailers alike. Our High IQTM webpage registered 80,000 hits and 1,000 visitors in terms of individual companies within the first four days of launch. Major brands are already committing to introduce High IQTM effects.”

Textile Effects supports mills worldwide in producing fabric to clearly defined specifications. High IQTM is designed to help ensure reliable product sourcing, and to support innovation and differentiation throughout the textile processing chain, thereby adding value to garments. High IQTM labels provide clear benefit statements for consumers, enhancing convenience and confidence in garment selection and purchase.

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Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of di fferentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 15,000 employees and 78 operations in 24 countries. The Company had 2005 revenues of $13 billion.
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High IQTM is a trademark of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all, countries.