Huntsman Textile Effects raises the bar for non-fluorinated durable water repellents

Singapore, 15 November 2017 -- Continuing to lead the textile sector’s transition to more sustainable and eco-friendly business models, Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the new PHOBOTEX® RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) that raises the standard for repellency especially on high-performance synthetic textiles. This new product will allow brands and retailers to meet global demand for eco-friendly clothing that require extreme rain- and stain- protection.

The market for outdoor apparel is growing worldwide, and customers expect comfort and high-performance protection. Rain-, stain- and soil-resistant effects are therefore critical. At the same time, the industry is shifting away from traditional formulations based on per-fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) due to environmental health and safety concerns

“PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellent raises the bar for performance on synthetics, allowing brands to offer high-performance weather protection to outdoor enthusiasts with an assurance of eco-friendly sustainability. As a trusted partner to the industry, Huntsman Textile Effects continues to lead the transition to non-fluorinated DWR alternatives that meet stringent environment, health and safety standards,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager for Finishing at Huntsman Textile Effects.

PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellent is an environmentally friendly, non-fluorinated formulation that our customers and global brands can rely on to produce sustainable textile products without compromising performance. This new addition complements Huntsman Textile Effects’ comprehensive range of durable water repellents and reinforces our position as the textile industry’s leading provider of non-fluorinated technology.

Providing effective protection in extreme environments, PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellent repulses rain, sleet and snow and performs well on synthetics and blends. It is ideal for high-performance outerwear fabrics, offering breathable comfort and durable water repellence. Fabrics treated with PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellent also repel stains, so they stay looking new for longer and can be easily spot cleaned.
Working closely with mills, Huntsman Textile Effects, the global leader in textile dyes and chemicals, offers unparalleled technical support and application know-how to help them meet the requirements of the world’s top brands and retailers.

PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellent is based on non-fluorinated technologies and complies with the latest requirements of bluesign® , the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List)  and the Restricted Substances Lists of the world’s global brands. Fabrics treated with PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellents are suitable for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 when applied as recommended.

Furthermore, PHOBOTEX® RSY durable water repellent meets the criteria for Textile Effects’ HIGH IQ® Repel performance assurance scheme that ensures fabrics conform to stringent performance requirements.

PHOBOTEX® and HIGH IQ® are registered trademarks of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all, countries.
bluesign® is a registered trademark of Bluesign Technologies AG. 
OEKO-TEX® is a registered trademark of OEKO-TEX® Association.

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About Huntsman:
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufact urer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2016 revenues of more than $10 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manuf acturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at


About Huntsman Textile Effects:
Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries. With operations in more than 90 countries and six primary manufacturing facilities in six countries (China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand), Huntsman Textile Effects is uniquely positioned to provide prompt and expert technical service wherever our customers are based. Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are at the heart of what we do. We use cutting edge technology to develop solutions and create innovative products with intelligent effects such as durable water repellents, color fastness, sun protection or state-of-the-art dyes which reduce water and energy consumption. All these go towards meeting the needs of our customers in supporting a more sustainable environment. For more information about Huntsman Textile Effects, please visit

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