Huntsman Textile Effects Delivers Whitening Breakthrough for White Shades with Unmatched Acid Stability
INTRODUCTION OF UVITEX® BHA LIQ. TO HELP MILLS PRODUCE VERY HIGH BRILLIANT LONG-LASTING WHITE CELLULOSIC FABRICS WITHOUT COMPROMISE
Singapore – Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced an innovative fluorescent whitening agent to help textile mills achieve very high and brilliant white shades on cellulosic fibers. The new UVITEX® BHA LIQ. high-affinity stilbene whitener has unequalled acid stability and acid fastness, making it a unique complement to most finishing treatments, with no risk of greening-off and superior protection against phenolic yellowing during storage and shipment.
UVITEX® BHA LIQ. has been designed to help mills meet brands’ high white standards for towels, knitted apparel, T-shirts, underwear and other articles made from cellulosic fabrics.
Achieving the necessary whitening on these fabrics is particularly challenging when finishing effects, such as softening, bio-polishing and resin finishing, are required. Finishing processes are typically applied in the acid phase of the wet processing cycle, with a detrimental effect on most high-affinity stilbene brighteners. Rather than producing a bright white, this can cause fibers to take on a green tinge after neutralization or acid pH setting.
Furthermore, insufficient neutralization due to limited acid fastness can result in alkaline residues on the textile. This increases the risk of post-production phenolic yellowing of the fabric, which can have a negative impact on the mill’s finances and reputation if it results in fabric or finished products being rejected.
Huntsman Textile Effects’ new UVITEX® BHA LIQ. overcomes these challenges with high acid stability of between pH 4 and pH 5 and acid fastness down to pH 4. It
offers a neutral to slightly bluish white shade with excellent wash fastness and build-up. Greening-off is eliminated and the risk of phenolic yellowing is minimized. This new whitening agent can be applied by exhaust processes and is suitable for discontinuous bleaching systems with hydrogen peroxide and for reductive bleaching. It offers very high bath exhaustion and low wastewater pollution. Easy to handle, it can be used with automatic dispensing equipment.
UVITEX® BHA LIQ. sets a new benchmark for high-affinity disulfonated stilbene derivates, of which the Huntsman Textile Effects’ UVITEX® range is the global market leader. UVITEX® is the leading textile whitener for all substrates and application processes, offering a complete range of neutral and shaded whiteners and the ability to create local shaded versions and tailor-made white. Like the other UVITEX® products, UVITEX® BHA LIQ. is included on the Huntsman Positive List for ZDHC and can thus be used to produce textiles for companies that have signed the Towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap.
“UVITEX® BHA LIQ. represents a unique solution to the challenges of producing consistent and stable very high and brilliant white cellulosic fibers. Huntsman Textile Effects continues to listen to mills and to create innovate ways for them to improve their products and production efficiency, operate more sustainably and satisfy the demands of the world’s best brands and retailers,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager of Huntsman Textile Effects.
Huntsman Textile Effects is the global leader in developing total textile solutions across all aspects of the textile chain and is committed to developing sustainable, high-performing processing and effects chemicals that have low environmental impact and enable significant reductions in energy and processing time. &
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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 seven 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 built-in freshness, 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.
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2013 revenues of over $11 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 80 manufacturing and R&D facilities in 30 countries and employ approximately 12,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the c
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