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29 Apr 15
Introducing ZELAN® R3 Renewably Sourced, Non-Fluorinated Highly Durable Water Repellent Finish

A Sustainable Solution for the Apparel Market Now Available from Huntsman Textile Effects

Singapore – Continuing their efforts to promote a more sustainable global textile sector, Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company FC, LLC, a subsidiary of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Inc., have introduced ZELAN® R3 renewably sourced, non-fluorinated durable water-repellent finish, Based on a new technology from Chemours, this breakthrough product is the industry’s first and only renewably sourced water repellent treatment available today.

Mills and brands that use ZELAN® R3 finish will now be able to provide consumers with durable water-repellent fabrics utilizing an environmental sustainability finish which contains 63% renewably sourced content. This content is derived from a variety of plant-based sources, carefully selected to be from non-genetically-modified (non-GMO) and non-food-source feedstock. It also fully complies with OEKO-TEX®, Standard 100 requirements, and is compliant with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap Manufacturers Restricted Substance List (MRSL).

Chemours is also in the process of becoming a bluesign® system partner so that the organization, and the ZELAN® R3 finish product can be evaluated, achieve bluesign® approved status and be listed in the bluesign® bluefinder—the only verified positive list for the textile industry. The intent is to have this completed by mid-2015.

ZELAN® R3 finish effectively repels water and common water-based liquids such as fruit juice, hot coffee and red wine. It performs well on a variety of fabrics, including cotton, synthetics and blends, and is ideal for high-performance outdoor and outerwear fabrics. ZELAN® R3 finish is up to three times more durable than existing non-fluorinated repellents, delivering high-performance repellency for at least 30 washes, which is comparable to leading repellent products.

“Brands are increasingly demanding products that are sustainable and renewably sourced without sacrificing high performance durability. ZELAN® R3 finish was developed to satisfy this demand, delivering superior water protection while also reducing the environmental footprint of treated fabrics,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager from Huntsman Textile Effects. “ZELAN® R3 finish continues the 25-year alliance of Chemours and Huntsman and reinforces our joint commitment to innovation that accelerates the textile industry’s drive for greater sustainability.”

Huntsman Textile Effects will provide technical support, recipe recommendations and application guidance to help mills and finishers use ZELAN® R3 finish to achieve the desired performance requirements. The treatment is applied by padding at loading levels comparable or lower than other typical repellent finishes and can be combined with PHOBOL® XAN Extender to further boost wash durability.

Brands and retailers that have ZELAN® R3 finished fabrics which meet durable water repellency (DWR) performance levels may obtain a Trademark Licensing Agreement from Chemours allowing them to use the Teflon EcoElite™ brand in promotion of their products. Research shows that incorporating the Teflon® brand greatly benefits brands and retailers since consumers readily recognize and highly value the Teflon® brand name. For more information, visit

Chemours is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DuPont, and is expected to become an independent company in mid-2015 when it is spun off from DuPont.

ZELAN, TEFLON and TEFLON ECOLITE are trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its af filiates.  OEKO-TEX is a trademark of the OEKO-TEX Association.  bluesign is a trademark of Bluesign Technologies AG.  PHOBOL is a registered trademark of Huntsman Corporation or its affiliates.

Media Contacts:
Christina Koh    +65 6390 6482
Mindy Chee       +65 6390 6492

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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. 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 toward meeting the needs of our customers in supporting a more sustainable environment. Selling into more than 90 countries and with presence including eight primary manufacturing facilities in seven countries (China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Switzerland) and 14 Formulation Distribution Centers spread across 12 countries, Huntsman Textile Effects is uniquely positioned to provide fast and expert technical service wherever our customers are based.

About Huntsman
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2014 revenues of approximately $13 billion including the acquisition of Rockwood’s performance additives and TiO2 businesses. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of cons umer and industrial end markets.  We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in more than 30 countries and employ approximately 16,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions.  For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at

About DuPont
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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