Textile dyeing is currently responsible for over 3% of global CO2
emissions and forecast to increase to 10% by 2050. With its clean-tech digital manufacturing solutions, Alchemie is addressing this sustainability challenge.
Now, investments have been made in Alchemie Technology, Cambridge/UK, by At One Ventures, San Francisco, CA/USA, and H&M CO:LAB, the investment arm of H&M Group, Stockholm/Sweden. The investment will enable Alchemie to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its digital manufacturing products, Endeavour smart waterless dyeing and Novara precision digital finishing, in the global market.
Alchemie's industrial solutions achieve a lower cost, higher throughput, and more sustainable alternatives to traditional textile processing. With the addition of software services to digitalize the supply chain, it is also enabling the move to fully connected digital manufacturing.
The Endeavour smart waterless dyeing technology allows garment manufacturers to eliminate the production of contaminated wastewater and dramatically reduce the carbon footprint from dyeing. This solution has been demonstrated to reduce lead times and enable lower minimum order sizes, alongside a 50% cost saving compared to traditional technologies. Novara precision digital finishing technology enables significant energy and materials savings compared to traditional technologies, which reduces the impact of fabric finishing on the environment and reduces cost.
Both Endeavour and Novara are currently available for implementation, and there is a pipeline of additional sustainable fabric finishing innovations progressing to market based on the Novara technology including technologies that deliver eco-friendly, fluorine-free water repellents and advanced bio-based functional finishes.