With the continued global growth of the apparel market, the use of polyester (PET), polyamide (PA) and blends of these materials with elastane is also on the rise, especially in sportswear and loungewear. To support this higher demand for synthetic textiles, Dow is launching the patented silicone ink Silastic LCF 9600 M Textile Printing Ink Base that can be used for printing on synthetic and cotton fabrics, particularly highly elastic garments.
The increased use of synthetic yarns in recent years has resulted in greater performance requirements on ink chemistries such as durability, elongation and ease of use in highly elastic sportwear. To address these needs, Dow Chemical Co., Midland MI/USA, leveraged the benefits of silicone ink bases with products such as Silastic LCF 9600 Textile Printing Ink Base and Silastic 9601 Textile Printing Ink Base.
Designed for an increased matte effect and improved hand feel, the patented Silastic LCF 9600 M offers very good wash durability, high elongation, very soft low tack touch and avoids the “orange peel effect” on cotton substrates. Additionally, the new product enables safer textile development with its ability to be formulated without the use of PVC, phthalates, solvents, organotins and formaldehyde.