An innovative PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) has been launched by Huntsman that makes it possible for mills and brands to deliver high-performance outdoor and extreme sports apparel and everyday wear while meeting stringent environmental standards and optimizing production flow.
Phobotex R-ACE from Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore, delivers very good water repellence on all types of fibers. In addition to its outstanding performance on synthetic fibers and blends, Phobotex R-ACE offers very good compatibility with resin finishing to ensure even application with unmatchable performance on cellulosic fibers. It offers outstanding rain and splash protection for garments that are water repellent and windproof, even under the toughest conditions. Additionally, it repels everyday stains, such as mud, coffee, ketchup and juice, so that garments stay cleaner for longer. Textiles treated with Phobotex R-ACE are breathable, retain their soft handle and continue to look good and perform well through repeated laundering and drying.
The robust chemistry of Phobotex R-ACE achieves high repellency with significantly less chemicals added on to the fabric as compared to the typical PFC-free DWRs in the market. This helps mills minimize unwanted consequences like chalk marks, seam slippage issues and harsh handle. The product also offers good runability, for faster trouble-free production and good reproducibility. Its good compatibility with resin finishing ensures even application with unmatchable performance on cellulosic fibers.
Critically, Phobotex R-ACE meets current and upcoming industry standards. The new DWR is PFC-free and formaldehyde-free Phobotex R-ACE meets the bluesign criteria (imminent approval pending) and will be published on the ZDHC Gateway with Conformance Level 3, and suitable for Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certified textile products. It also meets new bluesign restrictions on 2-Butanone oxime in chemical products, which came into effect in June 2022.
Textiles treated with Phobotex R-ACE qualify for the High IQ Repel Performance Assurance scheme.