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Careguard-66 (New) : An Eco-friendly Water & Oil Repellent

Dr. Naresh M. Saraf  (Supertex-Sarex, Mumbai, India)

Finishes that repel water, oil, and dirt are important in all parts of the textiles market for clothing, home and technical textiles. Water repellency is achieved by using different product groups, but oil repellency is attained only by application of fluorocarbon polymers. The later are modified to have a wide range of properties to fulfill the different demands of the consumers and the intended purpose. The oldest repellent finish is to repel water. Fluorochemical repellents are unique because they confer both oil- and water- repellency to fabrics. The ability of fluorochemicals to repel oil is related to their low surface energy that depends on the structure of the fluorocarbon segment, the non- fluorinated segment of the molecule, the orientation of the fluorocarbon tail, and the distribution and amount of fluorocarbon moiety on fibres. Fluoropolymers suited for textile finishing generally consist of a polymeric backbone of acrylate or polyurethane, with fluorinated side chains. Their effectiveness for each application varies with the chain length, the shape of the chain and the type of end groups. A perfluroinated compound that has frequently been part of product formulations for hydrophobisation of textiles is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is a chemically-stable surfactant. Continue reading Careguard-66 (New) : An Eco-friendly Water & Oil Repellent

2nd Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse : A lot remains to be done

Reproduced from IndustriALL Global Union

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

IndustriALL challenges the power of multinational companies and negotiates with them on a global level. IndustriALL fights for another model of globalization and a new economic and social model that puts people first, based on democracy and social justice.

Rana Plaza two years on: progress but no hiding from massive task ahead

23 Apr 2015

On 24 April it will be two years since the Rana Plaza collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring thousands more. The labour movement and its NGO partners are calling on the garment industry to show that it has the leadership to staying the course and changing the global supply chain permanently.

Continue reading 2nd Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse : A lot remains to be done

A success story that tripled Egyptian textile exports to the United States

Interview with Mohamed Kassem, Chairman of Egyptian Ready Made Garment Export Council

Mohamed Kassem, Chairman of Egyptian Ready Made Garment Export Council
Mohamed Kassem, Chairman of Egyptian Ready Made Garment Export Council

Textile exports to the United States represent 25% of non-oil exports and 20% of total manufacturing in Egypt. This is largely a result of the QIZ program, which has brought Egyptian and Israeli companies together in business. Continue reading A success story that tripled Egyptian textile exports to the United States

Project Profile on Bleached Cotton Linters (BCL)

There exists a huge demand for Bleached Cotton Linters (BCL) in the defense sector for manufacturing Nitrocellulose used in explosives and propellants. For manufacturing 1000 MT of Bleached Cotton Linters, approximately 1500 MT of Raw Cotton Linters (RCL) is required. Sometimes BCL producers face an acute shortage of their basic raw material i.e. good quality Raw Cotton Linters. This happens when Raw Cotton Linter manufacturers resort to exporting their product because of better returns. Importers from China, Japan and other countries offer better prices to them as compared to local market. Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is the main centre for production of Raw Cotton Linters. Continue reading Project Profile on Bleached Cotton Linters (BCL)