International interest remains high in revolutionary Dutch Green-Tech, despite Covid19

July 21, 2020

The world of textiles is changing and sustainable production methods, with less environmental impact become increasingly important for retailers, brands and producers.

This summer DyeCoo will ship the innovative 4th generation CO2 textile dyeing systems to Taiwan. Proving the increasing demand for more sustainable production methods and international interest in Dutch Green-Tech, even in pandemic times.

Photo: Waterfree dyeing system by DyeCoo (©DyeOx)

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A growing demand for water-free and process chemical-free dyeing of polyester

“Our textile dyeing machines offer the industry a new clean technology and process, based on supercritical CO2 dyeing, which is a water-free and process chemical-free dyeing process of polyester textiles and yarn” says Ernst Siewers, CTO of DyeCoo Textile Systems.

The international interest is no coincidence. “We’ve been working with Taiwan for more than seven years and the demand for water-free and process chemical-free dyeing of polyester keeps growing.” DyeCoo has twelve machines in operation at the facilities of customers in Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan and its case is proven internationally.

The Representative of Netherlands Office Taipei, the official representation of the Netherlands in Taiwan, Guy Wittich pointed out that Taiwan rose from fifth to the second largest export destination in Asia for the Netherlands in the past two years. Taiwan acknowledges the importance of the UN’s sustainable development goals and highlights the circular economy as one of the areas for future industry development in its innovative industry plan. With multiple CO2 dyeing machines installed in Taiwan and more machines coming, this is an example of Dutch smart machines leading to new business models and clean textile production.

The fashion and apparel industry is responsible for generating 20% of the global water industrial wastewater and a significant part is contributed to dyeing. With over 50% of all garments in the industry made of polyester based fabrics, DyeCoo’s machines offer an enormous impact to the industry. To give an illustration, one of the machines can process 800 tons of polyester per year, effectively saving 32 million liters of water and avoiding the use of processing chemicals.

DyeCoo focusses on expanding the take-up of the technology further.  The technology represents a good eco-innovation export opportunity because a lot of footwear and apparel production has moved to Asia.

Many textile producers in the fashion and apparel business are hit hard by the COVID-19 situation. It is partly due to Dutch state initiatives, that DyeCoo has been able to continue producing and delivering despite the crisis.

The export order for CO2 dyeing machines, destined for Taiwan is being finalized together with VDL ETG Projects in Eindhoven.