Huntsman Textile Effects, a Singapore-based provider of high-quality dyes, chemicals and digital inks, and Sciessent, a provider of customised antimicrobial, odour control and water repellent solutions, have entered into a strategic partnership to bring revolutionary antimicrobial and odour-control solutions to textile mills and brands worldwide. As consumers around the world begin paying more attention to health and hygiene, Huntsman Textile Effects and Sciessent will cooperate to help mills and brands deliver active wear, outerwear, home textiles and other products with long-lasting protection against microbial growth and odour. Huntsman Textile Effects will also become the exclusive distribution partner of Sciessent’s Agion Antimicrobial, Lava XL anti-odour solution, and dual-action Active XL. “Both Huntsman Textile Effects and Sciessent share a deep commitment to innovation, environmental sustainability and customer service. As partners, our joint goal is to offer the highest level of protection for textiles so that they stay fresher for longer,” Rohit Aggarwal, president of Huntsman Textile Effects, said in a press release. “Huntsman Textile Effects now has one of the industry’s most complete end-to-end systems for high-performance protection effects, with a full range of innovative and sustainable protection and comfort technologies from pre-treatment to coloration and finishing.” “Our presence in the global textile and apparel market has been rapidly expanding based on the strength of our solution set and reputation for delivering an exceptional customer experience,” Paul C Ford, Sciessent CEO said. “Through this partnership, we are both extending our reach to manufacturers and enhancing our offerings by coupling them with Huntsman Textile Effects’ broad range of innovative and sustainable protection technologies. It is a great opportunity for manufacturers to differentiate their products through the combined strength of our brands.” Sciessent Agion Antimicrobial is the industry-leading antimicrobial solution. Designed with smart-release technology, it delivers long-lasting protection by releasing its active antimicrobial agents only when needed. It can be built-in or applied via padding, exhaust or package yarn to any textile alongside other functional finishes, dyes, inks and pre-treatments. Durable up to 100 home washes, Agion is also customisable to meet brands’ performance and cost goals. Agion Antimicrobial has been used on FDA-approved medical devices. Sciessent Lava XL is a next-generation non-bioactive odour-control solution, ideal for sportwear and athleisure wear. While other odour-control technologies capture odours and release them during laundering, Lava XL’s triple action technology utilises zeolite minerals with a large surface area to capture, absorb and degrade odours as they pass through the fabric. Sciessent Agion Active XL combines the advanced dual technologies of Agion Antimicrobial and Lava XL to deliver outstanding odour protection. The antimicrobial fights odour-causing bacteria on the garment, while the odour control solution captures odour generated by sweat on the skin. The result is that garments smell fresher for longer and sustain a high level of performance for more wears. The Sciessent solutions are easily integrated into the finishing process and can be combined with a range of other finishes, including Huntsman Textile Effects’ durable water repellents and comfort systems to cost-effectively produce high-performance textile products that are safe and sustainable. Huntsman Textile Effects and Sciessent both champion environmentally responsible products that help the textile industry meet its regulatory obligations and the expectations of the world’s most exacting brands and consumers. The Agion, Lava XL and Active XL products are all bluesign approved and listed on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation ZDHC Gateway, complying with ZDHC Level 3 requirements.