Archroma launched at ITMA 2019 its new Helizarin LTC New liq, a formaldehyde-free low-temperature curing binder for pigment printing on all kinds of fibers.
Helizarin LTC New is a binder designed for low-temperature curing or no curing, allowing reductions in the fixation temperature and time compared to conventional pigment printing processes. In addition, manufacturers will not experience the change of shades that sometimes occur with high-temperature processes.
When using Helizarin LTC New, textile manufacturers can therefore improve the productivity of their printing process and reduce their energy consumption.
Helizarin LTC New is also a welcome solution for textile manufacturers who do not have curing equipment, since it offers similar to better fastness than commodity binders that have been treated through a full process, and excellent fastness on synthetic fibers such as polyester and polyamide.
When it comes to the final result on the fabric, Helizarin LTC New allows the creation of soft and durable prints for premium quality articles.
The new product will be the core of Archroma’s Cool Print, a complete formaldehyde-free system that keeps printed textiles soft and durable, and the planet cooler.
The system, which combines Helizarin LTC New with Luprintol softening and fixing auxiliaries and Printofix pigment preparations, allows manufacturers to realize potential savings of up to 30% in processing time, 45% in energy consumption and 44% CO2 emissions, compared to benchmark pigment printing.
Helizarin LTC New, as well as the Cool Print system, is formaldehyde free, and registered under REACH. It can be used in line with ZDHC & bluesign requirements, is compliant with the Oeko-Tex Std 100 Class 1 standard for babies’ wear, and with the MRSL of most major brands.
Helizarin LTC New was developed by Archroma’s R&D team together with experts at its Global Competence Center for Printing, based in Barcelona, Spain.