Circotex, a sustainable dyeing and finishing company based in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, has partnered with Borgstena Textile of Nela, Portugal, to develop a water-free dyeing process for automotive textiles. The new process aims to reduce water consumption to zero, eliminate the use of additive chemicals for dyeing, and reduce overall carbon footprint.
Circotex is utilizing CO2 dyeing technology developed by DyeCoo Textile Systems, and for the scouring and reduction clearing processes, the company is finalizing tests with additional technologies that eliminate the use of water. Over the past two years, the two companies have conducted several tests with Circotex’s partner Yeh Group in Thailand, testing newly developed dyes and UV absorbers that meet automotive industry standards.
Circotex plans to construct Europe’s most sustainable polyester textile coloring factory in the Amsterdam region, with a focus on the automotive and technical textile markets. The company aims to establish a sustainable polyester production process with a low carbon footprint.
Reinier Mommaal and Erwin Schols founded Circotex, bringing over 12 years of experience in sustainable textile production and corporate finance and management positions. The company secured investments for the new plant from Amsterdams Klimaat & Energiefonds, the Participatiefonds Duurzame Economie Noord-Holland, and DOEN Participaties. The company also received a grant from the European Regional Development Fund and Kansen voor West.
The new sustainable dyeing process is expected to significantly reduce water consumption and environmental impact in the textile industry. The use of the CO2 dyeing process is expected to have several benefits, including reducing energy consumption, minimizing chemical waste, and decreasing production time.
The partnership between Circotex and Borgstena Textile will enable the two companies to combine their strengths and expertise to create a more sustainable textile industry. The companies hope that their new dyeing process will inspire other textile manufacturers to adopt sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
The development of the water-free dyeing process is a significant step towards achieving a more sustainable textile industry. With Circotex’s plans to establish Europe’s most sustainable polyester textile coloring plant, the industry is on the cusp of a major transformation.