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Fibre and fabric technologies
A phase change material (PCM) absorbs and releases thermal energy at a specific, defined temperature, regulating the surrounding environment. CrodaTherm patented microencapsulated PCMs are durable core-shell particles that can be used in applications where a particle form of PCM is needed. The CrodaTherm PCM is encapsulated in an acrylic shell so that when the bio-based core changes phase, the particle remains solid.
High tech finishes
Croda's range of high tech finishes can help improve the properties of synthetic fibres and provide positive benefits to the end consumers. Synthetic fibres tend to be poor conductors of electricity, friction during use can cause build-up of static charge within the garment which can result in the garment becoming clingy when wearing. The build-up of static can be prevented through use of an anti-static agent during the manufacturing process. Another problem with synthetic fibres is that they are hydrophobic upon manufacturing, meaning it is difficult for moisture to pass through the fibre. Consumers expect textiles to keep up with both their active lifestyle and the everyday. By using Croda's durable finishes, the hydrophilic tendencies of the fibres can be greatly improved as well as increasing the strike-through.
Enhanced odour control
Croda’s range of odour control technology can help tackle a wide range of malodours found in everyday situations. The main causes of odour in textiles are organic carboxylic acids, which embed in fabrics causing persistent or permanent odour. Frequent use of your favourite clothes, shoes and bags make them more susceptible to developing foul odours. This can ultimately lead to them becoming unwearable or unusable. Washing these items does not effectively neutralise these odours due to a permanent build-up in the synthetic fibres. Croda’s biobased odour neutralisers can be incorporated to help neutralise the odour build-up and keep your fabrics smelling fresher, for longer.
Health and wellbeing
Croda has a range of speciality additives that can improve the look and feel of your favourite fabrics, provide sensory skin effects or offer solar protection. Consumer health and wellbeing trends are constantly evolving and as manufacturers it is important to have the right products to deliver the desired effects.
Croda's expertise in the Personal Care industry can help meet and deliver the latest consumer demands through application in textiles.
- 'Leave on' products that provide creases prevention, freshness, antibacterial, skin conditioning, anti-static and softness;
- Solar protection for skin and clothes to prevent harmful effects of the sun;
- Vegan and bio-based products;
- Prevention products that can be applied to textiles and fibres to protect them from getting dirty;
- Microencapsulated slow release treatments; and
- Microbiome - spray on product that protects your skin's microbiome.
Consumers expect textiles to keep up with both their active lifestyle and the everyday. By incorporating CrodaTherm microencapsulated PCM into textiles and fibres, a more comfortable and stable temperature profile is achieved.
Synthetic fibres have an inherent property of static generation which leads to clinging of fabric and increased soiling tendency, leading to wearer’s discomfort. To control/ nullify static generation – we require anti-static agents. We offer different products which can meet stringent anti-static testing methods and durability requirements.
A variety of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, mildew algae on textiles with the availability of nutrient media, humidity and temperatures cause problems such as deterioration of fabric, staining, odors and health concerns. We offer durable patented surfactant technology for all substrates for controlling anti-microbial generation and growth and subsequent anti-odour effect. Our products can be applied by spray, padding or by exhaust process.
It is required from active and sports-wears to transport moisture from body to fabric and evaporate further during physical exercise or training. It improves wearers comfort and increase performance. For this kind of moisture management fabric, we offer specialised durable systems with added quick dry properties for quick spread and absorption of moisture.