Singapore-based dye and chemical provider Huntsman Textile Effects (HTE) has introduced the
Phobotex® range of fluorine-free rain-repellent and stain-management textile finishes designed for
a variety of end-use applications including rainwear, activewear, pants, careerwear, awnings,
tarpaulins, boat covers, outdoor furnishings and shower curtains.
The Phobotex range — designed to complement HTE’s Phobol® CP short-chain C6 fluorocarbons
sold under the Teflon® trademark — are hydro polymer finishes that offer a soft hand and durable
water-based rain repellency and stain-management effects that last for up to 30 washes at 40°C and
higher, according to the company. Some products in the range also provide a stain-release effect
after washing as well as moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties.
Phobotex finishes are compatible with other textile finishes, according to Huntsman, and
comply with Oeko-Tex® and bluesign® standards; align with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals
joint roadmap; and are free of chemicals on the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s
Restricted Substances Lists.
March 26, 2013