Huntsman Textile Effects (HTE), Singapore, has introduced the Phobotex® range of fluorine-free
textile finishes designed for 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 – comprises 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, the company reports. Some products also provide a stain-release effect after
washing, as well as moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties.
The finishes are compatible with other textile finishes 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.