Singapore-based Huntsman Textile Effects has unveiled TERATOP® XKS HL, a line of digital printing reactive inks for polyester substrates. According to Huntsman, the inks offer light-, weather- and colorfastness for automotive, outdoor furnishings and home textile applications. The inks were formulated for Kyocera printhead technology, and are fully compatible with Huntsman’s UV FAST range of ultraviolet absorbers.
“Color-fastness to light and heat are the critical success factors for technical textiles,” said Michael Mordente, director, Digital Inks, Huntsman Textile Effects. “This innovation from Huntsman helps mills improve their existing auto and outdoor products or move into this high-value segment of the market.”
Huntsman also recently introduced STABILON NPY to combat phenolic yellowing on lingerie, swimwear, underwear and other polyamide garments during storage or transit. Huntsman reports the protective agent prevents the yellowing by blocking the free amino end-groups of polyamide fibers. The product is compatible with exhaustion machines and processes and can withstand high-temperature processing conditions.