Green Theme Technologies Inc. (GTT), Rio Rancho, N.M., has granted a license to The Haartz Corp., Acton, Mass., for its patented EMPEL™ textile finishing platform. EMPEL is per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS)-free, and uses “clean chemistry” in a waterless process to add treatments such as durable water repellents, anti-wicking and durable stain releases to a variety of textile substrates.
The platform applies a nontoxic hydrocarbon monomer solution to a fabric that is then polymerized to wrap each individual yarn with a high-performance, durable finish.
“Haartz is the perfect partner for GTT,” said Martin Flora, vice president of Business Development for GTT. “They are world leaders in scaling finished fabric technologies through world-class manufacturing and testing facilities. With their various product categories, including apparel, furniture and automotive, our partnership brings textile innovation to North America and helps drive a positive and sizable environmental impact.”