Clariant Launches Arkophob® FFR Textile Finish

Switzerland-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant International AG now offers Arkophob®
FFR, a long-lasting, fluorine-free water repellent finish targeted to fabrics used in outdoor,
leisure and sportswear applications.

Arkophob® FFR is based on a dispersion of modified fat compounds and, according to Clariant,
offers water repellency levels similar to that of C6-based fluorochemical finishes but superior to
water repellency levels offered by existing fluorine-free finishes on the market. In addition, the
finish provides fabrics with good washfastness; improved abrasion and tear resistance, and
sewability; and a soft hand.

“Clariant’s Textile Chemicals is committed to develop products and processes that are safer
and gentler for the consumer and for the environment; and with Arkophob FFR we have achieved that,
plus a leap forward in performance,” said Georg Lang, head of Product Group Finishing, Business
Unit Textile Chemicals, Clariant. “We perfected the Arkophob FFR technology over several years, to
ensure we were able to introduce a differentiated solution that delivers what it promises to
retailers and brands.”

July 10, 2012