Plant-Based Indigo Manufacturer, Stony Creek Colors, Closes $4.8 Million Series B2 Funding Round To Scale Natural Dye Operations

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. — December 1, 2022 — Stony Creek Colors, a Springfield, Tennessee-based manufacturer of natural indigo dye, has closed a $4.8 million Series B2 funding round co-led by the company’s long-standing partners, Lewis & Clark AgriFood and Levi Strauss & Co. Stony Creek Colors will use the capital to further develop its farming infrastructure and the dye extraction process to bring regenerative solutions to farmers and the textile industry.

Stony Creek Colors remains the only industrial scale manufacturer globally of 100% bio-based indigo, as certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program. Its vertically-integrated model allows for full traceability–down to the farm level–that brands and consumers trust. The funding will allow Stony Creek Colors to further refine its innovations, developed and field-proven over the past two years, as it advances toward scale.

“Stony Creek Colors was founded on the idea of harnessing naturally occurring chemicals in plants, to solve fashion industry challenges while giving farmers a profitable regenerative rotational crop,” said Sarah Bellos, Founder and CEO of Stony Creek Colors. “Our past collaboration with Levi Strauss & Co. as a customer allowed us to bring important denim supply chain innovations, such as IndiGold®, to life. This equity round initiates our next phase of long-term growth.”

Since its inception, the company has successfully grown, harvested, and processed its proprietary indigo varieties on over 500 acres of farmland through its repeatable and expandable farmer production model in Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida. The company’s natural indigo process fixes nitrogen and captures more carbon than it uses, enabling environmental improvements for the farms where the crops are grown. Farmers planning to break up pest cycles or boost soil fertility with “cover crops” can rotate their farmland with Stony Creek Colors’ tropical indigo, which simultaneously provides them with viable revenue per acre and meets important regenerative agriculture goals.

“Stony Creek’s 2021 investment round allowed for the expansion of its production into a more tropical region where its improved plant genetics are well suited. With this current investment round, the company is poised to reach a greater scale in agricultural production and processing to meet growing demand for clean colors in the textile industry,” says Tim Hassler, Managing Director at Lewis & Clark AgriFood.

In addition to agriculture supply chain integrations, Stony Creek Colors is known for its innovations in new dye applications and customer point-of-use for this natural chemistry. Earlier this year, Stony Creek Colors publicly launched IndiGold®, the first plant-derived, pre-reduced indigo for denim mills, with global specialty chemicals leader Archroma. This product delivers on a long sought-after commercial drop-in solution for industrial denim production.

This investment for jeanswear company Levi Strauss and Co., headquartered in San Francisco, comes five years after an initial collaboration with Stony Creek Colors. Stony Creek Colors’ plant-based dyes were piloted as part of the Levi Strauss & Co. Wellthread® collection, a living R&D lab that addresses design and manufacturing challenges in order to create a more sustainable future through innovative products.

“Our work with Stony Creek on the Levi’s® brand and our Wellthread® collections has shown the potential of plant-based dyes,” said Paul Dillinger, Levi Strauss & Co. Head of Global Product Innovation. “We’re excited to get more involved with the company by supporting its efforts to bring plant-based dyeing alternatives to market at scale.”

Stony Creek Colors’ vertically-integrated technology eliminates the major historical inefficiencies in plant-based indigo production to allow for a high-purity dye suitable for its industrial denim mill customers, while demonstrating a soil health enriching and climate positive chemical that fits well into farmers’ annual crop rotations. Today, Stony Creek is increasing accessibility of renewable color chemistries as demand for plant-based innovations rise in the fashion and textile markets.

Posted: December 1, 2022

Source: Lewis & Clark Agrifood

Sperotto Rimar Offers Smart And Eco-Friendly Solutions For Textile Finishing

TRISSINO, VICENZA, Italy — November 29, 2022 — The finishing sector is undoubtedly the most significant stage in the value chain – contributing to a wide range of properties in the textile end-use. Bringing an ideal look, touch and functionality to many different applications is a real challenge for machine manufacturers. Smart innovations are needed. And customers also demand solutions that respect both valuable resources and the environment. The Sperotto Rimar portfolio combines both ingenuity and sustainability, to meet these goals – and customer needs which can be discussed with the real experts at upcoming India ITME.

Sperotto Rimar follows two energy-saving strategies in machine development for fabric finishing. The first aims at technology which skips one or more production steps, to shorten the finishing process. Equally important is the use of innovative components such as motors, electrical and electronic controls, which can significantly reduce energy consumption.

Optimizing finishing processes is another way to save energy. The highest potential for energy saving today would come from reducing the use of steam, water or electricity in processing, and adopting technical solutions to limit, or partially recover, the energy consumed.

Short process, big impact

The Decofast decatising machine offers significant energy savings with the substitution of a discontinuous process. On certain fabric types, it allows users to skip one pass of direct steaming with pressure. This shortened process results in lower energy consumption and requires less labour. The technology enabling more sustainable decatising was actually introduced at the beginning of 2000 – long before finishing customers demanded machinery with reduced environmental footprints or urgent solutions for energy-saving needs

Less steam, less energy

The Universa fabric relaxing machine can be used wherever relaxing, shrinking and bulking effects are required. It has wide application in different finishing fields – from wool to synthetic fabrics. Universa was designed to drastically reduce steam consumption. Tests prove that 30% less steam is needed compared to traditional technology. Conclusively, the machine needs 30% less energy – while achieving the expected quality results.

Recycling and closed loops

Nova has been a success for the past 50 years and is still the most eco-friendly solvent scouring machine – and the ideal alternative to traditional water scouring for the washing of synthetic fabrics. The technology has been continuously improved and therefore it facilitates excellent cleaning performance on various materials. Most of all, Nova convinces ecologically-sensitive finishers by its mastery of recycling. The machine recycles more than 99% of the chemicals used in the process.

Traditional scouring machines need a critical amount of water and detergents, which then must be treated as effluent. They also effect a relatively low level of oil elimination from the fabric. Nova solvent-based scouring is eco-friendly, as it works with a closed loop system in which air and solvent are properly treated and recycled. The fact that it takes 10 times less energy to dry solvent than to dry the same amount of water is an additional environmental plus for Nova. Furthermore, it almost totally removes the oil contained in the fabric, so that no polluted fumes are released in the subsequent thermic processes (heat-setting).

Compas – sustainable prime example

Sperotto Rimar’s Compas open-width compacting and finishing machine for knitted and woven fabrics uses an indirect water-cooling system to reduce the compacting belt temperature. With this system, the water is recovered by passing it through a chiller to keep its temperature at the right level. This technology can save about three cubic meters per hour. This water, totally unpolluted, can be continuously recovered and re-used in the machine. Traditional technology uses nozzles to spray water on the belt surface. The disadvantage of this is that the water is then discharged into the drain, contaminated with fluff and other products contained in the treated fabric.

Another feature enables a minimal environmental footprint through technology-based process optimization. Chemicals used before the dry finishing process are typically softeners or resins to enhance the final appearance and touch of the fabric. These are then transferred to the final garment. It is possible to reduce significantly the level of such chemicals, since the machine partially compensates for the effect of these chemicals. Thanks to its unique compacting method, Compas imparts a silky touch, only partly attributable to the softeners used, while mainly deriving from the special materials in the machine design.

Natural stretch is usually obtained by inserting elastane (a synthetic elastic yarn) during the weaving phase. The elastane itself, however, is difficult to deteriorate. Compas ensures the same degree of elasticity but with a final product that is 100% `natural´. Thanks to technology, saving the environment no longer means end-users have to compromise on the touch and feel of fabrics.

Sperotto Rimar inside

Know-how and experience – with a creative and successful development team – can make a big difference to finishing machinery design. Underpinning this, Sperotto Rimar always chooses machine components from latest-generation technology, aiming to save as much energy as possible. For example, the motors installed are of the IE 3 type.

The focus of Sperotto Rimar is to develop a range of effective solutions, which make the most of textiles, in a sustainable way. Continuous technological innovations result in a smaller environmental footprint without compromising final fabric quality.

Sperotto Rimar on-site! Experts offer first-hand information about sustainable solutions for finishers at upcoming India ITME. Sperotto Rimar (member of Santex Rimar Group) welcomes visitors at the Group’s Booth H5F5 in Hall 5 at IEML in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Posted: November 29, 2022

Source: Sperotto Rimar

AATCC Announces 2023 Board Of Directors

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — November 29, 2022 — This fall, AATCC members elected their 2023-2024 representatives to the board of directors. All officers will begin their term on January 1.

President-Elect

Andrew Fraser, Textile Color and Sourcing Solutions, will serve two years as president-elect before continuing to president for two years, and finally immediate past president for two years. Fraser will be a member of the board for all six years, providing continuity and guidance to the association. When Fraser become president-elect, John Crocker, SDL Atlas, becomes president and Harrie Schoots becomes immediate past president.

Interest Groups

AATCC members participate in one or more interest groups to network, learn, and share ideas with like-minded colleagues. Each member may select one “voting” interest group from which they elect representatives to the AATCC Board.

The Chemical Applications interest group elected Sabyasachi Gaan, Empa as chair; Brian Alloway, Azelis, as secretary; and Dennis Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, as at-large member.

Tom Stutts, Color Solutions International, and Tammie Rollins, UL, were each selected to serve a second term representing the Concept 2 Consumer interest group. Stutts will continue as chair and Rollins will continue as at-large member.

The Materials interest group also re-elected an experienced slate of officers. Christina Rappa, WL Gore, will serve a seconds term as chair and Apurba Banerjee, Glowforge, will reprise her role as at-large member.

AATCC’s newest interest group is Rising Professionals. The group is focused on supporting individuals as they embark on a career in textiles. Members include recent graduates as well as seasoned professionals transitioning from other industries and those who just want to learn more about navigating opportunities for growth. The Rising Professionals interest group elected Jessica Brooks, WL Gore, as chair and Bryan Ormond, NC State, as at-large member.

Regions

AATCC members belonging to a local section had the opportunity to elect a Regional representative to the Board.

Beginning in 2023, Patrick Ayers, Noble Biomaterials, will represent the Central Atlantic Region, which is comprised of the Delaware Valley, Hudson Mohawk, and NY-Metro sections.

Nelson Houser will continue to represent the Midsouth Region made up of the Piedmont Section. Houser has served on the board in many capacities, including as president.

The New England Region, covering the New England Section, elected Bethany Pollack, Draper Knitting.

Ashis Kumar Samanta, Calcutta University, was re-elected to represent the Southeast Asia Region. This region is currently composed of the India Section.

The Southern Region, including the Ozarks and Texas Sections will be represented by Ashley Handley, UL.

Western Region is comprised of the Northwest and California Sections. The region re-elected Karen Muhlin, The North Face, as its representative with an impressive 100 percent of the valid ballots.

Constitutional Amendments

Members also voted on approval of several amendments to the AATCC Constitution. This ballot is extended to December 23. If approved, the changes will take effect immediately.

Opportunities

While AATCC Board elections only occur every two years, there are many ways to get involved. Taking a leadership role on a committees or task group is an excellent way to make connections and gain valuable experience. To learn more about available opportunities, contact Diana Wyman, AATCC Executive Vice President (diana@aatcc.org) or any board or staff member.

Posted: November 29, 2022

Source: AATCC

GRDXKN In Cooperation With PUMA — Goalkeeper Gloves With Ultra Grip

MUNICH, Germany — November 28, 2022 — The 4D-GRDXKN printing technology has found a new possible field of implementation in cooperation with PUMA: Goalkeeper Gloves. PUMA’s ULTRA line is designed to meet and exceed all the demands of the modern goalkeeper.

Puma now calls the Ultra Grip 1 Hybrid models one of the lightest, fastest and most flexible gloves on the market. GRDXKN founder and developer Bastian Müller says: “The development of the ULTRA gloves is also a milestone for me. As we were able to expand the functions, increase the performance and thus prove once again what we can achieve with GRDXKN.”

Thanks to the GRDXKN toolkit, the global sportswear company PUMA and the German start-up GRDXKN developed a unique aesthetic that comes with special features. The performance is transferred to the gloves through specially developed printing pastes and a special printing technique.

The glove gains grip while remaining lightweight and flexible.

On the one hand, the use of the exclusive GRDXKN printing application on the backhand gives the glove stability and ensures perfect ball control when hitting. On the other hand, the GRDXKN-print creates grip when fisting the ball. Another advantage is the very high wearing comfort, as the material is extremely light and is applied directly and seamlessly to the backhand. Added to this is the low abrasion and thus the very high resistance of the glove.

Puma says, “The gloves are packed with technologies that ensure the highest performance on the market.” At the European Women’s Football Championship, German national goalkeeper Merle Frohms wore PUMA goalkeeper gloves with GRDXKN technology. Currently, therefore, the national goalkeepers of England (Jordan Pickford) and the Swiss team (Gregor Kobel), among others, are equipped with the Ultra line.

GRDXKN® is a 4D printing technology. It enables the printing of functions. At the same time, the weight of the textiles remains low and flexibility high. The integrated, volume-forming material is abrasion- resistant and shock-absorbent (tested). The printing technology transforms substrates into smart textiles. This cohesive material combination creates new application fields for textiles. The EU-Patent is registered.

Posted: November 28, 2022

Source: GRDXKN

GRDXKN In Cooperation With PUMA — Goalkeeper Gloves With Ultra Grip

MUNICH, Germany — November 28, 2022 — The 4D-GRDXKN printing technology has found a new possible field of implementation in cooperation with PUMA: Goalkeeper Gloves. PUMA’s ULTRA line is designed to meet and exceed all the demands of the modern goalkeeper.

Puma now calls the Ultra Grip 1 Hybrid models one of the lightest, fastest and most flexible gloves on the market. GRDXKN founder and developer Bastian Müller says: “The development of the ULTRA gloves is also a milestone for me. As we were able to expand the functions, increase the performance and thus prove once again what we can achieve with GRDXKN.”

Thanks to the GRDXKN toolkit, the global sportswear company PUMA and the German start-up GRDXKN developed a unique aesthetic that comes with special features. The performance is transferred to the gloves through specially developed printing pastes and a special printing technique.

The glove gains grip while remaining lightweight and flexible.

On the one hand, the use of the exclusive GRDXKN printing application on the backhand gives the glove stability and ensures perfect ball control when hitting. On the other hand, the GRDXKN-print creates grip when fisting the ball. Another advantage is the very high wearing comfort, as the material is extremely light and is applied directly and seamlessly to the backhand. Added to this is the low abrasion and thus the very high resistance of the glove.

Puma says, “The gloves are packed with technologies that ensure the highest performance on the market.” At the European Women’s Football Championship, German national goalkeeper Merle Frohms wore PUMA goalkeeper gloves with GRDXKN technology. Currently, therefore, the national goalkeepers of England (Jordan Pickford) and the Swiss team (Gregor Kobel), among others, are equipped with the Ultra line.

GRDXKN® is a 4D printing technology. It enables the printing of functions. At the same time, the weight of the textiles remains low and flexibility high. The integrated, volume-forming material is abrasion- resistant and shock-absorbent (tested). The printing technology transforms substrates into smart textiles. This cohesive material combination creates new application fields for textiles. The EU-Patent is registered.

Posted: November 28, 2022

Source: GRDXKN

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