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Bringing sustainable dyeing technology to the textiles industry

Bringing sustainable dyeing technology to the textiles industry

Advanced materials company Xefco is set to revolutionise the textiles industry with its new waterless dyeing and finishing solution – Ausora.

Developed in collaboration with Deakin University and supported by funding from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), the patented technology eliminates the need for water by applying dyes and functional coatings to textiles using plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition.

Tom Hussey, CEO of Xefco, said in addition to saving water and preventing pollution, Ausora delivers an 86 per cent reduction in energy consumption and an 88 per cent reduction in chemical consumption compared with conventional wet processes.

“Dyeing and finishing textiles is the most unsustainable aspect of the fashion industry, accounting for 20 per cent of global water pollution and 3 per cent of global carbon emissions.

“Our collaboration with IMCRC, Deakin University and Proficiency Contracting has enabled us to address this challenge with a comprehensive solution for sustainably dyeing and finishing textiles.”

“After successfully demonstrating the process, we are now scaling up to our roll to roll systems. We are currently setting up a pilot manufacturing facility at Deakin University’s ManuFutures in Geelong, which will enable us to refine the technology and facilitate commercial trials for customers in the new year,” Hussey said.

Dr Frank Chen, research fellow at Deakin University, said IMCRC’s collaborative model allowed Deakin to integrate with Xefco and Proficiency Contracting throughout the project effectively.

“By working as one team with one shared goal, we were able to address any challenges and harness our research expertise to advance the development of this exciting technology more quickly.

“And as a result, we have developed a unique atmospheric plasma coating system that reduces the cost, complexity and environmental impact of textile manufacturing by eliminating wet dyeing and finishing processes.”

Dr Matthew Young, IMCRC’s manufacturing innovation manager, said the project outcomes had the potential to catalyse meaningful change within the textiles and fashion industries, and placed Australia at the forefront of research into advanced sustainable fabric coating processes, potentially extending the life of garments.

“The collaboration between Xefco, Deakin University and Proficiency Contracting demonstrates Australia’s enormous research capability and serves as an exemplar of how industry-led innovation is helping to solve some of our world’s most pressing challenges.

“Xefco’s technology will drive environmentally friendly and resource-efficient processes, reducing water consumption and pollution, and changing the way fabrics are dyed and finished in Australia and around the world.”

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