19 February 2016 – Archroma and DKTE to enter education partnership

Reinach, 19 February 2016 – Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji for Technical Textiles (DKTE), based in Kolhapur, India, today announced that they have entered into a 5-year partnership aiming at sharing Archroma’s globally recognized expertise in the area of Technical Textiles & Nonwovens with the Institute’s faculty and students.

The partnership was officially announced at a ceremony held on 11 February 2016 in Mumbai in the presence of Archroma’s CEO Alexander Wessels and DKTE’s Principal Prof. (Dr.) P.V. Kadole.

Under the terms of the partnership Archroma will provide training sessions, as well as technical support and guidance to the students of the Institute. In particular, DKTE’s students will have access to some of Archroma’s technical laboratories in India and Switzerland for projects, experiments and trials.

The students will also benefit from access to a range of functional products with application and performance characteristics critical to the industry, allowing them to gain hands-on training and learning, and help develop innovative solutions for new industry entrants. The DKTE’s faculty has already expressed special interest in Archroma’s Nuva® N water and oil repellent solutions, Pekoflam® non-halogenated flame retardant, Sanitized® antimicrobials, Appretan® solutions for textile strength and flexibility, or Hydroperm® hydrophilisizing agent.

Anjani Prasad, Archroma’s Head of Sales, Textile Specialties, India, commented: “At Archroma, we continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. With this partnership, we want to take a new approach to knowledge sharing and help to prepare a new generation of textile experts to the opportunities and challenges of our industry.”

“Thanks to our collaboration with Archroma, our Institute and center of excellence for nonwovens will be an interface between the industry and consumers in order to improve article effectiveness”, comments Prof. (Dr.) P.V. Kadole, Principal, DKTE’s Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji.

DKTE College, Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, India. (Photo courtesy of DKTE)

DKTE new Center of Excellence for Nonwovens, Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, India. (Photo courtesy of DKTE)

Inauguration ceremony on 11 February in presence of (left to right): Alexander Wessels, CEO OF Archroma, Anjani Prasad, Archroma’s Head of Sales, Textile Specialties, India, Prof. A.I. Dr. Wasif, Professor in Textile Chemistry, Former Principal of DKTE, and Prof. C.A. Patil, Dean of DKTE. (Photo: Archroma)

Nuva®, Pekoflam®, Sanitized®, Appretan® and Hydroperm® are trademarks registered by Archroma in many countries.

About Archroma
Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company committed to innovation, world-class quality standards, high service levels, cost-efficiency and sustainability. Archroma is headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland, and operates with approximately 3000 employees over 35 countries. Through its three businesses: Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products, Archroma delivers specialized performance and color solutions to meet customer needs in their local markets.

Archroma helps people fulfill their desire for products that appeal to their emotions and senses for a greater life experience, by developing beauty- and performance-improving technologies applied to everyday products. Products enhanced, colors enhanced, performance enhanced – “Life enhanced”.