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.

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

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About Archroma

Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland. It operates with 3,000 employees over 35 countries and with 24 production sites. Its three businesses – Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Packaging & Paper Specialties, and Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants – deliver specialized performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets, touching and coloring people’s lives every day, everywhere.

Archroma is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives and respecting the planet. The company is committed to challenging the status quo in the deep belief that it can make its industry sustainable; an approach reflected in its innovations, world-class quality standards, high service levels and cost-efficiency. Products enhanced, colors enhanced, performance enhanced – “Life enhanced”.

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