The textile industry remains one of the largest industries in the world, and chemical outsourcing is becoming more popular within the industry. Textured fabrics still remain in high demand in both the US and the UK, and both countries strive to manufacture quality textiles while meeting the new stringent requirements of the industry. As with any industry, when a country hits a recession it impacts sales. And when there is a global economic crisis, industries all over the world strive to maintain low overhead costs without having to sacrifice quality of the product.
In industries such as chemicals and textiles, companies must also take into consideration the new environmental regulations that change the way they’re used to doing business. To save money and help meet environmental standards, many companies are looking to outsource their chemical needs to a large manufacturer.
One of the largest growing aspects of the textile industry is finishing chemicals. These are the chemicals that allow a fabric to maintain its softness, color, and texture after being washed numerous times. In order to remain competitive, textile companies must create products that allow consumers to invest once and have the item for a considerable amount of time. Consumers want products that don’t fade, won’t snag, remain soft, and don’t have a pulling of the fibers after washing. It’s the finishing chemicals applied to the fabric that helps determine how long a product will last through washings. Textile manufacturers are looking to outsource because large chemical manufacturers have the processing expertise to help create and process an above-standard finishing chemical.
Large manufacturers have the newest dying technology available on the market. Since many industries are looking to reduce their carbon footprint by practicing environmentally safe manufacturing processes, chemical manufacturers who can dye textiles in batches using computer technology are favoured by textile companies. Computer generated dyeing technology allows manufacturers to get the colors correct the first time and reduces the amount of pollutants released from having to dye batches repeatedly.
Batch dyeing reduces the amount of water used, which reduces the amount of energy and chemicals used in the process. This has great environmental impact, and is another reason textile manufacturers are looking to outsource. In advanced plants, there are even manufacturers who specialise in air dyeing, which eliminates the need for water and the extra energy required for water dyeing. Every year, chemical manufactures and the industries that work with them strive to increase productivity and reduce negative environmental impact.