Alchemie Technology Unveils Digital Textile Dyeing Production and Demonstration Hub in Taiwan

Alchemie Technology, a Cambridge-based clean digital textile dyeing technology pioneer, has announced the opening of its first in-market production and demonstration facility in Nantou, Taiwan, dedicated to woven polyester.

With the introduction of Alchemie’s Endeavour low carbon digital textile dyeing production in Nantou, Alchemie said it sets a new standard for textile dyeing, challenging conventional practices.

Alchemie’s low carbon Endeavour dyeing process delivers significant sustainability benefits when compared with traditional dyeing processes. It facilitates the transition from wet dyeing to dry processing, resulting in a substantial reduction of up to 85% in carbon emissions and a decrease in waste water of up to 95%.

The unveiling of the demonstration and production hub in Taiwan comes after a decade of technology development and is a major step forward in Alchemie’s mission to eradicate pollution from textile dyeing and finishing processes.

The textile industry carries a considerable environmental burden: without intervention, projections indicate that emissions could soar to 2.5 gigatons by 2050 under current practices, posing a grave threat to climate stability. To mitigate this risk and keep global warming below the critical threshold of 1.5°C, achieving net-zero emissions around 2050 is imperative.

Additionally, as the world’s second-largest producer of industrial waste water discharge, the textile sector directly impacts millions of individuals worldwide. This underscores the urgent need for sustainable practices and regulatory measures within the industry.

Alchemie’s brand-new Taiwan facility focuses on polyester woven fabrics and serves as a pivotal step in Alchemie’s ambitious 2024 roadmap, which includes the development of in-market production solutions for cotton woven and knits, as well as polyester with elastane.

Alchemie’s Endeavour low carbon digital dyeing production is a true end-to-end process solution: from virgin fabric intake to fully fixed and softened fabric colouration output, the Endeavour process ensures seamless digital dyeing, delivering high-quality results at every stage of production.

A traditional jet exhaust dyeing process uses large volumes of hot water, at temperatures of up to 135 degrees, for both dyeing and washing, requiring large amounts of energy generated by burning fossil fuels to create steam. At the core of Alchemie’s dry dyeing technology lies its patented digitally controlled piezoelectric nozzle, providing unparalleled precision: it achieves 100-micro registration of 1.2 billion drops per linear meter of dyed fabric, ensuring the highest level of accuracy.

Dr Alan Hudd, Founder and CEO of Alchemie Technology said: “In light of the global fashion industry’s staggering contribution of 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon emissions, equating to over 3% of global emissions, there is an urgent need for action. As the world increasingly prioritises environmental conservation, energy efficiency and carbon reduction, there’s a growing demand for low carbon dyeing technology.”

“With the opening of our new production and demonstration hub in Taiwan, we are poised to forge partnerships with leading brands and textile players to unlock greater business opportunities and sustainability. These partnerships are not only about enhancing return on investment but also about driving tangible environmental benefits.”