PROGRAM MANAGER: Jos Cenens, Ph.D.
licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement
Phase 1 – Proof of concept (3-6 months) Phase 2 – Scale up towards commercial use (12 months)
All financials are to be negotiated
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing PVH Corp. and MAS Holdings, invites proposals for a water-free cotton dyeing technology. The goal of the request is to implement or develop a technology that can eliminate the use of water when coloring cotton-based textiles & garments while providing satisfactory technical properties to the textile like color fastness.
Currently cotton fabrics are predominantly colored with reactive dyes where the colorants react with the hydroxyl groups in the cotton fibers at elevated temperatures. The coloring process and the rinsing consumes large amounts of water and results in large waste water streams. The waste water contributes to high environmental compliance costs thereby diminishing the competitiveness of the industry.
In recent years supercritical CO2 dyeing technology has come to the market. This is however not a suitable technique for dyeing cotton (or other natural fibers like wool and silk) because supercritical CO2 cannot break the hydrogen bonds in the cotton fiber, and the reactive and acid dyes are not soluble in supercritical CO2.
NineSigma’s client has not yet identified a water-free dyeing technology for their cotton based products. They are very interested to find ecologically friendly technologies to eliminate water usage with the ultimate goal of a zero-discharge production process.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Scale up towards commercial use
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
To respond, please make sure you are registered in NineSights, as it will prompt you to log in. Then, use the Response options at the top or bottom of the page. You may submit supplemental files in addition to your completed response form.
Appropriate responses will use the response form and address the following:
Non-confidential description of proposed technology covering where possible:
Technical maturity of the approach (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
Intellectual property overview
Team description and related experience
Other Request information includes:
APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company that has demonstrated a proof of concept of a water-free dyeing technology that is suitable for natural fibers
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration of an innovative dyeing process
You are a researcher that has insight on a new approach that could deliver a water-free dyeing process