Expertise and Technology to Prevent Dye Transfer

Request Number N080709
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IncWell's partner seeks experts and/or technology to prevent the transfer of denim dye to leather seating fabric.



As drivers enter and exit a vehicle, there exists the potential for the transfer of denim dye from the driver's pant to the vinyl or leather seat beneath them. The staining is especially pronounced on lighter color seating fabrics. To combat this, seats are treated with a coating, however this coating is insufficient to prevent discoloration of the seat. Additionally, these coatings tend to lose effectiveness over time.



IncWell's partner seeks either a technology to improve the resistance of this dye transfer or expertise into the physical/chemical interations between the seating fabric and the denim. Ultimately, IncWell's partner desires to better understand the problem and, if possible, eliminate it. 


Key Success Criteria

Technology solution:

  • Must be water-based
    • solvent-based solution are not of interest
  • Must achieve a score of 8 - 10 on GMW3402, code M
  • Ideally cost less than $2 per square yard when applied to leather



  • In-depth knowledge of denim dye:
    • dye manufacturers, dye users
    • fabric or leather manufacturers
  • Experience conducting and evaluating GMW3402, code M
    • pre- and post-oven aging


Possible Approaches
  • Novel, water-based coatings


Approaches not of interest



Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Contract Analysis and Testing
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Consulting
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted
When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the technology or solution you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.
Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Paint & Coatings
  • Family & Consumer Products & Services
  • Apparel
  • Other
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Commercial Equipment & Components
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Process Control
  • Textiles & Non-Wovens
  • Materials Processing
  • Polymers
  • Other
  • Printing
Due Date
January 15, 2018
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