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Industry News


Oeko-Texannounces new regulations for 2020


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t the start of the year, Oeko-Tex updated its existing guidelines as well as the valid test criteria and limit values for certifications and services – in line with consistent consumer protection and the sustainability of textiles.


Following a transition period, all new regulations will come into effect on April 1. An overview of the most important changes is given below. ● Made in Green by Oeko-Tex now includes leather products. Leather articles labelled with Made in Green have been tested for harmful substances in accordance with the Leather Standard and have been produced in environmentally friendly facilities in socially acceptable workplaces in accordance with STeP. This ensures that consumers can also track leather goods such as clothing, shoes or furniture using a unique product ID or the specific QR code on the label to learn which countries and production facilities the article was produced in. To monitor compliance of the required criteria on site in the production facilities, Oeko-Tex also conducts checks of production facilities with trained auditors. Made in Green has been classified by Greenpeace as one of the most stringent labels on the market. ● New additions to the limit value catalogues. After one year of observation, the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosables substances have been included in the Standard 100 and the Leather Standard. Following one year of observation, the herbicide glyphosate and its salts have also been included in


Graphics One introduces Go Fuze liquid


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o Fuze Dye-Sub to Cotton liquid solution is the latest addition to Graphics One’s range of dye sublimation products. The liquid solution can be used with virtually all brands of dye sub inks. It uses patent- pending polymer chemistry, which allows standard dye sub ink to fuse to cotton fabric. Any dye sub printer will be capable of imaging transfers for use with both polyester and cotton using the Go Fuze liquid. The liquid works through an easy pre-treat process using either a hand spray method or pre-treat machine. Once the garment or fabric is sprayed and dried, dye sub inks can then be transferred in a normal dye sub workflow utilising standard dye sub paper with a heat press. In addition to


the limit value catalogue for the Standard 100. Specific limit values for the total content of the toxic heavy metals arsenic and mercury have also been defined in the Standard 100 and Leather Standard. The stringent requirements for residues in textile materials will lead to an overall lower impact on the environment, workers and consumers. ● New substances under observation.


In 2020, Oeko-Tex will observe various new substances based on the latest scientific findings and conformity with precise specifications. This primarily concerns some substances newly classified as SVHC, which, according to the REACH regulation for the protection of human health and the environment, have been identified as having particularly hazardous characteristics, as well as substances from the group of arylamines. However, various dyes, pesticides and perfluorinated compounds will also be examined carefully in the future. ● Integration of Detox to Zero in STeP by Oeko-Tex. Safe handling of chemicals and wastewater testing in production facilities have long been important parts of STeP certification. To manage the increasingly complex demands in textile and leather production, Detox to Zero will be an obligatory element for STeP- certified facilities using large quantities of water and chemicals (wet plants). A positive aspect of the new regulation is the future conformity of STeP with the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL), the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) (Initiative and the criteria for the Greenpeace Detox campaign.


Geiger announces its first acquisition of 2020


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eigerBTC has announced that the Berkshire-based distributor, Lancewich, is joining Geiger as part of the distributor’s continued expansion strategy to support clients in the UK and across Europe. Lancewich, a highly respected name within the industry for more than 30 years, had been seeking an ongoing solution to providing its many significant multinational clients with a continued high level of service. Lancewich director, Nicholas Martin, said: “Finding the right company to continue giving our clients the same level of care locally, nationally and internationally was paramount. Geiger shares exactly the same business principles as Lancewich.”


Geiger president, Jo-an Lantz, added: “We are so proud that Lancewich chose to trust GeigerBTC. Nicholas and his team have wonderful customers and we’ll be sure to carry on with that priority service approach as part of GeigerBTC.”


Frank Murphy, managing director of GeigerBTC, concluded: “Lancewich is a long established and highly regarded name and I am delighted that Nicholas felt that we could continue to service his clients as well as he has done over many years. We will continue to seek similar exciting opportunities throughout 2020 and beyond.”


Fuze Solution from FabriMate


transfers, users can also print directly to the fabric. Of course, the ink must be cured by heat for the fabric to be usable.


Dan Barefoot, vice president, said: “Our Go Fuze solution was developed in conjunction with our FabriMate dye-sub-to- cotton solution. Our R&D team discovered that the Go Fuze liquid would work with virtually any dye sub ink brands, including our Go SubliMate and Go FabriMate ink families.” Go Fuze will available in the spring through the Graphics One distribution network.


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L-R: Nicholas Martin, Jessie Wong and Frank Murphy February 2020 |17 |


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