Taiwan’s Far Eastern New Century Corp. will purchase two more waterless dyeing machines from Netherlands-based DyeCoo Textil Systems BV by the end of 2014 to double waterless dyeing capacity to 120 tons a month, according to a report by Taipei Times.
FENC used the machines to supply Nike with ColorDry fabric its used to make kits for 10 teams that participated in the 2014 World Cup. FENC is exploring selling such fabrics to other apparel brands, including Japan’s Fast Retailing Co., which operates the Uniqlo retail chains and Adidas, FENC Vice President He Kun-lin told Taipei Times in an interview during the Taipei Innovative Textile Applications Show in mid-October.
Adidas announced in July that it was expanding its DryDye apparel collection, which is also made with fabrics dyed using a waterless C02 technology, in Spring 2015.
DyeCoo machines currently only work to dye polyester, but FENC is working to apply the technology to nylon and cotton, He said.
DyeCoo was founded in 2008 to commercial a new textile dyeing technology that uses carbon dioxide rather than water to saturate fabrics with color. Nike made a strategic investment in the company in February 2012.