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Huntsman Launches Phobotex Line of Protective Finishes

Range offers new stain-resistant and water-repellent properties.

Huntsman Textile Effects, the Singapore-based division of Huntsman Corp., a global provider of high-quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, headquartered in The Woodlands, Tex., has launched the Phobotex range of fluorine-free rain protection and stain management products.

The Phobotex line is complementary to the existing range of Phobol CP short-chain C6 fluorocarbons sold under the Teflon trademark. The new product line extends Huntsman’s comprehensive range of stain management and durable water-repellent products that are aligned with many industry benchmarks, including OEKO-Tex, Bluesign, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals joint road map and the Restricted Substances Lists.

Phobotex is an advanced and comprehensive group of fluorine-free hydro polymers, developed to protect a wide range of textile end-uses against rain and everyday stains, from ketchup and red wine to mud and grass. It includes technologies that impart a water-based repellency and stain management effects to textiles for up to 30 washes at 40 degrees centigrade, the company said. With a softer finish compared to other conventional technologies available, Phobotex is suitable for many different products, including woven top weights and outdoor sports apparel. Other products in the new range also impart a clever stain-release effect after washing, together with quick-drying properties to textiles, wicking away perspiration and enhancing the comfort level for the wearer.

Fabrics treated with Phobotex can also provide rain and stain protection to products such as rainwear and activewear, as well as pants and career wear, in addition to technical fabrics used in awnings, tarpaulins, boat covers, outdoor furnishings and shower curtains.