DyStar Group, a provider of colorants, auxiliaries and services for the textile industry, is setting up a new Global Innovation Center at the production site of DyStar Nanjing Colours Co.

The innovation center in Nanjing, China, will incorporate state-of-the-art laboratories for research and development, process technology development and upscale laboratories for synthesis and finishes of dyes and chemicals for its textile and industrial segments. A scale-up unit for small production will also be housed in the facility.

With a footprint of 3,000 square meters, or 9,843 square feet, the R&D center will focus on new molecules and chemicals development and is anticipated to be completed at the end of March.

With these activities, DyStar said it confirms its commitment to continuous innovation in products, services and manufacturing technologies in order to deliver environmental compatible products and minimize the impact on the environment of its operations. The plans for the facilities are inspired by and dedicated to all the requirements of sustainable architecture and construction.

One key innovation target for DyStar’s R&D is to help customers achieve milestones in product and process excellence with regard to shorter and more economical dyeing procedures, reduced water and energy consumption and lower waste water and polluting effects.

In connection with the company’s growth strategy, the activities of the innovation center will not only focus on the textile industry, but also look for new segments for its new products.

The DyStar Group has offices, competence centers, agencies and production plants in more than 50 countries. With a heritage of more than a century of product development and innovation for the textile and leather industry, DyStar has developed into new markets and serves the paper, plastic and many other specialty chemical industries.

The DyStar “econfidence” program provides assurance that recommended products comply with legal, voluntary and brand and retailer Restricted Substance List requirements. In May, a selection of DyStar apparel dyes for the fashion industry awarded a Gold Certificate in the Material Health category in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.