The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corp. has entered into an agreement with Jihua Group granting a sole license to Jihua to manufacture, sell and market Huntsman’s patented reactive Super Black dyes in China.

Huntsman and Jihua will be selling the Super Black products under their respective trade names. As part of the agreement, Huntsman has also awarded Jihua Group the right to sublicense its patented Super Black dyes in China.

Rohit Aggarwal, president of Huntsman Textile Effects, said: “The partnership with Jihua Group will significantly enhance our competitiveness in China, which is a very important market for Huntsman. Jihua Group is a market leader in China for the manufacture of dyes and intermediates with state-of-the-art facilities. With the increasing regulatory focus on environmental compliance, Jihua Group is a trusted partner that shares our belief in sound environmental and ethical practices.”

Shao Bojin, chairman of Jihua Group, said, “This partnership will allow Jihua to complement our strengths in manufacturing and backward integration with Huntsman’s extensive global reach and technological innovation.”

The companies said the agreement will set the foundation for them to enter into further talks for a more extensive and broader strategic cooperation.

Black dyes have long been more difficult to use in yarn and piece dyeing because the color requires more absorption and submersion or materials get a discoloration effect.

In June, Huntsman Textile Effects introduced Lanasol Black NSC dye, an advanced black dye for wool. Huntsman said Loanasol Black NSC dye is a deep greenish black that delivers enhanced reproducibility, easy application and low shade change in finishing. This new dye is formulated as a fine granule with low dusting, allowing for easy handling, exact weighing and ideal for automated dosing systems.

“Lanasol Black NSC dye is the natural replacement for chrome dyes, as it allows for easy and trouble-free rematching of old chrome recipes,” said Franz Gruener, global marketing manager at Huntsman Textile Effects.

Huntsman Textile Effects, based in Singapore, is one of the largest suppliers of high-quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries. It has operations in more than 90 countries and six primary manufacturing facilities in China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.

Parent-company Huntsman Corp., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2015 revenues of more than $10 billion.