Sustainability Sustains Its Appeal

Chemical companies continue to foster a switch to green technology.

By Seán Ottewell, Editor at Large

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The company's after-soaping agent Cyclanon XC-W for dyeing pares processing time and water consumption compared to the conventional system. Its Color Fast Finish, an intelligent coloration system that combines dyeing, washing and finishing into one step, reduces processing time and CO2 emissions.

Safety Benefits
"Consumer safety along with environmental protection are our top priorities when coming to developing new products," states Janardhanan Ramanujalu, director and head of global business management textile chemicals.

"One outstanding example is BASF's formaldehyde-free textile processing system that ensures 'zero add-on' of formaldehyde during production. This is especially important for manufacturers of baby and children's wear, where controls for formaldehyde levels have become more stringent. Not only can customers meet today's standards, they can be rest assured also in the future," explains Ramanujalu.
Safety also is important to the sustainability efforts of Celanese Corp., Dallas, Texas. Reflecting that, its Boucherville, Quebec, plant has won a top innovation award from the Quebec Health and Safety Commission for a new automated cleaning system for a large emulsions reactor. The project took more than two years to complete and was designed to eliminate confined space entry, thus reducing the risk of potential injury from high-pressure water washing. The project also decreased the cleaning time of the reactor, thereby dramatically increasing reactor and workplace productivity.

"Safety is a cultural cornerstone and a core value of Celanese," said Jim Alder, senior vice president, operations & technical. "Our emphasis on safety is part of our commitment to society as a global chemical enterprise, as well as a means of sustainable development," he adds.


Seán Ottewell is Chemical Processing's Editor at Large. You can e-mail him at


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