Nike partners with Dutch firm on waterless fabric dyeing

Nike announced Tuesday it will partner with a Dutch company to promote a new technology to dye textiles without water.

Nike announced Tuesday it will partner with a Dutch company to promote a new technology to dye textiles without water.

Nike Inc. on Tuesday said it has formed a partnership with a Dutch company that has developed a way to dye textiles without using water.

Netherlands-based DyeCoo Textile Systems Inc. has developed what the Washington County sporting goods giant (NYSE: NKE) calls the world’s first commercially available waterless textile dyeing machines.

Traditional dyeing techniques can use around 40 gallons of water to dye just two pounds of textile materials, and as much as 39 million tons of polyester is projected to be dyed annually by 2015.

DyeCoo, though, employs a process that uses fluid carbon dioxide to dye fabric.

“There is no water consumption, a reduction in energy use, no auxiliary chemicals required, no need for drying, and the process is twice as fast,” DyeCoo CEO Reinier Mommall said in a news release. “The technology can also improve the quality of the dyed fabric, allows for greater control over the dyeing process, enables new dye capabilities and transforms fabric dyeing so that it can take place just about anywhere. We hope more industry leaders will join us in leveraging this innovative technology in the near future.”

And that’s Nike’s plan.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, and Nike declined to say whether it made a direct investment in DyeCoo.

The intent of the partnership is to use Nike as a global stage on which to show off the technology. Nike hopes to showcase textiles dyed using the DyeCoo technology at events later this year. Spokeswoman Mary Remuzzi said those events haven’t yet been determined, but the company hopes to have something that could be showcased during this summer’s Olympic games in London.

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