In manufacturing textiles, finishing is the major process, which refers to the conversion of woven into a usable material. It can also be defined as process performed to improve the performance and look of the finished textile. Some techniques used for finishing include dyeing and bleaching that are applied before the knitted cloth whereas; the others are applied on grey cloth after it is knitted. The fabric has to undergo certain chemical and physical treatments to impart required functional properties. For instance, the wash and wear of cotton fabric is essential to make the fabric wrinkle free or anti-crease. This process is termed as resin finishing. Several finishing methods have been developed to improve the feel, drape, antisoiling, anti-crease, anti-shrinking, water repellent and anti-static properties of the fabric.
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The main objective of resin finishing is to improve wet and dry crease recovery and sharp crease retention of the fabric. The major three types of resin finishing treatments applied to the fabric include: wash and wear finishing, anti-crease finishing and durable press treatment. The anti-crease finish and wash & wear finish methods are the same, but the only difference lies is in level and type of crease recovery. Resin finishing is carried out in two processes mainly pad dry cure and wet cross linking. The various agents used for these processes include soap, soda ash, cellulose, solution containing thermosetting resin, acidic or alkaline catalyst, thermoplastic resin and softner. In the case of pad dry cure method, the fabric is padded with resin, dried on stenter that is further cured in polymeriser. After curing, the fabric is washed with soap and soda ash for the removal of decomposed products from the cured fabric. On the other hand, in the wet cross linking process, the chemical reaction takes place between the cellulose and cross linking agent in acidic wet conditions. Further, the fabric is padded with a solution containing thermosetting resin with a highly alkaline or acidic thermoplastic resin. Once the padding process is complete, the fabric is batched in wet conditions and allowed to react for 16 hours under rotation, depending on the amount of catalyst used. This process is further followed by durable press treatment giving high wrinkle recovery.
Growing urbanization is leading to modernization in the textile industry. The growing fashion trends in the textile industry are the major factor driving the anti-crease agents market. With advancements in the fabric and demand for wrinkle free fabric expected to boost demand for anti-crease agents. With emerging technologies and advanced machines, huge attention is given to develop the anti-crease agents, thereby leading to the growth of anti-crease agents market.
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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW) are the major segments of global anti-crease agents market. Asia Pacific is expected to boost major demand for anti-crease agents owing to large consumption of cotton fabrics and the changing trends in fashion industry. North America and Europe are also expected to boost demand in the near future, owing to the growing fashion industry in the regions.
Some of the key players profiled for global anti-crease agents market include: Finotex, Kompass, Kunal organics Pvt Ltd, Rung International, Star Orechem International Pvt Ltd, Kolorjet Chemicals Pvt Ltd, Setas Color Centre, SIAM Pro Dyechem Group, Neochem Technologies, Alam Chemicals, Sarex Chemicals, Zhuhai Lingxiang Chemical Co., Ltd, Prochem, and Golden Technologia among others.
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