Singapore – July 8, 2013 – BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, has adopted the stringent requirements of the bluesign® system for improved environmental protection and consumer safety in the textile value chain. The bluesign® system, developed by bluesign technologies ag, is an independent stringent standard applied in five key areas of textile processing: resource productivity, air emission, occupational health and safety, water emission and consumer safety.
“This cooperation with bluesign technologies is aligned with our commitment to ‘Putting FUTURE into Textiles’, through high standards in environment and safety,” said Lütfü Okman, Vice President of Global Business Management,Textile Chemicals, BASF South East Asia.
“BASF has been a pioneer and role model for many years for the entire textile industry with the consequent elimination of critical substances from its extensive range of textile chemicals. This policy is perfectly in line with the approach of the bluesign® system and bluesign technologies ag is looking forward to an inspiring cooperation to further strengthen a responsibly acting textile industry,” says Peter Waeber, CEO, bluesign technologies ag.
The textile chemicals product portfolio of BASF is fully compliant with strict consumer safety requirements, for example, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and the Restricted Substances List of major retail brands, which are based on stringent global regulations. In addition, BASF takes this one step further by incorporating several voluntary restrictions on substances. With the adoption of the bluesign® system, BASF provides additional assurance to textile mills, brand owners, and other members of the textile value chain.
At the third bluesign® conference in St. Gallen, Switzerland, July 9-10, 2013,Dr. Juergen Reichert, Head of Application Laboratories, EMEA, TextileChemicals, BASF SE, will share insights from BASF’s extensive experience in the textile industry and present a paper on “The new (expected) changes in the classification of formaldehyde and the impact on the textile industry”.
BASF Textile Chemicals offers solutions for the entire textile value chain,which includes pre-treatment, dyeing, printing, finishing and coating, providing customers with competitive advantages derived from significantly lower water consumption, shorter processing time, reductions in emissions and cost savings while maintaining strict self-imposed ecological and consumer safety standards.
Production processes that are designed around maximum resource productivity with a view to environmental protection, health and safety, represent an assurance for manufacturers and retailers that today’s quality criteria are fulfilled and that applicable regulations and limits are complied with. This independent bluesign® system can be applied to the entire production chain and delivers certainty at all levels, from raw materials to final product, from chemical supplier to consumer. This in turn means measurable economic success for industry and trade while at the same time offering maximum consumer and environmental protection. bluesign® system partners, consisting of brands, textile mills and textile chemicals suppliers, share this common objective.
For more information on textile chemical solutions offered by BASF, please visit: www.basf.com/textile
About bluesign technologies ag
Swiss-based bluesign technologies ag was founded in 2000. Since then, the bluesign® system has been adopted by worldwide leading textile manufacturers. Various significant key players of the chemical and machine industry apply the bluesign® system. Well-known brands of the sportswear and industry rely on the extensive knowledge of bluesign technologies. SGS holds a stake of 80% in bluesign technologies ag. For more information, visit www.bluesign.com.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF sharesare traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) andZurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
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