Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has launched Fadex ® AS New, a new “super UV protector” to make automotive and transportation textiles even more resistant to light.
During the long life span of cars and other transport vehicles, some of their components,
such as the polyester trims of doors and pillars, seat covers, carpet flooring or head lining,
are exposed to high levels of sunlight and UV rays. This intense light and heat often cause
fabric color to fade more quickly and polyester fiber to weaken, making the car interior look
older. The light fastness requirements specified by motor vehicle manufacturers are
therefore extremely high, and only carefully selected products can meet them.
Archroma developed Fadex® AS New to address this challenge, providing textile
manufacturers serving the automotive industry with a new, advanced light fastness
improver, especially when used in Archroma’s LIGHT FAST CAR system with its
Dorospers® A & K high-light-fast dyes.
The new “super UV protector” was presented at the recent Techtextil exhibition on 15 May
2019. Fadex® AS New was developed in compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The approach finds its origin in Archroma’s deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable. With the LIGHT FAST CAR system based on Fadex® AS New, Dorospers® A & K dyes and alkaline buffer Lyocol® ELD liq. New, manufacturers can achieve more “efficient” processing, including: a substantial reduction in water and energy consumption, reduced CO2 emissions, shorter process time, less rewinding and fiber breakage, and optimized and efficient process in all stages.
Taking light fastness to new heights, the unique combination of Fadex ® AS New and
Dorospers A & K dyes allows to meet the high light fastness requirements of automotive
car producers. Fadex® AS New also allows maintaining the tear strength of the polyester
Fadex® AS New displays low fogging. It is suitable for exhaust, continuous and printing
processes, and especially recommended for the Thermosol dyeing process of seat belt

Fadex® AS New and Dorospers A & K dyes can be used together with Archroma’s water
repellent, soil release, anti-microbial, flame retardant and high abrasion resistance
functional finishing solutions, offering a complete system package to help textile
manufacturers differentiate themselves in the highly competitive automotive market.
Fadex® AS New meets the requirement of the automotive industry VDA 278 test and is
registered under REACH.
“Fadex® AS New is the first innovation to be introduced by Archroma’s new Global
Competence Center for Automotive and Synthetic Dyeing which was inaugurated on 6 May
2019”, comments Mark Dohmen, Head of the Global Competence Center for Automotive
and Synthetic Dyeing, Archroma, “and the whole team there is proud to continue the long
Archroma history of bringing innovation to textile manufacturers and enhanced function
and aesthetics to end-users.”

Fadex® AS New has been developed in compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe,
efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. (Photo: Archroma)
Fadex®, Dorospers® and Lyocol® are trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries.

About Archroma
Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company headquartered in Reinach
near Basel, Switzerland. It operates with 3,000 employees over 35 countries and with 25
production sites. Its three businesses – Brand & Performance Textile Specialties,
Packaging & Paper Specialties, and Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants – deliver specialized
performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets, touching
and coloring people’s lives every day, everywhere.
Archroma is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing
people’s lives and respecting the planet. The company is committed to challenging the
status quo in the deep belief that it can make its industry sustainable; an approach reflected in its innovations, world-class quality standards, high service levels and cost-
efficiency. Products enhanced, colors enhanced, performance enhanced – “Life enhanced”.