Finishing & Screen Printing
Premium textile finishing from LEONHARD KURZ receives OEKO-TEX certificate
Tuesday 05. October 2021 - LEONHARD KURZ sets new standards in textile finishing with its innovative premium products LUXORALUFIN TX-A and TX-A ST. The hot stamping decoration for clothing, accessories, shoes or home textiles is not only particularly durable and long-lasting, but also harmless to health.
This is now also confirmed by the STANDARD 100 certification from OEKO-TEX for product class 1 – the highest and strictest category, which also meets the particularly sensitive requirements for baby products.
“With our new development for the textile sector, we would like to take particular account of the sustainability concept and make our contribution to a longer product life cycle,” emphasises Nicola Bauer, International Product Manager Textiles at KURZ, who also recognises an increasing demand from manufacturers in this respect. “That’s why we have significantly improved the properties of our textile finishing in terms of resistance to abrasion as well as washing and dry cleaning.” In addition, KURZ wants to ensure even more transparency in the textile supply chain in the future and thus provide customers with security regarding the raw materials used, as Nicola Bauer further explains: “That is why we are now having all our colours successively certified by OEKO-TEX.”
Strict controls, worldwide responsibility
The checks required for this go into great detail: not only are the ingredients of each individual colour scrutinised, but also the operational situation at the production facility in Sulzbach-Rosenberg during regular audits and the annual recertification process. In addition, KURZ is responsible for ensuring that the requirements are implemented accordingly at all participating sites worldwide. “This openness is by no means a matter of course in the industry! It also means a special time and financial effort for us,” knows Product Manager Nicola Bauer. “But we are happy to accept this. After all, we at KURZ attach great importance to guaranteeing our customers a high level of safety through close-meshed controls.”
Striking designs through semi-transparent finishing innovation
With the premium TX-A series, KURZ currently has almost 70 different metallised colours for textile finishing in its portfolio. Very special effects and exciting design possibilities can be created with the seven semi-transparent colours that go by the name of LUXOR/ALUFIN TX-A ST. In contrast to the conventional TX-A products, these special colours are not opaque, which is why the designer has completely new design possibilities and can also play with the coloured background in the prints. “With this innovative option for the fashion market, we create versatile new looks and support designers in making their collection a ‘must-have'”, Nicola Bauer is certain. “Of course, product safety is also our top priority in this area: all colours in the TX-A ST series are already OEKO-TEX certified and thus demonstrably free of ingredients that are hazardous to health.”