Textile chemistry



Today’s textile customers demand high-quality, bright-toned, and cost-appealing home textiles. Those demands put pressure on manufacturers to speed up time to market on one hand, and to innovate prints and finishes on the other. That makes the choice of thickener a key decision in the valve jet printing process.

The ideal thickener produces a beautiful result and is a flexible but reliable component throughout the manufacturing process. It has to yield high colour, frosting free prints, wash out effectively, store long and go further than ever to meet today’s manufacturer needs. TANATEX experts combined all of these requirements in TANAPRINT® MAXX: the ideal thickener that combines easy handling properties with print quality.

Quality textiles, efficient production processesw

Thinking of innovative solutions to meet manufacturer needs is just the kind of puzzle experts of TANATEX Chemicals enjoy working on. As their starting point, they took an existing, well-performing product, TANAPRINT® MAX, and considered how they could improve it. And they did.

The new thickener, TANAPRINT® MAXX, is an advancement in both quality and efficiency. It is highly concentrated with a low viscosity , which means good pumpability, allowing containers to be emptied completely for easier handling and less waste. It swells quickly and is more resistant to bacteria and fungi. Both of these properties result in shorter, more flexible paste preparation and production processes. Production is further supported by the fact that it washes-out clean from both fabrics and machines. But most of all, this thickener gives brilliant, high performance printing results on a variety of fibres including polyamide, wool and polyester.

The flexibility to combine dyes for a competitive advantage

To stand out, manufacturers need an additional advantage. They need the flexibility to mix products that create innovative prints and finishes. But, as you can imagine, not all dyes and auxiliaries are compatible. To overcome this obstacle in the production process, the TANATEX team focused on the compatibility of TANAPRINT® MAXX with critical dyes. They did that by improving firmness. Better firmness makes print pastes more stable resulting in less nozzle clocking and in turn decreasing production stops.

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