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Formosa Taffeta Co., Ltd. is the first Asian company to receive the bluesign® Award.
Companies who gear their production to the bluesign® Standard guarantee their direct customers and the consumer that, throughout the entire manufacturing chain, only those components and processes are used which are safe for humans and the environment. In 2001, FTC was the first company in Asia to anchor the bluesign® standard as its "production statute". And in March 2008, the Taiwanese textile Producer became the first company in Asia to receive the bluesign® Award for system partnership.
Formosa Taffeta Co., Ltd (FTC) is a globally integrated textile manufacturer located in Taiwan. FTC was established by a joint investment of Formosa Chemicals & Fiber Corporation (a subsidiary of the Formosa Plastic Group) and a select number of private investors in April 1973. With its business line in the middle stream industry such as weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing, FTC became a public listed company in 1985.
FTC has its head office and factory in Touliu City. FTC established Formosa Textile (Zhong Shan) Co.,Ltd. in China in December 1992 and Formosa Taffeta Vietnam Co.,Ltd. in Vietnam in June 1999.
FTC's production in Taiwan with about 3'500 employees is about 20 Mio yards per month. From its total production the majority of the products (about 60%) are dyed and finished, about 30% represent products which are coated or laminated and about 10% are printed fabrics. FTC is fully integrated and manufactures woven fabrics only. FTC¡¦s overseas factories are primarily producing regular filament woven fabrics. This reflects a shift at FTC¡¦s main factory in Touliu to high-value-added and high-functional fabrics.
FTC's product lines represent nearly the entire textile products for woven fabrics which include:
-fashion wear (ladies and men)
-sports wear (active and casual)
-outdoor fabrics for equipments such as tents, sleeping bag, hiking etc.
-barrier fabrics such as clean room, medical etc.
-high performance fabrics such as fire retardant, bullet proof etc.
-cotton, polyester cotton blends, braided goods
-EMI shielding fabrics (metallic yarns)
-technical fabrics such as tyre cords
bluesign technologies and FTC:
In the year 2001 FTC decided as the first textile producer in Asia to implement bluesign technologies in their production facilities.
The initial bluesign® screening in 2001 covered the following departments, the screening was depending on the production of PES fabrics.
In 2002 FTC decided to go ahead with bluesign technologies and the next production range, the Polyamide production was implemented with the bluesign system.As a result of the first screenings and bluesign® homologation of the components two product lines (polyester and polyamide) which are confirm with the bluesign® standard could be created.
At this point it should be mentioned, that FTC is one of the biggest integrated textile finishing company. Implementation of a highly sophisticated EHS-management as it is represented by the bluesign® system, is surely a long-term project regarding the complexity of the companies structure.
The bluesign® screening at hand evaluates all the components (textile raw materials, textile auxiliaries, dyestuffs and chemicals) against the background of the requirements given by the bluesign® standard.
The most important input/output streams which are of environmental relevancy are identified.
The following aspects are regarded:
- water pollution control,
- air emission control,
- occupational health,
- consumer safety,
- benchmarking of the resource consumption with the "Best Available Techniques" (BAT),
- resource productivity (calculation of the resource inflation factor (rif) and cost inflation factor (cif)).
The following list gives an overview on the most important toxicological and eco-toxicological properties of the substances which are registered in the homologation list:
- carcinogenic substances
- mutagenic substances
- teratogenic substances
- reproductive toxic substances
- neurotoxic substances
- endocrine disruptors
- sensitizing substances
- respiratory irritating substances
- smell intensive substances
- substances which are dangerous to the environment as substances which are not readily biodegradable or substances which are very toxic to aquatic organisms.
System partners of bluesign technologies ag (www.bluesign.com) hold the key to manufacturing sustainable and ethically responsible products which are both modern and uncompromising in design, function and comfort. Companies wishing to become system partners commit themselves to using bluesign® analysed and approved raw materials and processes for their "bluesign® products" and to submitting themselves to screening. This generally optimizes the entire production process, orients the company to the demands of the future and, in addition, leads to higher cost efficiency.
"This year we inaugurated the bluesign® Award in order to provide our system partners with a "visual sign of their future-oriented mindset", says Detlef Fischer, VP of bluesign technologies ag, at the presentation of the first Asian Award in Taipei. "It is clear that the first Asian Award had to go to FTC because of the forthinking in case of environment health and sustainability of the entire textile production at FTC
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