Technology and sustainability drive Luenthai’s future in the garment industryPart of Luenthai’s commitment to create a better world includes...Technology and sustainability drive Luenthai’s future in the garment industry
Part of Luenthai’s commitment to create a better world includes employing eco-friendly technology that reduces the use of water considerably
Raymond Tan, CEO of Luen Thai Holdings. Photo: Handout
Textiles and their related production streams are among the most water-dependent industries today. From dyeing to finishing, water is a key element that brings apparel to life. Leading apparel and accessories manufacturer Luen Thai Holdings (Luenthai) understands the industry’s global impact, and has tailored its strategy to align with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, particularly in ensuring sustainable production practices.
As part of its commitment to create a better world, Luenthai incorporated into its production lines the waterless fabric colouring and printing technology of world-leading textile innovation and solutions company NTX.
The eco-friendly NTX Cooltrans coloration technology precisely and accurately colours nearly any fabric material without heat, reducing water use by 90 per cent. Through a joint venture with NTX, Cooltrans was installed in Luenthai’s Cambodia fabric mill, with the Vietnam mill slated to follow suit next month.
Luenthai has also introduced its exclusive on-demand printing technology HeatTranX, a fully automated and digital, non-toxic printing solution that replaces traditional screen printing. While traditional screen printing uses volatile organic compounds (VOC) that are very harmful to the environment, HeatTranX uses zero VOC.
“We invest significantly in sustainability because we also consider the sustainability goals of our clients,” said CEO Raymond Tan. “We go beyond standard initiatives such as using solar energy, saving water, saving power and other things. We looked at the core of what we do and saw how our industry contributes to pollution. We wanted to change it and set the industry standard by using waterless technology.”
Once a family-run enterprise that turned public in 2004, Luenthai boasts an extensive portfolio comprising fashion and sleepwear, activewear, outerwear, casual knits and woven wear, accessories, and more.