Located in Kunshan, China, the Innovation Center is a pilot factory for our solution dyed polyester Waterless Color System™. It is here that we have developed over 3,800 colors, and brought them to production samples.
Our Innovation Center is located 90 minutes from Shanghai, and is a 160,000 square foot three-story green manufacturing facility. The Innovation Center includes management offices, two test labs and a fully integrated pilot factory.
The e.dye®Waterless Color System™ uses a proven process known as solution dyeing. By adding the color before the polymers are extruded, the color is inside the yarn. Since the color is inside the yard, (in contrast to outside the yarn with traditional water-dye process) the color is permanent. The colors won’t fade or bleed on to adjacent colors.
The e.dye® Innovation Center has created detailed formulas for more than 3,800 vibrant colors. The masterbatch colors are mathematically derived pigment and dyestuff formulas. We can produce the exact color time after time – from color approvals, to prototypes, through salesman samples and from one bulk order to the next.
Using sophisticated mathematical formulas to define colors, e.dye® offers an unmatched ability to produce consistent dyed yarns season after season. If we want to match a color, we aren’t just comparing two colors and adjusting our recipe, we are using software to call up a specific colorant Master Batch, extruding the filaments, and making the yarn exactly the same, every time.
Working closely with brand managers and product designers at the Innovation Center, e.dye® can document the benefits of the Waterless Color System. Our Data color analysis can show a color developer or designer exactly how different denier and filaments, weaves and knits, reflect light. We provide physical samples for visual reference along with Data color digital analysis. Typically we provide a curve that is an acceptable color match within tolerance in the L*a*b* color space for hue and slightly different along the L* axis (light/dark). We call this Color Harmony™.
Our Innovation Center is the heart of e.dye®’s operation, and it is inside our headquarters that we can control every aspect of quality control, and most fully demonstrate the e.dye® process. Come visit us!