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RadiciGroup to provide Starlight feel to Amicrotex
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Nov '11
AMICROTEX, a project financed through POR FESR 2007-2013 (European funds for regional development), was initiated with the goal of developing an innovative range of anti-microbial textiles. These fabrics, which are designed to reduce bacterial contamination and nosocomial infections, will be certified through in vitro and clinical tests for use in the medical and surgical environment.

AMICROTEX is a partnership initiative involving operators in the textile chain: yarn manufacturers (RadiciGroup), weavers (Tiba Tricot Srl, Tessitura Lazzati SpA, Leucadia SpA), garment manufacturers (Alsco Italia Srl), laundries, consulting companies (Ecoconsult Srl), scientific institutions and hospital centres (Fondazione Centro San Raffaele, Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato Foundation), all of which are committed to making their contribution to the development and marketing of innovative anti-bacterial fabrics for use in the medical/health care field.

Antibacterial fabrics can potentially reduce the harmful effects of bacterial colonization and, therefore, can aid both the consumer (less risk of contamination and odour formation) and the fabric itself (less loss in strength and quality).

Despite the fact that antimicrobial functionality has already been proven effective in invitro studies, no study has yet been carried out to determine how effective antibacterial fabrics can be in preventing hospital fabric contamination and, consequently, the development and spread of nosocomial infections. The AMICROTEX project aims at responding to the need for hospital infection containment by making available anti-bacterial fabrics of proven efficacy at an affordable cost for the heath-care market.

These fabrics would be really innovative, given the fact that there are no products of a similar nature on the market as of today. AMICROTEX would thus open up a whole new, yet unexplored, market sector. Once the efficacy of these fabrics is proven, their use should become mandatory on the basis of simple medical and legal considerations.

RadiciGroup has decided to collaborate on the AMICROTEX project by supplying the yarn used to make the innovative anti-microbial fabrics. Two companies in the Group's Fibres Business Area, Noyfil SpA (Italy) and Noyfil SA (Switzerland), will be involved in the project. These leading European manufacturers of a wide range of polyester yarn will provide AMICROTEX with a very special product: Starlight feel.

Starlight feel is the new RadiciGroup brand name for the bacteriostatic yarn previously sold under the name Nanofeel.

This bacteriostatic yarn is manufactured using nanoparticle technology, whereby silver metal nanoparticles inside a silicon dioxide matrix are incorporated into the yarn during extrusion, and thus into the fabric when it is woven. Each silicon dioxide particle contains smaller silver metal nanoparticles located on the surface of the matrix and agglomerated in the entire silicon particle structure. The silver metal particles serve as a reservoir of silver ions (Ag+) that are the actual active agents against bacteria.

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