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SmartSilver antimicrobial integrated with technical fibers
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Nov '08
NanoHorizons Inc., a leader in the creation of nanoscale antimicrobial performance additives for the textile, health care, and coatings and plastics industries, and G. J. Littlewood & Son, Inc., a Philadelphia-based commission specialty dye house, announced today a breakthrough application process to integrate NanoHorizons' SmartSilver certified antimicrobial performance into technical fibers, including Nomex, Basofil, Kevlar, and Twaron.

These fibers are used primarily for protective clothing such as bullet-proof vests and fire suits. SmartSilver is an Oeko-Tex approved, EPA registered antimicrobial performance brand that provides permanent, safe, and cost effective protection against odor and material degradation caused by bacteria.

“NanoHorizons' expertise in applied nanotechnology has created unique and effective antimicrobial nanoscale silver additives that bind to any fiber type at the molecular level,” says Richard Littlewood, VP of G. J. Littlewood & Son, Inc. “After testing various antimicrobials, we can say without hesitation that for customers who want affordable, environmentally-sensitive, permanent antimicrobial protection, there is no better choice than SmartSilver.”

Through Littlewood's proprietary methods, SmartSilver's nanoscale silver additives are evenly and completely dispersed in the dye bath. Because the process is so efficient, less additive is required resulting in superior performance at a lower cost versus other antimicrobial options.

SmartSilver's nanotechnology also ensures that other performance additives, such as those for FR and wicking, are not compromised in any way so that finished textiles perform as specified. SmartSilver works as effectively for natural fibers as for synthetics.

“The combination of SmartSilver and Littlewood's dyeing and finishing expertise provides highly valued benefits for performance fabrics used in fire, military, and safety occupations,” says James Delattre, VP Global Marketing at NanoHorizons Inc.

“SmartSilver protects fabrics from odor build up and microbial damage and degradation. Fabrics made with SmartSilver enhanced fibers also require fewer washings which helps fabrics last longer and reduces the use of water and detergents. We look forward to working with Littlewood to introduce these remarkable fibers to the performance textile market.”

Littlewood is also conducting R&D trials to apply SmartSilver to fibers used in air filtration systems to improve air quality and for the health care market targeting after-bandage applications used in minor post-surgery outpatient recovery.

About NanoHorizons Inc.:
NanoHorizons Inc. (www.nanohorizons.com) is a leader in the emerging, cutting-edge field of practical nanotechnology for a broad range of consumer, commercial, and industrial applications. The company's nanoscale silver antimicrobial additives, marketed globally to customers in the apparel, health care, and coatings and plastics industries under the SmartSilver brand, uniquely offer permanent, cost-effective bacterial control in a variety of products, including natural and synthetic fibers and fabrics.

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