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Americhem expands Antimicrobial offerings for synthetic fiber industry
Mar '09
Americhem Inc, a global provider of custom color and additive solutions for synthetic fibers and polymer-based products, recently introduced a full line of antimicrobial masterbatches for synthetic fiber applications. This will allow customers to achieve increased efficiencies and produce superior end products.

"Americhem continually works to raise the bar in the fibers industry," said Vaman G. Kulkarni, Ph.D., technical marketing director for Fibers, Packaging and Films at Americhem. "Americhem has been active in antimicrobial masterbatches since 2003. One of the challenges with melt-spun antimicrobial additives has been achieving dispersion quality suitable for fine denier applications and lower abrasion."

These challenges are resolved with the new line of antimicrobial masterbatches. They boast significant improvements in dispersion, lower abrasion and higher efficacy. These products are intended for use in fine denier polyester, nylon and polypropylene fibers.

"The dispersion quality and pack life of the new antimicrobial masterbatches are among the best in the industry," added Roger Threadgill, technology manager at Americhem. "The high concentration of silver in antimicrobial masterbatches provides cost-effective inhibitory activity against a wide-range of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, among others."

Americhem's new antimicrobials offer improved performance to a wide-array of markets and end-product applications including:
• Sports and Performance Apparel
• Health and Homecare Textiles (bedding and mattresses, upholstery, respiratory masks and uniforms)
• Carpets and Flooring
• Shoes
• Filters
• Artificial turf

"Particularly in today's business climate, delivering the highest efficiencies, while still allowing our customers to produce a superior end-product, is extremely important to us," Kulkarni commented. "In addition to our new antimicrobial range, we are also launching new flame retardants, UV stabilizers and dye-enhancing products. At Americhem, it's all about going beyond standard performance."

Americhem Inc

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