Global Business Development (Senior Director) Microban
The challenge is making sure we recommend right antimicrobial solutions
Lisa Owen was recently appointed global business development (senior director) for the textiles sector at Microban, a global supplier of versatile antimicrobial additive solutions. Owen talks about the company's services for the textile industry, its strengths and challenges, the latest technological innovations taking place in the industry, among other things with Fibre2Fashion.
What share of your services is used by the textile industry?
Microban offers the broadest selection of antimicrobial solutions for a wide range of textile fabrics and processing methods. As a result, we have emerged as the global leader in textiles industry. Approximately, one-third of our business is in the textiles market.
Who are your major competitors?
The category is very competitive, with each company offering its own technology. The industry as a whole has seen great advancements, which in the end benefits the consumer. There are a number of single solution providers, but none that offer a comprehensive portfolio of antimicrobial technologies across a wide range of textile applications as Microban does.
What are the latest technological innovations in antimicrobial solutions used in the textiles industry?
Dual technology odour control and odour capture solutions for performance sports apparel are the latest technological innovations. Enhancing existing antimicrobial durability is very important for the textiles market. Washing clothes is very abrasive, which drives our focus on not only the efficacy of our technologies, but also on the ability of those technologies to withstand an increasingly longer product life requirement as desired by our customers. Innovation in healthcare applications address more stringent performances and regulatory requirements, such as technologies that work on a wider spectrum of bacteria and perform at a faster rate of action. We are focusing on products such as surgical masks, hospital curtains, and surgical and patient gowns, to name a few.
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