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Home > Press > E47™ Launches New Anti-Odor/Antimicrobial Fabrics

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Anti-Odor Properties Permanently Embedded in Cotton and Polyester Fibers

E47™ Launches New Anti-Odor/Antimicrobial Fabrics at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Broken Arrow, OK | Posted on January 17, 2006

E47™ Technologies today announced the availability of new anti-odor/antimicrobial performance fabrics, to be exhibited at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, January 28-31, in Salt Lake City. E47 is the exclusive licensee of SmartSilver™ nanotechnology-enhanced anti-odor additives for fibers and fabrics from NanoHorizons™, Inc. The new E47 fabrics boast permanent anti-odor properties and are ideally suited for performance apparel, footwear, sporting goods and industrial products such as helmets, gloves, uniforms, upholstery and carpets.

New Fibers and Fabrics for Performance Apparel and Footwear
E47’s new anti-odor fabrics with SmartSilver nanotechnology are immediately available and will be exhibited at Outdoor Retailer, booth 4107. They are currently being produced by mills in North America and abroad, including North Carolina’s Carí Fabrics, LLC, Hardwick Knitted Fabrics of Massachusetts and Colotex Industrial Co. in Taiwan. The new anti-odor fabrics include:

  • single-ply polyester, at 4 to 5.5 oz per yard;
  • plaited or double-ply polyester, at 4 to 5.5 oz per yard;
  • fleece, in 100-gram, 200-gram, 300-gram, micro-denier and 4-way stretch;
  • and, athletic woven and twill, at 5 to 9 oz per yard.

Virtually any polyester or cotton fiber and fabric can be enhanced with permanent anti-odor properties using E47 SmartSilver. E47 fabric costs roughly 30% less per yard than the “silver” fiber fabrics that do not offer permanent anti-odor properties.

The Only Permanent and Cost-Effective Anti-Odor Solution
E47 offers the only high-performance, permanent anti-odor solution for designers seeking to work with a choice of fibers and fabrics, including polyester and cotton; nylon and polyurethane will also be available shortly. E47’s exceptional and versatile anti-odor performance is derived from SmartSilver™, a nanoscale-engineered additive that permanently bonds to fibers without altering their native characteristics. The result is a line of fabrics and fibers that offer permanent anti-odor properties at less than half the cost of other effective silver-based offerings.

“Anti-odor fabrics have previously been either too expensive or ineffective,” said JT Griffin, President and CEO, E47. “E47 was developed from the beginning to be permanent, versatile and cost-effective. E47’s permanent anti-odor properties set a new benchmark for products ranging from performance apparel, sports equipment and industrial fabrics such as carpets and upholstery.”

Anti-Odor Fabrics with No Bad Habits
While silver is a powerful natural antimicrobial, using it in fabrics has previously presented significant design challenges. Silver-coated fibers and so-called “nano” silver powders are difficult to work with and force fabric design compromises. E47 SmartSilver is the first anti-odor/antimicrobial solution that safely and permanently transforms virtually any compatible fabric into an anti-odor fabric with no impact on dyeability, hand, stretch, strength or other fabric properties.

Safe, Efficient and Easy to Manufacture
E47 is engineered at the nanoscale to ensure that fabrics are easy and safe to manufacture. E47 additives for fibers are fully compatible with high-speed extrusion equipment, their 19-nanometer particles can not clog spinnerets, and they allow all manufacturing processes to run at full speed. E47 SmartSilver is incorporated into polyester using the standard master-batch approach during extrusion, while cotton modification is accomplished through a customized application of standard pressure or atmospheric dyeing.

Nanotechnology Makes it Possible
E47 is the exclusive licensee of NanoHorizons™ SmartSilver additives for fibers and fabrics. SmartSilver is a nanoscale-engineered additive that permanently bonds to fibers, creating anti-odor/antimicrobial properties for the life of a wide range of end-products. SmartSilver was designed from the ground up to solve durability, manufacturability, safety and cost challenges for products that require anti-odor/antimicrobial properties. SmartSilver is scientifically tested for effectiveness, and all products manufactured using E47 are continually tested for anti-odor effectiveness.

Available Now Through Domestic and Asia Manufacturing
E47 currently has agreements with Domestic and Asian mills. Domestic production of E47 fibers and fabrics is Berry Amendment compliant.

Western Hemisphere:
Mill: Carí Fabrics
Contact: Jere Ayers or Joe Carritan
336-294-6622
www.carifabrics.com

Hardwick Knitted Fabrics
Contact: Phillip D’Agostino
603-893-0043
pdag@comcast.net

Eastern Hemisphere:
Mill: ColoTex Industrial Limited, located in Taiwan
Contact: Lisa Chen
866 2 87511838
cocolisa@saturn.seed.net.tw

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About E47 and ARC Outdoors Brands:
Founded in 1998, ARC Outdoors has been dedicated to the development of apparel technologies for the future, including the leadership brand E47. As a market-leading innovator, E47 provides its customers with next-generation technology designed to easily integrate into today’s real-world fiber and fabric products.

ARC Outdoors develops technologies for warmth, water proofing, wind proofing, odor control, moisture permeability and comfort. All ARC Outdoors technologies leverage multiple textile benefits to yield maximum comfort and performance.

For more information, please click here.

Sales Contacts (international and domestic):
Bob Parker
bparker@e47nano.com

Bill Douglas
918-258-8788
bdouglas@e47nano.com

Media Contact:
Nicolas A. Boillot
Hart-Boillot, LLC
781-893-0053
nboillot@hartboillot.com

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