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Permanent, Effective and Safe Nanoscale Additives Include Nylon, Polyurethane, Polyester, Cotton

NanoHorizons™ Expands SmartSilver™ Anti-Odor/Antimicrobial Additives Line and Introduces Quality Assurance Program

State College, PA | Posted on January 18, 2006

NanoHorizons™, Inc. today announced new additives for urethane and nylon, adding new nanoscale materials to its existing SmartSilver™ line of permanent anti-odor/antimicrobial additives for polyester and 100% cotton. SmartSilver standards for effectiveness and a comprehensive Quality Assurance Program were also announced. NanoHorizons is the only manufacturer of antimicrobial additives to define standards of performance and mandatory ongoing manufacturer quality monitoring.

SmartSilver imparts new anti-odor/antimicrobial capabilities to target materials through enhancements that take place at the molecular level. SmartSilver material modifications are permanent, safe, exceptionally low-cost and fully compatible with existing manufacturing processes for fiber, fabric, and coated products. SmartSilver-modified fibers can be used to create odor-resistant shoe linings, T-shirts, socks, gloves, carpets and more. Urethane applications include rainwear, upholstery, paints, caulks and other coatings for which SmartSilver adds odor-resistance as well as resistance to mildew and mold growth.

NanoHorizons - SmartSilver Cotton Fiber
SmartSilver-enhanced cotton fiber magnified 2,650 times. Copyright © NanoHorizons

Click on the image to see it magnified another 26,000 times and view the SmartSilver within the fiber.

Coating and solids applications of SmartSilver are available directly from NanoHorizons. SmartSilver-enhanced fabrics and fibers are sold exclusively under the E47™ brand name and are only available through ARC Technologies. ARC’s E47 is available in a wide range of standard and custom fabrics, and is supported by a comprehensive branding, marketing, and licensing program. ARC will be exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (Booth 4107), January 28-31, in Salt Lake City.

SmartSilver Solves Real Market Challenges
Many non-permanent antimicrobial chemicals require special handling due to their toxicity. Providing a natural and far safer alternative, silver has been the ideal permanent antimicrobial since antiquity. Yet using silver has always posed challenges of cost, permanence and manufacturability. Silver-coated fibers are expensive, difficult to use, and shed silver flakes, reducing effectiveness and creating potential effluent problems. So-called “nano-silver” powders clog extruding spinnerets, do not bond to polymers or cotton, and generate airborne silver dust.

Engineered at the nanoscale to overcome these challenges, SmartSilver enables manufacturers to immediately and inexpensively add permanent anti-odor/antimicrobial properties to their products. SmartSilver permanently bonds to host materials, ensuring “like new” anti-odor performance for the life of the product.

Of utmost importance to fabric and apparel designers, SmartSilver does not alter stretch, wicking, hand, or dyeability of fibers and fabrics, enabling designers to add permanent and effective anti-odor properties to their favorite fabrics and fibers.

Existing manufacturing processes adapt easily and reliably to SmartSilver – and its fundamental design virtually eliminates the potential for manufacturing safety and effluent problems.

Three Strengths for a Wide Range of Applications
NanoHorizons provides manufacturers with specific formulas for achieving their desired level of anti-odor performance. SmartSilver 100 is designed to offer 100% of the performance of any comparable permanent silver-based solution. SmartSilver 200 is targeted at applications demanding far stronger anti-odor properties, such as sock-less running shoe liners, skates or ski-boot linings. In addition, NanoHorizons plans to deploy SmartSilver 500 formulas for medical-grade applications later this year.

SmartSilver Quality Assurance Program
NanoHorizons requires all manufacturers using SmartSilver to utilize authorized formulas that deliver assured levels of anti-odor effectiveness in the end product. NanoHorizons’ Quality Assurance Program requires submission of samples from every fiber and fabric batch – each batch is laboratory tested to ensure that it meets the required levels of performance.

“With SmartSilver, we now can offer permanent, integrated anti-odor properties for nearly any fabric,” said JT Griffin, President and CEO, ARC. “SmartSilver’s mandatory laboratory testing ensures consistent anti-odor performance. From the manufacturing perspective, SmartSilver requires no alteration to equipment or processes.”

“Our SmartSilver nanoscale-engineered antimicrobial additives enable a new generation of consumer and industrial products with permanent, effective anti-odor properties,” said Robert F. Burlinson, NanoHorizons’ President and CEO. “From sporting goods to carpets and upholstery, SmartSilver enables manufacturers to safely and easily incorporate permanent anti-odor/antimicrobial benefits at an exceptionally low cost.”

For Further Information
SmartSilver for fiber and fabric applications is sold exclusively through ARC, maker of E47 fibers and fabrics. Please call Bill Douglas, ARC, 877-974-4353,

For all other applications, call Dennis Schneider, NanoHorizons, 814-689-1578,


About NanoHorizons:
NanoHorizons, Inc. focuses on nanotechnology applications in the fiber and textile, healthcare and microelectronics industries. The company’s research and development team addresses real-world problems with applied nanoscale engineering.

NanoHorizons’ products and application introductions include: SmartSilver™ and other commercially available nanoparticle-based additives; E47™ antimicrobial fibers; QuickMass™, which addresses the need for more cost-effective pharmaceutical research and increased drug discovery capacity; the Postflex process for flexible displays, circuits and sensors on plastic; and, nano-materials for sensors for environmental control and medical applications and solar cell technology. To learn more about NanoHorizons, please visit . For inquiries related to E47™ antimicrobial fibers and fabrics based on nanoscale-engineered additives from NanoHorizons, please contact ARC Outdoors at 877-974-4353 or .

Media Contact:
Nicolas A. Boillot
Hart-Boillot, LLC

Dennis I. Schneider
NanoHorizons, Inc.

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