Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Americhem's Unique Dispersion Technology Fuels Cocona's New 'Smart Fabric'

Abstract:
Americhem Inc., a global supplier of custom color and additive solutions for synthetic fibers and
polymer products, has partnered with Cocona, Inc. to create a unique masterbatch of activated carbon. Fabrics made with nylon and polyester fibers containing this additive offer excellent moisture management and are cool and comfortable for athletes and active professionals.

Americhem's Unique Dispersion Technology Fuels Cocona's New 'Smart Fabric'

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH | Posted on July 16th, 2008

By using an innovative and proprietary dispersion and formulation
procedure, Americhem was able to develop a masterbatch suitable for fine
denier spinning. All this was accomplished without affecting the properties
of the activated carbon, despite encapsulation in the host polymer,
explains Dr. Vaman Kulkarni, Technical Marketing Director for Americhem.

"No other company was able to create a dispersion that would work in
this particular application," says Jonathan Erb, Chief Marketing Officer
for Cocona, Inc. "This natural technology(TM) is unique to Cocona(R)
fabrics and provides an exceptional competitive advantage to our brand
partners in their product categories."

Cocona, Inc. specifies the material, which is a by-product of recycled
coconut shells from food industry waste. Americhem uses its decades of
fibers pigment dispersion expertise to create a dispersion based on the
coconut shells, which might otherwise go into a landfill. Encapsulated into
a masterbatch, the product disperses evenly throughout the thin polyester
fibers as they are spun, ensuring an even distribution throughout the
knitted fabric.

Apparel made from the fiber helps spread and evaporate surface moisture
rapidly, making it perfect for sportswear, undergarments, golf apparel and
other active applications. Over 50 brands are utilizing Cocona(R) fibers in
sports and activewear including Eddie Bauer, Cutter & Buck, Izod, New
Balance, Marmot, GoLite, Oakley, Patagonia and Cannondale.

Cocona fibers are used in garments ranging from shirts, pants, shorts,
outerwear, underwear, footwear, travel wear and tank tops. Cocona recently
began featuring full-page advertisements in Sports Illustrated and Golf
magazines, highlighting the brands that utilize its technology for golf
apparel. Additional ads supporting Cocona brand partners are being run in
Men's Health, Backpacker and Outside magazines.

"Essentially, what we are doing is applying principles learned from our
nano-technology research. In order to have the activated carbon present in
a fine enough form, we use a multiple-step process to reduce the size of
the carbon particles. We then encapsulate the particles in a carrier resin
that will promote dispersion into the very fine denier filaments used in
high-performance apparel. It was not an easy result to achieve," says Roger
Threadgill, Americhem's Technology Manager for its Fibers and Engineering
Resins divisions.

Another unique feature is the fact that smart fiber "recharges" itself
after a washing and drying cycle. This enables the fabric and its unique
properties to never wear out and never wash away. In fact, the performance
of the fabric could even improve over time, according to Dr. Greg
Haggquist, the inventor of Cocona(R) technology.

####

About Americhem Inc.
Americhem is a global organization that delivers custom color and
additive solutions for clients seeking superior performance and
batch-to-batch consistency for their polymer and synthetic fibers products.
The company specializes in color and additive masterbatches all backed by
complete technical support that ensures quality, reliability and value.
Americhem operates seven manufacturing plants and also maintains
representative sales offices in Shanghai, Mexico City and Luxembourg.
Corporate research & development facilities and headquarters are located in
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For more information visit Americhem.com or call
800.228.3476.

About Cocona, Inc.

Cocona, Inc. is a privately held Colorado company focused on developing
and marketing innovative technologies from natural sources. Cocona(R)
fabrics and yarns use natural technology(TM) that is contained inside the
yarn. Made from the activated carbon of recycled coconut shells, Cocona(R)
natural technology(TM) will not wash off or wear out, and it isn't harmful
to your body or the environment. Cocona(R) fabrics are certified to dry
faster and provide more UV protection and odor management than any one
brand of performance fabric. For information, visit Coconafabrics.com.

For more information, please click here

Copyright © Americhem Inc.

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Collaboration yields discovery of 12-sided silica cages June 20th, 2018

JPK talks with Dr Frank Lafont, Director of the BioImaging Center Lille (BICeL) about the use of the NanoWizard® AFM together with fluorescence microscopy in the study of living cells June 19th, 2018

Powering the 21st Century with Integrated Photonics: UCSB-Led Team Selected for Demonstration of a Novel Waveguide Platform Which is Transparent Throughout the MWIR and LWIR Spectral Bands June 19th, 2018

Executives Explore Key Megatrends and Innovations in MEMS, Sensors, Imaging Tech at SEMI-MSIG European Summits: Speakers to share developments in smart automotive, smart cities, smart industrial, biomedical, consumer and IoT, September 19-21, 2018 in Grenoble, France June 19th, 2018

Announcements

Collaboration yields discovery of 12-sided silica cages June 20th, 2018

JPK talks with Dr Frank Lafont, Director of the BioImaging Center Lille (BICeL) about the use of the NanoWizard® AFM together with fluorescence microscopy in the study of living cells June 19th, 2018

Powering the 21st Century with Integrated Photonics: UCSB-Led Team Selected for Demonstration of a Novel Waveguide Platform Which is Transparent Throughout the MWIR and LWIR Spectral Bands June 19th, 2018

Executives Explore Key Megatrends and Innovations in MEMS, Sensors, Imaging Tech at SEMI-MSIG European Summits: Speakers to share developments in smart automotive, smart cities, smart industrial, biomedical, consumer and IoT, September 19-21, 2018 in Grenoble, France June 19th, 2018

Sports

Graphene-based desiccant offers super dry solution to moisture control June 1st, 2018

Synthetic “Melanin” Could Act as a Natural Sunscreen: The pigmentlike nanoparticles could protect cells from the sun’s damaging rays July 1st, 2017

Bosch announces high-performance MEMS acceleration sensors for wearables June 27th, 2017

Applied Graphene Materials plc - Significant commercial progress in AGM’s three core sectors March 3rd, 2017

Textiles/Clothing

Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones August 17th, 2017

Carbodeon demonstrates NanoDiamond nickel coatings with enhanced tribological properties June 7th, 2017

New ultrafast flexible and transparent memory devices could herald new era of electronics April 1st, 2017

'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing November 15th, 2016

Alliances/Trade associations/Partnerships/Distributorships

Powering the 21st Century with Integrated Photonics: UCSB-Led Team Selected for Demonstration of a Novel Waveguide Platform Which is Transparent Throughout the MWIR and LWIR Spectral Bands June 19th, 2018

Leti and Cellmic Join Forces to Speed Market Adoption of Lens-Free Imaging and Sensing Techniques May 3rd, 2018

Nanobiotix and Weill Cornell Medicine Partner on Pre-Clinical Research Inbox x May 3rd, 2018

New era in high field superconducting magnets – opening new frontiers in science, nanotechnology and materials discovery January 9th, 2018

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project