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SmartSilver™ Antimicrobial Protection Now Available For Technical Fibers

State College, Pa.-based NanoHorizons Inc. - developer of SmartSilver™ nanoscale antimicrobial additive for textile, healthcare, coatings and plastics applications - and Philadelphia-based commission specialty dyer G.J. Littlewood & Son Inc. have developed a process to incorporate SmartSilver into high-performance technical fibers such as Basofil®, Kevlar®, Nomex® and Twaron®.

NanoSilver - which is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency and has received Oeko-Tex approval as a safe, cost-effective, permanent antimicrobial, anti-odor treatment - is applied to the fibers during the dyeing process. Less of the nanoscale additive is required to provide the benefit comparable to that provided by traditional silver-based treatments. In addition, other performance additives, such as for moisture management and flame retardancy, retain their full function in NanoSilver-treated fabrics, according to NanoHorizons.

Littlewood also is investigating the integration of SmartSilver into fibers used in air filtration systems and for medical textiles such as minor post-surgical after-bandage applications.

December 2, 2008