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Foss Manufacturing Develops FossFiber With AgION

Foss Manufacturing Co. Inc., Hampton, N.H., has introduced FossFiber® with AgION, a new fiber that protects against a broad spectrum of odor-causing and destructive bacteria, mold and mildew, using the proven antimicrobial properties of silver. Foss claims fabrics made from FossFiber maintain the efficacy of its antimicrobial protection for the longevity of the product, even withstanding multiple launderings.FossFiber with AgION uses a proprietary patented process developed by Foss for incorporating the AgION antimicrobial, a silver-based agent, into the bicomponent and binder fibers of fabrics. The design, combined with AgIONs patented delivery system allows for the continual slow release of silver.AgION is derived from an all-natural, silver-based inorganic compound. The inorganic structure of AgION provides long-term product protection by controlling the quantity of silver ions delivered to the surface of the fiber. Foss states that in the bicomponent fibers, the AgION ingredient is only on the sheath of the fiber, for greatest exposure to the bacteria, and is not wasted in the core of the fiber. FossFiber will be incorporated under the companys Fosshield Antimicrobial Technology suite of products. Currently, Foss and its partners are exploring the development of products with FossFiber for use across a number of industries including the retail, medical, automotive, technical and decorative fields.

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