Alexium Inc., Greer, S.C., and International Textile Group Inc. (ITG), Greensboro, N.C., have
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the companies will collaborate on several
product development initiatives, with ITG serving as Alexium’s preferred fabric supplier for
commercial and defense bids. The MoU is expected to speed up the textile market’s adoption of
Alexium’s Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) technology — a protective treatment that can be applied
to apparel and other textiles to provide waterproofing, oil repellency, flame retardation, chemical
and biological protection, and other functions.
Alexium is working with ITG’s Safety Components, Carlisle Finishing and Burlington Worldwide
business units on existing projects — mainly to treat military combat and battle dress uniforms
with a breathable, repellent finish — and plans to expand the applications on certain product lines
across several ITG divisions. The companies also recently partnered to supply outer-shell fabrics
for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Uniform Integrated Protection Ensemble comprising a
lightweight chemical/ biological protection suit.