RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — September 8, 2022 — Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.) Inc. and PurThread Technologies Inc. have announced an expanded partnership to bring PurThread’s patented permanent antimicrobial yarns combined with recycled polymers to production and distribution of textiles and soft goods in Asia.
As the current global pandemic evolves to be more endemic, consumers and businesses alike seek forward-looking solutions to reduce exposure to pathogens that can cause odor and other problems, while simultaneously keeping sustainability at the forefront of their efforts. Developed with manufacturers and product designers in mind, PurThread’s innovative fibers and yarns embed a patented combination of natural silver and copper salts to enhance its partners’ products with unsurpassed antimicrobial capability, durability, and freshness without any special handling requirements. Adding this technology to a recycled polymer stream creates a unique combination that reflects Mitsui USA’s strong commitment to the development and market introduction of state-of-the- art technologies in functional textiles.
“We are thrilled to expand the offering of PurThread’s antimicrobial yarn by now making it in Asia with recycled polymers,” said Lisa T. Grimes, president and CEO of PurThread. “Customers have wanted not only the antimicrobial strength of PurThread but they also want sustainability, so we’re pleased to announce PurThread’s availability in recycled polymers. While PurThread has been, and continues to be, produced in the U.S., we want to meet our partners’ needs with sourcing available in Asia.”
Ikuya Hagiri, General Manager of Mitsui USA’s Fashion & Textile Department added: “We are extremely pleased to be expanding our collaboration of offering PurThread’s advanced antimicrobial technology in a recycled yarn alongside Mitsui’s extensive network in the functional textile industry. We believe that by meeting our customers’ needs for a permanent antimicrobial textile solution, combined with a well- known leader in technical yarn production, we will continue to meet the needs of our global customers.”
Posted: September 8, 2022
Source: PurThread Technologies Inc.