BROKEN ARROW, Okla., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC Outdoors, a leader in performance apparel and known for their ArcticShield(R) cold-weather clothing brand, today announced a new line of anti-odor fabrics and yarns to be sold under the E47(TM) Nano Technology brand. The brand will offer advanced anti- odor fiber technologies for licensing by other manufacturers. Anti-Odor Fibers Finally Perfected To date, most anti-odor technologies have relied on chemical treatments as their antimicrobial component, while other technologies have come in the form of silver strand or silver-coated fibers. But, such fibers lack effectiveness and durability while causing manufacturing challenges and limitations. They often affect the comfort, flexibility, elasticity, wicking and insulation properties of fabrics. At the same time, many such fibers can add complexity to manufacturing processes, increasing production time, which ultimately leads to high costs. E47 Nano Technology was co-developed to be safe, permanent and to utilize the oligodynamic effects silver has on microbes. The advancements come from silver nanoparticles integrated throughout the entire fiber, not just on the surface. This integrated technology is designed to create accelerated ion flux delivered through nanoscale particles to eliminate microbes and the odors they create. E47 cotton represents a break-through in technology based fabrics. E47 cotton fabrics will impact today's standards and benchmarks for performance based apparel. Fibers integrated with E47 technology retain all of the natural qualities of polyester and cotton fabrics, making them ideal for performance wear without complicating manufacturing processes or changing the look and feel that consumers appreciate. Nanotechnology Makes It Possible "E47's anti-odor properties are generated by nanoscale-engineered silver- bearing nanoparticles which permanently bond to specific target fibers at the molecular level," said NanoHorizons Director of Operations Daniel Hayes, PhD. "The antimicrobial functionality of E47 fibers is uniformly distributed throughout the fiber and specifically engineered not to flake off, rub off, or wash out -- leaving all the other properties of the fiber unchanged." New Fibers and Fabrics to be Featured at Outdoor Retailer The creators of E47 are keying on polyester and cotton fabrics for clothing as the first offering, but understand that demand will redefine their course on specific developments throughout the textile industry. A better grasp for market demand will be obtained shortly after E47's introduction at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Aug. 11-14, 2005, booth 6622. "The outdoor recreation market has seen great advances in activity-related apparel over the last few years, but nothing compares to new nanotechnology- based capabilities, such as E47's anti-odor properties that are permanently integrated into fibers," said ARC President J.T. Griffin. "In addition, E47 fibers will give apparel manufacturers a powerful new ingredient to leverage in their performance wear." Real-World Testing To reflect every-day situations and real-world scenarios for active-wear, E47 fibers were put through a six-hour effectiveness tests. To ensure accuracy, the independent biomedical testing company NAMSA was engaged. In NAMSA's tests, E47 antimicrobial additives were exceptionally effective in controlling common microbes, such as diphtheria (corynebacterium diphtheriae) and staph (staphylococcus aureus). Domestic and International Manufacturing and Availability E47 will only be available to licensees through the ARC Materials Licensing Program. ARC currently has agreements with Western and Eastern Hemisphere mills with four additional mills to be licensed soon, pending approval of exclusive agreements. Western Hemisphere: Mill: Cari Fabrics Contact: Jere Ayers or Joe Carritan Phone: 336-294-6622 Web: http://www.carifabrics.com Eastern Hemisphere: Mill: ColoTex Industrial Limited, located in Tiapai and Tiawan Contact: Lisa Chen Phone: 866 2 87511838 E-mail: email@example.com Due to silver integration into fibers and the elimination of manufacturing issues, pricing is at or below other silver technologies and methods. For more information on E47 fibers and fabrics technology, please click on: http://www.e47nano.com/pdf/understanding_E47.pdf For more information on nanotechnology, please click on: http://www.hartboillot.com/nh/fibers/nanotech.pdf About ARC Outdoors Since the company was founded in 1998, ARC Outdoors has been dedicated to the research and development of apparel technologies for the future. Priority is given to the ultimate goal of being considered a market leader and innovator, making available to their partners and customers technological solutions that not only work, but also are practical and cost efficient. ARC Outdoors keys on technologies for warmth, water proofing, wind proofing, odor control, moisture permeability and comfort. Across all ARC Outdoors technologies, multiple advanced textile benefits can be found working together to yield maximum comfort and performance. Sales Contacts (Both international and domestic) Bob Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Douglas 918-258-8788 email@example.com Media Contact Jeff G. Phillips 918-258-8788 firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, please visit http://www.e47nano.com.
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