ARC Outdoors Launches E47(TM) Anti-Odor Fabrics and Yarns

Antimicrobial Capabilities Permanently Embedded in Fibers

Jul 27, 2005, 01:00 ET from ARC Outdoors

    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
     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
     "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
      Western Hemisphere:
      Mill: Cari Fabrics
      Contact: Jere Ayers or Joe Carritan
      Phone: 336-294-6622
      Eastern Hemisphere:
      Mill: ColoTex Industrial Limited, located in Tiapai and Tiawan
      Contact: Lisa Chen
      Phone: 866 2 87511838
     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
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     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.
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      Bob Parker
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      Jeff G. Phillips
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