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
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."
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
ARC currently has agreements with Western and Eastern Hemisphere mills
with four additional mills to be licensed soon, pending approval of exclusive
Mill: Cari Fabrics
Contact: Jere Ayers or Joe Carritan
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.
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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.
Sales Contacts (Both international and domestic)
Jeff G. Phillips
For more information, please visit http://www.e47nano.com.
SOURCE ARC Outdoors