STATE COLLEGE, Penn., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- NanoHorizons(TM), Inc. today
announced that it has signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-million dollar
distribution agreement with ARC Outdoors/ArcticShield(R) (ARC) covering
nanoscale-engineered additives for fiber and fabric-based products.
NanoHorizons will provide the technology that makes ARC's new antimicrobial
E47 fabrics possible. NanoHorizons' agreement with ARC covers all
antimicrobial fiber and fabric-based applications of NanoHorizons' additives.
Nanoscale Antimicrobial Properties
ARC has announced a line of fabrics utilizing NanoHorizons' additives to
be sold under their new E47 brand name. E47 fibers and textiles are based on
NanoHorizons E47 Polyester Master Compound and NanoHorizons E47 Cotton
Additive. These nanoscale-engineered additives contain highly-specialized
nanoparticles whose molecular designs enable them to permanently integrate
antimicrobial properties into cotton and polyester products, without otherwise
affecting the fundamental performance properties of the base fiber.
NanoHorizons will also be developing additional additives for other
polymers, such as nylon and polypropylene.
NanoHorizons has taken a real-world approach to testing its products'
effectiveness. To reflect every-day situations and real-world scenarios for
active-wear, NanoHorizons has put its fibers through 6-hour effectiveness
tests. These represent a more realistic time-frame than commonly quoted 24-
hour tests, on which e47 also meets or exceeds industry expectations. To
ensure accurate testing, NanoHorizons has engaged NAMSA, an independent
biomedical testing company. In NAMSA's independent tests, NanoHorizons'
antimicrobial additives were exceptionally effective in controlling the common
microbes diphtheria (corynebacterium diphtheriae) and staph (staphylococcus
Immediate Manufacturing and Availability
NanoHorizons has begun manufacturing industrial quantities of E47
Polyester Master Compound and E47 Cotton Additive in its new production
facility in Pennsylvania, with first shipments of industrial quantities
scheduled for delivery to ARC in August.
E47 will be the key technology ingredient in a new line of high-tech anti-
odor apparel from ARC. ARC will integrate E47 fabrics into its own line of
apparel, and will also be producing antimicrobial fabrics and yarns for sale
to other manufacturers. To ensure quality and effectiveness, NanoHorizons will
specify exact recipes used in the fiber and fabric production processes and
test all E47 fabrics created.
"Our E47-based products raise the bar for performance apparel," said J. T.
Griffin, CEO, ARC. "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-scent properties that
are permanently integrated into the fibers of our garments."
"Both military and consumer suppliers have tried to integrate
antimicrobial properties in apparel and gear," said Robert Burlinson, CEO,
NanoHorizons. "Nothing we have seen on the market matches the durability, ease
of use and low cost of our additives. Now the permanent integration of
antimicrobial properties into a host of products and applications has become a
For more information and to learn more about the science behind E47,
please call NanoHorizons or visit the company's Web site at
http://www.nanohorizons.com, or ARC Outdoors/ArcticShield(R) at
Additional information on E47 fibers and fabrics technology is available
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About NanoHorizons, Inc.
NanoHorizons, Inc. was founded in 2002 by Dr. Stephen Fonash, founder and
Director of the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and
Utilization. The company focuses on nanotechnology applications in the drug
discovery, microelectronics and healthcare industries. The company has
licensed a comprehensive portfolio of nanotechnology Intellectual Property
from the Pennsylvania State University, and its research and development team
continuously produces real-life solutions to key problems using applied
nanotechnology. NanoHorizons's products and application introductions include:
QuickMass(TM), which addresses the need for more cost effective pharmaceutical
research and increased drug discovery capacity; the Postflex process for
flexible displays, circuits and sensors on plastic; nano-materials for sensors
for environmental control, respiration monitoring and medical diagnostics;
and, commercially available noble-metal nanoparticle products. For more
information, please visit http://www.nanohorizons.com.
Nicolas A. Boillot
Dennis I. Schneider
SOURCE NanoHorizons, Inc.