09/25/2013

Sukano AG

The new SUKANO® Antimicrobial Masterbatch

Sukano_Antimicrobial

Long lasting freshness control for Polyester and Polyamide fibers


Odor control on sportswear that does not wear off during wearing or washing - the new Sukano antimicrobial masterbatches bring permanent protection against unpleasant odor into a garment over its complete lifetime. Sukano antimicrobial masterbatches combine Sukano’s functional masterbatch expertise with the patented PURE technology by Swiss textile performance expert HeiQ Materials. This technology uses the natural properties of silver for controlling bacterial activity on the fiber surface, thus reducing the production of odor. Sukano is exclusive partner of HeiQ for this technology.


What is the SUKANO® Antimicrobial Masterbatch offering?


Sukano antimicrobial masterbatches integrate silver into the polymer that features a controlled release of silver ions in the application. This enables fiber manufacturers to spin pre-dyed fibers with a permanent antimicrobial effect - a decisive advantage over finishes that will wear off after only a few wash cycles. Beyond that benefit, Sukano antimicrobial masterbatches offer several other key features: They are effective in very low concentration, which makes them a cost attractive alternative for fiber producers. The good dispersion of the silver in the masterbatch enables production of low denier microfilament fibers and speeds up the spinning process: There are fewer brakes during spinning compared to other silver technologies and filter change intervals are longer. Thanks to the patented technology the silver treatment features high functional performance with no side effects, i.e. no yellowing and no impact on the fiber’s physical properties.


The antimicrobial technology used in SUKANO® Antimicrobial Masterbatch is Bluesign® and Oekotex® approved and wash resistant (300 cycles at 60 °C). It is manufactured and supplied globally by Sukano.


About Sukano:


Sukano (www.sukano.com) is an expert in the development and production of functional and optical masterbatches, special compounds and blends for improving the properties of bio and oil based plastics for the plastics manufacturing industry. Sukano is dedicated to consistent quality, reliable performance and ultimate purity. The company’s promise is “Add a little. Gain a lot.” Only low amounts of Sukano’s innovative compounds and masterbatches help customers worldwide solve problems, increase productivity and add extra value to their products. Sukano operates production sites in Switzerland, the U.S. and in Malaysia and a global distributor network.


Contact:


Sukano AG


Adriana Chicherio, Marketing & Communication


Chaltenbodenstrasse 23
CH-8834 Schindellegi, Switzerland
Tel +41 44 787 57 77 Fax +41 44 787 57 78
Email: media@sukano.com Web www.sukano.com