Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. (TAF) and SANITIZED AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor™ fibers. The new alliance covers the co-branding of future product developments using Amicor fibers and yarns and the SanitizedÂ® hygiene function.
The Amicor anti-bacterial and anti-fungal intelligent fiber integrated technology was developed by Courtaulds/Acordis (U.K.) in 1998. The technology is specifically designed to incorporate the functional antimicrobial additive into the core of the fiber. The additive is added to the fiber polymer before it is spun, containing it within the unique fiber structure rather than acting as a surface coating. When Amicor fiber is used at the recommended blend level, it ensures durable and effective protection of the entire fabric.
Under the new agreement, the Sanitized antimicrobial hygiene function is built in to all Amicor fibers. This enables users of Amicor fibers and yarns to achieve the protection, comfort and freshness associated with the Sanitized Quality Seal for a wide range of fabrics and garments. Applications include mattresses and bedding, carpets and soft furnishings, hospital and healthcare uniforms, innerwear and sportswear, socks, towels and wipes.
As a non-topical application, there is minimal loss of the hygiene function additive to the environment during manufacture, during yarn and fabric processing, dyeing and finishing and in final consumer use and laundering. In addition to BPD compliance, Amicor fibers feature OEKO-TEX Class 1 certification.
“Both SANITIZED AG and Thai Acrylic Fibre believe this alliance will strengthen our respective product offering in addition to opening up new markets,” said Urs Stalder, CEO of SANITIZED AG. “From a geographical perspective, each company offers market opportunities through their strong and complimentary market presence.”