Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd (TAF) and Sanitized AG have signed a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor fibers. Presented under the slogan, “Breathe easily and relax”, Amicor will unveil its new Biocidals Product Directive (BPD) compliant fibers and yarns at Heimtextil 2013 in Frankfurt, January 9-12, 2013.
The new alliance covers the co-branding of future product developments using Amicor fibers and yarns and the Sanitized hygiene function.
The Amicor anti-bacterial and anti-fungal intelligent fiber-integrated technology was developed by Courtaulds/Acordis (UK) 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.