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Crypton brings re-launched Nanotex to China Interdye 2015

The pioneering product, which was among the first to market nanotechnology solutions for textiles, was acquired by Crypton in 2013.

28th April 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Kings Mountain, NC

Clothing/​Footwear, Interiors, Sports/​Outdoor

Crypton Fabrics, the leading provider of performance fabrics in apparel and home furnishing industry, has presented a new Nanotex at China Interdye 2015, the 15th China International Dye Industry, Pigments and Textile Chemicals Exhibition that took place from 15-17 April in Shanghai.

The pioneering product, which was among the first to market nanotechnology solutions for textiles when it was founded in 1998, was acquired by Crypton in 2013.

Since then, Nanotex technology has been significantly enhanced, integrated with DNA markers to protect against counterfeiting and is being re-launched through a new integrated marketing and promotion campaign, the company reports.

Nanotex technology

“Since its introduction, Nanotex has been extremely well received by mills, manufacturers and consumers,” said Randy Rubin, Chairman of Crypton. “With our acquisition, we wanted to build upon this success and incorporate the technical and marketing expertise that Crypton has developed over the past two decades plus to help this amazing technology usher in a new era in performance textiles.”

Taking a cue from the natural water-repellency of plant surfaces and water coats, the Nanotex process uses nanotechnology to transform the molecular structures of fibres without changing the natural characteristics of the fabric, like hand or drape.

Nanotex technology products are said to provide repellency/stain resistance, moisture management, odour control, static elimination and wrinkle resistance. This is accomplished through both fluorinated and non-fluorinated technologies, according to the manufacturer.

Other new products

In addition to enhancement of the Nanotex formulations, Crypton has also introduced several new products. This includes Aquapel, a non-fluorinated repellency treatment that features a hydrocarbon polymer that is both ecologically friendly and economically smart.

According to the company, the result is excellent performance-liquid repellency that’s breathable, durable and fast drying- while remaining both fluorocarbon free and PFOA free. Aquapel repels the elements, resists spills, maintains breathability and is eco-friendly.

Also new to the line is Wick + Block. This treatment, like Aquapel, is fluorine-free, and imparts hydrophilic and stain resistance properties. Wick + Block is said to provide superior moisture control for active wear, keeping users dry and comfortable as they workout, while protecting apparel from soiling and stains. The technology is already being used by Nike and the NFL, under the Crypton brand name.

DNA marker

Another important enhancement to the Nanotex brand has been the integration of a DNA marker to protect against counterfeiting.

Crypton, working in conjunction with Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of botanical DNA-based security and authentication solutions, integrated SigNature T DNA, a DNA based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solution into the Nanotex technology.

Compatible with environmentally preferable chemistries, SigNature T DNA is said to provide a closed-loop traceable solution that helps ensure that Nanotex technology is used in the finished product as identified. The marker is durable and doesn’t interfere with the engineered textile process.

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