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Posted: April 8, 2010
Nanogate and Sarastro GmbH Tap New Class of Applications in the Field of Functional Textiles
(Nanowerk News) Nanogate, a leading international nanotechnology enabler, has secured a significant initial order for its new technology platform, permaProtect Membran, which makes functional textiles for numerous different uses more hygienic and more comfortable. The new technology takes the form of a membrane and is the first to combine antimicrobial, breathable and moisture-controlling properties. In the long term, it has the potential to deliver seven-digit sales figures. The technology platform was developed in conjunction with sarastro GmbH, in which Nanogate has an equity holding. The first application alone will potentially generate earnings in the mid-six-figure region. This order is for the production of an innovative shoe insole that offers improved hygienic properties and greater comfort. It comes from a leading European shoe retailer.
Ralf Zastrau, CEO of Nanogate AG, commented: "Our new technology platform permaProtect Membran is a high-performance solution for the fast-growing functional textiles market, offering improved hygienic properties. As well as minimising unpleasant odours and the risk of infection, our innovation improves moisture wicking and temperature regulation. With this development – which combines various different properties – our equity holding in sarastro is paying off after just a few months. Together, we are providing high-performance solutions to cater for the fast-growing demand for applications with enhanced comfort and hygienic properties. This technology is the only one of its kind in the world; a patent is already pending."
Wide-ranging uses for innovative technology
The new technology can be used in numerous hygiene-sensitive applications, e.g. in sectors such as medicine or high-volume applications like shoes, car seats and beds. Demand for textiles with enhanced comfort and hygiene protection is growing considerably. This is due in part to the rising number of allergy sufferers and diabetics.
permaProtect Membran is the first technology to enable what are known as active and passive properties to be combined in a membrane, which is integrated into a bonding system consisting of several textile layers. It continuously emits controlled quantities of selected microbiologically active agents which prevent bacteria and germs from multiplying (active function). At the same time, micro-organisms are excluded mechanically by a barrier layer which also maintains the fabric´s air permeability, moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating properties (passive function).