10.6.4.5 Selected Company Profiles
10.6.4.5 Selected Company Profiles
This section presents the profiles of the companies that provide the nanotechnology to end-users. This is a non-extensive list based on an internet survey and completed with experts’ feedback.
P2i (UK) – www.p2ilabs.com - Company specialised in liquid-repellent nano-coating technology.
P2i's patented technology employs a special pulsed ionised gas (plasma), which is created within a vacuum chamber, to attach a nanometre-thin polymer layer over the entire surface of a product.
P2i has two consumer brands for its technology:
• Ion-mask™, for footwear, outdoor clothing and accessories
• Aridion™, for consumer electronics. For industrial applications
Amongst P2i costumers are some of world best renowned sport material companies, such as: Hi-tech, Nike or Adidas.
Mectex (IT) - http://www.mectex.com - Italian manufacturers of gripper loom woven, waterproof and breathable plasma treated fabrics for electromagnetic shielding, specialty underwear, sports wear and lining applications, from cotton, viscose, polyester, steel, copper and carbon fibre and blends. Their technology has been used in the fabrication of the Speedo LZR racer swimsuit.
Schoeller (CH) - www.schoeller-textiles.com - develops and produces highly-functional fabrics and innovative textile technologies for sport, work, lifestyle, fashion and office furnishings. And pay close attention to ecological safety and good design.
Key technologies incorporating Nanotechnology are:
• NanoSphere ® - nanotech-based finishing technology allows dirt and water to simply run off the surface of the textiles
• 3XDRY® is an advanced Moisture Management-finish, which makes textiles water and stain repellent on the outside and water absorbent on the inside.
• ActiveSilver™- controls bacteria though a textile finish based on active silver salts.
• Coldblack® is a special finishing technology for textiles that reduces heat build-up on dark fabric
• FluoroFree™ - is a finishing technology that makes the surface of textiles water and dirt repellent For long lasting, Unlike conventional textile impregnations, FluoroFree™ does not use any ﬂuorides to achieve this effect
Nanotex (US) – www.nano-tex.com - Nano-Tex is a materials company developing innovative polymer and polymer-related chemistries to enhance and create superior performance in fabrics. Chemistries, developed for use at the nano-scale, have the ability to attach to fibres and permanently bond to the fabric at the molecular level. The result is a family of product offerings that enhance fabric performance and durability not previously attainable. Amongst the apparel and interior furnishings brands making use of Nanotex technology are Adidas, New Balance, Gap, Old Navy, Target, Hugo Boss, Paul Stuart, Rene Lezard, Lee, Champion, Levi and Simmons.
Wacoal Corporation (JP) – http://www.wacoal.com/Manufacturer of intimate apparel. Wacoal has set up operations in major areas of the world: Europe, America and Asia. The company first entered the performance sports apparel market in Japan in 1991 with CW-X® Performance Conditioning Wear. Recently the company launched the CW-X® brand in the US market through the newly formed Wacoal Sports Science Corp.
Wacoal Sports Science Corp (US) - www.cw-x.com - headquartered in New York City, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wacoal International. The company's mission is to meet the sports performance needs of the active US consumer.,
Its main brand is:
• CW-X – Walcoat claims that CW-X is the world's first truly anatomically-engineered high performance sports apparel.
“CW-X VersatX tights and tops are made from Dry-Zone R506 fabric, which offers quick-dry moisture wicking and UV protection. It features fibre nanotechnology incorporating antibacterial silver dioxide for antibacterial freshness and titanium oxide for UPF 50+ protection.”
Sinotextiles Corporation LTD (STG) (CN) – www.sinotextiles.texindex.com - is a manufacturer of textiles and garment headquartered in China, The STG member factories are located in more than ten of the Chinese provinces. One of their key brands is:
• CLEANCOOL is titled as the first brand in the anti-bacterial (Anti-bacterial function is achieved by fibers containg NANO silver inside), quick wicking and quick drying aspects, which is registered by STC.
MAVI Sud (I) www.mavicosmetics.it Italian manufacturer of cosmetics. Mavi develops Chtin Nanofibrils (CN), a natural crystallites resistant up to 240° C. capable to give particular performance in fibre and fabrics.
• CN has a high capacity to bind and absorb many active ingredients to be slowly released to the skin. This technology may be used to produce anti-ageing and UVA protective textiles.
GreenYarn (US) - http://sinotextiles.texindex.com/ - is a nanotechnology company that develops advanced materials for consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives to conventional fabrics. Greenyarn's global HQ is in Boston, Massachusetts.
• Eco-fabric, Greenyarn's trademark yarn and fiber is used in many Greenyarn products, and the benefits such as antibacterial, deodorizing and wicking, comes from the way this sustainable fiber is processed. Amongst their products are: different kind of socks, elbow guards, knee guards, wristbands, etc.
HeiQ Materials (CH) - www.heiq.com & www.heiqmaterials.com - HeiQ Materials is a Swiss producer of high-performance textile effects, antimicrobial additives and customised masterbatches.
Two main product lines are:
• Pure - is a set of products offered by HeiQ aimed at making textiles antimicrobial for odour prevention in sports ware or use in hygiene demanding applications such as hospitals.
• Barrier - is system of water and oil repellent textile products.
Yamamoto Corporation (JP) – www.yamamoto-bio.com - Functional rubber material manufacturer
Products lines include:
• Super composite Skin (S.C.S) - material which is applied as a coating / layer over the surface of independent closed cell neoprene – Product examples include swimsuit Orca Alpha or Xterra VertorProX2.
• Super composite Skin Metal – S.C.S Metal is a neoprene material with a special coating of Titanium Alloy applied over the surface of the closed cell neoprene rubber with a further special low friction surface processing applied it.
Nanogist (KR) - www.nanogist.co.kr -Manufacturer of materials in the application of antimicrobial properties of Nano Silver as well as TiO2, TiO2 coated nano silver, and alumina nanotubes.
Nanogist is owner of two commercial brands:
Principal Sports Apparel Manufacturers
Some of the most important sports apparel manufacturers using technology from the companies listed above are:
Nike (US) – http://www.nike.com- Leading Company in the design and manufacture of sportswear and sports equipment headquartered in Washington County, Oregon, with annual revenue of US$ 18627 billion (2008). Nike markets its products under its own brand as well as Nike Golf, Nike pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Nike skateboarding and subsidiaries including Cole Haan, Hurley International, Umbro and Converse.
Adidas group - www.adidas-group.com Global leader in the sporting goods industry. Adidas AG, Reebok and TaylorMade-adidas Golf are the brands of the Adidas group. The company has its headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany and had a revenue of €10,38 bilion in 2009.
VF Corporation (US) – www.vfc.com- American Apparel Corporation with annual revenue of $7642,6 million USD (2008). Some brands that form this group are: Eastpak, Jansport, Kipling, Napapijiri, The north face, Reef, Vans and Eagle Creek.
PUMA AG (GR)– www.puma.com- Multinational Company specialized in high-end athletic shoes, lifestyle footwear and other sportswear. The headquarters are situated in Herzogenaurach and in 2007 had a revenue of €2373,5 milion.
AMER SPORTS OYJ (FIN) – www.amersports.com - Manufacturer of sporting equipment. The company owns a portofolio of sports brands including Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Precor USA and USA. The headquarters are situated in Helsinky and had a revenue of €1.577 billion (2008).
NEW BALANCE ATHLETHIC SHOE, INC. (US) –www.newbalance.com - Footwear manufacturer based in Boston. Its total revenue in 2006 was $1,55 billion USD.
JACK WOLFSKIN(D) – www.jack-wolfskin.com -Producer of mountain and leisure clothing, footwear, rucksacks, sleeping bags and tents. The brand is popular among the hikers and mountaineers as well as among urban Germans for the fashionable accessories. The revenue in 2009 was the 251 million €.
HELLY HANSEN (N) – www.helly-hansen.com -Producer of textiles and special gear for sports and work on the ocean and in the mountains. The headquarters are situated in Moss and in 2005 the revenue was $228 million.
SPYDER (US) – www.spyder.com -Manufacturer of high-end skiing apparel. Spyder manufactures apparel for the outdoor, snowsports, fly finishing and casual apparel markets. The headquarters are situated in Boulder, Colorado.
Medical Industry Key Players
In the medical industry the key players in the textile sector are:
Johnson & Johnson (US): - www.JNJ.com - Global pharmaceutical and medical devices and consumer packaged manufacturer. Among its consumer products are bandages, Johnson’s baby products, Neutrogena skin and beauty products, clean & clear facial wash and Acuvue contact lenses. The corporation’s headquarters is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The total revenue in 2009 was $61,9 billion.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation(US) – www.baxter.com - Health care company with headquarters in Derfield, Illinois. The company is a subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. Baxter develops, manufactures and markets products to treat haemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders and other chronic and acute medical conditions. The total sales are estimated in $12,3 billion.
Beiersdorf AG (GE) – www.beiersdorf.com -Manufacturer of personal care products. The total revenue in 2009 was €5,748 billion and amongst its different brands are Elastoplast, Eucerin, Labello, Liposan, Nivea and Marlies Möller. Beiersdorf already sells products that include nanotechnology, including sunscreen and deodorants, and is looking to prove an effective technology for both sunscreen and anti-aging products to use with textiles.
3M Company (US) – www.3M.com - Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Among the products they manufacture include adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, electronic circuits and optical films. The company sells an Aldara skin cancer cream that is improved by nanotechnology and is improving using nanotechnology the ScotchGard protectant for use in textiles and clothes. The headquarters are in Mapplewood and the total revenue in 2008 was $25.26 billion.
Smith & Nephew (UK) – www.global.smith-nephew.com - Smith & Nephew is a medical company specializing in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and clinical Therapies; Endoscopy and Advanced Trauma Management. They are involved in business like orthopaedic reconstruction, trauma endoscopy and wound management. Smith & Nephew’s has developed the brand Acticoat, a wound management that contains nanocrystalline silver. The Company operates in 32 countries and annual sales in 2007 were nearly $3.4 billion.
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