September 23, 2005 Apparel manufacturer ARC Outdoors has announced a new line of anti-odor fabrics and yarns. To date, most anti-odor technologies have relied on chemical treatments as their antimicrobial component, while other technologies have come in the form of silver strand or silver-coated fibres. ARC claims existing fibres lack effectiveness and durability while causing manufacturing challenges and limitations as they often affect the comfort, flexibility, elasticity, wicking and insulation properties of fabrics. At the same time, many such fibres can add complexity to manufacturing processes, increasing production time, which ultimately leads to high costs. ARC will offer advanced anti-odor fibre technologies for licensing by other manufacturers.
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