New antimicrobial yarns for healthcare and hospitality textiles

29 July 2020

UMF Corporation, which researches and develops high-performance products, programs and training for infection prevention and commercial cleaning, today announced its partnership with Universal Fiber Systems (Universal), a leading US manufacturer of synthetic filament-based and specialty fibres.

UMF will provide its patented antimicrobial, rechargeable registered trademark Micrillon chemistry to Universal for incorporation into two high performance fibres. The first, a super-fine sheath and core fibre, will be produced and utilized in a new, unique product requested by leading companies in the hotel industry. The second, a splittable, bicomponent filament, commonly referred to as microfiber or segmented pie filaments is also in production. These two Micrillon fibres will be converted to various yarn types for woven and knitted textiles such as gloves, gowns, towels, curtains, wipers and other products.

“UMF’s focus for over a decade has been infection prevention via high performance products, training and programs,” said UMF Corporation CEO George Clarke. “The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the entire world’s focus on infection prevention. Organizations have woken up to a new normal in which stopping the spread of infection is the top priority across all industries. The innovative products, all made in the USA, that we’ll create in partnership with Universal Fiber Systems are more important than ever as the world struggles to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.”

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