Considering the remarkable rise of coronavirus infection worldwide and the need for reliable textiles and workwear for ESD environments, the leading functional textile manufacturer, Asiatic Fiber Corporation (AFC), introduces a range of enhanced, quality garments with antistatic, anti-chemical, and antibacterial functions at the A+A Exhibition, Germany in October 2021.
Designed to function like a mobile shelter, cleanroom antistatic workwear made of AFC’s cleanroom ESD fabric offers excellent protection against electrostatic discharge, and customer can choose to adopt AFC’s exclusive antibacterial technology, can to offer additional protection against microbial and bad smell. protect a wearer from contagious infections, eliminating the risk of contamination with AFC’s exclusive antibacterial technology.Why Should the ESD Protective Area (EPA) Adopt Antibacterial Garments?
The demand for antibacterial workwear has been steadily increasing as the Covid 19 pandemic causes a change in the way people consider personal protection & hygiene. Several pieces of evidence advocate that the antimicrobial textiles
market is estimated to surpass USD 20.5 billion by 2026, providing immense growth opportunities for textiles and other related industries. Garments treated with antibacterial finishes prevent microorganisms from overgrowth while providing utmost protection against decomposition. Antibacterial finishes also prevent the apparels from uncomfortable effects of microbes such as bad smell.
The special finishing in textile manufacturing gives enhanced antibacterial characteristics to the materials such as biocidal or biostatic. Both substances are proven to inhibit microorganism’s growth. Several antimicrobial textile fabrics are manufactured using a variety of active agents and synthetic antimicrobial agents such as triclosan phenols, organometallics, and quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC). Based on the principle of bio-barrier formation, the chemically-treated antimicrobials are bound to the garments' surface and act as a barrier for the microorganisms. Apparels with bio-based antibacterial finish do not only provide protection against deadly viruses but also minimize theimpacts upon human health and the environment from potentially hazardous waste streams.Transferring Technology from High-End Medical Garments
As a functional textile innovator, AFC have been fostering transdisciplinary and experimental collaborations with the fashion and sport industry. Its ability to transfer advanced technology to related fields and beyond is grounded on the on-site R&D and lab centre that is directly managed by the leadership team in Taipei, Taiwan.
During the pandemic, AFC listened to the clients from different industries around the world, worked on applying antibacterial technology that are used in high-end surgical garments such as T65 and T80 to ESD garments. As a leader in the specialised textile industry, AFC foresees the cleanroom functional textiles standards rising post-pandemic and they are ready to help their clients to prepare for the future to come.
The antibacterial technology eliminates bacteria cell growth or hinders their development, leading to less chance of contracting the infection in high-end surgical garments to ESD fabrics. AFC’s fabric is tested with the AATCC100 method against bacteria including Klebsiella Pneumoniae that cause fatal co-infection or superinfection with SARS-CoV-2. AFC’s exclusive, biobased antibacterial technology is proven to be 99.8% effective after a 100 wash cycles.Many industries are catching up as AFC continues to advance
The pandemic has changed how several industries consider basic functionality of apparel for consumer clothing. Antibacterial properties are no longer exclusive to specialist garments. Denim brand Diesel is also promoting an antiviral fabric for its jeans, which is claimed to physically halt 99% of any viral activity. Several government bodies, hospitals, hospitality firms, aviation, and uniform providers
have also adopted antibacterial fabrics. L atin America is expected to generate
approximately $1 billion revenue by 2026 as the demand for antimicrobial textiles increases in the healthcare industry. Rising awareness about hygiene and a positive outlook towards the clothing industry will raise the antimicrobial textiles market share.For A Better ESD Control
The highly concentrated functionality of AFC’s ESD fabric not only fulfils current requirements for a standard ESD workplace, it can also be seen as an determining environmental factor as AFC’s ESD garment functions like a mini habitat for a wearer. The innovative decision on migrating certain features from high-end medical garments, AFC transforms ESD workwear into an active agency that contributes to a better and safer ESD workplace.
Asiatic Fiber Corporation (AFC) has been contributing to the environment & humanity by providing reusable and functional clothing to the European market. Whilst the demand for quality ESD & cleanroom garments spikes, the company roots its long term partnership with its clients in sustainability and humanity. In the past two decades, the company has been a trusted partner for world-leading companies in Europe with their ESD & cleanroom products.
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