Acteev Protect a finalist for Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards

HOUSTON – December 22, 2020 – Ascend Performance Materials’ Acteev Protect has been named a finalist for Outdoor Retailer’s 2021 Innovation Awards. The antimicrobial odor-resisting fabric was selected to advance to the final round based on its design, functionality and impact.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as a finalist by Outdoor Retailer, and we are proud to be named among these incredible technologies in the outdoor apparel and gear industry,” said Phil McDivitt, Ascend’s president and CEO.

Acteev Protect is made with a patent-pending technology that embeds zinc ions in a polymer to create long-lasting antimicrobial properties. The result is a fabric that destroys odor-causing bacteria and fungi. Acteev technology is available in a wide range of textiles featuring the flexibility, softness and durability of nylon 6,6.

Recent testing on knit fabric completed at the University of Cambridge demonstrated that Acteev technology deactivates the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, with 99.9% efficacy on contact. Ascend is working with governmental agencies to obtain the appropriate regulatory clearances to make specific claims regarding the technology’s antiviral properties.

“As we send our kids back to school, return to the workplace, and resume sports and activities, we need options that are long-lasting and wearable for hours,” McDivitt said. “Acteev fabrics are abrasion-resistant, soft and durable. And because the zinc ions are embedded during the polymerization process, knit and woven articles made with Acteev Protect retain their antimicrobial efficacy up to 50 washes.”

The judging panel evaluated submissions based on four criteria — Spark: concept, design, appeal; Desire: opportunity, differentiation; Function: innovation, functionality, insight; and Impact: cultural, environmental, business.

Innovation Awards winners will be announced January 21, 2021, during Outdoor Retailer Winter Online.

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About Ascend Performance Materials

Ascend Performance Materials is a global premium provider of high-quality plastics, fibers and chemicals and is the world’s largest integrated producer of PA66 resin. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Ascend has nine global locations, including five fully-integrated manufacturing facilities located in the southeastern United States and an engineering plastics compounding facility in Europe, all dedicated to the innovation and safe production of nylon 6,6. With three of the world’s largest chemical processing facilities, Ascend’s materials form the building blocks for products used in everyday applications from apparel to airbags, cable ties to circuit boards and carpets to car parts. Ascend’s 2,500-person global workforce is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve and leading the development of nylon 6,6 solutions that inspire everyone, everywhere, every day.

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About Acteev

- Tests show >99% antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal efficacy
- EPA-registered zinc ions embedded in the polymer
- Hygroscopic nylon 6,6 fabric attracts moisture, which activates the zinc ions
- Not a topical treatment or coating
- Not dependent on silver, copper
- Proven efficacy in many end forms:

  • Knit and woven fabrics for consumer textiles, upholstery, uniforms, face masks
  • Nanofiber, meltblown and spunbond nonwovens for filtration
  • Fibers for carpets
  • Engineered plastics for high-touch surfaces

DISCLAIMER: Acteev™ technology has been shown in laboratory tests to destroy SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and other pathogens including H1N1, coronavirus 229E and Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria such as staphylococcus and E. coli. All data presented on this page comes from testing performed by independent third-party laboratories following the protocols of ISO, ASTM or other international standards organizations. Not all claims are permitted in all jurisdictions, including in the United States. Some device designs currently under review with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — submission number K201714. Ascend has more than 15 patent families pending on Acteev technology.


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