Microban Introduces Excalibur Technology Combining Antimicrobial and Odor Absorbing Functionality at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016

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Excalibur, Highly Durable, Reduces Odor and Stain Causing Microbes and Prolongs Product Deterioration for up to 40 Home Launderings

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 20, 2015)Microban® International Ltd., the global leader in built-in antimicrobial product protection, continues its investment in the outdoor category with the launch of its Excalibur technology designed for footwear and apparel, combining antimicrobial and an odor absorbing functionality. Excalibur’s proprietary bonding process provides optimal antimicrobial performance when applied to polyester fabrics and fibers. Microban will debut this technology at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, booth 155-406.

Specifically, the microbes’ negatively-charged cells are attracted to Excalibur’s positive charge, and when they meet, Excalibur punctures the offending cell membrane to help kill the microbes, making the environment inhospitable for them to grow. Excalibur is highly durable and reduces odor and stain causing microbes, and prolongs product deterioration for up to 40 home launderings. Lastly, the formulation is easily incorporated into typical fabric and fiber manufacturing processes without extra steps or special equipment, and is based on Aegis’ quaternary silane (the active ingredient in Excalibur) antimicrobial technology that’s been proven to be safe and effective for more than 30 years. 

 “Excalibur answers today’s growing demand from consumers for apparel and footwear that combines performance, style and durability,” said Brian Aylward, director of liquid formulations R&D at Microban. “We engineered this technology for outdoor enthusiasts that want to be comfortable in their footwear, mid-layers and outerwear no matter what the climate. As consumers do more outdoor activities for shorter durations, Excalibur fits with the ‘done in a day’ mentality, providing protection that endures frequent washing.”

Excalibur works best with polyester, poly-blends, fleece, insulation, fiberfill, leather and synthetic leather for outerwear, mid-layers and footwear, including hiking boots, running shoes and sandals. Additionally, it is compatible with high performing water repellent systems. 

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About Microban®:
Microban International, Ltd. is a global technology and marketing company dedicated to enhancing high quality consumer, industrial and medical products with branded built-in protection from microbes. The Microban® brand is an important consumer Trustmark for effective and long lasting antimicrobial product protection. Microban International licenses the Microban® global brand name, sells custom-engineered compounds, and provides a range of services, including regulatory and marketing support. Microban International is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information on Microban, please contact (704) 875-0806 or visit microban.com.

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