Nano-Tex

Company Background

Dr. David Soane at UC-Berkeley founded Nano-Tex in 1998 in Oakland, California. The company’s first aims were to develop a product that would mimic nature’s water repellency found in plants and animal coats (1a). Presently, they work in textile innovations. They have developed technology that changes molecular structures of fibers to increase comfort without changing natural characteristics of fabric (1b). They have developed five key segments for their products, which are repellency/stain resistance, moisture management, odor control, static elimination, and wrinkle free (1b). The primary goal of Nano-Tex is to alter fabrics at the molecular level so that they are water repellent and more comfortable.

Buyers

Buyers of Nano-Tex products are apparel companies and home textile companies (1c). Additionally, there are buyers in the residential and commercial interiors industry (1c). Nano-Tex has developed strategic partnerships with apparel and textile companies to distribute their products. They work with companies that produce fabrics and allow them to use the technology produced by Nano-Tex.

  • Furniture & Commercial Interiors: in 2006, The HON Company, an office furniture manufacturer and commercial textile companies KnollTextiles and Mayer Fabrics announced product lines with Nano-Tex treatments (1d).
  • Home Textiles: in 2006, JCPenney launched sheet sets (100% cotton) under the JCPenney Studio brand made with Nano-Tex’s Coolest Comfort fabric (1e).
  • Activewear: in 2006, the new adidas' Yocum activewear line incorporated Nano-Tex Coolest Comfort fabric (1f).
  • Intimate Apaprel: in 2011, Maidenform became the exclusive distributor of intimate apparel with Nano-Tex Neutralizer fabric treatment (3).

Innovation and Technology

In addition to the pre-existing enhancements to Nano-Tex fabrics, the company came out with three new products in April 2010 (3). The new products are All Conditions, an outdoor apparel designed group that resists the elements while maintaining general comfort; Speed Dry, which improves drying rate of active-wear by at least 50%, reducing chafing and wetness against the skin; and Repels Water, a textile innovation designed for outdoor items such as patio furniture and awnings, which has increased abrasion resistance and durable protection (3).

For more information, see the Nano-Tex location page.

Sources

  1. Nano-Tex (2012). Retrieved on July 10, 2012
    1. www.nano-tex.com/index.html
    2. www.nano-tex.com/company/aboutus.html
    3. www.nano-tex.com/faqs/faqs.html
    4. "Nano-Tex Expands Into Commercial Interiors" (June 6, 2006) from www.nano-tex.com/news&media/068_CI_Press_Release_6-6-06.pdf
    5. "Nano-Tex Expands Into Home Textiles" (August 21, 2006) from www.nano-tex.com/news&media/JCPenney.pdf
    6. "adidas Adds Nano-Tex to New Activewear Line" (March 20, 2006) from www.nano-tex.com/news&media/069_adidas_Activewear_Line.pdf
  2. AZoNano (2010, April 13). “Nano-Tex Announces Three New Products.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=16997
  3. AZoNano (2011, February 17). “Maidenform Signs Distribution Agreement with Nano-Tex.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 from www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=21654
  4. AZoNano (2007, June 29). “Nano-Tex Nanotechnology Enhanced Fabric Put to the Coffee Test by Duke Students.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 from www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=4365
  5. AZoNano (2004, May 4). “82% of Americans Looking for Hassle-Free Clothes That Go the Extra Mile - News Item.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 from www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=808
  6. AZoNano (2004, March 26). “Nano-Tex Named 2003 Nanotechnology Company of The Year - News Item.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 from www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=670