International Textiles: January 2005
At the Expofil Textiles Tradefair, SeaCell Active was
launched to the market. SeaCell Active is a silver containing lyocell fiber and
claims health promoting effects through the incorporation of powdered seaweed.
The fiber is produced using a lyocell process developed by Zimmer AG in
cooperation with its subsidiary SeaCell GmbH (formerly Alceru Schwarza) in
Similar to the original SeaCell product, which does not
contain silver, SeaCell Active was initially introduced for sportswear, workwear
and home textiles, but now has potential for bioactive textiles in specific body
regions or for people with skin conditions and with a high susceptibility for
fungal and bacterial infections.
An invitro study conducted by researchers at the Department
of Dermatology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany has demonstrated the
antifungal and antibacterial effects of SeaCell Active. A SeaCell spokesman said
bioactive textile products required at least 10 % SeaCell Active in blends with
other fibers. He added that in vivo studies are currently in progress with
results due in the middle of 2005.