Groundbreaking technology launches, prestigious awards and new partnerships with leading home textile, apparel and footwear brands around the world—take a look back at the places we’ve gone and been in 2019.
Odor Control for Cotton Applications: Solidifying our stance as the global leader of odor control in textiles, Microban said goodbye to sock stink in 2019 by launching Scentry Revive, the new-to-market odor capture and neutralizer platform permeating sock yarns to form a protective barrier to fight against the build-up of malodor. The North American launch took place at Outdoor Retailer in June.
We also launched a new AEGIS technology, one of the first quat saline based antimicrobial odor control solutions that can be pad applied on woven and knitted cotton home textiles and garments such as sheets, dish towels and denim.
In honor of saying goodbye to stink in 2019, Microban threw a farewell tour for Stinky the Sock. Watch his sockumentary on his journey from household staple to forgotten foe.
A2LA Accredits BBI Test Labs, Testing Services of Microban: BBI Test Labs, the testing service of Microban was accredited in 2019 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to the ISO 17025 standard (Certificate No. 5298.01). Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by A2LA is the pinnacle in third-party laboratory accreditation, as it confirms that laboratories have management, quality and technical systems in place to ensure accurate and reliable analysis, as well as proper administrative processes to ensure that all aspects related to the sample, the analysis and the reporting are standardized, measured and monitored.
Most Influential Business of 2019 by CIAA: Microban was awarded the most influential business in China of 2019 in the field of antimicrobial materials at the China Antimicrobial Industry Development Conference.
European distributor partner Eigenmann & Veronelli: Onward and upward! 2019 saw more growth globally, including key partnership deals in Europe, like the announcement that Eigenmann & Veronelli are now certified Microban distributors, servicing Italy, Spain, Russia and Portugal.
Croda International also started offering Microban’s full portfolio of antimicrobial and odor control technologies in 2019, including Scentry®, Scentry Revive®, AEGIS®, ZPTech® and SilverShield® to customers in India and Indonesia.
OEKO-TEX / Bluesign approval: With sustainability at the heart of everything we do, Microban accelerated the commitment to making safe technologies for consumers and our planet with Eco Passport by OEKO-TEX accreditation for Scentry Revive and AEGIS.
Tradeshows attendance: Covering more than 25,000 miles in 2019, Microban scientists, salespeople and marketing experts traveled through the United States, Europe and Asia to bring the industry’s leading antimicrobial and odor control technologies to distributors, brands and consumers. Some shows we attended include:
o Outdoor Retailer
o NW Materials Show
o Outdoor by ISPO
o NY Home Market
o ISPO Shanghai
AEGIS Battle: Microban continued our commitment to battling trademark fraud in our industry, winning additional key battles against Greenchem in the Asia region.
Microban collects 673 pairs of socks, more than 100 hygiene kits for Hope Vibes: Microban collected 673 pairs of socks and more than 100 hygiene kits for Hope Vibes, a non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness, hope and real solutions to the homeless epidemic in the Charlotte-Metrolina region by providing dignity through personal hygiene products, mobiles laundry/shower vehicles and conversation.
The partnership started in early 2019 when Microban learned that socks are the number one requested item in homeless shelters, sometimes over food.
After collecting all 673 socks and more than 100 hygiene kits, the Microban and the Hope Vibes team visited local shelters in uptown Charlotte to give out the socks, healthy refreshments and hygiene necessities.
To learn more about Hope Vibes and how to get involved, visit www.hopevibes.org .
Thank you to all who have followed us along the way and who will continue through 2020 and on. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!