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Vimal introduces anti-microbial fabric

Reliance Industries President (Textiles Division) Anand Parekh (right) and Senior Vice-President (Textiles Division) Satyapal Gomber at the launch of DEO2 fabrics on Wednesday.  

Vimal, the flagship textile brand of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) on Wednesday claimed of a ‘pioneering innovation' in the textile industry of treating fabrics with a chemical that would arrest the growth of fungi and bacteria keeping it fresh and anti-odour even after day-long wearing in humid and warm climates like India.

Announcing this, RIL President (Textile Division) Anand Parekh said the ‘DEO2' was entirely an in-hose innovation of RIL and “with cent per cent indigenous technology” developed at its Naroda facility on the city outskirts.

Vimal's every product would be treated with the new anti-microbial deo-treatment technology and provided to the consumers without any extra cost. To begin with, the ‘DEO2' would be applied only in suiting, but in about a couple of months it would be applied for shirting also, he said. Mr Parekh claimed that laboratory tests had proved the chemical to be safe for human skins and rather “good for it.”

RIL, which expects a paradigm shift in the textile industry with the innovation, had also applied for patenting the technology in India. He said the companies importing products from Vimal in other countries had also evinced keen interest in the new technology, but to begin with the new technology would be applied only for the products sold in India, he said.

The anti-microbial treated textile would be available in the country in the next two or three weeks.

The anti-microbial property, integrated at multiple stages during manufacturing, would last at least 50 home washes, or normally two years of multiple clothing, he said.

“We have ensured that the DEO2 treatment is environment-friendly and technologically most efficient,” Mr Parekh claimed.

The anti-odour innovation prevents the growth of microbes thereby preventing offensive smell getting created due to sweat in garments and avoids spread of infections from microbial infestation during common laundering of clothing. It also reduces staining and degradation of fabrics by providing better ultra-violet protection, he said.

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