Functional Fabric Fair USA - OCT 22-23, 2019 -  OREGON CONVENTION CENTER | PORTLAND OR, USA

Materials Story

Anti-Viral & Anti-Bacterial Defenses

We are still globally challenged every day with the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping social distance and wearing masks is a daily routine in almost every country.

Masks and protective materials will continue to stay relevant. Consumers fears about further outbreaks will lead to a demand for material innovations that can safeguard health. Companies are racing to bring anti-viral tech to the market.

Manufacturers, scientists and researchers have dived deep into anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial technologies to bring new solutions into the market. The main difference between antibacterial and antimicrobial agents is the microorganisms they target.

For this newsletter we selected some innovative technical fabrics not shown in the latest webinar about protective performance that prioritise anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties:


Anti-viral single jersey. 79% Polyester (Drirelease), 14% Cotton, 7% Elastan/Spandex, 220g

The driRelease engineered fiber blend optimizes moisture wicking, fast drying, soft feel, permanent performance and comfort. Additionally, HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 treatment ensures highest safety against viruses. The fabric can be used for protective textile masks as well as for t-shirts etc.

Knit Fabrics, Stretch


Woven twill fabric with ViralOff® treatment by Polygiene. 76% Polyester, 21% Viscose, 3% Lycra®

Developed specially for clinical and spa personnel. The Lycra® content guarantees comfort and ease of movement while viscose provides a smooth and natural hand feel. A very subtle twill structure makes this fabric perfect to achieve a professional look in the final garment.

Woven Fabrics, Stretch


Lightweight fabric with anti-viral and anti-bacterial finish. 100% Polyamide, 39g

Downproof and lightweight outer layer fabric for down jackets, jackets, etc. MT-30 treatment is an anti-bacterial and anti-viral auxiliary agent.MT-30 uses a compound formula to ensure the high-efficiency effect on bacteria and viruses.

Woven Fabrics, Odor Management


Anti-viral treatment for textiles

A fast-acting all-in-one non-migrating, non-leaching, highly durable solution with anti-bacteria and anti-viral activities. The powerful anti-microbial effectiveness is rooted in the extraordinary properties of silver. It protects any textile against (harmful and odor causing) bacteria and it is particularly suitable for next-to-skin applications.

Odor Management


Single Jersey, 34% Polyester, 14% Elastan/Spandex,
52% Recycled PET, 165g

Odor neutralizing function by ROICA CF yarn.
Inherent, long-lasting effectiveness
Wash durable

Knit Fabrics, Odor Management,
Stretch, Recycled


Anti-bacterial Midlayer,
100% Polyester, 180g

This fabric is 50% polyester / 50% graphene polyester. The functions of graphene are as follows: anti-mildew, anti-static, anti-bacterial, non-toxic, long lasting and odorless.

Knit Fabrics, Odor Management,


Woven Outdoor Shirt Fabrics,
100% Polyester, 131g

Cottony handfeel,wicking moisture, skin-friendly and casual style keeps the fabric comfortable. Anti-bacterial function can be added by “CLARIANT “ chemical treatment.

Woven Fabrics, Quick Dry, 
Stretch, Bluesign



Outdoor Pants, 27% TENCEL®, 27% CO,
42% PES, 4% EA

DLCORE 400 of De Licacy has super stretch and excellent recovery. Soft handfeel because of TENCEL® blending. Anti-bacterial properties are added by PROTX2 WN, which are zinc compounds and are very effective to combat gram positive and negative bacteria, fungi, yeasts and molds.

Woven Fabrics, Odor Management,
QuickDry, Stretch, Bluesign

Protective Performance in Fibers & Treatments

Join Alexa as she talks about protective materials becoming central to everyday living. Learn about anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial as well as defensive fibers and treatments.

A Special thank you to Alexa Dehmel, Material Stories Curator, for providing the stories, imagery and incredible insight into our industry.

Alexa Dehmel
Active Sports Design & Consulting

Alexa Dehmel has over 30 years of broad and deep expertise in the fashion industry and a high level of professional competence. She maintains an extensive network of leading experts as well as personal connections to relevant cooperation partners and supporters, which she contributes profitably to her customers and the industry. Her work in various roles in the fashion, textile and sportswear industry with a focus on design and collection development, in teaching, as an independent entrepreneur and as a recognized contributor to the industry, makes her a valued contact. After her visionary start-up project, BARTENSTEIN Academy had to close due to the 2020 situation, she is now offering her market experience and service for new projects via her agency again.