Ascend Performance Materials CEO Phil McDivitt appeared on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer to talk about producing specialty materials to fight COVID-19. McDivitt and Cramer discussed Acteev™ technology, Ascend's groundbreaking virus and bacteria protection for fabrics and high-touch surfaces – face masks, apparel, upholstery, air filters, cellphone cases and more.
"To me, it's the answer to a lot of people's most-pressing problem – to stop the spread," Cramer said.
Ascend has partnered with world-renowned scientists and laboratories to analyze this cutting-edge technology.*
|SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19**||99.9% on contact||Modified ISO 18184 / ASTM E2197|
|H1N1**||99.9% on contact||Modified ISO 18184 / ASTM E2197|
|Staphylococcus aureus***||99.999%||ISO 20743|
|Klebsiella pneumoniae***||99.999%||ISO 20743|
|E. coli***||99.999%||ASTM E3160|
|Aspergillus brasiliensis, Penicillium funiculosum, Chaetomium globosum, Trichoderma virens, Aureobasidium pullulans||No growth||ASTM G21|
Acteev technology combines virus-deactivating active zinc ions with the softness of polyamide fabrics and fibers to deliver unparalleled performance and antimicrobial efficacy. Acteev's patent-pending technology embeds active zinc ions into the matrix of the polymer. Unlike topical finishes or coatings, the zinc ions don't flake away, providing long-lasting functionality.
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* Testing conducted on various end forms. Please refer to technical data sheet for data on specific products. Acteev Protect™并不能保护用户或其他人免受致病细菌的侵害。
** Testing by University of Cambridge found a >3 log reduction in SARS-CoV-2 and H1N1 viruses upon instant contact on polyamide 66 textile fabric with Acteev technology as compared to an identical basis weight polyamide 66 textile fabric without Acteev technology.
*** Testing conducted on Acteev Protect 70 denier, 34 filament fabric.