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CRF Technologies seeks to broaden market applications for its patented Cut Resistant Fiber (CRF(r)) technology. The technology was introduced in 1996 in retail and industrial gloves. Polyester has been used as the base polymer and fiber for CRF technology to date. Now, the company is seeking not only broadened applications using polyester, but also new uses in other polymers such as nylon and polypropylene. Protective apparel and commercial upholstery are two additional industry categories being targeted. "There are a broad range of possible uses for the Cut Resistant Fiber technology," said CRF Technologies' General Manager, E. O. Oakley. "For example, workers like EMTs who might come in contact with broken glass or sharp surfaces would certainly benefit. And in mass transit systems using upholstered seats, where vandalism or accidental slicing are problems, CRF can add to the life of the seating unit." Cut resistant fibers are made using special ceramic particles in a polymer matrix. This enhances the fabric's slice resistance, without affecting color, comfort, melting temperature or other attributes.

For more information, contact E. O. Oakley, CRF Technologies, Hoechst Corporation, P.O. Box 32414.

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