Antimicrobial solutions provider Noble Biomaterials has joined forces with product design and development group Bemis Associates to develop seamless, conductive advanced material that allows for the integration of electronics into apparel.

The fully-bonded, conductive material is engineered with Noble's Circuitex technology and provides for the detection, transmission and protection of electronic signals in a "soft and flexible" format. Noble says its unique construction provides designers with complete freedom to design smart garments with integrated stretch and durability.

Circuitex is made by permanently bonding pure silver - nature's most conductive element - to the surface of a textile fibre or fabric. The bond creates a continuous layer of silver, yet retains the flexibility, comfort and durability of the textile material.

Noble says products using Circuitex can provide myriad data streams (ECG, EMG, strain, pressure mapping), as well as allowing for active power delivery (lighting, electro-muscle stimulation, basic power).

"About 95% of human interface to the world is through textiles," says Joel Furey, chief commercial officer for Noble Biomaterials. "The need to integrate technology into apparel is vital and our collaboration with Bemis will enable critical infrastructure components that will allow brands to deliver on the promise of truly connected apparel."

Steve Howard, chief executive officer of Bemis Worldwide adds: "The key to success in the connected products space is strategic collaboration – and the teamwork between Bemis and Noble to deliver a simplified product and process is an expression of that cooperative mentality."

Noble Biomaterials will be showing the material at Munich's ISPO show from 5-8 February.

Last year, Noble collaborated with China sportswear brand Anta Sports Products to develop odour eliminating fabrics for the apparel industry. 

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