Sappi North America enters into license agreement with Sharklet Technologies

九月 12, 2016
Sappi North America has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with Sharklet Technologies, Inc. to manufacture and distribute casting and release paper featuring the ground-breaking Sharklet™ microtexture.

The new release paper is the first of its kind which creates surfaces that inhibit bacterial growth without the use of toxic additives or chemicals. The product will be the first in Sappi's new Neoterix™ line and will be available to customers under the name Neoterix ST.

The patented Sharklet microtexture is biomimicry in action as it is inspired by the texture of shark skin. Shark's skin features a unique texture and pattern which naturally slows the growth of barnacles and algae.

Like all of Sappi's release papers, Neoterix ST acts as a mold for coated fabric and laminates. It is used to transfer texture and gloss onto these surfaces and is then stripped away. Sappi has developed new technology to impart the Sharklet microtexture, at micron-level fidelity, onto its release papers and manufacturers can now transfer the Sharklet micropattern and its microbial resistance properties onto new product surfaces.

"Sappi continues to innovate and find creative ways to prove the power of paper. With this new offering, we're moving beyond the aesthetics of synthetic leathers and laminates into true functionality. Neoterix ST has the potential to make a significant impact on the risk of bacteria transfer in healthcare institutions, restaurants, hotels, offices and just about anywhere we can touch," saidTom Collins, Vice President & General Manager, Specialties Business at Sappi North America.

Sappi North America is a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products.



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