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The mission of the company is to develop and commercialize new materials and technologies for industry transfer to create new products with the aim to improve quality of life, work and environment. The company acts as a go-between among many industrial branches and research fields, in particoular: nanotubes, fibers, fabrics, composite textile structures, extreme sport equipments and safe equipments, new performing materials and technologies for furnishing / automotive / nautical / medical areas.
Vectrasilk NT 32 is the innovative yarn developed by GZe. The idea is to combines the high performances of the Liquid Crystal Polymers with the touch and sheen of the silk, finding new use in clothing sector. The Liquid Crystal Polymer has been used for airbags on the Mars Pathfinder mission as high strength fiber. This high strength fiber is called Vectran and it is current used for high performance applications from sports to safe equipment area.
According to Grado Zero Espace’s philosophy, to rediscover natural fibres means to investigate on the characteristics and peculiarities which these fibres are able to provide to the final fabric, as well as to pay attention to the themes concerning environmental friendliness and healthiness. The idea of weaving the Hinoki fibre was born from these perspectives; the raw material is a eastern cypress whose fibre holds particular properties which make it suitable for the use in the clothing sector. Thanks to the intrinsic properties of the Hinoki fibre, GZE developed a hybrid fabric showing anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties: specific tests, performed by a qualified external laboratory following the UNI EN ISO 20645, proved the antibacterial efficiency of a Hinoki/Cotton fabric against Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus, with a reduction of the bacterial growth up to 60% and 85%, respectively. Moreover, thanks to the well-known relaxing properties of Hinoki, this fibre becomes a “therapeutic” instrument according to the feng-shui principles, ancient Chinese art where the effect of the materials becomes important for man’s well-being in the surrounding environments.