• Cindy W. Hodnett

Crypton acquires textile technology specialist Nano-Tex

Officials say it will help extend company's market share

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Performance textile supplier Crypton Inc. has acquired Nano-Tex, a textile technology company that has worked with consumer brands including the Gap, Target, Maidenform, Bass Pro Shops, Nordstrom, Land's End and Fisher-Price.

Randy Rubin, chairman of Crypton Cos., said that the privately held, 20-year-old Crypton Fabrics purchased Nano-Tex from private equity and venture capital investors including WL Ross and Co. LLC as major stockholders in addition to Norwest Venture Partners, Masters Capital Nanotechnology Fund, Firelake Capital Management and Masters Capital Management.

"This is a strategic acquisition as we extend our market share with apparel throughout the world," Rubin said. "The intellectual properties and latest development, Aquapel, a non-fluorinated repellency treatment, is very exciting to our research team."

Company officials said Nano-Tex uses a proprietary nanotechnology approach to enhance textiles at the molecular level. The technology provides permanent performance attributes including stain and water resistance, moisture wicking, odor control, static elimination and wrinkle-free properties.

According to the company, Nano-Tex technologies were used on $280 million in branded finished products at retail worldwide.

"We are extremely pleased by Crypton's acquisition," said Wilbur Ross Jr., chairman of WL Ross. "This assures that Nano-Tex will continue on a strong growth trajectory. Its expanding market reach and prominence will further enhance the competitiveness of WL Ross' companies in the consumer and industrial fabrics industries - the goal that sparked our initial investment interest in Nano-Tex eight years ago."

"The pairing of two great performance textile brain trusts will only be enhanced by the shared technology of the two companies," Rubin said. "We will each bring new resources to this union, which will only strengthen us both in the retail and contract marketplace."

Nano-Tex will be headquartered at The Crypton Cos. in Bloomfield Hills, but will maintain sales operations in the U.S., Asia, India and Europe. In addition, the company will keep distribution centers in Hong Kong, Belgium, mainland China and the U.S. The technical transfer capabilities, provided from China and India, will be ongoing, ensuring the continuity and expansion of the company's global footprint, officials said.


Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.


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