Garmatex performance fabric breakthrough: Kottinu™ surpasses demanding Occupational Health and Safety standards, winning coveted approval of Firefighters

VANCOUVER, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Garmatex Technologies, Inc., an innovative leader in the research and development of scientifically-engineered fabrics and technologies, has successfully completed the testing of its Kottinu fabric to occupational health and safety ("OHS") standards for use in garments worn underneath protective wear. The accredited, third party testing was initiated to qualify Kottinu, with its "cotton-like" comfort and feel, as a alternative to the traditional cotton fabric currently favored by firefighters.

Darren Berezowski, Garmatex President, says "Statistics show that heat/stress exhaustion leading to a heart attack is the number one killer of firefighters across North America. The ISO 17493:2000 test substantiates that the thermal stability of Kottinu™ exceeds the requirements of section 31.15 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (British Columbia) standards by a wide margin."

"Just as important," said Berezowski; "are the moisture management aspects of the fabric that assist in helping the body moderate the effects of excessive heat buildup as well as regulating the cooling process so there is a less dramatic effect on the body during the rehab/cool down period." Berezowski also noted that, "These dynamic performance aspects combined with the "cotton-like" comfort and feel of the fabric is what the firefighters find most impressive."

Darrell Smith, an assistant Fire Chief in a prominent Canadian municipality and a veteran firefighter, says; "Firefighters are not dying because they are getting burnt in a fire. Firefighters are overheating and having heart attacks." Endeavoring to provide his team with the best protective equipment available, he adopted the Kottinu shirt for field testing within his department a few years ago and predicts that other fire departments will do the same "once they are enlightened on what this product is."

Martin Doane, CEO of Garmatex, says the Kottinu product has far-reaching potential applications: "The evolution of our technologies is ongoing and the cooperation of groups within the segments we serve provides a valuable contribution. Rigorous standards, such as those that must be adhered to within the firefighting industry, allow us to build upon and demonstrate the superior quality and attributes of our Kottinu product and technology and opens the door to the global opportunity to serve this industry and others. With proven results that it outperforms cotton on a multitude of levels, Kottinu, designed with our fiberithm technology, is the next standard for a true cotton-like performance fabric."

About Garmatex Technologies, Inc.
Garmatex empowers Brands through textile performance and innovation. We help our customers meet their most difficult product challenges with our intelligent, dynamic fiberithm process. Our performance technologies and fabrics: Kottinu™, T3®, Bact-Out®, Coolskin®, Warmskin®, Coldskin™, Steelskin™, Satinu™, Slimskin™, Camoskin™ and Recoveryskin™  have proven to be superior to any like products available in the market for comfort, fit and performance and are engineered using our proprietary "Moisture System Transference" (MST) process which provides unrivaled moisture management control. Garmatex's ground-breaking Kottinu™ fabric, with its amazing "cotton-like" comfort and feel, delivers unparalleled performance in moisture management, lasts 6 times longer than cotton, maintains color sharpness with minimal fade and is a viable alternative to cotton in any application where the inferior attributes of cotton have been considered "the standard". Our patented T3® triple-gusset shirt construction, which allows complete 360 degree mobility of the shoulder without restriction or shirt binding, is the first garment construction design patent granted in decades.

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Image with caption: "Firefighters wear Kottinu™ for comfort and performance (CNW Group/Garmatex Technologies, Inc)". Image available at:

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