Berger Paints India Limited, the second largest paint company in India, is providing its Antimicrobial Powder Coatings for usage in medical industry to restrict the spread ·of infection as much as possible. The company has associated itself with various suppliers of the hospital furniture industry and is currently supplying the product in the states of Odisha, Telangana, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
At present, the product is available under the brands QualiCoat & UltraCoat which are for Interior use (Epoxy Polyester Hybrid chemistry) while PermaCoat and Duraberg can also be used for exterior surfaces (Pure Polyester Chemistry) like garden furniture, metro rail door frames, automotive accessories etc. These products are available in ready solid shades and metallic finishes with the provision for customized shades to suit demand.
Commenting on this innovation, Mr. Abhijit Roy, Managing Director and CEO of Berger Paints said, “The uniqueness and relevance of Antimicrobial coating is that it prevents the microbial growth and does not allow propagation further to adjacent areas. The product requires minimal maintenance and when applied the surface does not require periodical sanitization. This product is also effective when applied on household items, metal furniture, home appliances thus increasing its utility beyond medical industry. Currently we have already started marketing in the South & East and soon to foray in other areas.”
The product has been tested at an UK based lab and provides an extra shield against the spread of harmful bacteria and microbes. The Antimicrobial Powder Coating works on the platform of active silver ions technology that inhibits bacterial and microbial spread through a mechanism of constant controlled release of silver ions and remains active for years. These coated surfaces require minimal maintenance, just regular wiping with a clean moist cloth. The utility of this Antimicrobial Powder coating has seen interest from hospitals and healthcare equipment segment as well as the segments catering to household items, food & beverage processing equipment etc.