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Talking Point | July 2015

The need for hygiene & health is growing

SANITIZED AG, Switzerland´s leading worldwide producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics, will be presenting at the Techtextil a new technology that, for the first time, assures a UV-resistant, outstanding anti-mildew effect, suitable for aqueous coating systems. This product innovation has already won the ITMA future materials award.

Christine Niklas, Product Manager, SANITIZED, talks on the latest development, and various activities happening at production sites. Excerpts from the interview.

Please give us some background information on Sanitized® -- its inception, growth and present-day status. SANITIZED AG, a leading worldwide producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics, has been a Swiss antimicrobial expertise since 1935. For over 80 years, the company has been undertaking pioneering work in this field and has become an established specialist in individual hygiene concepts. In addition to effective products, the range of services also includes advice on marketing and technical issues, diverse testing services, as well as a well-founded brand and license concept. SANITIZED AG only uses scientifically researched and registered antimicrobial active ingredients that have undergone strictest risk assessments for people and the environment in internationally recognised procedures. Our strategy is to grow business and specially in Asia we see a great opportunity in growing business in the textile and coating business.

Please let us know the latest developments of your group for the Asian market?
Asia in general is an upcoming market also for our textile and polymer business. We sell all our products in Asia and recently launched a new product: Outstanding SANITIZED Innovation for Textiles and Coatings in Outdoor Use ´ UV-resistant mildew protection with Sanitized® TH 12-13 is our new development preventing loss of performance in textile treatments even under aggressive insolation.

The product, Sanitized® TH 12-13, which can be used on textiles and for polymer coatings, offers long-lasting, UV-resistant protection against mildew. The product will be launched during the European Coating Show and Techtextil.

A large number of treatments are available to protect textiles in outdoor use against environmental influences such as sun, wind and rain. However, user experiences and market observations show that the protective functions do not last in the long term. Sunlight intensity massively impairs the functions applied, with possible consequences such as premature material fatigue and unsightly stains caused by mildew infestation. The new technology, assures a UV-resistant, outstanding anti-mildew effect. Sanitized® TH 12-13 counteracts destructive infestation by micro-organisms. It is highly temperature-resistant, can be used in conventional application methods and is suitable for aqueous coating systems. Sanitized® TH 12-13 can be used in standard polymer matrices.

Products whose primary function is sun-protection, such as tarpaulins, tents, awnings, parasols and umbrellas, architectural textiles, as well as coated textiles, will benefit from a UV-resistant, anti-mildew treatment using Sanitized® TH 12-13, a product that is still convincing even under high air humidity and persistent rain. Naturally, this new product is subject to the SANITIZED AG standard of using only registered (BPR registration) and safety-tested antimicrobial active ingredients. This product innovation has already won the ITMA future materials award.

Is Sanitized® represented in the Indian market? If so, how has the group been faring in this market?

We elaborate the Indian market together with our distributor Archroma fo

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