Drytac has appointed Leeds-based Imageco as the first Drytac Health Science partner in the UK, supplying and installing Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial film for multiple applications across a wide-range of sectors, including hospitals and healthcare clinics, retail, education and more.
Imageco provides design, print, finishing and installation services to customers across the UK, counting wide-format print, signage, point-of-sale, wall coverings and events and exhibitions among its offerings. The company also has a long-standing relationship with the UK's National Health Service (NHS), and has supported it with multiple signage and display projects over the years.
On the new partnership with Drytac, Scott Buckler, Head of Sustainable Business Development at Imageco, explains: "When Drytac introduced us to Protac AMP we intuitively knew it was a must for any building, surface or area that serves the public. We are amid the biggest global pandemic we have ever lived through, and hygiene must be a priority. Infection prevention has never been so critical."
In terms of applications, Buckler explains: "We firstly want to start with the most obvious places: hospitals. From the Reception to the ICU, surface areas need to have the highest hygiene standards, and - given the antimicrobial qualities within Protac AMP - we are guaranteeing our customers the safest possible product. Applications such as doors, handles and signage will be the main aim initially, but we know we can use the film for many other surfaces."
Launched in September last year, Drytac Protac AMP with Microban antimicrobial technology has been designed to help protect surfaces from microbes. On an unprotected surface, stain and odour-causing bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes. Protac AMP works continuously to keep it cleaner for longer. The 150μ (6 mil) self-adhesive polyester film incorporates Microban technology at the manufacturing stage, which becomes part of the material's intrinsic physical structure at a molecular level and will not wash away, even after cleaning.
On signing up Imageco as the UK's first Drytac Health Science partner, Drytac's Global Product Manager, Shaun Holdom, says: "Imageco's long-standing relationship with the NHS in the UK makes them the perfect fit for Protac AMP. It is the ideal solution for protecting doors, keypads, counters, tables and any other flat surfaces in healthcare and medical environments.
"Microban reservoirs in the film disrupt the microbes' cell walls, preventing their growth, and as a result, the film provides protection 24 hours a day for up to 15 years. Additionally, each batch of Protac AMP is tested for antimicrobial performance providing the utmost confidence and peace of mind for any application."
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