Ultima has launched a unique self-sanitizing stretch fabric which will explore the potential for tension textile displays and partitions, and deliver a confidence boost to the events and exhibition industry.
The HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 technology has been tested to be 99.99% effective within 30 minutes against SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 producing virus and is designed to constrain growth and tenacity of bacteria enveloped viruses on textile surfaces.
Its antiviral and antibacterial properties are due to a unique combination of silver and vesicle technologies designed to vastly decrease viral and bacterial infectivity on treated surfaces.
“Our industry has been badly affected with the pandemic and we have seen our customers and dealers’ businesses suffer,” said Mark McCleery, Managing Director at Ultima Displays.
“The treated stretch textile with the HeiQ Viroblock technology is a game-changer for the industry, as it opens the door to fabric displays across retail, exhibition, conference and events. The inherent self-sanitizing properties mean that the graphic remains germs and microbes resistant without the need to wipe clean,” McCleery told.
Tension graphic displays are the backbone of the industry, with Ultima leading the way with MODULATE, its innovative magnetic displays and Formulate tubular systems, both of which will help from the newly treated textile. To complement the Stretch fabric a Display Polyester version is also accessible for use with a variety of wall-mounted or freestanding TFS frames.
Stringent tests have been done to safeguard the treated textile with the HeiQ Viroblock technology has a strong antimicrobial efficacy demonstrated by ISO 20743 and ISO18184. It is EU REACH compliant and certified as safe, as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based (72% bio-based carbon) and recycled.
The treated textile can be cleaned if graphics become dirty by gently washing at 60°C for up to 30 washes, without effecting the antimicrobial properties.
The HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 technology is patent-pending and is also OEKOTEX® certified, ZDHC and bluesign® homologized.
This story comes only a month after Ultima unveiled a brightly colored multi-height sanitizing unit specifically designed to be fun, friendly, and durable to help children – aged 3 – 11, engage proactively with hygiene practices as school life returns to normal.
The Kid’s Multi-Height Sanitising Unit complies with the ‘Essential Measures’ outlined in the recent Government guidance, which include a requirement for ‘robust hand and respiratory hygiene and enhanced cleaning arrangements.’