Bio-Gard: declaring war on deadly strains of bacteria

Bio-Gard: declaring war on deadly strains of bacteria

After nearly a decade of stringent testing and ongoing development, Seymour Manufacturing International (SMI) has officially unveiled its no-nonsense weapon in the war against deadly bacteria.

The Telford-based company, a world leader in the supply of thermal insulation products, is now enriching its range of strip curtains, doors and thermal windows with Bio-Gard.

Brian Seymour, SMI’s founder and managing director, said: “It always amazes me how long it takes to develop a new product and bring it to market - but I want everything about a new product to be perfect before it is launched.

 “Certainly that has been the case with Bio-Gard, which has been tested under so many conditions to ensure that it complies to world standards such as JIS Z 2801. 2000, ISO 22196:2011, and EU Directive 20002/72EC. It’s a process which has taken at least nine years.”

He added: “Regardless to our efforts to ensure Bio-Gard continues to kill all bacteria for all of its life, the Government will only allow us to claim that it will kill 99% of all germs.

"Why? Because they say it is always remotely possible that a germ might mutate and become resistant.

“However, the following notorious strains have proved to fall to Bio-Gard’s ability to kill it stone-dead - MRSA, E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Legionnaire’s Disease, Bacillus cereus, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus pyrogens, plus all of the other lesser known illness-causing pathogens.

“A virus will normally only live for a few hours, but bacteria, mould and fungi can survive for years.

“Uniquely, Bio-Gard is not only in stock to hang on the regular headers for plastic strip curtains, but can also be hung on our range of Cold-Stop headers, as these are fitted with eyelets.”

Bio-Gard is now being used in all of SMI’s Cold-Stop, Back-Stop, TCZ and all other clear windows fitted into the product range.

Bio-Gard windows are initially being stocked in 200mm and 300mm widths in a strong 2mm thick extrusion. Curtains are cut to 2.3 metre lengths, but are also stocked in rolls for easy conversion.

Mr Seymour added: “The range is expected to grow, and I am keen to work with our customers to meet their demands, from food retail sales fridges to heavy-duty warehouse curtains.

“There has already been keen interest from hospitals, food retailers, food processors and manufacturers, caterers, restaurants, laboratories, mortuaries, the Ministry of Defence, and a host of others.”

Bio-Gard is intended to work in ambient areas, where bacteria can grow quickly, alongside SMI’s Cold-Stop curtains that save 25% in chilled areas and 33.3% in frozen rooms.

Mr Seymour said: “This is another exciting breakthrough for SMI - and another product designed to help and protect our customers and their products.”

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