Trade takes off for company protecting airline industry against Covid-19

A Stafford-based company has seen demand soar for its expertise which is helping the aviation sector prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses on aircraft seats, tables and walls, luggage trolleys and security trays.

Addmaster, a developer of performance enhancing additives for the plastic, paper, textile, paintings and coatings industry, says its Biomaster antimicrobial technology is proven to inhibit the growth of microbes by up to 99.99% and is also highly effective against inactivating viruses on surfaces such as textiles, paper and plastic.

Collaborations with global specialists are already underway and further trials are about to start with airports and airlines around the world.

Paul Morris, CEO of Addmaster, said: “Hygiene is now front and centre of business thinking and none more so than in the travel sector where companies need to give millions of people peace of mind that they can fly safely.

“We have seen a massive surge of enquiries for our Biomaster antimicrobial technology over the past three months and are now in advanced trials with a number of global organisations and new tests are starting every week.”

He added: “When microbes land on an untreated surface they can easily contaminate the next person that touches that product. However, if they land on an antimicrobial protected surface, silver ions in Biomaster inhibit the growth of bacteria and deactivate viruses*, significantly reducing the risk of cross contamination.

“This approach has been successfully tested to protect against Norovirus and feline Coronavirus and we believe it will work on Covid-19. Unfortunately, there has yet to be an approved test developed for the latest virus, so we can only base the antiviral efficacy of Biomaster on the fact it has been effective against similar ‘protective lipid coatings’.”

Addmaster, which won its third Queen’s Award in April, is ramping up activities to cope with the growth in demand, including increasing production and appointing additional sales resource to deal with enquiries.

The versatility of Biomaster is proving popular as it can be built into the manufacturing process, applied to existing surfaces via air cured coating or can be sprayed onto textiles.

This means the company can offer an immediate solution for airlines and airports, while also potentially becoming an important production partner for manufacturers to the sector.

“We all want to be able to travel, but it has to be safe and Addmaster can hopefully play a role in achieving this,” said Morris, who started the business 20 years ago.

“You don’t realise how many surfaces you touch when travelling through airports and on aircraft…luggage trolleys, security trays, numerous door handles, counters, seat tables and armrests.
“Regular cleaning is vital, but Biomaster can be a very powerful ally in protecting passengers when in contact with surfaces.”