Antimicrobial Products for Transportation

ANTIMICROBIAL PRODUCTS FOR TRANSPORTATION

Working around the clock and lasting for the expected lifetime of a product, BioCote® protection helps to keep surfaces cleaner and fresher for longer. For some products, this will mean extending their usable lifetime past that of an unprotected product, creating additional sustainability within that product range.

Delivering premium additives for a wide range of products and material types, BioCote® can provide bespoke antimicrobial solutions to businesses in the transportation sector.

Antimicrobial products in high-traffic and multi-touchpoint areas

Car sharing, taking public transport, riding a taxi or enjoying a holiday on a cruise liner – when large numbers of people come together in high traffic areas with multiple touchpoints and less stringent hygiene protocols, the risk of cross-contamination exponentially increases.

In addition to the risk of cross-contamination, a microbial build-up on surfaces can also cause terrible odours, irremovable staining and premature material degradation of products, which can lead to mechanical or structural weaknesses causing early product failure. These are common denominators between commercial aircrafts, cruise ships, train carriages, airport terminal passenger pods and cars.

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Antimicrobial products for automotive industry

By reducing the build-up of microbes in all the hidden areas and crevices in between cleans, antimicrobial technology can be a real game changer in the automotive industry.

With multiple touch points within a vehicle, the overarching issue is that drivers come into contact with a lot of different high-touch surfaces over the course of the day, such as door handles, fuel pumps, ATM buttons, shopping trolleys, money and many more. With all those surfaces being covered in microbes, those microbes are then being transferred onto the interior of the car, such as door handles, steering wheel, gear stick, hand break, audio controls and upholstery. What’s more, car interiors are generally cleaned less frequently than other surfaces and areas of our day-to-day life, with the situation of course heightened in situations such as car sharing, rental vehicles and business vehicles.

Treatable Interior Touchpoints

BioCote® additives can deliver ultimate protection to key areas in vehicles to prevent the build-up of microbial biofilm – whether it be on the steering wheel, door handles or internal HVAC systems and water delivery pipes.

Treatable Materials and Products

Working directly with Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturers of automotive parts, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are integrated into a wide range of products and materials during manufacturing to become part of the product without changing its look and performance. The supply chain is adjusted to include BioCote® as the supplier of the antimicrobial additive to the relevant tier 1 or 2 sub-contractor, who are operating under the specifications of the OEMs.

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers over coatings and paints to textiles. We work with you to identify the right additive that works for your product.

Tackling hygiene hotspots in public transport

In 2018/19, people made 4.8 billion local bus passenger journeys in Great Britain alone. There were 1.8 billion National Rail passenger journeys. Light rail and tram travel also continued to grow to 0.3 million journeys. On average, each person in England travelled 101 kilometres by taxi or Private Hire Vehicle in 2018. 1

Whether by bus, train, tram, underground or taxi, the statistics clearly show that public transport is a popular way to travel from A to B. The combination of high passenger traffic, multiple touchpoints and less stringent hygiene protocols, however, makes for a perfect microbial breeding ground. This exponentially increases the risk of transferring microbes from surface to surface.

During their journeys, passengers come into contact with many things that other people touch over the course of the day, such as money, ATM buttons, bathroom door handles, shopping trolleys, and many more. We may not always have the opportunity to clean our hands whilst on the go, so the microbes we pick up along the way will be transferred onto common touch areas in public transport, such as grab rails, seats and control buttons.

Apart from posing a hygiene risk, the microbial build-up on surfaces can also cause terrible odours, irremovable staining and premature material degradation of products, which can lead to mechanical or structural weaknesses causing early product failure.

Treatable Public Transport Touchpoints

BioCote® additives can deliver ultimate protection to key areas and systems in carriages and vehicles to prevent the build-up of biofilm which can cause product failure:

Treatable Materials and Products

BioCote® can deliver ultimate antimicrobial protection for common touchpoint areas in public transport. Working directly with component manufacturers in each area of the public transport industry, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are integrated into a wide range of products and materials during manufacturing. The antimicrobial technology seamlessly becomes part of the product without changing its look and performance.

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers over coatings and paints to textiles.

BioCote® & Project AMICABLE: ANTIMICROBIAL GRAB POLES FOR USE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Project AMICABLE is an award-winning, 12-month Innovate UK funded project which set out to produce a lightweight, permanently antimicrobial grab pole for use in public transport. This innovation addresses two widely recognised issues: the need to improve customer confidence, post-Covid, in the safety of mass transport systems, and the need to decarbonise transport.

The lightweight antimicrobial grab poles will be used in a wide range of public transport applications, such as bus, rail, underground and tram, including in the new prototype vehicles of the Coventry Light Rail system.

BioCote® & Project AMICABLE: ANTIMICROBIAL GRAB POLES FOR USE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Project AMICABLE is an award-winning, 12-month Innovate UK funded project which set out to produce a lightweight, permanently antimicrobial grab pole for use in public transport. This innovation addresses two widely recognised issues: the need to improve customer confidence, post-Covid, in the safety of mass transport systems, and the need to decarbonise transport.

The lightweight antimicrobial grab poles will be used in a wide range of public transport applications, such as bus, rail, underground and tram, including in the new prototype vehicles of the Coventry Light Rail system.

Improving hygiene and protecting surfaces in aircraft cabins

It is no secret that a crowd in a confined space makes for an excellent microbial breeding ground, and airplanes are no exception. When boarding a plane, not only passengers but also a wide range of microbes enter the cabin environment – before entering an aircraft, passengers pass through busy airports, touching everything from security trays, handrails to card machines. This presents ample of opportunities for bacteria to be transferred from one surface to another.

Within the aircraft itself, microbes can transfer via multiple surfaces, such as seats, armrest, table trays and window shades, and also spread through the air via droplets. Whilst modern planes now recycle up to 50% of cabin air and use High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)/True HEPA filtrations systems that remove 99.97% bacteria from the aircraft cabin environment, bacteria can thrive throughout the cabin via common touchpoint areas. Studies have highlighted that tray tables are amongst the dirtiest places on a plane, harbouring more bacteria than the toilet flush button.

Treatable Aircraft Touchpoints

Airport security check point trays, rest room areas, galley trays or window shades are just some common touchpoints that BioCote® can be integrated into. BioCote® antimicrobial additives deliver the same levels of efficacy once integrated into crucial components such as HEPA filters, HVAC systems or oxygen delivery systems.

Treatable Materials and Products

Working directly with component manufacturers in the aviation sector, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are integrated into a wide range of products during manufacturing to become part of the product without changing its look and feel. The supply chain is adjusted to include BioCote® as the supplier of the antimicrobial additives to the relevant component supplier, who are operating under the specifications of the OEMs.

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers, coatings and paints to textiles. We work with you to identify the right additive that works for your product.

Antimicrobial technology to prevent bacterial stowaways

With diverse travel experiences both onboard and on land from several destinations, travelling the world on a cruise liner has become very popular even with Generation Z and visual travel diaries have started to fill Instagram feeds. In 2018, nearly 30 million passengers cruised the world and more than 200 cruise ships were in operation.1

Despite stringent cleaning protocols on most ships, frequently used communal areas onboard carry a higher likelihood of microbial cross-contamination from surface to surface – having caused cruise ships to gain a reputation for being incubators of microbes.

During their journey, passengers involuntarily pick up microbes on land and bring them on board. Whilst going about enjoying their holiday, regular and robust hand hygiene might not be top of mind, so the microbes we pick up on dry land will be transferred onto common touch areas on board, such as grab rails, seating as well as leisure and childcare facilities.

Apart from posing a risk of poor hygiene levels, the microbial build-up on surfaces can also cause terrible odours, irremovable staining and premature material degradation of products, which can lead to mechanical or structural weaknesses causing early product failure.

Treatable Interior Touchpoints

Whether retro-fitting an existing cruise ship or building BioCote® technology into the specification for a new ship, antimicrobial technology would be a supportive inclusion to achieve ultimate protection from a broad range of microbes in hygiene-conscious environments.

Treatable Materials and Products

Working directly with component manufacturers on behalf of cruise ship operators, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are integrated into a wide range of products during manufacturing. The antimicrobial technology seamlessly becomes part of the product without changing its look and performance. The supply chain is adjusted to include BioCote® as the supplier of the antimicrobial additive to the relevant component supplier, who are operating under the specifications of the cruise ship operator.

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers over coatings and paints to textiles.