MetalSkin Technologies will offer an adhesive that eliminates 99% of bacteria in three minutes and inhibits 99.5% of CoV-2-SARS in two to four hours. The company has just signed a contract with UUDS, a specialist in the design and decontamination of aircraft cabins, which has diversified into the disinfection of public transport.
MS-Sticker® is formulated with an alloy composed mainly of copper.
MetalSkin Technologies invented and patented MetalSkin®, a coating with bactericidal and virucidal properties, certified under real conditions of use. The French company presents a new product : MS-Sticker®, the adhesive and flexible variant of MetalSkin®.
Initially created for use in hospitals, the French MetalSkin® technology is the result of work carried out by MetalSkin Technologies teams with hygiene, health and epidemic risk prevention professionals for nearly 15 years. It claims to eradicate 99% of bacteria in 3 minutes and to inhibit 99.5% of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) between 2 and 4 hours.
“Given the health situation, it had become essential for us to make available products that could be used on a larger scale. We would like MS-Sticker® to meet this growing demand for hygiene at the heart of companies”, Stéphane Penari, President of MetalSkin Technologies SAS.
MS-Sticker®: a certified adhesive easy to apply
Manufactured in France, MS-Sticker adhesives are designed to coat surfaces repeatedly touched by heterogeneous populations in order to avoid the spread of bacteria and viruses. The MetalSkin technology, which is harmless to humans, takes the form of a self-decontaminating adhesive formulated with an alloy composed mainly of copper and which can be applied to all types of flat, cylindrical and relief-free surfaces (e.g. switches, handles, knobs, doorbells…).
When the pandemic began, Metalskin Technologies had just patented a technology for a self-decontaminating copper-based surface coating, the result of 15 years of research. The Hérault industrialist saw the demand explode and now offers an adhesive using its technology that is resistant, flexible and easy to apply.
A few months before the pandemic, in mid-2019, the French company Metalskin Technologies patented the invention of its self-decontaminating coating that provides 99% protection against bacteria and 99.5% protection against the Sars-Cov-2 virus (Covid-19). The result of nearly 15 years of research work for the start-up officially created in 2013. Since the pandemic, masks and hydroalcoholic gel are now part of the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) mandatory in companies. However, there is no real prevention of transmission through the surfaces affected on a daily basis in places frequented by people. These include door handles or workstations in offices, but also working environments in industry, logistics, retail or construction sites, for example.
A ready-to-use adhesive for SMEs
The coating is a composite combining polymers and a 92% copper alloy, applied to a thickness of 200 µm. It is the biocidal properties of the metal that are at the origin of the protection. The application of the coating makes the surfaces self-decontaminating in a way. The technology eradicates 99% of bacteria in 3 minutes and inhibits 99.5% of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in 2 to 4 hours. According to the company, it has “demonstrated its effectiveness in everyday conditions and in very short periods of time, according to the strictest standards, including NF S90-700”. To facilitate the equipping of surfaces or buildings in very small and medium-sized businesses and craftsmen, Metalskin Technologies has designed a flexible and resistant adhesive based on its technology. It can be applied to any flat, cylindrical and relief-free surface such as door handles or switches.
Technology licensed to manufacturers
Metalskin Technologies licenses its patented technology and know-how to industrialists, who design and produce. It has registered its invention with intellectual property protection authorities worldwide (Europe, China, Japan, Australia, United States, etc.). For example, Le Francilien Pixika has designed phone shells, keyboards, mice, external batteries, USB keys, all of which are bactericidal. Bulk & Co in Yonne, a manufacturer of bulk food distribution devices, has equipped the handles of its silos for dry grocery stores with them.
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A vessel driven by additive manufacturing
This time, Naval Group has equipped a ship of the French Navy with a propeller produced in additive metal fabrication. The largest propeller ever produced with this technique, is a first step for the French. Other parts would have to be redesigned to benefit from the manufacturing gains.
New products for our interior
This new collection of watch notes also highlights new features in the building of the future, with the Threespine/ Välinge snap-on system, which guarantees that furniture can be assembled and disassembled without creating a gap between parts and facilitates recycling at the end of its life. Rewarded with an InterzumAward, this device allows panels to be easily, quickly and without tools fixed to each other thanks to a locking tab inserted in a specific machining. This connection creates a continuous joint that ensures the squareness, stability and solidity of the furniture. This invisible and reversible technology is compatible with all types of machinable materials.
Finally, made of 92% copper, the MetalSkin® coating can be applied like a paint at room temperature and can be used to coat all kinds of objects or surfaces with a flexible skin capable of eradicating bacteria, microbes, germs and other viruses. This biocidal treatment destroys 99% of bacteria in 3 minutes and 99.5% of SARS-CoV-2 in 4 hours.
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The interest of self-decontaminating surfaces with biocidal properties
Today, self-decontaminating surface materials appear as relevant solutions in the cleanroom perimeter. The NF S90-700 published in 2019 thus provides reference texts in the field. Several trials have recently been carried out in French clinics.
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In the merciless fight that the CHRs are waging against the Covid-19, an emergency door may well appear through innovative systems, usually used in industry or hospitals, to purify the air and sanitize surfaces.
The anti-Covid protection system installed by Alain Ducasse at Allard, to filter the ambient air and bring a healthy breath of fresh air to each table of the restaurant, was welcomed by the customers who found it reassuring. In my opinion, certain categories of tourists will need a guarantee of safety to return to the restaurants, especially foreigners,” said Benoît Gillmann, CEO of Bio-UV, whose company has developed several disinfection devices (see box). In the future, certain sectors, particularly the hotel and restaurant industry, will have to adopt more advanced hygiene and disinfection protocols. “The choice of an air purifier depends very much on the use you want to make of it,” notes Jean-Christophe Champion, air quality expert at BioCleanair Assethos.
Among the means deployed, filtration, often used in operating theatres, would however present flaws, according to Jean-Christophe Campion. “Filtration has the advantage of being able to choose which sizes of microparticles should be stopped by the filters. But that’s still capture, we don’t kill viruses. The filters get dirty and when they have to be changed, it is not impossible that they will disperse again. “Ionization decontamination devices also have the disadvantage that they do not remove viruses, but disperse them away from the treated area. The greatest promise would therefore come from UV systems, which would allow undesirable microorganisms to be eliminated with high rates of effectiveness.
Protecting surfaces: coatings that kill
In recent months, the materio.com platform, which references materials with unique properties, has seen a surge in demand for bio-treated coatings, particularly against viruses and bacteria. It is not our role to advise on this or that material,” recalls Quentin Hirsinger, founder of the platform. Our added value lies in sourcing products that present a particular asset that can be used in different contexts. “The decontamination and sanitization of surfaces by processes other than repeated cleaning is one of the challenges of health safety. Metalskin Technologies, a TPE in the Hérault region of France, uses the antiseptic properties of copper in paint.
“Scientists have very recently evaluated the mortality of Covid-19 on certain surfaces, including copper, which is the active ingredient in MetalSkin®. Their study shows that on a copper surface, the virus is eliminated in less than 4 hours compared to 1 to 2 days on stainless steel,” the company reacted. After a long experimental phase, the company now wants to promote the integration of this bactericidal coating in the manufacturing process of industrial companies. The only downside is that the high cost of copper currently prevents the massive deployment of this technology.
This Wednesday, November 18, in the column La pépite, Lorraine Goumot receives Stéphane Penari, founder and president of MetalSkin Technologies SAS. He talked about MetalSkin’s bactericidal paint which is copper-based to eradicate bacteria, microbes, germs and viruses.
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A copper coating
“MetalSkin® is a coating that can be applied to a wide range of materials and shapes. It is a composite of polymers and a 92% copper alloy. Its application makes it possible to divide the number of bacteria by an average of 3,000 in 1 hour. In addition to destroying 99% of bacteria in 3 minutes, surfaces coated with MetalSkin® kill 99.5% of SARS-CoV-2 in 4 hours for 10 years,” the firm states on its website. In France, many restaurants and hospitals are adding this coating to switches, door handles, faucets and toilet bowls. The system can also be placed on a telephone shell.
MetalSkin® offers antibacterial and anti-virus coating of surfaces
The company located in Balaruc-les-Bains has developed a bactericidal coating formulated with an alloy composed mainly of copper, which can be applied to many everyday objects.
-99.95% in 4 hours : the virucidal activity of the coating designed by MetalSkin® has been tested and validated by the CNRS, within the CEMIPAI laboratory (Centre d’Etudes des Maladies Infectieuses et Pharmacologie Anti-Infectieuses – CNRS unit / University of Montpellier). The founder Stéphane Penari is currently facing a strong development of his company.
If the process seems innovative, this invention was nevertheless born in his grandfather’s farm.
“My grandfather used to tighten a copper wire to prevent mosses from growing on the roof. Several years later, I took up this idea by transforming copper by incorporating binders to make a surface treatment that we will be able to apply in the factories of manufacturers of door handles, faucet switches or any element that we will be able to touch with our hands,” explains Stéphane Penari, founder of MetalSkin®.
In the heart of a health crisis, the MetalSkin® coating “proved that it could inhibit the virus in 3 or 4 hours, compared to an average of 28 hours on conventional surfaces”, explains the director.
While this solution is gradually being developed and adopted by healthcare institutions, the company is preparing the release of new objects already equipped with this coating, and is in the process of recruiting new staff.
“The future looks good for us as we will be bringing new products to market, including computer keyboards, mice, adhesives. I now need to recruit lawyers, sales people, business developers”, explains Stéphane Penari.