India-based textile manufacturer Skywalk International signs partnership with Polygiene to treat textiles and facemasks with Polygiene ViralOff®. The order value is estimated between USD 150 000 to USD 200 000 per year.
Skywalk is a rapid responder to the need for antivirally treated facemasks, with distribution via their own e-commerce site. They will also provide cotton fabric and polyester coated fabrics, treated with ViralOff. “Polygiene is a tested and trusted brand and a world leader for antiviral treatments on fabrics. People are getting aware and more conscious about keeping safe from viruses and Polygiene has come out with solutions to eliminate viruses as well as to reduce transmission of viruses from textile contact” says Yasser Iqbal, marketing manager for Skywalk.
Concerns over viruses also lead to excessive washing and premature discarding of facemasks and clothes. With ViralOff the product will instead reduce viruses to only a fraction of a percent in just two hours, essentially being a perpetually self-cleaning product in relation to viruses and bacteria. This reduces environmental footprints significantly. “As the pandemic spreads – we now have around 1.2 million cases in India too – awareness is ever rising”, says Vishal Bhandari, Technical Director and commercially responsible for Polygiene South Asia. “We all have to do what we can to meet this situation and Skywalk is definitively helping fight the dark side.”
The group of partners producing facemasks with ViralOff is constantly increasing and in addition to Skywalk International, Royal Enfield has now also started making facemasks. Turkish MyMaske, H.A.D. and P.A.C. snoods from Germany, Dutch Senscommon and Xindao as well as British P&S Healthcare and Bumpaa, can also be added to the list. NZ Sock Company is the first to release a facemask made from a blend of merino wool, and La Sportiva, a long-time partner, is also selling its technical facemask Stratos with ViralOff.
ViralOff is not intended to prevent disease, it is used for the protection of the treated product.