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Test results prove high virus kill rate using Zorflex®

Test results prove high virus kill rate using Zorflex®
06/03/2010

Chemviron Carbon Cloth Division, the leading manufacturer of Zorflex® 100% activated carbon cloth based in Durham, UK, has recently developed a series of products which have been proven to be both antiviral and virucidal. Two activated carbon cloth types known as Zorflex® VB and Zorflex® VB Plus were tested by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) using the MS2-Coliphage surrogate test virus. Test results found that a combination of materials including Zorflex® VB, captured up to 99.54% of a virus. Once captured, the Zorflex® VB active layer kills 93% of the virus. Even more outstanding results were obtained Zorflex® VB Plus giving a capture rate of up to 99.88% within the combination of materials and a 98% virus kill rate within the active layer. Results mean the combination of materials using either Zorflex® VB or Zorflex® VB Plus can be used in a variety of diverse applications; from respiratory masks, medical gowns, wound dressings, patient clothing and bedding in the medical field to industrial applications such as air conditioning systems. Separate air permeability tests on both Zorflex® VB and Zorflex® VB Plus revealed an air flow rate of 10.29cm3/cm2/sec which is much higher than the standard respiratory masks on the market. This means both products can contribute to overall wearer comfort – an important factor particularly for respiratory masks. Bob Brown, general manager of Chemviron Carbon Cloth Division commented: “These results are outstanding in terms of Zorflex® itself and also compared to some products already on the market. This new development provides us with a unique opportunity to promote our technology for use in a wide variety of applications. For more information, contact Melissa Collins at mcollins@calgoncarbon-eu.com or call +44 (0) 191 584 6962.

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