Paint on wall-to-wall protection

Wong (left) and Yaw at the official launch of the Nippon Paint VirusGuard held at Nippon Paint headquarters in Shah Alam.

NIPPON Paint Malaysia (NPM) has unveiled its new coating innovation to provide anti-viral and anti-bacterial protection for health-conscious customers.

Introduced as Nippon Paint VirusGuard (NPV), it has a new feature that is lab-tested to be 99% effective against the human coronavirus (strain 229E), which is linked to common cold symptoms and respiratory tract infections.

At the official launch of the NPV held at Nippon Paint headquarters in Shah Alam, Nippon Paint Malaysia group managing director Yaw Seng Heng said, “Having innovation as our DNA over the last 50 years, we have always pushed our boundaries in coating innovation, striving beyond aesthetics, to ensure that our coatings are also functional, while providing a safer and sustainable future for all.”

Aside from being the first paint company in Malaysia to introduce odourless paint, Yaw said they had continuously brought in various innovative solutions such as Child Wellness Range, Green Choice Series and Indoor Wellness Range.

“We are also the first in the industry to roll-out Odourless AirCare, a functional coating that absorbs harmful formaldehyde from the air and converts it into water vapour, resulting in clean fresh air.

“The Weatherbond Solareflect is also one of our unique exterior coating that does not only provide a tough finish but also reduces surface temperature by up to 5°C, ” he added.

Yaw said the roll-out of NPV, which was first launched in 2015 but now boasts a new formulation, was timely in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While many have returned to work and resumed their daily lives in the new normal, the high level of anxiety and uncertainty is unavoidable, and will continue to bring concerns to each of us.

“This is one of the reasons we are certain that the NPV coating solution will help reduce the likelihood of respiratory and other diseases that are caused by the human coronavirus 229E, among others.”

NPV utilises the Silver Ion Technology, which has been shown to be effective in mitigating the growth of viruses, namely human coronavirus (strain 229E); Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD); Influenza A (H1N1); and bacteria (such as E coli, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, and Staphylococcus aureus) when in contact with the paint film.

NPM marketing assistant general manager Datin Wong Meng Lee, in her presentation during the launch, said that 88% of individuals overlook walls when cleaning.

“Walls are the largest surface in homes or offices.

“Viruses and bacteria spread to the walls during our daily activities, ” she said, adding that the product would be good for residences, education centres, health institutions and commercial areas.

“Silver Ion is one of the world’s oldest natural antimicrobials. It resists the growth of micro-organisms like viruses, bacteria, mould and fungi. It is definitely safe for human and pets, ” Wong added.

The company held a panel discussion at the launch of the new coating, which featured several speakers.

In the keynote presentation on “Embracing the New Normal, ” Universiti Malaya’s medical microbiology department virologist Associate Professor Dr Chang Li-Yen, spoke about “hotspots” — referring to areas where there is increased risk of presence of infectious agents, including viruses and bacteria, and that it included door knobs, tabletops, chairs, workspaces, communal areas and walls.

In a panel discussion later, Wong said the company was planning to reach out to 100 schools this year to educate their stakeholders and consumers on wellness and safety of using NPV.

Additionally, she said they also had various TV commercials to educate the public on the benefits of using NPV, which she said had been sent for testing at a US-based independent lab this year to verify its 99% effectiveness against the human coronavirus.

Yaw said the NPV was targeted at hospitals and hotels, among others.

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