NIPPON Paint Malaysia has distributed 600 litres of its latest surface coating product, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard (NPV), to 42 property management companies in Malaysia.
The move was part of Nippon Paint’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative in safeguarding the health and wellness of frontliners.
The #RuangSelamat initiative was rolled out in partnership with Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers (MIPFM) at its ninth annual general meeting.
Launched last month, the NPV was tested against the coronavirus strain 229E by Analytical Lab Group. It utilises silver ion technology that is claimed to be effective in reducing viral load by 99.9% upon contact with the paint film.
Strain 229E is the first strain identified in the family of viruses, linked to common cold symptoms and respiratory tract infections.
Additionally, the company also claims NPV to be effective in mitigating the growth of viruses which cause hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) and influenza A (H1N1), as well as bacteria such as E-coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
An environmentally friendly coating solution, the NPV’s use of silver ion technology is deemed to be effective in preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria through a three-step approach — deactivating the function of viruses and bacteria, reducing their ability to multiply and reproduce, and inhibiting their growth which ultimately causes the death of the bacteria and viruses.
“The contribution by Nippon Paint Malaysia is truly timely, as our property managers and security frontliners have remained resilient, working tirelessly throughout the different phases of the movement control order (MCO), ” said MIPFM president Adzman Shah Mohd Ariffin.
“The NPV is an added protection to further safeguard their management offices and guardhouses that see high footfall.
“We are happy to collaborate with Nippon Paint Malaysia and are appreciative of their commitment in supporting the property industry, ” he added.
With the second round of conditional movement control order that started yesterday, the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over.
Commercial spaces and households are required to be sanitised frequently, while maintaining good ventilation and levels of indoor hygiene.
High contact surfaces are areas where there is a high risk of infectious agents, including viruses and bacteria, and these need to be a top priority during sanitisation.
According to the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high contact surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
“Nippon Paint recognises the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
“We are certain that the VirusGuard innovation will benefit our partners in the property industry by keeping common areas safe, as we continue to navigate through the new normal.
“As walls form the largest surface within a given space, NPV is one mitigating factor against viruses and bacteria, ” said Nippon Paint Malaysia senior sales manager Matt Wong Say Peng.
“The collaboration with MIPFM is one of Nippon Paint’s efforts and continuous commitment
in line with the company’s
wellness journey of nearly two decades.”
He said Nippon Paint was the first coatings company that introduced Malaysia’s first odourless paint and had since rolled out various innovative solutions and partnerships such as the Green Choice Series, Child Wellness Range and Indoor Wellness Range, while working closely with strategic partners and national associations to further educate Malaysians on the importance of healthy indoor space.
Nippon Paint Malaysia marketing assistant general manager Datin Wong Meng Lee said, “As the market leader for over 50 years, we have always kept our finger on the pulse to ensure that we are responding to market needs.
“The NPV is a testament to our continuous efforts in safeguarding the overall health and wellness of Malaysians.
“The collaboration with MIPFM is one of many efforts that Nippon Paint has embarked on to provide support and further elevate the health and wellness of individuals, businesses and organisations during this unprecedented time.”
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