Award-winning Irish nano-technology company Kastus is to partner with global technology giant Lenovo in a move that looks set to transform the hygiene and safety standards of commercial touchscreen usage.
Kastus is a developer of revolutionary, light-powered, ‘always on’ antiviral and antimicrobial surface coatings which have been independently proven to be effective against human Coronavirus and up to 99.99% of surface bacteria.
Lenovo, which has a major OEM solutions business, is one of the top three manufacturers of IT products in the world.
Already the world’s leading PC company, Lenovo is also a leader in smartphones, tablets, industry solutions and data centre infrastructure.
The new partnership will see Lenovo offer a bespoke range of commercial antiviral and antimicrobial screen protectors for existing machines, using Kastus’ patented protective coating technology.
It will also see Lenovo develop a new line of products which will have Kastus’ technology built-into screens as standard.
The move represents a major step forward for public health. Studies have shown that coronavirus can survive on a smooth surface – such as mobile phone glass or a touchscreen ticket terminal at an airport – for up to 28 days.
By partnering with Kastus, Lenovo’s OEM customers will have access to a proven solution to help protect end-users of essential touchscreen appliances – from ATM machines to cinema ticket terminals to handheld inventory management devices in factories – against harmful bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus.
Lenovo sees the light
Kastus’s pioneering protective coating technology is light-activated, so its power source never depletes. That enables it to provide continuous protection for shared surface users in an environmentally friendly way and one to which bacteria and viruses cannot build resistance.
Kastus’s patented coating uses ambient moisture and light as a fuel source to generate oxygen radicals, a type of unstable molecule that contains oxygen, which attaches to bacteria and viruses and works to kill them.
Its coatings have been proven effective in blocking up to 99.99 per cent of surface bacteria and fungi including antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA and E. coli.
Kastus’s light-activated – or photocatalytic – technology, is supported by 44 global patents and has been at the forefront of antiviral and antimicrobial surface protection since 2014, offering the ultimate ‘always-on’ protection for touchscreen devices.
Kastus’s factory-applied coating technology is sprayed on and sintered on to a product during the manufacturing process, forming an extremely durable immobilised thin coating.
As the Lenovo partnership shows, it offers solutions for both new screen devices and tempered glass screen protectors which can easily be applied to retrofit and protect existing commercial screens already in use.
Lenovo will provide Kastus’s screens and screen protectors for both its own devices and those of its industry partners, presenting a significant addressable market.
After all, any screen can be protected, from laptops to self-service restaurant kiosks to medical devices, ensuring the safety of both a businesses’ consumers and its colleagues.
Antimicrobial coatings are a critical tool in the current environment to help give consumers enhanced levels of protection when using shared touch screens.
The Lenovo partnership comes at a time when concern about exposure to surface bacteria and viruses, as a result of interactions on shared touch surfaces, is at an all-time high.
Kastus has you covered.
As Lenovo builds its OEM business, it looks for key partnerships that complement its own technology and adds significant value for its customers as they build their solutions, explains Craig Arold, COO Lenovo OEM.
“Kastus technology is a great example of first-in-class innovation that meets a critical need in the market. By providing antiviral and antimicrobial capability, our partnership with Kastus will set the pace in helping make touch-screen solutions safer in the market,” explains Arold.
The team at Kastus is thrilled to be partnering with Lenovo too, as “one of the most significant and innovative providers of IT equipment on the planet,” according to John Browne, CEO of Kastus.
“By using Kastus screens Lenovo customers will add their devices to the millions already protected by Kastus, allowing consumers, colleagues and families to confidently interact with the touchscreens that have become so integral to work and leisure,” says Browne.
“With consumer awareness and demands around enhanced touchscreen protection growing, we look forward to working with the Lenovo team to bring the always-on benefits of the Kastus protective technology to a wider global audience.”
Coating the world
Founded in 2014, Kastus’s globally patented range of ‘always on’ antiviral and antimicrobial surface coatings are designed to protect both glass and ceramic surfaces.
They are proven to global ISO and ASTM lab test standards to protect coated surfaces against harmful bacteria, everyday tough viruses such as Influenza A & Hep A and, more recently, human coronavirus.
In June 2020 Kastus was awarded a significant European Commission grant to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic and support recovery in Europe. Today it is partnering with a host of global brands, including Lenovo, enabling them to add enhanced protection to their commercial and personal use touchscreen portfolio.
The applications are enormous – literally
Kastus’ coatings include solutions for both finished products – such as screen protectors for existing screens – as well as coatings for use in the manufacturing processes of all types of new products. They are effective not just on glass but ceramics too.
Their efficacy had already resulted in partnerships prior to that with Lenovo, such as with Zagg, a leading US producer of screen protectors for tablets and smartphones, as well as Omani-based tile company Al Maha Ceramics, which has reach in markets across Asia and Africa.
Kastus is working with floor tile makers for tiles designed for use in residential, commercial, and healthcare settings and, John Browne predicts, Kastus’s coating technology will, in time, most likely become mandated as a standard finish under national building regulations.
Given the lessons learned during the current pandemic about human health and the need to manage shared surfaces of all kinds, very many manufacturers are likely to follow Lenovo’s lead.
To find out how Kastus can add value to your products visit www.kastus.com