How our new antimicrobial coating could help protect your customers | YM Group

The current COVID-19 pandemic has focussed attention on hygiene and how good practice keeps us safer. Always looking for ways to help customers, The Lettershop Group has reacted by achieving certification for the production of printed products including direct mail, door drops, game cards, brochures and packaging protected by antimicrobial coatings.

Your customers want peace of mind. Antimicrobial coatings lets customers know you’re responding to their concerns and considering every avenue to provide them protection. This is particularly applicable for mail products handled multiple times, like coupons and vouchers.

Our antibacterial products apply a high-quality antimicrobial additive on to the surface of the paper substrate. This prohibits the growth of micro-organisms on the surface of the protected mailer, providing long-lasting protection against bacteria, biofilm, fungi and mould.

What is the purpose of making a surface antimicrobial?

Antimicrobial additives eradicate the bacteria which causes contamination and infection, as well as those responsible for odours and staining. The antimicrobial effect also protects the product against degradation, extending its use.

The purpose of the coating is not to create a sterile environment – we all know that being exposed to certain types of bacteria builds a healthy immune system. However, bacterial infections such as MRSA, E. coli and Listeria can be very serious and the coating acts as a complementary measure to good personal hygiene practices.

Effective against 99.9% of bacteria

Manufactured in the UK by leading additive specialists, the antimicrobial additive is effective against 99.99% of bacteria, including MRSA and E. coli.

Effective against COVID-19?

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, our antimicrobial coating supplier has taken a cautious approach to antiviral claims. Their initial stance was based largely on test reports from the manufacturers of the active substances used by most companies in their sector. It remains their firm opinion that antiviral claims should only be made in relation to materials which have demonstrated a satisfactory level of efficacy in an appropriate test method, such as ISO21702.

Our supplier chooses to test against surrogates such as Influenza A, Feline coronavirus or Human coronavirus, and there is compelling evidence that several are capable of inactivating enveloped viruses within a reasonably short timescale. They are continuing to evaluate different materials and active substances and will provide updates as they gather further information.

Print Quality?

The antimicrobial coating has no effect on the print quality of the product and will not detract from the high quality print and personalisation that you have come to expect from The Lettershop Group.

How long is the coating effective?

The coating will continue to protect for the lifetime of the product as it’s bonded to the print and paper.  

Is the coating safe and compliant?

All of the active components used are approved by the FDA and EFSA. No additives are used with potential health or environmental concerns such as nano-scale particles, and all of the active components have been notified for inclusion on the Biocidal Products Regulation.

How much will it cost?

The Lettershop Group have integrated the application of the coating into our existing production processes which means the costs will be affordable.

For more information or a quotation

Call us on 01132 311113


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