Drives and Controls Magazine
Anti-viral coating protects equipment against Covid-19
Published:  01 September, 2020

The Brazilian industrial equipment manufacturer, WEG, has developed an anti-viral coating which, it claims, makes 99.9% of Coronavirus inactive within minutes of the virus making contact with the coated surface. The polyurethane-based coating is designed to protect industrial equipment used in high-risk environments, such as hospitals and laboratories, as well as for use on other types of machinery and on public transport systems.

The W-Thane APA 501 coating, available in a choice of colours, is the result of research and development at WEG Coatings and Varnishes. Containing anti-viral agents, the coating ensures that coronavirus cannot survive on the surface. It has been tested against the Coronavirus MHV-3 strain.

“We are sparing no effort in developing technologies to combat Covid-19,” says Reinaldo Richter, superintendent director of WEG Coatings. “We have achieved the expected result in record time.”

WEG claims that its anti-viral coating will make 99.9% of Coronavirus inactive within minutes of making contact

The coating follows the recommendations of Brazil’s National Agency of Health Surveillance, and is being manufactured in accordance with the methodologies set out in the BS ISO 21702:2019 standard.