ADHETEC and PYLOTE Partner to Market New Antimicrobial Technical Films Effective Against Coronaviruses and Bacteria

Date 02.07.2020

Launch of cabin antimicrobial adhesive films ADHECAL® and ADHEFILM® activated with Pylote’s antimicrobial technology

ADHETEC, a technical adhesive solution expert in the aerospace industry, launches a range of adhesive films embedding PYLOTE’s natural antimicrobial technology, effective especially against coronaviruses and bacteria. PYLOTE is a specialist in mineral and ceramic industrial chemistry.

These new antimicrobial technical films are now available to airlines for use in their aircraft cabins. Initially, ADHETEC will propose to its customers: airlines, manufacturers or aeronautical subcontractors, transparent or customizable adhesive films to protect tray tables, IFE screens, armrest, handles or seat shells. The purpose of these extended ranges of antimicrobial adhesive films is to respond to the current concern of airlines – as they resume operations – to create a safe and confident environment and thus insure the passengers’ well being on board.

The ADHETEC decorative and protective self-adhesive film range for the cabin (ADHECAL®/ADHEFILM®) will now have effective microbiological properties during the entire period of use on the surfaces to which they are applied. They do not present any risk for users, including very young children. Activated by PYLOTE’s technology, they have an immediate, stable and permanent microbial decontamination action (no loss of effectiveness over 4 years), particularly against viruses and bacteria. With this certified antimicrobial protection, ADHETEC and PYLOTE intend to participate in fighting against the spread of COVID-19 as well as hand-carried bacteria, sources of many infections.

A customizable version – ADHECAL® 13423-AM – and two transparent films – ADHEFILM® 10801and 10447-AM- have been industrially qualified and tested against coronaviruses and bacteria in the Fonderephar laboratory (COFRAC certification) according to the ISO 21702 standard adapted for the human coronavirus strain 229E and those of the JIS Z 2801 standard adapted for the Escherichia coli CIP 53.126 bacteria. Surfaces of ADHECAL® 13423-AM, ADHEFILM® 10447-AM and 10801 adhesive films containing PYLOTE’s technology were thus
compared to control surfaces of the same nature over the same periods of time but without the technology:

  • After only one hour of activation of the PYLOTE’s technology into the surface, results on ADHECAL® 13423-AM as well as ADHEFILM® 10801 &10447-AM films showed a log reduction in viral load of 1,54 log, corresponding to a disappearance of more than 90 % of infectious virions.
  • After 24 hours of activation, the log reduction in viral load was 3,46 log, corresponding to a disappearance of more than 99,9 % of infectious virions.
  • After 24 hours of activation, the results showed a logarithmic reduction in the number of Escherichia coli CIP 53.126 bacteria of 5,28 log, corresponding to a disappearance of more than 99,999 % of the bacteria present on surfaces.

ADHECAL® 13423-AM or ADHEFILM® 10801 / 10447-AM films are now available for sale.
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Alexis Gabillon, ADHETEC’s CEO stated: “The passenger experience is at the heart of ADHETEC’s developments, we already offer solutions to our customers that enable cabin personalization and protection of the interior surfaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and called into question our travel habits. The innovation that we are launching on the market today responds to this additional safety need in the cabin by adding an additional function to our products thanks to PYLOTE’s technology: the maintenance of microbiological hygiene. From now on, the main surfaces constituting the main points of contact (shelves, handles, IFE…) can be protected and become, on request, a communication support thanks to the printing possibilities offered by our products. Very soon, we will apply the technology to all our interior product range, particularly ADHESKIN®, which will open the way to optimized cabins in terms of microbiological hygiene without any compromise on other elements like uniqueness and aestethics aiming at an enhanced passenger experience.

Loïc Marchin, PYLOTE’s CEO, commented on this announcement: “I am very happy and proud to see that our natural antimicrobial protection technology has seduced a player as solidly established in the aviation industry as ADHETEC, leader in aeronautical decoration and adhesive protection. The combination of our expertise and ADHETEC’s is a big step forward in providing airlines fully operational, responsible and safe adhesive solutions, with an immediate impact on Hygiene and comfort of passengers and aircrew. Our technology is already qualified in paint applications for commercial aircraft. All of our employees are very proud to participate, with a technology we have been developing for 10 years, in controlling the risk of transmission of viruses and bacteria in aircraft and to play an active role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”


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