Alanod, the manufacturer of specialised coated metal surfaces, has launched MIRO CU. This copper-coated antimicrobial surface covering is designed to protect retail staff and customers against the transmission of bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses.
The benefits of copper in combatting the coronavirus are well-known: a study by The New England Journal of Medicine showed that SARS-CoV-2 was able to retain surface stability on stainless steel and plastics for up to 72 hours but after just four hours no viable virus was found on copper.
Research carried out by independent laboratory Eurovir has proved that MIRO CU is highly effective against coronaviruses. In tests, MIRO Cu reduced the presence of the virus by 99.97%.
MIRO® CU is a thin, flexible film backed with a pressure sensitive adhesive that is easy to cut and stick onto existing surfaces, enabling retail businesses to protect areas that are frequent contact areas for multiple customers such as shop fittings, pay points and customer service counters.
Stuart Tranter, General Manager, says: Alanod UK. “Our unique MIRO CU surface covering allows retail businesses to offer a significantly enhanced level of safety to customers and employees. It’s scientifically proven to prevent the spread of coronaviruses, especially on surfaces that many people touch throughout the day, such as counter tops and POS.”
MIRO CU can be manufactured, serviced or retrofitted to retail surfaces where customers place bags to pack shopping from outlets such as grocery stores and supermarkets, bakeries and butchers' shops, and can also be used to protect items such as fridge counters and refrigerators, automatic cashiers and shopping trolleys.
Copper changes its appearance with age and as a result of contact with other substances, and so, over time, MIRO CU develops a tarnish. This is a natural evolution of real copper oxides and the surface remains active against virus bacteria and other microbes.
Samples of MIRO CU are available on request to Alanod. With over 40 years of experience in the research, design, development and manufacture of specialised metal materials, Alanod offers unrivalled application advice and expertise to the retail industry and beyond.