UAP invests in anti-viral technology for door hardware


UAP has invested in a new metal coatings business, including an anti-viral door hardware range.

Armadillo, the new business, was established to improve people’s health and safety across environments ranging from healthcare facilities to homes, a statement said. The company has developed Armasmart, a door hardware range. According to UAP, the range is the ‘first on the market’ to eliminate 99.98% of viruses, including Covid-19.

Featuring a patent-pending coating, Armasmart products will enable fabricators to offer specialist solutions for buildings where door hardware is frequently touched, it noted. The technology stops harmful bacteria from collecting on stainless steel surfaces. UAP said this makes it ‘ideal’ for hospitals, care homes, hotels, offices and multi-occupied residential schemes.

The Armasmart range comprises pull handles, push plates, door closers, kick plates, signage, bathroom turns, escutcheon hinges and lever handles. Armadillo can also create bespoke products to meet specific design preferences for door manufacturers and their clients.

David Jennings, CEO of UAP, said: “To meet our customers’ changing needs, we seek to continuously evolve our product range while prioritising innovation. Our investment in Armadillo is key to this strategy. By working in partnership with its highly skilled team, we can accelerate the development of truly unique products across a range of sectors.

“Armasmart is the first range to be launched by Armadillo. This specialist door hardware offers fabricators, simple, cost-effective products that will create a safe and hygienic environment while optimising durability.”

The Armasmart coating also has self-sanitising properties and prevents lower grades of stainless steel from tarnishing or corroding, the statement added. With no need for frequent cleaning or harsh chemicals, it cited.

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