A coated glass product designed by the NSG Group to help reduce the transmission of microbes via surfaces in shared spaces and public transport is ready for launch after its antimicrobial properties were independently verified.

The launch of the new glass product, Pilkington SaniTise, follows the Lancashire-based research and development team fast tracking its research into antimicrobial coatings in the wake of the pandemic.

The work was supported by tests being carried out at leading UK universities.

Pilkington SaniTise is a transparent coated glass that’s activated through UV radiation.

When the glass is exposed to UV light, its antimicrobial activity is significantly increased compared to using uncoated glass.

Pilkington SaniTise has a pyrolytic coating, which provides antimicrobial properties and acts against enveloped viruses on the glass surface.

The coated glass provides extra protection for any high-touch surfaces that are exposed to UV light.

The company says it’s suited for building façades in the commercial, healthcare, education, retail & hospitality sectors, as the insulating glass unit’s (IGU) interior surface on any exterior wall system.

It’s also designed for use in all types of public transport such as buses, trains and passenger boats.

Neil McSporran, Global Portfolio Manager – Incubator Program, at the NSG Group, said: “Obtaining third party verification of the coatings effectiveness is a huge milestone, which represents a major push by our UK-based R&D team to respond to the very new challenges that the built environment and transport faces in the wake of the pandemic.”