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Bunzl to distribute American antiviral technology to Mexican retailers

Apr '21
Pic: Bunzl Mexico
Pic: Bunzl Mexico
Bunzl Distribution, a supplier of packaging, disposable supplies, and safety products, has signed on as the distributor in Mexico for Acteev Protect masks, made in the US by polyamide manufacturer, Ascend Performance Materials. A global distributor, Bunzl provides supplies to supermarkets, food processing plants, retailers and convenience stores in Mexico.

Bunzl will distribute the Acteev Protect Nonwoven Mask, a reusable general purpose mask that features powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Acteev technology embeds active zinc ions in a polymer matrix which destroys microbes, deactivates many viruses and eliminates bacteria and fungi. Recent testing on Acteev fabric completed at the University of Cambridge has demonstrated that Acteev technology deactivates the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, with greater than 99.9 per cent efficacy. Ascend has submitted several masks designs to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration to obtain the appropriate regulatory clearances to make specific claims regarding the technology’s antiviral properties in the US, according to a press release by Ascend.

In addition to antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial protection, the washable, reusable masks are lightweight, breathable and odour-fighting, making them comfortable to wear during a long shift at work or for outdoor workout, Ascend said.

Acteev Protect shows promise for use beyond masks. The technology was originally developed for workout wear, and now the company is working textile applications ranging from gloves to scrubs to high-end athleisure. Bunzl has more than 100 warehouses serving grocery, retail, cleaning, and healthcare businesses in North America.

“The company is pleased to bring products featuring better safety and protection to the Mexico market. Our customers are more focused than ever before on doing business safely, and Acteev masks offer an added level of protection in the workplace. We’re excited to offer our customers this premium product that provides some of the best protection available,” Carlos Green, director general of Bunzl de México said in a statement.

“Workers in industrial settings, such as chemical and food processing plants, and convenience stores and other retail outlets deserve the right protection as they keep society and the economy moving in Mexico. We are proud to partner with Bunzl to help deliver a reusable mask that provides both antiviral properties as well as an opportunity to reduce the number of masks consumed, saving the companies money,” Juan Toro, Ascend’s principal business development leader for Acteev in the Americas said.

Ascend Performance Materials is a global premium provider of high-quality plastics, fibres and chemicals and is the world’s largest integrated producer of PA66 resin. Acteev technology embeds active zinc ions into the matrix of the polymer. Unlike topical finishes or coatings, the zinc ions don't flake away, providing long lasting functionality. Acteev Protect fabrics, filtration media and engineered plastics deliver breakthrough protection for face masks, apparel, upholstery, air filters, high-touch surfaces and more.

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