Parkside launches anti-microbial packaging in fight against COVID-19

Packaging solutions provider Parkside has established a collaboration with Touchguard, a surface protection supplier, on the launch of a new packaging solution that incorporates an antibacterial coating. The companies highlighted that the new development will enable brands to protect consumers against bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19.

By incorporating the new Touchguard over lacquer, the antibacterial design delivers a surface finish that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Utilsing a silver-based technology, the coating can be applied as a water or solvent-based finish, and is ideal for a range of packaging formats including flow wraps, lidding films and pouches.

Mark Shaw, new product development technical manager for Parkside, commented: “Our collaboration with Touchguard has enabled us to create a truly innovative and industry-leading packaging solution that will enable our clients to keep their customers safe. The current COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the way we view in every aspect of life hygiene, and we must be all doing what we can to protect ourselves.”

At Parkside, the Touchguard technology is applied during the print finishing process as a component of specially formulated solvent-based over lacquer. As a result, it adds “only pence per square metre” to the packaging production process, enabling brands to keep print costs down.

“This latest packaging development from Parkside and Touchguard in no way replaces the need for careful hand washing,” Shaw added. “However, it is an innovative solution which can inhibit the spread of cross-contamination on packaging substrates that are not usually subject to any cleaning or infection control procedures.”

The coated packaging solution has been tested in lab applications, and is seen to be “stable”. The coating has been assessed and certified for antibacterial performance to ISO 22196:2011.