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Şişecam Gets Approval for its Anti-viral Coating

Şişecam completed the necessary official permission processes related to V-Block Technology, which neutralizes viruses and bacteria and was developed to support the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. V-Block Technology was confirmed to be effective against many different viruses and bacteria – including the coronavirus – according to results of tests conducted by Ministry of Health-authorized-laboratories in Turkey. The groundbreaking coating technology will initially be applied on glassware products.

“We have developed a pivotal invention – Antimicrobial V-Block Technology – to serve the fundamental needs of people during the global pandemic. “ says Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam vice chairman and CEO. “As a company that embraces the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, we ... value the Antimicrobial V-Block Technology for its contribution to ensure a sustainable future. We are very pleased to actively support the battle against the pandemic in Turkey and across the entire world. Şişecam is proud to break new ground with its V-Block Technology that helps safeguard human health.”

Şişecam will begin mass production of antimicrobial glassware products featuring V-Block Technology at the start of 2021. Initially, the Company plans to allocate 10 percent of its total glassware production capacity to manufacture V-Block coated products. Glassware products treated with V-Block Technology will initially be offered through retail stores in the Turkish market in addition to the catering and B2B sales channels. Şişecam will significantly contribute to the battle against the global pandemic thanks to this revolutionary technology that resulted from combining the Company's long-standing innovation culture, superior R&D capabilities and production power.

V-Block Technology, developed by Şişecam Science, Technology and Design Center, offers a hygienic experience 24/7 thanks to its special formula and application technique. The formula is applied on products via chemical vapor deposition under high temperatures during production. Due to its active nature, the coating is also ideal for use in spaces with high-contamination risk, such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, hospitals and cafeterias, as well as household use. Results of tests conducted by laboratories in Turkey authorized by the Ministry of Health have confirmed that glassware products treated with Antimicrobial V-Block Technology are 99.5 percent effective against Staphylococcus Aureus, Escherichia Coli bacteria, 94.1 percent effective against Covid-19, or SARS-CoV-2, virus, 90 percent effective against Human Coronavirus 229E and Bovine Coronavirus, 99 percent effective against Poliovirus Type 1, and 99.5 percent effective against Adenovirus Type 5 and Murine Norovirus.