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Şişecam Group Develops 'V-Block' Technology Against Viruses and Bacteria

Şişecam Group developed an invention with the goal of contributing to the battle against the pandemic. Having developed a special coating that neutralizes viruses and bacteria on glass surfaces, Şişecam broke new ground by applying this technology on glassware products through its production capacity.

The antimicrobial V-Block technology was developed by Şişecam with the goal of preventing the growth and spread of viruses and bacteria on glassware, which could further spread through physical contact.

Glassware products equipped with the special technology developed by Şişecam Science, Technology and Design Center will first roll out in Turkey, to be followed later by the entire world. 

"We are proud to be the first glass producer in the world to apply antimicrobial V-Block technology developed by Şişecam Science, Technology and Design Center on our glassware products,” says Professor Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Group vice chairman and CEO. “This special technology was developed in a record time of two months thanks to the 45-year R&D experience of Şişecam Group. We also plan to apply the technology to glass packaging, architectural glass and home appliances glass in the future. We continue to add value to life as one of the leading global glass producers, and have developed this special technology with the goal of contributing to human health in line with our mission of adding value to life as a Group.

"Following the registration and completion of the necessary official permission processes, our special technology that prevents harmful organisms from remaining on glass surfaces will be initially offered in Turkey," he continues. "Then, as Şişecam, delivering its value-added products to its customers in more than 150 countries, we will offer our special technology to the entire world."

The V-Block technology, developed by the Şişecam Science, Technology and Design Center, offers hygiene 24/7 thanks to its special formula and application technique. Due to its active nature, the formula, which is applied on products under high temperatures during production, is also ideal for spaces with high-contamination risk such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, hospitals and refectories, as well as household use. The antimicrobial V-Block technology has successfully passed food contact tests, and neutralizes viruses and bacteria on glass surfaces, say officials.

Testing and development processes are ongoing for the technology that is proven to be effective against the coronavirus according to preliminary findings. Paşabahçe products produced with this technology preserve all their high-quality characteristics such as color, transparency and light transmission.

“With its ever-developing and expanding areas of use, glass has endless potential in creating a sustainable future as the representative of health and being natural. The importance of the glass industry grows each day thanks to its ability to create sustainable solutions for the most critical global issues such as the environment, climate, energy and healthcare. ... As a Group that adopts the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, we value the Antimicrobial V-Block Technology also for the contribution it shall make to a sustainable future," Kırman says.