Germ-free curtains from SMI

Telford, UK: Seymour Manufacturing International has developed a treatment to make its curtains, doors and thermal windows germ-free.

The new product called Bio-Gard has been tested to world standards including JIS Z 2801. 2000, ISO 22196:2011, and EU Directive 20002/72EC and will kill notorious bacterial strains such as MRSA, E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Legionnaire’s Disease, Bacillus cereus, Streptococcus mutans, and Streptococcus pyrogens.

Bio-Guard has been nine years in development and offers unparalled protection against contaminants, the company says. The company would like, and almost can, claim a 100% effectiveness but, as Brian Seymour, founder and managing director, SMI, says: “Regardless to our efforts to ensure Bio-Gard continues to kill all bacteria for all of its life, the government will only allow us to claim that it will kill 99% of all germs because they say it is always remotely possible that a germ might mutate and become resistant.”

“However, the following notorious strains have proved to fall to Bio-Gard’s ability to kill it stone-dead – MRSA, E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Legionnaire’s Disease, Bacillus cereus, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus pyrogens, plus all of the other lesser known illness-causing pathogens,” he said.

“A virus will normally only live for a few hours, but bacteria, mould and fungi can survive for years.

“Uniquely, Bio-Gard is not only in stock to hang on the regular headers for plastic strip curtains, but can also be hung on our range of Cold-Stop headers, as these are fitted with eyelets,” Seymour says.

Brian Seymour, founder SMI: “Uniquely, Bio-Gard is not only in stock to hang on the regular headers for plastic strip curtains, but can also be hung on our range of Cold-Stop headers, as these are fitted with eyelets,”

Bio-Gard is now being used in all of SMI’s Cold-Stop, Back-Stop, TCZ and all other clear windows fitted into the product range. Bio-Gard windows are initially being stocked in 200mm and 300mm widths in a strong 2mm thick extrusion. Curtains are cut to 2.3 metre lengths, but are also stocked in rolls for easy conversion.

“The range is expected to grow, and I am keen to work with our customers to meet their demands, from food retail sales fridges to heavy-duty warehouse curtains,” Seymour said.

“There has already been keen interest from hospitals, food retailers, food processors and manufacturers, caterers, restaurants, laboratories, mortuaries, the Ministry of Defence, and a host of others.”

Bio-Gard is intended to work in ambient areas, where bacteria can grow quickly, alongside SMI’s Cold-Stop curtains that save 25% in chilled areas and 33.3% in frozen rooms.

“This is another exciting breakthrough for SMI – and another product designed to help and protect our customers and their products,” Seymour said.

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Ross Clarke joins SMI a southern sales manager

Ross Clarke joins the Telford-based company as Southern Sales Manager, having spent the last few years with the UK operation of Wanzl, the world’s largest manufacturer of shopping trolleys and luggage trolleys.

His career also includes experience with many other big-name brands, including JJB Sports, Argos, Staples, and IKEA – where he was part of the set-up team which launched the company’s flagship store in Southampton.

London-born Ross, who now lives in Christchurch, Dorset, said: “I’m really excited to get started, as I can see the great potential of the SMI product range.

“The thermal benefits sell themselves, so it’s a case of getting out to meet as many new customers as possible to spread the word. There is a great buzz here, and I’m particularly enjoying being part of a business with such a ‘family’ feel to it.”

During his time at Wanzl, Ross was an account manager, and head of passenger handling services, which involved working closely with airports, ports and train networks across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Ross is the latest in a series of new recruits to join SMI in recent weeks, following the appointment of John Craig as warehouse supervisor, and sales and project co-ordinator Kirsty Murrell.

Jill Seymour, SMI director, said: “We’re delighted to have Ross on board with us. We had somewhere in the region of 300 applications for this post, but he was the candidate who really stood out.

“Not just because of his experience, but also because of his personality, and enthusiasm. We’re confident he will help us to build many new and long-term relationships.

“There are so many businesses out there who do not realise the financial benefits they could be enjoying by using SMI products – Ross will be out and about, helping us to spread the word.”

SMI is based on the Stafford Park industrial estate in Telford, Shropshire, and has been saving energy and money for some of the world’s biggest and best-known businesses since the 1980s.

The company’s client list is a who’s who of blue-chip brands both in the UK and abroad, including retailers such as Waitrose, Morrisons, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, the Co-operative, and Lidl.

It also works with the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, and has become a leading thermal insulation supplier for the protection of food, chemicals, agricultural and home delivery products.

Ross Clarke is welcomed to SMI by director Jill Seymour


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