Lock and hardware specialist invests in anti-viral technology

UAP, the specialist in locks and hardware for doors and windows, has invested in a new metal coatings business, including a ‘unique’ anti-viral door hardware range.

A university spin-out, Armadillo was established ‘to improve people’s health and safety across environments ranging from healthcare facilities to homes’. The company has developed Armasmart, a door hardware range which is reportedly the first on the market to eliminate 99.98 per cent of viruses, including COVID-19.

UAP explained: “Featuring a patent-pending coating, Armasmart products will enable fabricators to offer specialist solutions for buildings where door hardware is frequently touched. The cutting-edge technology stops harmful bacteria from collecting on stainless steel surfaces, making it ideal for hospitals, care homes, hotels, offices, and multi-occupied residential schemes.”

The Armasmart range comprises pull handles, push plates, door closers, kick plates, signage, bathroom turns, escutcheon hinges, and lever handles. Armadillo also has the expertise to create bespoke products to meet specific design preferences for door manufacturers and their clients.

UPA CEO, David Jennings (pictured), said: “To meet our customers’ changing needs, we seek to continuously evolve our product range while prioritising innovation. Our investment in Armadillo is key to this strategy. By working in partnership with its highly skilled team, we can accelerate the development of truly unique products across a range of sectors. Armasmart is the first range to be launched by Armadillo. This specialist door hardware offers fabricators, simple, cost-effective products that will create a safe and hygienic environment while optimising durability.”

The Armasmart coating also has self-sanitising properties, and prevents lower grades of stainless steel from tarnishing or corroding. With no need for frequent cleaning or harsh chemicals, a further benefit of the technology is minimal maintenance.

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