Skymark converts to antimicrobial aprons to support SARS-CoV-2 fight

UK flexible film packaging specialist and Biomaster partner Skymark has developed protective aprons containing antimicrobial technology in response to the national call for help with the shortage of PPE for healthcare workers.

Skymark has produced 100,000 of them over the last ten days.

The company produced a trial batch of 25-micron blue embossed antimicrobial aprons for evaluation and having received positive feedback entered full production to help with the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare and key workers throughout the UK.

The aprons are being produced at Skymark’s Scunthorpe site using the company’s cast micro-embossed film technology incorporating Biomaster antimicrobial technology.

Skymark’s commercial technical director Paul Glover explains: “Our team understood the needs of the application and quickly found ways to adapt our current production capability, to come up with the poncho style apron”.

“We have extensive experience of supplying the healthcare sector and our staff have shown amazing dedication and worked hard in recent weeks to keep our business open during this challenging period.

This dedication has allowed us to continue to supply our essential medical films, at above normal demand levels, to clients in the UK and across Europe. Everyone is touched by the Covid-19 crisis and as a business we were keen to support our brave health workers in any way that we could.”

Skymark previously worked in collaboration with B&G products, manufacturer of reusable bags and pouches, to create a Biomaster protected reusable cool bag that prevents the growth of bacteria.

The insulated bag is designed to inhibit bacterial growth, thanks to inbuilt Biomaster antimicrobial technology.

The new cool bag incorporates a special multilayer inner film and is designed to help maintain warm goods at a good temperature and keep chilled or frozen products cold.

The Biomaster protected antimicrobial bag is one of several hygienic solutions for recyclable plastics now recognised with a Queens Award for Innovation, the third Queen’s Award awarded to Addmaster (UK) Ltd.

*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.