ERJ staff report (LMH)
Vienna -- Semperit, along with the Polymer Competence Center in Leoben, Austria, has won an award for its work in developing a new production process to make more 'skin-friendly' medical gloves.
The â€œFast Forward Awardâ€œ, a business prize granted by the Federal Province of Styria, Austria, is the most successful innovation prize bestowed in Austria, Semperit claimed.
In cooperation with the Polymer Competence Center, Semperit has developed a new production process to manufacture more skin-friendly medical gloves. Different allergies arise again and again in the health care sector, where the use of disposable gloves is almost indispensable as a means of protection and as a hygienic measure, Semperit said.
A new production process enables gloves to be manufactured without these chemicals, which can be particularly harmful to people suffering from so-called Type IV allergies. This is achieved by cross-linking the coating on the medical gloves with ultraviolet light. The industrial process also stands out due to its low energy costs and high throughput rates.
The process has already been patented by Semperit and is scheduled to be launched on the market in 2013.
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News release from Semperit