“The latex is generally a very complex compound in terms of proteins, so if you do a general assessment to monitor the allergens, it is not very specific,” she said at the TARRC stand at the DKT exhibition held in Nuremberg, Germany on 29-2 July.
“So this kit that we are developing can determine two of the major allergens,” she said, explaining that the product is still at a “trial stage” and being validated.
According to Di Cola, the test kit has so far proved popular among glove producers and other product sectors, both in Asia and Europe.
“At the moment, this product is experimental and we are exhibiting here because we want to see the response to the product and see if there is interest.
“We already exhibited in Malaysia at two shows and received the Malaysian ITEX [Innovation & Technology Exhibition] gold medal. So this is an award-winning product,” she added.
One particular market for the product is glove distributors, as the quick test can verify allergens on the spot.
“We have received a lot of interest from glove distributors, especially those who are based in Europe,” explained Di Cola.
“[That is] because they import gloves from industries in Thailand, China and other parts of the world and repackage them in Europe. But they would like a kit that allows them a quick kind of test,” she said. “With this kit, anybody can do it and you won’t have to ship the cargo to a dedicated lab to be tested.”
But with glove producers generally having their own way of testing their products and their own labs, finding a place for the product at these companies could be more difficult.
“You need to convince them that they would be better off to move away from their old procedure to a new one,” said Di Cole.
Apart from being easy to use and portable and small, the kit is also claimed to have a price edge over its lab competitors.