STATEX – Shieldex® Metallized Textiles – Copper effective against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus*

Dear Honored Customers and Partners,

Statex has continuously receive inquiries about silver and copper fleece to be used in face masks and other products. Find below general information for the Statex copper and silver fabrics.

*STATEX – Shieldex® Copper plated textile solutions

The antiviral, antibacterial and fungicidal activity of copper has been sufficiently demonstrated worldwide in various scientific studies*2 and the first US study*1 also examined the inactivation of the special SARS-CoV-2 virus using copper and obtained promising results (find more information in attached sources).
In this context, we would like to suggest some conceivable application examples in which we can supply the appropriate antiviral textile solution for your products. Our expertise is the metallization of textiles, not the manufacturing of finished products. Nevertheless, we always support your ideas with contacts we gained over the past 42 years of business.

STATEX Copper Fleece: As an antiviral layer for breathing masks, medical protective clothing or shoe covers

STATEX Ripstop Copper Woven: as an antiviral outer material for gloves, hats or scarfs.

Shieldex® Kiel-CC (Self- adhesive copper fabric): Cut into pieces of 10 x 8 cm for cover of and window openers now available.

Face Masks

Shieldex® silver products are produced with 99,9% pure silver which is known for its antibacterial and fungicide properties. For many years, Statex has delivered silverized fabrics used for medical products like wound dressings and bandages to the market. Nearly all Statex silver products have been tested according to OEKO TEX® standards.
For Statex’s face masks customers, the use of our copper fleece fabrics as an inside layer (find more information on copper below) and silver fabric as the outer layer with contact to the skin has been used worldwide. Additionally, it is possible to only use the silver fabric as an inner layer for regular textile masks as well.

Textile copper door and stairway handle

Due to the many inquiries about additional textile made with copper, Statex and our partners have created a product that is ready to use on door handles and stairway railings. Designed with our Shieldex® Kiel using an easy to peel and stick adhesive on the backside. This product is ready to use in any high traffic area where the need for a clean hand surface is required. Find below general information about copper textiles and product pictures.

Copper door handle:

Copper door handle 1 unit = 2 pieces by 10 x 8 cm ready to use:

Copper

The antibacterial, antiviral and fungicide effects of copper metal have been tested in various trials around the globe for decades.

Recently, a US study shows the promising results of copper in regard of effectivity against Virus SARS-CoV-2, Copper was shown in the study, quickly decrease the virus exponentially and it was no longer able to be detected after only 4 hours on the surface. In comparison it survives several days on plastic and stainless steel*3.

Statex’s polyamide and polyester textiles are electroplated with pure copper, Due to the high utilization of the laboratories during these times, we are not able to present test result data specifically for our materials in regard of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, although we right now potentially need the products the most. Nevertheless, copper is used in our everyday life in the form of coins and as piping for water pipes and jewelry, Including some hospitals use door handles made of complete copper *4.

Our copper ion release is very high and are not recommended to be used on the skin permanently, Statex recognizes that our product as a potentially additive solution to help prevent spread of microbials along with health officials’ recommendations about hand wash and disinfection in the office and at home. The use of our copper fabrics in antimicrobial regards is voluntarily and should not lead to a false sense of security by not additionally cleaning your hands with disinfectant.

 

STATEX – Shieldex® Silver plated textile solutions

The antimicrobial effectivity of silver has been proven through history of humanity, our medical product line is being used in wound dressings and plasters worldwide. Till today there have been no proof of silver effectivity against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus. Unaffected by this, silver-plated textiles offer a wide range of possible applications like antimicrobial hand wipes, clothes or masks for a general better prevention of bacteria and sickness.
If we can help you contain the corona virus that affects us all and can thus help protect our population, please do not hesitate to contact us and share your ideas.

 

Sources:

*1 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v1.full.pdf

*2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151110102147.htm

*3 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v2

This article is a preprint and has not been peer reviewed. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.

*4 https://www.asklepios.com/presse/presse-mitteilungen/konzernmeldungen/kupfer-gegen-keime~ref=4ab1380b-6900-416e-89ee-cb6c64f61cab~