LANXESS optimises production capacities to deliver additional quantity of ‘Rely+On Virkon’ disinfectant for coronavirus affected China

Stronger demand for the disinfectant in Asia and Europe

Rely+On Virkon can help to reduce the risk of contamination of surfaces, door handles, tables, or chairs during disinfection measures at public transport terminals, airports, hospitals, clinics, shopping malls, etc. (Image courtesy: LAMXESS)
Rely+On Virkon can help to reduce the risk of contamination of surfaces, door handles, tables, or chairs during disinfection measures at public transport terminals, airports, hospitals, clinics, shopping malls, etc. (Image courtesy: LAMXESS)

The coronavirus continues to spread. Authorities around the world are therefore tightening measures to stop the further spread of the lung disease. With no vaccine available, disinfection is of the utmost importance.

The high level disinfectant Rely+On Virkon from specialty chemicals company LANXESS is effective against the corona virus. The product is used for hard surface and equipment disinfection.

Anneliese Bischof, head of the disinfectants business, at LANXESS, said: “Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, we are seeing increased demand for Rely+On Virkon in China and other countries around the globe. We are therefore currently working intensively to optimally align our production and logistics capacities to deliver additional product quantity to this region as quickly as possible.

Independent tests have proven that Rely+On Virkon inactivates a closely related surrogate of the currently spreading coronavirus strain. “From these tests, it can be concluded that Rely+On Virkon is also effective against 2019-nCoV,” Bischof added.

In independent tests, Rely+On Virkon achieved inactivation of the coronavirus strain at a 1:100 dilution rate with a 10-minute contact time. This corresponds to test conditions required by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and proves the performance and suitability of Rely+On Virkon for practical use.

Rely+On Virkon is diluted for application and sprayed on hard surfaces and equipment. It can therefore help to reduce the risk of contamination of surfaces, door handles, tables, or chairs during disinfection measures at public transport terminals, airports, hospitals, clinics, shopping malls, etc.

LANXESS produces a wide range of scientifically based biocide technologies under the Virkon brand. Virkon is manufactured by the LANXESS material protection products business unit. The business unit belongs to LANXESS's performance chemicals segment, with sales of $1.49bn in 2018.

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