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Permanent anti-fog and anti-mist treatment sought for transparent facemasks

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TRUK20210127001
Published
27/01/2021
Last update
23/03/2021
Expiration date
28/01/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Coatings
Plastics, Polymers
Processes for working with plastics
Coatings and adhesives manufactures
Manufacture of other wearing apparel and accessories
Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies
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Summary

Summary: 
UK company manufacturing transparent face masks is looking for a permanent hydrophilic treatment for thermoplastic elastomer transparent material. They require a function (ideally via additive, functionalisation or coating) so the material remains anti fog after exhaling on it or during temperature changes. Potential collaborations are sought under commercial agreement with technical assistance, licencing or manufacturing agreement.

Description

Description: 

UK company has developed a 100% transparent, reusable and recyclable, commercially produced face mask covering and supply clients in the medical and health care industries.

They are looking to enhance the TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) product surface with permanent hydrophilic properties to prevent fogging and misting up.

Exhaling on TPE material usually creates a fogging effect and currently the mask material is being is being used with a temporary anti fog treatment.

They require a treatment (ideally via additive, functionalisation or coating) so the material remains anti fog after exhaling on it or during temperature changes. Treatment needs to work after injection moulded production, multiple washes and over an extended period of time.

They are looking to work with partners under a commercial agreement with technical assistance, licencing or manufacturing agreement to develop the permanent anti-fog and anti-mist treatment for their masks.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The technology sought should be: • The treatment should ideally work for 365 washes over 365 days, but for at least 60 hand washes over 60 days. • Non-toxic and be safe for next to skin for prolonged usage (8 hours+). • In terms of quantities approx 200k units will be made in Q2 2021. • There should be no need for additional sprays or treatments after application.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Project already started

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Prospective partners could be companies that have experience of developing coating technologies. The company is looking to work collaboratively to find a permanent anti-fog and anti-mist treatment either under a commercial agreement with technical assistance, licencing or manufacturing agreement. The type of co-operation depends on the readiness of the technology and where it will be applied. The technology may be transferred to the UK under license or commercial agreement with technical assistance, or done under a manufacturing agreement at the partner's site.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500