One of Isku Interior’s latest innovations is antibacterial furniture: Hygiene, a complete product line for antibacterial furniture for hospitals and other public environments, was introduced in Dubai at the Arab Health and Hospital Build exhibitions earlier this year.
Infections spread easily through touch surfaces. However, copper or silver alloys on touch surfaces can significantly reduce – or even eliminate – the spreading of infections.
The effect is based on a natural chemical process. Both copper and silver release positive ions that seek the bacteria left on a surface after it has been touched. The ions rupture the membrane of the bacterial cell, causing the cell to lose vital nutrients. An unopposed stream of ions then enters the cell to wreak havoc. Eventually, the activity of the cell grinds to a halt.
”In addition to this, hydrogen peroxide is generated in the process,” says Vesa Vihavainen, Senior Vice President, Isku Interior. “It acts as a tiny H-bomb, literally blowing the bacteria away from the surface. Of course, it is a very small-scale explosion!”
According to statistics, healthcare-associated infections cause as many as 37,000 deaths, 16 million hospital days and €7 billion in health care costs per year in Europe alone.
“Local governments often try to save money in public investments,” Vihavainen says. “The price of our antibacterial furniture is around 10–20 percent higher than that of other furniture. However, from the point of view of the entire society, the potential savings gained by the investment could be significant. Meanwhile, the safety level for patients and personnel would rise.”
Currently, nearly twenty percent of Isku Interior’s total turnover comes from exports. The long-term goal of the company is to grow the share of exports to fifty percent.
According to Vihavainen, Isku Interior is particularly interested in the Saudi-Arabian and Egyptian markets: hundreds of hospitals are built in these two countries each year.
Isku Interior has recently submitted an application for founding a subsidiary called Isku Middle East in Dubai. Later on, establishing a joint venture with a local partner in the United Arab Emirates is also possible. This will help Isku become a household name in the region in the near future.
In addition to Dubai, Isku Interior has been marketing their antibacterial furniture in other Arab countries as well as in Russia and its native Finland. Furthermore, the company has signed a retail contract and received its first orders in Germany, and new sales offices were recently opened in Warsaw, Poland and Copenhagen, Denmark.
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