Antibacterial leather launched for aviation in response to COVID-19

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Two new antibacterial leather ranges aimed at the aviation industry have been unveiled by Spanish tannery Tenerias Omega. The company has also developed a new leather disinfectant solution that it says provides deep cleansing without damaging the material.

The new leather ranges, Fresco and Rocket, are also being marketed to the hospitality and contract furnishing sectors. Both articles have been developed at the tannery after exhaustive testing and research on real leather by an experienced team of leather technicians. The exclusive formulation incorporates coatings at different stages of production, which the company says prevents bacteria from penetrating into the leather. This range has been tested according to the UNE-EN ISO 16187 norm (a test method to assess antibacterial activity). It contains no chlorine or bleach.

The leather can also be disinfected when required using Tenerias Omega’s recently launched Leatherlution. The dermatologically tested disinfectant solution is designed to cleanse leather surfaces without damaging them. Leatherlution was formulated to be suitable for all pigmented leathers, to not stain clothes, and to leave a pleasant, long-lasting smell. The company says Leatherlution eliminates 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses, according to the UNE-EN ISO 16187 norm. It contains no chlorine or bleach and is 100% biodegradable. In addition, the packaging is made from recyclable materials and is presented in refillable dispensers.

“This new and revolutionary antibacterial and disinfection range was created and launched following the escalation of COVID-19,” said Alberto Navarro, managing director of Tenerias Omega. “Presented with a wide palette of colours, Fresco and Rocket are designed to help restore human confidence in air travel and public areas such as hotels and restaurants, which are among the main problems that airlines and hospitality and contract businesses are facing during the pandemic. Fresco and Rocket have been created to offer all of the attributes of leather, coupled with the peace of mind of antibacterial leather to meet the demands of today’s COVID-19 era. When paired with Leatherlution, full disinfection is guaranteed. We trust that in accordance with new hygiene and security measures, the market needs these products, which completely adapt to new everyday life.”

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