In these days of COVID-19, with the threat of coronavirus lurking at every turn, widespread potential danger is closer than at any other time in living memory. Every surface could be a risk to life and limb. Even humble brochures, business cards, postcards and greetings cards could carry the virus and help it to spread. That’s why the arrival of a revolutionary new coating for printed items is such a game-changer. ‘SafeLam’ is turning out to be quite a saviour, arriving like a knight in shining armour to ensure that booklets, catalogues, mailers or display graphics remain safe and sanitary, irrespective of how many people have touched them.
At first glance, SafeLam appears to be a standard gloss or matt plastic laminate, much like any other. However, buried within the make-up of its surface lies a secret weapon that’s turning out to be key in the fight against COVID-19. SafeLam’s remarkable laminate surface contains an antimicrobial agent that kills up to 99% of harmful microbes that come into contact with it. That means that bacteria and viruses — including coronavirus — are stopped in their tracks and neutralised before they can do any harm. They don’t even stand a chance to survive, let alone spread.