NSG Group Ramps Up Antiviral Coating Research in the Fight Against COVID-19

The NSG Group is fast-tracking its research into producing glass with an antiviral coating, as it works to reduce the transmission of viruses within buildings and transport.

The company’s research into anti-microbial glass was already at an advanced stage prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the outbreak has made it a key priority for the business’ UK research and development team based in Lathom, Lancashire.

Its work has been supported by a grant from Innovate UK, as part of its nearly $51.5 million of funding to help drive technological advances that address new challenges from COVID-19.

The team is studying how coatings can effectively reduce viral loads on a glass surface. According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses can live on surfaces anywhere from two hours to nine days. The survival time depends on a number of factors, including the type of surface, temperature, relative humidity and specific strain of the virus.

As part of the research, NSG Group is looking at how an antiviral layer can be combined with other glass functions, such as solar control, to further extend its applications.

“Curbing the transmission of viruses will be a priority for those who design and manage buildings and transportation for years to come, at least until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found,” says Dr. Neil McSporran, global portfolio manager at NSG Group. “Reducing infection via surfaces that the virus lives on will be an important part of any strategy organizations have to control the virus. This is where antiviral glass would play an important role in reducing the spread of a virus—limiting viral load on high-touch surfaces, like the inside of a bus window or a shopping center door.”

Empirehouse Acquires Twin City Glass

Empirehouse located in Mounds View, Minn., has finalized an agreement to acquire Twin City Glass (TCG) based in St. Paul, Minn. All of TCG’s new projects as well as their employees will operate under the Empirehouse name.

“This exciting opportunity brings together two market leaders that focus strongly on relationships and partnerships to ensure the success of your project. This acquisition will have a positive impact on all segments of our company and will be a seamless transition due to the alignment of both companies’ core values,” says Mike Gilbert, Empirehouse president. “…We look forward to expanding on both companies’ proven track records, continuing the success through existing partnerships by exceeding client expectations. Our two companies share many of the same clients, but not necessarily the same contacts within your firms. We are excited to make new connections and introduce new members of our team.”

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