Panaz’s Shield Plus Tests Effective Against Coronavirus

March 27, 2020


Panaz COO Rollie Attard
Panaz COO Rollie Attard

BURNLEY, U.K. – Panaz Ltd., a contract-hospitality-specialist wholesaler and converter, reports its Shield Plus Anti-Microbial Technology tests effective against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The tests were conducted by an independent laboratory. Panaz is a global supplier of anti-microbial fabrics for the healthcare market, where there’s obviously a need to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in hospitals, care homes, and other facilities.

Panaz has been manufacturing high-performance fabrics protected by Shield Plus Anti-Microbial Technology for several years, and Shield Plus is applied to numerous fabric collections, from hospital cubicle curtains to contract upholsteries.

“Whilst we are hopeful that the threat posed by COVID-19 will soon pass, such events remind us of the vigilance those operating within the healthcare industry must have against the spread of new infections,” Panaz CEO Tony Attard says in a statement. “We are delighted to inform our customers that Panaz Shield Plus Anti-Microbial Technology is effective against the Coronavirus.”

Shield Plus Anti-Microbial Technology literally attracts microbes (viruses, fungi and bacteria) and physically destroys them immediately on impact, according to the company. It has the broadest spectrum of effectiveness against bacteria, including C-Diff Spore and viruses, including the Coronavirus.

Moreover, Shield Plus is entirely safe and non-toxic being water-based and free from heavy metals, formaldehyde, methanol, polychlorinated phenols or arsenic and it is exhaustively tested for cytotoxicity, according to the company.

Attard set up the U.K.-based business in 1986 and has built up the company into one of Europe's leading suppliers of decorative fabrics and wallcoverings for the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors.

It employs 140 people. Panaz sells 50% domestically and the rest all over the world. It has a U.S. office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Last year, Rollie Attard was named the company’s COO. He says he’s been working to beef up the company’s salesforce as well as investing in technology, so that Panaz can respond faster to its customers, such as shorter lead times.

He says the company has been growing at double digits.

“Really working on including more tech in everything we do,” says Attard, who has a background in start-ups. “Using the right data to make the right decisions.”

While Shield Plus has been out for a few years, Attard says the company has been working on more eco-friendly products, such as 100% recycled upholstery and drapery fabric.

He says the Allure Velvet Collection has been a bestseller. The matt velvet is flame retardant for curtains, upholstery and accessories.

“Velvet has always been a massive area for us,” Attard says.

He says his background in sales has been beneficial in his COO role and that he has been learning more about the operational side.

“It’s been great working with my father and my brother, Simon, working in new product development,” Attard says. “You can be really imaginative and, internally, we call it, thinking big, and I really enjoy that.”

He adds the biggest challenge is “customer service, and expectations are ever increasing, justifiable so, so our challenge to be more flexible and satisfying all customers is what we aim to do all the time.”

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