Roto’s European hardware products are now able to order “Roto Line” window handles and geared-handles with an antiviral and UV-resistant coating. It is known as “Roto AVT”, which stands for “antiviral technology”, and is proven to be effective against viruses, bacteria and fungal infections that could stick to a handle. “Roto AVT” renders them inactive and therefore harmless; therefore, the risk of a smear infection or new infection chains is significantly reduced. Customers are now able to order European hardware with the “Roto AVT” coating, just like a special color.

“For hospitals and care homes in particular, but also for other public buildings, there is an increasing demand for products with surfaces which inactivate pathogens such as bacteria and viruses,” reports Dr Gregor Stößer, Head of Surface Technology at Roto Frank Fenster- und Türtechnologie GmbH.

“Roto AVT” is transparent, thin-layered, barely perceptible to the touch and simplifies cleaning and disinfection of window handles. This is because the coating produces a very hard, pore-free surface, which creates the lotus effect. For example, the hydrophilic membrane of a virus envelope is not able to stick to the surface, and organic substances, moisture and contaminants are repelled. “Roto AVT” also has a biocidal, fungicidal and virucidal effect.

The active ingredients contained in the coating render pathogens inactive before they can cause an infection. They are also proven to be effective against influenza (H1N1) and COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), because they attack the envelope of these viruses and render them porous. In this way, “Roto AVT” provides protection between cleaning and disinfection cycles against smear infections which could be caused by using a handle. Tests in a certified test center have shown that “Roto AVT” has a long-lasting effect and is maintained even when a handle is used frequently.

About Roto North America
Roto North America is comprised of Roto Frank of America, Inc. in Chester, Connecticut and Roto Fasco Canada, Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Both locations manufacture window and door hardware, which offers solutions for North American and European applications. RFA and RFC are wholly owned subsidiaries of Roto Frank Fenster- und Türtechnologie GmbH, a global leader in window and door hardware, with 15 production plants and more than 30 subsidiaries worldwide.
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