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. The coating produces a very hard, pore-free surface which creates the lotus effect. It is extremely difficult for the hydrophilic membrane of a virus envelope, organic substances, moisture and other contaminants to attach to the surface. “Roto AVT” does more than just simplify cleaning and disinfection of window handles; it also gives the window handle an antibacterial, fungicidal and virucidal effect.

“Roto AVT” is also proven to be highly effective against enveloped viruses including the families of influenza viruses (H1N1) and COVID-19 viruses (SARS-CoV-2). The active ingredients contained in the coating attack the virus envelope. It becomes porous and the virus is rendered inactive. In this way, “Roto AVT” prevents viruses from being transmitted to other persons, even between cleaning and disinfection cycles. Tests in a certified test centre have shown that the antiviral and antibacterial effectiveness of “Roto AVT” is incredibly long-lasting and is maintained even when a window handle is used very 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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