Cumbria-based Impra Wood Protection is demonstrating the flexibility and ethos required to see off the covid-19 virus by shifting over part of its manufacturing capacity to the production of a new disinfectant for use within a wide range of settings.
Impra MD Martin Green took up the story: “It was well advertised that there was a shortage of disinfectant products in the UK due to the coronavirus crisis. We decided to take up the mantle by using our knowledge and resources.
“We identified that the main active ingredient in a lot of disinfectants was a quaternary ammonium compound, otherwise known as Quats, which is an active ingredient within our range of wood preservatives.
“We noted back in March that the Government put out a message asking for firms who could help manufacture and supply disinfectant materials to come forward urgently. We approached our local MP for Barrow on Furness, Simon Fell, to see if he could help and guide us through the process.
“He proved very helpful, going above and beyond what we were initially expecting and helped us put the wheels in motion in double quick time.
“His proactivity led to us registering the product on the gov. co.uk website after answering numerous questions relating to efficacy, health and safety. We were then asked to submit a lot of data in a short space of time confirming the product’s suitability for both general disinfectant uses and also for medical hard surface uses.
“We submitted this information and were then placed on the official Government’s Crown Commercial Services as an approved supplier. Impra’s entry can be viewed here: crowncommercial. gov.uk/covid-19/covid-19- buyer-information/catalogue-of-supplier-offers/(Offer ID: B3581 Organisation: IMPRA WOOD PROTECTION LIMITED)
The product, known as impra®lit DAQ, is officially described as a “concentrated hard surface disinfectant based on ACTICIDE® DDQ with a broad spectrum of activity suitable for the disinfection of critical areas in food & beverage industry and other PT4 related food applications including processed food, catering, hotels and restaurants and other critical areas related to PT2 such as institutional areas, healthcare and hospitals.
The product’s recommended dilution rates can be applied by different means: mopping and wiping of surfaces using a cloth or spraying the diluted product onto the surfaces, flooding surfaces or immersing some equipment and tools.
The product can be used as part of either a two-stage process or a single stage in order to achieve the desired effect. It is recommended to apply the disinfectant after cleaning however due to the surfactants, the product has very good cleaning properties that allows it to be applied as a cleaner and disinfectant in one step only.
“We are now entering the period of manufacturing and will be approaching the Government associations who are in most need of these type of products to help in the battle against coronavirus and other
“It’s important to note that our existing wood preservative customers across the UK will not be impacted in any way by this diversification. We have the spare capacity and the chemicals to manufacture in large volumes, cost effectively.
“We will initially offer it to our customer base before looking further afield at new markets. It has a wide range of applications within different environments and we’re optimistic that impra®lit DAQ will make an impact,” added Martin.