"Breathe Clean Air at 360°", the strategic objective of the Padua-based Idrobase Group, is enriched by a novelty of worldwide relevance: the first 120 bar fog maker cannon has been created, capable of ejecting billions of micro droplets slightly larger than the PM2.5 polluting particles, thus guaranteeing their complete suppression. Exposure to fine dust is an established cause of lung, colon and intestinal cancer; industrial areas and cities are at greatest risk (over 400,000 deaths per year are estimated in Europe alone), especially in countries experiencing rapid economic growth.
The new product in the 'Elefante' line, a leader in the sector (thousands of previous models have been on the market for years, especially in China), is accompanied in the 2023 catalogue of the 'pocket-sized multinational' by another important innovation 'made in Italy' for healthy environments: the BKM device designed to eliminate viruses, including Coronavirus*, and of which version 3.0 is the result of research with the University of Padua and designed to maintain healthy environments in large areas (up to 200 square meters). It is an air purifier for indoor environments, which uses UV-C technology to directly abate airborne pathogens; it also activates a photo-catalyser, based on titania nano-particles, which reduces the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air.
The development of the device took 10 months and was based on experiments carried out on n-decane, toluene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and acetone, as far as VOCs are concerned; on escherichia coli, as far as pathogens are concerned. In this regard, the resistance scale indicated by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) was considered, which identifies the bacteria category as one of the most resistant to disinfection among microorganisms, even with respect to lipid barrier viruses such as Coronaviruses.
"For the Idrobase Group, 2023 will be another year of challenges on the global markets," says Borgoricco-based group Co-Chairman Bruno Ferrarese, who points to a 20% growth potential in turnover, which also closed positively in 2022, despite the fire that destroyed one of the warehouses in July, whose new warehouse will be significantly inaugurated a year later along with renovated company offices. "It will be a year geared towards a growing internationalization of our business; for this reason, at the end of the month, we will be on a trade mission, which will touch the United States and Japan, while in Korea and Vietnam we will make new agreements to improve our presence in the Far East markets. "
*For all the details, consult the technical information.