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Classroom air purifier trial welcomed

Hygiene innovators Sterillo are welcoming the Government’s recent announcement to trial air purifiers utilising UV light in schools to combat COVID-19.

The trials, which aim to curb the spread of coronavirus in classrooms, are taking place in 30 schools across Yorkshire. One of the purifiers being tested features UV light, the same bug-busting technology that's found in the Sterillo DUO hand dryer and Sterillo UNO Air Purifier.

Steve Levy, Managing Director of Sterillo, said: “UV light has been proven to kill harmful bacteria and viruses in the air, leaving a more sterile and sanitised airspace for those around. It’s fantastic to see the government recognising the benefits of air purification, especially given COVID-19 transmission is predominantly airborne.

“The classroom poses numerous challenges when it comes to hygiene, with children working and playing in close contact. However, we have every confidence that the technology will step up to the challenge and ensure a safe environment for both pupils and teachers.

“We know that UV light has the potential to be a game- changing solution, not just for schools but other settings too. These trials will showcase what this technology can achieve and provide much-needed reassurance about hygiene, as people return to normality post-lockdown.”

The Sterillo DUO hand dryer and UNO Air Purifier both use the latest Germicidal UVC light technology. The unit draws in air to the mirrored killing chamber, sterilises it with UVC light rays, and recirculates clean air, rendering germs unable to multiply.

The technology, which has been extensively tested at the UK Government’s Public Health England labs at Porton Down, has been proven to kill 98.9% of germs within one hour of being switched on. It then continues to sterilise the air continuously, up to 10 times every hour.

The Sterillo DUO hand dryer combines this air sterilisation technology with a high-performance, industry-leading hand dryer. It is the only hand dryer in the world capable of killing SARS viruses like COVID-19.

New Business Development Head hired at Airdri

Oxford-based hand dryer manufacturer Airdri has welcomed Joe Pearce to its senior team as Head of Business Development.

The company laid down ambitious expansion plans at the beginning of the year, and after a strong first quarter is investing further in its sales and marketing division to achieve exponential growth across the rest of 2021.

Joe has been brought on board to lead the company’s sales team, to identify and develop new areas of growth and improve profitability within existing revenue streams. Prior roles for Joe have included National Account Manager at Mattel, Inc., Sales and Training Partner at Dyson, and Sales Director at Annabel Karmel.

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Talking of his new role, Joe said: “It’s an exciting time to join the dynamic, hugely experienced sales and marketing team at Airdri. The brand is staying true to its ethos of innovation and sustainability within the sector. It has some exciting new products in the pipeline, as well as continuing to drive forward standards in the manufacture of reliable high-quality, industry-leading hand dryers. There’s a strong team in place already which I’m very much looking forward to becoming part of.”

Steve Whittall, Group Research and Development Director, added: “Joe joins the Airdri Group at a pivotal time as we expand into new markets and solidify our reputation as an innovative force in the global hand drying industry.

“Our business is growing at pace, and we know that in order to continue the upward curve we must continually invest in the right personnel. We have appointed Joe, who has a wealth of leadership and sales development across various different sectors in UK and European markets, to push forward our business development strategy nationwide and internationally.”

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