The wood-preservatives manufacturer has commenced production of impralit- DAQ disinfectant at its Barrow-in-Furness facility and has been listed on the Government Crown Commercial Services website as an approved manufacturer and supplier of Hard Surface Disinfectant products in the battle against Covid-19.

The product is based on some of its existing ingredients in its impralit-ACQ wood preservative range. Quat (Quaternary Ammonium Compound) is an active included in ACQ to impart a wider spectrum of activity against wood destroying organisms.

Quat is also commonly used in many disinfectant and cleaning products for applications such as household cleaning, the cleaning of swimming pools, catering equipment and surfaces as well as medical areas in hospital and care homes.

Martin Green, MD of Impra Wood Protection Ltd, said the company had worked closely with its supply chain and produced all the necessary data to prove efficacy requirements, health and safety guidelines and its effectiveness against Covid-19.

“Demand for these types of products has gone through the roof in recent times with many similar products on extremely long lead times for supply,” said Mr Green, who cited that the market size had increased significantly since the pandemic started.

“We answered the well-publicised call from the Government to help in the battle against Covid-19 and managed to develop a hard surface disinfectant and cleaner that can be used in a huge range of areas combating viruses and bacteria."

Impralit – DAQ concentrated hard surface disinfectant is 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 area, healthcare and hospitals.

“Even when coronavirus subsides, people are still going to be disinfecting surfaces for a long time afterwards.”

“If we had to invest in capital expenditure it would probably have taken six months to happen, so we think we are in a unique position to do this,” added Mr Green.

Mr Green stressed the disinfectant was an additional product for Impra and that it was produced on a separate line and would therefore not interfere with the supply of its core wood preservation products to clients.

Barrow-in-Furness MP Simon Fell has been very supportive of Impra in getting advice on how to get the product on the government’s approved specification list.