Jaber & Zubayer is producing virus-destroying fabric

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Newsnow Desk: Zaber and Zubair (Z&Z) Fabrics, a sister concern of leading garment exporter Noman Group, said the solution was tested and validated under test norm ISO 18184 and has regulatory coverage. Dhaka Tribune reports.

Zaber and Zubair Fabrics Ltd claims to have developed biocidal and virucidal treatment of fabrics that can kill coronavirus or any other virus.

In such specially treated cloth, microbes are blocked instantly and killed within 120 seconds, protecting those who wear it, giving ample leverage to manufacturers in selling their product, said a press release.

Zaber and Zubair (Z&Z) Fabrics, a sister concern of leading garment exporter Noman Group, said the solution was tested and validated under test norm ISO 18184 and has regulatory coverage. It is EU compliant and the key ingredients are registered with the US Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“We have developed fabrics that can help you make garments, medical gowns, masks, and other personal protective clothing for the EU, US, and global markets for the purpose of managing the Covid-19 pandemic with antimicrobial and antiviral effects,” they said in the release.

The company also made an official disclosure in a press conference at its office in the city on Thursday. “We are pretty sure that many global fabric developers are working on developing such a fabric. We are the first to make it possible,” said Anol Rayhan, brand manager of Z&Z.

“We hope at least 2,000 readymade garment factories in the country – which are facing big trouble due to the coronavirus fallout – will be able to revive their businesses with the new fabric as the solution will help the world fight coronavirus or any other virus or bacteria,” he added.

The fabric has been registered with different compliance bodies of the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), Rayhan said.

He also said they have received an order of 15 lakh face masks made with the fabric from UAE buyer United Global Holdings. Five lakh of masks will be delivered before Eid-ul-Fitr and the rest after Eid.

He said Z&Z has already started bulk production and seven million pieces of garment items will be produced by next month for the domestic market.

Raashid Asraf Khan, chief marketing officer of Z&Z, said the fabric is protected from all kinds of viruses and bacteria, and is wash durable, the solution being soft and breathable in 100 percent cotton and blends, and absolutely safe for the skin.

“For PPE fabrics, it is solvent and fluid repellent in 100 percent polyester composition, it has high tensile and tear strength, and is wash durable up to 20 washes,” he said.