Coatings used for corrugated-based beds in quarantine centers

Michelman’s water-resistant HydraBan coatings

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Michelman's Hydraban coatings are water-resistant and have been used by an Indian corrugator to produce beds for Covid-19 quarantine centers Photo Michelman
Michelman's Hydraban coatings are water-resistant and have been used by an Indian corrugator to produce beds for Covid-19 quarantine centers Photo Michelman

Cincinnati, Ohio, 1 September 2020 – Michelman’s HydraBan is a brand of water-based coatings designed for use on paper and paperboard. It provides water repellency, excellent gluability, printability, and is available for food contact applications. HydraBan also offers two properties critical to designers and converters of packaging for perishables and building products – water-resistance and release – without sacrificing recyclability. HydraBan is repulpable and PFAS-free. It helps meet light-weighting initiatives as an alternative to wax, PE extrusion coating, and film lamination techniques. Additionally, it offers improved water barrier properties for perishable and frozen foods like seafood, fruits, and ice cream to converters of paper plates, cups, and food packaging. HydraBan penetrates the paper, giving a wax impregnated look to the finished sheet without sacrificing recyclability.

Water-resistant coatings for corrugated beds in Covid-19 quarantine centers

Collaboration and innovation to make re-usable corrugated beds for Covid-19 patients
Collaboration and innovation to make re-usable corrugated beds for Covid-19 patients

A recent and essential non-food application of HydraBan is for corrugate-based beds intended for use by hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine centers. Because of its water-resistant properties, HydraBan was used to enhance the performance of lightweight beds created by Indian-based Aryan Paper Group, who have taken an active role in India’s Covid-19 response. The beds can be used as emergency hospital beds or to house workers at manufacturing sites.

According to Param Gandhi, Business Development director for Aryan Paper Group, “Covid-19 has created an urgent need for beds to house those who are quarantined or under treatment. Also, as manufacturing sites crawl back to operations, there is a demand for housing the workers on site. We designed these beds, knowing that the inclusion of HydraBan coatings makes them water-resistant to withstand mopping and disinfecting for repeated use.”

The beds, 100% recyclable and incredibly lightweight, are easily lifted by a single person, but still very strong and durable, and able to support over 200 kg. The 6.5 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft. beds ship flat and assemble in minutes without any tools, screws, or glue.

Adds Shailesh Nema, Michelman India’s vice president and managing director, “Michelman has been opening new markets for paper packaging ever since creating its first repulpable water-based coating decades ago. Paperboard treated with Michelman water-based coatings provides good barrier properties and is often the best combination for environmentally friendly packaging or other innovative structures such as these beds. We salute Aryan Paper Group for their innovation and quick response to this pandemic sweeping across the globe.”

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