By Nick Gilbert
Hydromer, a bio-technology-based company involved in the R&D, production, contract coating and commercialization of specialized polymer and hydrogel solutions for industrial, personal care, cosmetic, animal health, and medical device applications, announced that it has signed an exclusive supply and support contract with a major glass manufacturer for the novel anti-frost coating technology.
Based on the contract, Hydromer will deliver its anti-frost coating to the glass company for application on freezer doors.
Tests have revealed that when the anti-frost coating is applied to glass doors used in freezers found in grocery and department stores, it prevents the requirement for energy intensive glass heaters. This results in reduced operating costs and also provides store owners with a greener energy footprint. Generally, food display freezers in department stores use electric heaters to continuously heat the glass doors in order to reduce frost formation. This increases power consumption. Store owners in Europe are under huge pressure to minimize their energy consumption and the coating technology from Hydromer helps them to eliminate the use of heaters.
Martin von Dyck, EVP of Hydromer, remarked that after many years of laboratory and field testing, the company’s licensee has decided to dedicate a manufacturing facility in Europe to deliver the anti-frost coated glass to their clients. The company continues to explore other non-freezer door markets for its innovative coating technology.