Kansai Airports Group in Japan is set to apply an antimicrobial, dirt-proof coating on frequently touched surfaces in Kansai International Airport (KIX).

Starting next month, the coating will be applied in phases on elevators, handrails and other indoor locations to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Chemical manufacturing company SOFT99 has developed the product PROSPEC H-7 Anti-viral Coating for Equipment.

With the help of technology, the company has added virus inactivation effect, which fights against one type of enveloped and one type of non-enveloped virus on a stiff dirt-repellent film.

After reacting with moisture in the air, the coating product will create a layer of antimicrobial compounds, thus inactivating viruses and other microbes that will come in contact with the surface.

Kansai Airports stated that the product is being tested since October 2020.

It was officially adopted after the inspection of the coated surfaces’ condition, which confirmed the product’s continuous antimicrobial effect.

Kansai Airports is also planning to introduce this at Osaka International Airport (ITAMI) and Kobe Airport (UKB).

Earlier this month, Kansai Airports prepared a long-term goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and a decarbonised society by 2050 to prevent global warming.

According to the long-term target, the group aims to cut CO₂ emissions by 40% until 2030, taking emissions of 113,000t in 2016 as a baseline.

Kansai Airports has been operating Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport since 2016, as well as Kobe Airport since 2018.