Additionally, physical cleaning, usually using strong detergents or high-pressure water jets, can cause damage to the building materials. The same materials when treated with the photo-catalytic self-cleaning coating can last longer. This naturally leads to lower maintenance cost.
Haruna has started mass production of the self-cleaning coating. The company is already experiencing some market success by having applied the new coating technology on commercial buildings.
For example, Pacific Plaza (owned by Far East Organisation), located near Scotts Road in Singapore, is one building with the self-cleaning coating.
On signing of the licence agreement, Boon Swan Foo, Executive Chairman of Exploit Technologies, said, "We are delighted to grant the scale-up licence for A*STAR's photo-catalytic coating technology to a home grown company like Haruna. We are confident of the technology's market potential, and Haruna's first clients reinforced our original assessment. Given the technology's versatility, the market can expect to see more of it in different application areas soon. Such innovation can spark new opportunities for Singapore companies to re-define the playing fields of mature industries, both locally and overseas."
Director of Haruna Yukio Yanase added, "Haruna has always strived to be an innovative and science-based company. By incorporating A*STAR's novel process of using the photo-catalytic technology in our business, we are convinced that Haruna is on the way to yet another market success with this new self-cleaning coating."
Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd signed the licence agreement with Haruna (S) Pte Ltd at the TechLicensing Fair 2008: Energy & Environment, on 20 Nov. 2008.
At the same event, SIMTech also signed a collaboration agreement with Haruna (S) Pte Ltd to work together on fine-tuning the productio
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Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore