In an exciting development for our growing business, we are pleased to announce that Teknipure has partnered with Inverness Graham Private Equity, part of the Graham Group which has over $1 billion of assets under management.
Inverness Graham has an impressive history of successfully growing innovative manufacturing and technology businesses. Our existing Management Team will remain in place, and we will be combining our business with KICTeam, a global leader in proprietary cleaning solutions for technology and electronic devices.
Our new partners are fully committed to investing in our business to enhance our ability to serve and grow with our customers. We are excited about utilizing our additional resources to broaden our product offering, expand our USA based capacity and deliver new innovation to unlock growth in the BioPharma, Pharmacy, Medical Device, Microelectronics, and Advanced Manufacturing markets.
Our first initiatives will be to review the need for additional capacity and identify new product opportunities. We will be reaching out to you in the near future to discuss your own particular needs in this area and would welcome your thoughts and ideas.
During these difficult times you and your customers expect us to provide the guidance, leadership, and a robust supply chain to safely sustain operations. Now more than ever, critical cleaning solutions and technical support is key to not only a company’s operation but its reputation. This new collaboration comes at a crucial time, enabling us to expand our resources and provide the support our customers need and expect.
The entire Teknipure & KICTeam would like to thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to better serving your needs today and in the future.
CEO, President KICTeam Inc.
Effective Cleaning with Wipes
Wipes are used for many applications, but cleaning is the primary use; other applications include spill pick-up, or wrapping of critical components to provide a clean & soft barrier.
There are many types of wipes each intended to handle some of a diverse range of applications. Proper selection will significantly impact performance of contaminant capture and removal. Contaminants can be of many types, shapes, and sizes, with varying degrees of difficulty to remove. The smaller the particle and more resistant to being dislodged, the more surface area and force required to be successful. There are many forces which can make it difficult to remove a contaminant from its surface including capillary, mechanical, chemical, and electrostatic.
A primary reason wipes are used wet is because the proper blend and saturation significantly reduces the surface tension adhering the particle to the surface. Pre-saturated wipes effectively dislodge contaminants that would not otherwise be removed by a dry wipe. Additionally, textile wipes are insulative in nature and can generate up to 10,000 Volts via friction, but once saturated the wiper will have a charge of <1 Volt; eliminating potentially devastating ESD events.
Effective cleaning results are critical, otherwise they negate the value of the task and product. Especially true in controlled environment manufacturing, it is important that the wiper “attract and hold” any and all contaminants when applied. Operators manually saturating wipers are typically gloved, and therefore, do not have good tactile sensitivity to effectively determine how saturated wipers are until they begin to drip — at that point, a wiper is overly-saturated and in a release state. This increases the risk for cross-contamination, and deposition vs. removal because the wiper is beyond its holding capacity, thus, it will primarily release liquid and not capture intended contaminants. We have a solution that allows operators to capture contaminants with a wiper that has balanced saturation and consistent efficacy.
TekniSat pre-saturated wipes enable operators to clean more effectively by reducing surface tension and capillary force (with ideal solvent chemistry and wiper substrate) providing the wiping force required to remove intended contaminants, leaving a pristine wiped surface. The precise saturation consistency of the wipes is achieved through the use of ultra-pure chemistry, proper volume, and highly accurate automated filling. Pre-saturated wipes use less solvent and users experience increased control and performance, all while reducing costs, landfill waste, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
We offer a wide range of wiper materials and packaging options for best dispensing, technical performance, and economical solutions for your needs. Pre-saturated wipes are typically in two classes of chemistry – sanitizing and disinfectant. TekniSat products are currently available as sanitizing wipes in blends of IPA & DIW in 10/90, 70/30, and 100% IPA. Soon, TekniSat will be expanding to include a full line of disinfecting wipes to support virtually all controlled environment cleaning applications, intended to remove total bio-burdens (organic & inorganic).
TekniSat pre-saturated wipes eliminate the need for in-house saturation, which eradicates the costs of diluting, distributing, and storing and disposal of solvents. And there ends your squirt bottle program nightmare too! Additionally, there will be less need for instructing cleanroom operators and managing improper use, resulting in reduced labor costs. TekniSat pre-saturated wipes help ensure the best contamination control and removal, while at the same time bringing a reduction in costs and chemical waste.
For more information about this product, visit www.Teknipure.com or call 844-309-2376
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Clorox Wipes Shortage to Last Into 2021
Disinfecting products, notably sprays and wipes, continue to be in higher demand than the industry has ever seen, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wipes are ideal for many applications, as they are simple to use, convenient to bring along during shopping trips for essentials, and combine a disinfecting solution with a cloth for wiping it exactly where the consumer wants it to go (as opposed to an aerosol, with over-spray being possible). Unfortunately, the record demand for disinfecting wipes has led to shortages, and because of several factors, the lack of supply on store shelves is expected to continue well into 2021 (according to industry leaders like Clorox and Lysol).
Increased Production Just Isn’t Enough
With a 45% share of the $1 billion wipes market, Clorox has long dominated the industry. Even record levels of increased production by the market leader won’t be enough to mitigate the issues, partly because the yearly season for rhinovirus and influenza is almost upon us. While most manufacturers of disinfecting products have been able to raise production levels by an impressive 40%, when considering demand has risen over 500%, it seems like a tiny drop in a very large bucket.
During a recent company earnings call with analysts, Clorox President and CEO-Elect Linda Rendle shared, “Given the fact that cold and flu sits in the middle of the year, and then we expect the pandemic to be with us for the entirety of the year, it will take the full year to get up to the supply levels that we need to be at.” This sentiment was echoed by outgoing CEO, Benno Dorer, who lamented, “Frankly, we thought we would be in a better position by now, but demand in Q4 exceeded our expectations. We’re certainly not at all happy with our service levels for our retail customers on many products. We have a high sense of urgency on this with all hands on deck.”
Components Are in Short Supply
The material used to make the wipes is in high demand, as it is used to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) as well. Seventh Generation, a smaller brand, has sent to stores 63% more product in 2020 than the same time frame in 2019, but demand for their ‘green’ cleaning and hygiene products has surged up to 400%. PPE is made from the same material Seventh Generation uses for its wipes, which is polyester spunlace, and with many countries upping production of medical wipes, masks, and gowns, it’s no wonder why the raw materials are hard to find. Adding to the difficulty is the fact that this company uses plant-based technology, which is an Environmental Protection Agency-registered (EPA-registered) product, making an alternative not readily available. Flexibility in some packaging necessities like colors of the canister caps and the volume the canisters themselves hold seem to be helping to get more inventory out to consumers.
It’s not only the actual material the wipes are composed of that is in short supply, but the canisters themselves as well. Rockline, a private label manufacturer, owns 28% of the market. The company anticipates additional production capacities will start to make a difference on store shelves in mid-May of 2021. What seems like a simple change that will allow Rockline to do so – a packaging adjustment – is actually much more involved than just changing out the canisters for another option in the factories. Disinfecting wipes as a whole are also registered with the EPA, and even a change in packaging needs to be approved by the agency. Rockline initiated talks with the EPA, in an effort to begin packaging its wipes in soft-packs (similar to baby wipes), thereby avoiding the canister supply issues. Even though other companies like Clorox and Lysol already utilize the soft-packs for some of their disinfecting wipes offerings, Rockline still had to start from scratch with the government agency, and the process usually takes several months. Due to the shortages and raging consumer demand because of the novel coronavirus, the EPA granted approval in just weeks. Before changes sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, 90% of cleaning wipes were sold in hard plastic canisters, mostly because consumers store them vertically under sinks in their home for easy access where they are most used and needed.
Teknipure is committed to supplying our TekniSat wipes to our consumers. They are made in the USA, and we have been able recently to increase production by 50% through adding a second shift to our production schedule and more operators. We plan to add another cleanroom, and we anticipate that the additional staff and equipment will help us increase productivity by 100% in the next several months. To learn more about our TekniSat production gains, please read the first article in last month’s newsletter.
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