The gas disinfectant chlorine dioxide has long been used as an antiseptic agent in swimming pools, to bleach pulp, fibre, wheat flour, leather, fat and to deodorize tap water. Recently, the gas has also become effective in use against flu and other viruses.
Consequently several associated hygiene products have been released. As a result, Taiko Pharmaceutical has reported 2010 quarter three sales up 72% on the previous year. Operating profit was increased by 677.1%, while ordinary profit also rose by 298.5%.
A statement released by the Management Planning Department noted, “Due to the effects from swine flu, awareness of hygiene measures and the demand for products related to hygiene have been rising more than they had previously.”
Similarly demand has been augmented by such inventions as Air Water’s Hybrid Sterilization System; a water treatment system which sends contaminated water from hospitals to a reaction column where it receives chlorine dioxide and ozone treatment, before being released into sewerage or waterways.
Since acquiring the system and patent in 2009, Air Products has begun commercialising it, with current sales at 7 units.