EGA’s GAC supports local communities in Guinea

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Updated 14 June 2020

EGA’s GAC supports local communities in Guinea

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, has announced that its bauxite mining subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation is providing humanitarian and economic support to local communities in Guinea during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

GAC’s support includes engaging local community members in the manufacture of soaps, face masks and other protection equipment to donate to local people, employees and sub-contractors; supplying medical equipment to the national health authority; and providing prevention awareness. Some 450 temporary jobs have been created by GAC’s COVID-19 community support project. With each worker in developing countries supporting seven family members on average according to the UN, the project is likely providing economic support to more than 3,000 individuals in the Boke Region.

Aissata Beavogui, director general and head of corporate social responsibility of GAC, said: “The UAE government is providing assistance to many countries in their fight against COVID-19, including Guinea. As a UAE-owned company and proud corporate citizen of Guinea, we are following this example and extending our support to our host communities during this challenging time not only on a humanitarian basis but most importantly supporting local economies through social entrepreneurship. We unfortunately have previous experience of contributing to the fight against pandemics from the Ebola crisis five years ago, and we are putting what we learned then into action now.”

Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

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Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

Signify, a global professional and consumer lighting brand, is increasing its UV-C lighting production capacity and expanding its UV-C product portfolio. The company is leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in UV-C lighting to address the growing global need for the disinfection of air, surfaces and objects. 

“By increasing capacity and broadening the UV-C portfolio, Signify is helping keep people safe in a world that’s adjusting to a new normal,” the company said.

Its UV-C lighting is well-proven and trusted as an effective disinfectant. This was recently validated in a laboratory test by Boston University, showing that Signify’s UV-C light sources inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 in a matter of seconds. This is crucial as it comes at a time when organizations are seeking ways to continue operations and provide service in a safe environment.

Signify’s new UV-C product range includes luminaires and chambers for a wide variety of professional applications. “We have introduced 12 families of UV-C lighting fixtures specifically designed to disinfect air, surfaces and objects. These products target different customer segments ranging from offices, schools, gyms, retail stores, warehouses, as well as on public transport,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions division. 

Part of the range are UV-C fixtures that are ideal for the deep disinfection of surfaces in offices, schools and restrooms. They are equipped with sensors and controls to ensure that they only operate when people and animals are not present. Other products include mobile, freestanding UV-C luminaires that can be wheeled into a hotel room or used to disinfect surfaces on public transport such as buses and trains. 

For the disinfection of objects, Signify launched a range of safe and quick-to-use UV-C disinfection chambers. These chambers are used in offices and municipal buildings to disinfect visitor tags, phones, bags, laptops and wallets in a matter of seconds. In stores they are ideal for disinfecting returned items, glasses or clothes tried on in a changing room. 

UV-C fixtures can also be used inside surface disinfection tunnels. In North America, a large retailer is piloting a UV-C tunnel for disinfecting shopping trolleys. In India, a hotel plans to use a Signify UV-C tunnel for disinfecting guests’ bags at check-in. 

To complement its portfolio, Signify recently acquired the assets of Germicidal Lamps & Applications (GLA), a small, Netherlands-based company with extensive expertise in UV-C disinfection solutions. The deal includes GLA’s upper-room UV-C air disinfection portfolio as well as deep application knowledge. 

“The assets and know-how acquired from GLA will help us to accelerate the development of our roadmap of UV-C based upper-room air disinfection systems. We plan to make these products available across the world soon,” said Paul Peeters, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions Europe.

The upper-room air disinfection luminaires can be used with people in the room, as they are installed at a height which, in combination with shielding and optics, prevents exposure to the UV-C light source. Air in the upper part of the room is constantly disinfected using UV-C irradiation and natural convection of airflow in the room. This makes these perfect for use in schools, offices, gyms, retail outlets and other high-contact areas.