Antimicrobial Copper Streamed Live

The Copper Friends antimicrobial copper showroom in Tokyo, Japan

Japan's Antimicrobial Copper consortium - Copper Friends - is offering a unique opportunity to anyone curious about the nightlife of a medical showroom. A live feed from their camera is now available online, allowing people to watch visitor interactions by day and see the items lit up at night.

29th January 2015

Copper Friends is a consortium of companies based in Japan that offer antimicrobial copper products and services. These include Cu+ approved companies such as Elmes (Union Corporation), which offers antimicrobial copper door furniture, and France Bed, which supplies antimicrobial copper bed rails, foot and headboards, IV poles and overbed tables.

The live camera – set up in the Japan Medical GPO's Nishiogu showroom – was the idea of Takashi Osa, the organisation's director, who saw an opportunity to involve people across Japan – and around the world – in the organisation's activities.

Click here to view the showroom camera. It is also accessible from a banner on the lower right-hand side of the Copper Friends website (in Japanese),

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For further information, contact:

Bryony Samuel
Communications Officer
Copper Development Association

Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.

Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.

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