Chilean President Visits Antimicrobial Copper Company

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visits Cu+ company CuBH

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has visited Cu+ company CuBH to launch the OHCowork initiative, which aims to support business developments in Chile's VI Region.

13th April 2016

The president had a tour of the company's facilities, viewing their antimicrobial copper range that includes bed rails, overbed tables, sinks and traps, door furniture, dressings trolleys, IV poles and counter tops. She was accompanied by the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Luis Felipe Céspedes and the Minister of Mining, Aurora Williams.

The OHCowork initiative—funded by contributions from Chilean companies Codelco and Corfo—provides services for start-up businesses in addition to management accounting, legal advice, workshops on entrepreneurship and more. Its goal is to develop a set of dynamic enterprises with global potential associated with the mining, food and tourism industries by 2020, providing a collaborative workspace to encourage entrepeneurship in economic, social and environmental fields.

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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