Published On:May 25 2024
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Mafatlal, Merite Exports, and Sunil Industries Secure DRDO ToT for Anti-Microbial Hospital Linen Production

Mafatlal Industries is among three companies awarded Transfer of Technology (ToT) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the manufacturing of anti-microbial bedsheets and anti-bed bug sheets for military and private use.

The other two companies receiving the ToT are Merite Exports and Sunil Industries. The DRDO’s Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) in Tezpur, Assam, developed these specialized bedsheets through in-house R&D to meet the needs of the Army and paramilitary forces.

Market reports indicate that anti-microbial bedsheets are already manufactured in India and are also available for export and online purchase.

DRDO Chief Samir V Kamat visited the Defence Research Laboratory in Tezpur on Thursday and handed over the licensing agreements for the ToT of anti-microbial and anti-bed bug bedsheets to the representatives of the three companies. “This visit underscores the vital role of DRL-DRDO Tezpur in advancing defence technologies and its unwavering commitment to supporting the nation’s armed forces,” said a Defence PRO in Guwahati.

These products are designed to meet the demand from the armed services and central armed police forces to ensure the health and safety of their personnel. Army barracks are particularly prone to microbial infections due to various situational and environmental conditions. These bedsheets are also useful in hospitals and railways.

The bedsheets, made of a 50-50 blend of polyester and cotton, have a shelf life of two years or 20 washes, whichever comes first, according to DRDO. They provide a 99 percent reduction in microbial count even after 20 washes, thanks to the chemical content of Triclosan and CTAB.

Army barracks are also susceptible to bed bug infestations. The anti-bed bug bedsheets, also made of polyester and cotton, use different chemicals to combat these pests. These sheets are 100 percent effective against bed bugs without any washes and remain 80 percent effective after 20 washes.

DRDO research shows that bed bugs, particularly resistant to single pyrethroids, can be effectively managed with anti-bed bug bedsheets impregnated with multiple pyrethroids. These sheets are especially useful in defence, railways, and the hotel industry. The DRDO found that bed bugs become inebriated after continuous contact with these sheets and die within 96 hours up to 20 washes.

Superbugs pose a significant threat in hospitals, with 40 percent of ICU patients getting infected, according to a study from last year.

The DRL’s new R&D directions include soldier support for jungle warfare, signature mitigation, entomological biothreat prediction and mitigation. The lab's expertise extends to vector control, water quality enhancement, pharmaceutical technology, and bio-waste management.


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