The companies in the HygTech Alliance – Korpinen, Abloy, Oras, Isku and Lojer – are the first in Europe to provide a unique, complete line of antimicrobial solutions. The solution provides a safer environment and a hygienically unbroken chain. The unique antimicrobial product line is able to effectively prevent the growth and spread of bacteria through touched surfaces.

The three million hospital-acquired infections in Europe annually result in the deaths of 37,000 people, 16 million additional hospital days, and additional heath care costs of seven billion euros. New materials and solutions can reduce the number of infections in hospitals by up to 60%. People come into contact with surfaces and furniture for example in hospitals, schools, nurseries or institutions where bacteria spreads easily. The HygTech Alliance provides solutions for these environments, enabling building and furnishing a clean future with tested materials, promoting the wellbeing of people.

The overall approach of the HygTech Alliance includes the following:

Antimicrobial bathroom furniture and fittings by Korpinen
Antimicrobial furniture by Isku
Antimicrobial door handles, knobs, and automated doors by Abloy
Touch-free tapware by Oras
Antimicrobial paints are provided by Teknos

Complete antimicrobial bathroom solution

in Korpinen's product development, the goal is to create seamless, easily cleanable products. In bathroom products, the requirements for high hygiene and infection control are also taken into account. According to studies, microbes spread particularly through contact transmission, especially from the surface of washbasins between spaces and from person to person.

Korpinen has made a strategic decision to manufacture all products as antimicrobial by adding glass-encapsulated silver ions into the manufacturing materials. This means that the products have antimicrobial properties, i.e., they deactivate microbes, throughout their entire lifecycle (compared to annually applied sprayable coatings, which incur annual additional costs).

Certificate of Antibacterial Analysis
Test Method: ISO22196: 2011


The Association for Finnish Work

The Association for Finnish Work (Suomalaisen työn liitto) has awarded Korpinen and its Gaius products and solutions the Key Flag (Avainlippu), which indicate good Finnish quality and know-how. As is typical to Finnish products, also Korpinen’s solutions are reliable and of high quality. Customers can always count on the products complying with the strictest usability and safety criteria.

For us, product development and production in Finland is a matter of course. With the support of our network of partners, we also create accessibility solutions for the international markets. Our network of collaborators consists of skilled people from a number of fields: subcontractors involved in everything from mechanical planning to design; product manufacturers; and professionals in social and health care who specialise in the planning of premises, hospital hygiene, and ergonomics, among other things.

To be awarded the Avainlippu label, a product has to be manufactured in Finland. The product’s degree of domestic origin, meaning the share of the product’s manufacturing costs expenses incurred in Finland is also determined. It has to be at least 50%, but in practice, the average proportion of domestic origin of products awarded the Avainlippu label is over 80%.