Covestro improving health, safety for elderly
Materials manufacturer Covestro worked with sports flooring manufacturer Jiangmen Changhe Chemical Industry Group Co Ltd to install new safety flooring for the Shenjiang Nursing Home in Shanghai recently, fulfilling its corporate social responsibility through its industry expertise.
As ageing is becoming an increasingly urgent social issue in China, Covestro is striving to develop innovative solutions to cope with various development trends.
The ribbon-cutting for the flooring project was held on October 30 at the Shenjiang Nursing Home in Jinqiao, Pudong New Area, which covers an area of more than 10,000 square meters and provides 252 beds.
The flooring solution provides a healthy and safe environment for the elderly, along with a colorful and decorative coating.
Holly Lei, President of Covestro China, said: “This nursing home flooring project is not only another practical action of Covestro to actively implement corporate social responsibility in China, but also a concrete and innovative measure for us to help improve the quality of life and give back to society, with the advantage of our material expertise.”
The project included the repainting of the nursing home’s laundry room and outdoor corridor area, where activities for the elderly are frequently held. This required the materials to have higher friction coefficient, good mildew and bacteria resistance, as well as scratch resistance and low odor.
Additionally, the two companies minimized the impact on the elderly and employees during the work.
“Because of the nursing home’s particular requirements, it has very high standards for floor safety and environmental protection. The solutions provided by Covestro and Changhe Group fully meet these requirements without affecting our daily operations,” said Gu Jieren, President of the Shenjiang Nursing Home. “In addition, the colorful and novel design adds a touch of color and fresh vitality to the nursing home.”
The project used the efficient Pasquick polyurethane coating technology from Covestro. Pasquick, a high-performance technology that’s in line with VOC regulations, features a significantly reduced curing time, which allows tight project deadlines to be met and enables a fast return to service.
Zhong Xiaobin, Senior Vice President of Business Unit Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties at Covestro Asia Pacific said: “As a fast-curing technology, Pasquick allowed us to finish construction while minimizing inconvenience for the elderly. Pasquick-based coating features low odor along with good abrasion resistance and a higher friction coefficient, which all make it an ideal material to provide a safe environment for the elderly to live in.”
Pasquick has already been used in the parking lot of the new Beijing Daxing International Airport and other key national projects. In addition, the Pasquick permeable flooring solution is a part of the “sponge city” concept, which plays a vital role in solving urban waterlogging, rainwater storage, and other problems.
For this reason, Covestro recently won the “Social Innovation Leadership” award at the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.