Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) said on December 21 that each side of its new plastic cards, credit or debit, will have 99.9 percent antibacterial effects. A debit (check) card can be used instead of cash when making purchases. Unlike a credit card, the money is immediately transferred directly from the cardholder's bank account when performing any transaction.
Due to a COVID-19 pandemic, various materials have been developed to hinder the growth and spread of microorganisms. In November, Samhwa, a leading paint maker in South Korea, developed an anti-viral paint made from acrylic resin that creates a strong layer of washable film which is hard to contaminate.
Lotte Chemical, a petrochemical unit of Lotte Group, works with a college medical center to develop anti-bacterial plastic materials. Antibacterial films and materials are widely used in South Korea for elevator cabins, door handles and other vulnerable places to prevent the invasion of viruses.
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