This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine Issue 5 2021.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused lots of changes and redrawn many guidelines – and that also applies to the railway industry. Manufacturers and operators of local and long-distance public transport now have to cope with manifold challenges. These include integrating hygiene concepts and reducing persistent graffiti. Hamburg based paint manufacturer Mankiewicz has come up with solutions for both these problems.
The travel and transport industries struggled under the coronavirus pandemic. There were severe restrictions on travel, in some cases total bans, and the public tended to avoid transport such as buses and trains. In the meantime, the situation has somewhat returned to normal, but the particular demands on the bus and rail industries are higher than ever before, especially due to Covid-19. Not only does this apply to the now mandatory hygiene concepts in local and long-distance passenger transport, which have strongly come into focus for transport manufacturers and operators. But there is also a noticeable Covid effect with regards to vandalism and graffiti, which must be tackled more effectively. For example, Deutsche Bahn has reported a 4% increase in illegal graffiti on its trains, stations and facilities in 2020 compared to 2019. In a nutshell, the conditions for the manufacturers of rail vehicles and other means of passenger transport have markedly changed since the start of the pandemic.
So how can paint systems counter Covid and graffiti, as our enigmatic title suggests? Mankiewicz, paint manufacturer based in Hamburg, provides two coating solutions to solve these problems: ALEXIT Saniseries and Easy-to-Clean systems. These coating systems address the above mentioned challenges in different ways, but they both offer efficient and effective solutions as well as various scopes of use for the rail industry.
Millions of times a day, countless passengers touch the handgrips, armrests, backrests and many other parts, collectively known as high-touch areas. These are perfect places for bacteria and germs to collect and propagate.
Railway-News magazine Issue 1, February 2023: Mankiewicz - Powerful Design on Track.
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