A.L. Group Launches IN-EX Air Filters to Protect First Responders, Commuters, and Drivers Against COVID-19 And Other Airborne Viruses

AVVIR, the innovation division of A.L. Group, a leading provider of advanced filtration solutions, launches IN-EX, a medical-grade, scientifically-proven solution for indoor air safety. The IN-EX solution, which was recently included in the 2021 Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry by the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), leverages a unique sonochemical-coating technology to convert any air filter into a machine for killing viruses and bacteria.

The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) alongside social distancing has helped limit COVID-19’s spread, but those regularly using buses and taxis remain exposed daily. Yet transit represents just one part of the puzzle—a particular emphasis needs to be placed on medical services and first responders. To treat patients safely and effectively, Emergency services, who regularly utilize enclosed spaces and accommodate different people throughout the day, need the assurance of good indoor air quality (IAQ). Since improving IAQ relies on bringing more air in alongside cleaning the air that is recirculated, the WHO and wider consensus have circled filtration as a critical layer of insurance for the services we rely on the most.

By meeting the challenges of the issue head-on, the A.L. Group has developed and launched IN-EX, the first scientifically-proven indoor air quality solution. IN-EX is an easy-to-install cabin air filter which transforms your air conditioning unit into an active air purifier, applicable for cars, buses (and other public transportation), ambulances, and taxis. Jointly developed with a team of scientists led by Bar-Ilan University Department of Chemistry’s Aharon Gedanken and Ilana Perelshtein, the filter coating utilizes a unique and patented sonochemical technology, which initiates a chemical reaction with ultrasonic energy. The agreement between A.L. Group and Bar-Ilan University was carried out by Birad, a research and development company serving as the commercializing arm of Bar-Ilan University.

Tested in third-party laboratories, this advanced technology, which is often utilized in the medical industry, has proven to be 99.15 % efficient against Sars-Cov2 (coronavirus), influenza, and other airborne viruses. The filter is not only water-resistant and incredibly durable, managing to withstand high temperatures and intense air flow, but it also curtails bad odors born out of bacterial growth.

After activation, it would take 30-40 seconds for a small-to-midsize vehicle using IN-EX to be deemed to have safe air to breathe. The filter is simple to use, easy to assemble or replace, and does not require a power source. It is also manufactured using natural, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient materials. It can be combined with additional filter layers such as carbon or HEPA to help create a multifunctional cabin filter. For both automotive and indoor spaces, IN-EX’s solution has a wide applicability to help transform hesitant passengers into content, clean, and safely-protected travellers.

“Being confident in the air you breathe has become a rare commodity for indoor spaces today, but it's a commodity by which our most important services rely on most,” says Miri Kaufman, AVVIR Executive. “So we’re incredibly excited to launch an air filtration solution that is simple, cost-effective, scientifically-proven, and has a serious capacity to revitalize the way we commute, engage, and interact in our daily lives.”

“With what started as a hypothetical approach to explore how a group of chemists would go about improving air quality, we now find ourselves launching a solution with a legitimate shot at returning everyone their peace of mind,” says Professor Aharon Gedanken. “With the help of scientists at Bar-Ilan, the development of a unique and patented sonochemical coating technology has been instrumental for IN-EX.”

About A.L. Group

Founded in 1965, A.L. Group designs, manufactures, and supplies advanced filtration solutions to various industries. The company has spent the last five decades working closely with customers and combining the latest designs, technology, and manufacturing processes to bring innovative products to the market. They have a global presence in Europe, North America and Asia, with 1350 employees and over 4,000 products in engine air filters. By finding solutions for complicated filters, the company offers an effective alternative to OEM. A.L. Group invests in long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, and is today recognized as a leading global filtration solution provider trusted by major international brands in the automotive filter industry. For more information, visit https://algroup.com/