Volánbusz Promises a Hygenic Commute Back to the Office


With flu season near its peak, applying a hygiene coating can offer significant preventative health benefits.

Increasing numbers of surveys show employers becoming less open to the idea of employees working from home. It stands to reason that if more workers return to the office, more people will use public transport to get to work. At this time of year, the numbers going to the doctor with flu-like symptoms are also steadily rising.

Looking to reassure commuters, Volánbusz Zrt. has confirmed again that its buses are given a surface treatment developed by Resysten in Hungary, which prevents pathogens from adhering to them. The coating is invisible, colorless, and odorless.

Volánbusz Zrt. has used Resysten’s surface treatment technology since 2015 on hundreds of vehicle interiors such as passenger seats, driver’s cabs, handles and interior glass surfaces. The profile of the coating was given a substantial boost during COVID.

In addition to hygiene procedures implemented in the capital during the pandemic, 176 vehicles, including 40 electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro coaches used in the Budapest agglomeration and around 30 more buses used during the Ukrainian refugee crisis, also benefited from Resysten’s surface treatment.

In the fall of 2023, a further 200 Credo buses used to transport passengers throughout the country received the hygiene coating. The spread of epidemics in winter and spring and the transmission of diseases from one passenger to another can be reduced significantly by surface treatment of the equipment, the coach company says.

Enhanced Hygiene

“As a responsible service provider and employer, Volánbusz is constantly keeping its facilities and vehicles clean and is open to new procedures to enhance its hygiene protocol,” comments Volánbusz Zrt.’s communication directorate.

“Resysten’s nanotechnology surface treatment process on bus surfaces provides continuous protection for up to one year, protecting the health of passengers and our company’s employees between cleanings,” it adds.

“As a testament to the success of our long-standing partnership with Volánbus, another fleet of vehicles has received the special surface treatment developed by Resysten this year. And we are particularly pleased that we can contribute to reducing the exposure of passengers to infections nationwide,” adds Péter Lehoczky, CEO of Resysten.

The spectrum of applications for Resysten’s durable hygiene coatings is broad; in addition to public transport, Hungarian hospitals, shopping centers, sports facilities, production halls, and the public areas of multinational companies have also been treated.

The technology has also been proven in numerous tests in other countries to prevent the formation of bacterial colonies in the long term and thus contribute to reducing hospital infections, including trials run by the National Health Service in England.

About Resysten Hungary Ltd.

In 10 years, Resysten has grown from a family business to a global company. Its durable hygiene coating, which uses photo-oxidation to neutralize harmful substances, is effective for up to 12 months. The company says its coating can reduce the number of bacteria and microbes on any surface by up to 99.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of January 26, 2024.


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