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Gamma Kerámia to make anti-bacterial floor tiles

Hungary's Gamma Kerámia will start test production of anti-bacterial floor tiles in two weeks, managing director László Simon told MTI.

The ceramic tiles are covered with nanoparticles that contain an additive that kills bacteria, Simon said. The additive was made by researchers at universities in the Hungarian cities of Miskolc, Veszprem and Szeged, he added.

Tests will continue for about a month and a half, he said.

Gamma Kerámia had revenue of HUF 600 million in 2010. More than 90% of its sales are made in Hungary, but the company is building markets in Slovakia and Romania. It also wants to sell its new products in Europe, mainly in Germany.

The company was established in 1994 in Romhány, just north of the capital. It latest investment involved the installation of HUF 200 million of decorating machinery. Gamma Kerámia, which employs 74 people at present, is only using about half of its 700,000sqm annual capacity because of the construction industry crisis.