Ludwigsburg, September 11th, 2018 – According to a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey, more than 90 percent of all people worldwide suffer from poor air quality, whether they live in cities or rural areas. Furthermore, the WHO warns that allergies are a serious health hazard that must be taken seriously. Europe-wide, some 60 million people are affected by allergies. The figure for Germany alone is 20 to 30 million citizens, and the trend is rising.
In commercial vehicles as well, allergic reactions due to pollen, bacteria and mold are on the increase among susceptible professional drivers. To ensure that affected drivers can breath freely at their workplace, filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL will be presenting the innovative FreciousPlus cabin air filter, which is now also available for commercial vehicles, under its MANN‑FILTER product brand at the Automechanika in Frankfurt. This binds allergy-triggering substances, so-called allergens, and prevents bacteria and mold from reaching the driver through the ventilation system. In the independent automotive aftermarket, the new cabin air filter is available in the customary OE quality for 2.4 million trucks in Europe, including, for example, the MANN‑FILTER FP 32 001 for the Mercedes-Benz Actros and the FP 4795 for most MAN commercial vehicles. The MANN‑FILTER FP 50 001, for example, is available for buses featuring Spheros REVO roof air conditioning systems.
Innovative filter formula for protection against allergens, bacteria, mold and particulate matter
Contaminated air in the vehicle interior represents a high risk for professional drivers. Not only allergic reactions, but also tiredness and impaired concentration, which increase the risk of accidents, can be the consequences.
The FreciousPlus cabin air filter from MANN‑FILTER improves the air quality thanks to three different layers. In addition to coarse particles such as dust and tire abrasion, its particle filter layer eliminates harmful particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters of under 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). These tiny particles are approximately 70 times smaller than the width of a human hair and can penetrate deep into the lungs. The second layer contains activated carbon, which is derived from coconut shell. This virtually completely adsorbs unpleasant odors and harmful gases such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone from the airflow. The third layer, an innovative biofunctional special coating, has both an anti-allergenic and anti-microbial effect. Drivers are thus protected against allergens, bacteria and mold in the air conditioning system. Their anti-allergenic function contains a new filter layer through a naturally-sourced polyphenol coating. Polyphenols occur naturally in many plants such as e.g. green tea, pomegranate and citrus fruits, and are able to bind allergens, rendering them harmless.
The MANN‑FILTER FreciousPlus also looks different to other cabin air filters. It can be easily recognized by the yellow coloring of the polyphenol coating.
At www.frecious-plus.com, professional drivers, wholesalers, vehicle fleet operators and workshops can find out all about the new product and its functions online, as well as finding the suitable filters for the relevant vehicles. Workshops and retailers can obtain specialized FreciosPlus training during factory visits.
From the Automechanika 2018 onwards, the MANN‑FILTER´FreciousPlus for commercial vehicles will be available from European retailers. Further applications and markets are set to follow at a later date.