Sharp EL Series printing calculators will be first products to implement Microban technology.


Mahwah, NJ, December 11, 2009 -- Taking an extra step to provide its users with new peace of mind, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Microban International to incorporate it’s silver-based antimicrobial technology in Sharp’s new printing calculators. Infused into the keys during manufacture, Microban antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of damaging bacteria on the keys.

The agreement is a first for a calculator manufacturer in North America and ensures that all printing calculators, now shipping, will have the Microban technology built-in at no additional charge. Microban protection lasts the lifetime of the calculator and works continuously to fight the uncontrolled growth of microbes, such as stain and odor causing bacteria, keeping the keys cleaner for longer than ever before.

“With the growing concern about the presence of microbes in work environments, ensuring that our calculator products provide added cleanliness protection has become a top priority,” said, Dan Wynne, senior director, Marketing, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, Sharp Electronics. "Microban is the leading provider of antimicrobial protection and their technologies can be found in products from countertops to vacuums – environments where microbes are much more prevalent – so we have a time-tested antimicrobial solution that would truly set our products apart from others."

"Now more than ever, users have to be conscious about the cleanliness of the tools and instruments they come in contact with during the day," said David Meyers, President and CEO of Microban International. "Plastic key protectors and overlays can make calculators and other products cumbersome to use and inhibit user accuracy. With Sharp we were able to work directly with them to infuse Microban protection into the keys, ensuring the highest level of protection without compromising the ease-of-use that Sharp customers have come to expect. The end result is an antimicrobial solution that is totally transparent to the end-user and, most importantly, peace of mind when using Sharp products."

While Microban protection is initially being used in Sharp printing calculators, Sharp expects to bring this technology to other calculator products, as well as other home office products. Sharp products with built-in Microban technology feature the Microban brand on the product packaging.

Sharp EL Series printing calculators with Microban technology are now shipping. Consumers can find these products in Office Depot as well as local Sharp distributors. For more information about the complete line of Sharp calculator products, contact Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP.

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