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Release of PROTECTON® Car Interior VK Coat, Anti-viral Coating for Car Interiors ~To Meet Antiviral Demand in the Next-Generation Automotive Industry~

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Feburuary 24, 2022
Company: Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. Representative: Yuichiro Wakatsuki
Representative Executive Officer & Co-President
Wee Siew Kim
Representative Executive Officer & Co-President
Contact: Yukiko Yamamoto
General Manager of Public Relations

Release of PROTECTON® Car Interior VK Coat, 
Anti-viral Coating for Car Interiors
To Meet Antiviral Demand in the Next-Generation Automotive Industry

Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Hirakata-city, Osaka, “NPAC”), a group company of Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), which engaged in automotive business, will start sales* of “PROTECTON® Car Interior VK Coat”, an anti-viral and anti-bacterial coating for car interiors, on Friday, February 25, 2022 in Japan to meet the demands of customers in the next-generation automotive industry.

*The product will be available through Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.'s sales channels.


The necessity for anti-viral and anti-bacterial products in the automotive industry has increased with the development of car rentals, taxis, and car sharing businesses. Those functions are expected to become standardized in the future with the transformation of CASE and MaaS. “PROTECTON® Car Interior VK Coat” is a new product that can achieve a high level of antiviral properties, high appearance, and durability by applying the technology that has been cultivated in automotive coatings to overcome the issues of existing anti-viral products, such as the inability to maintain the appearance of car interiors, the decline in effectiveness after friction, and low antiviral performances. This new product is suitable for automobile interiors such as instrument panels and steering wheels as an antiviral and antibacterial coating agent.

[Product Features]

1) Excellent antiviral and antibacterial properties
Excellent antiviral and antibacterial properties by applying visible light responsive hybrid photocatalyst as an antiviral agent.

2) High appearance compliant with automotive interior requirements
The use of a binder with dispersing ability enables the photocatalyst to be dispersed evenly, resulting in an excellent coating appearance.

3) High durability and sustainability
Using both organic and inorganic binders enable to immobilize photocatalyst on various substrates, resulting in excellent durability and sustainability.

Taking advantage of above features, NPAC will vigorously promote the product to the automotive aftermarket and automotive manufacturers. In addition, leveraging the collective strength of the Nippon Paint Group to deliver safety to people's lives through our coating technologies, while considering prospects for applications in other fields than automotive coatings with those superior performances.

Nippon Paint Co., Ltd., one of the Nippon Paint Group companies that handles architectural paints, will also release two anti-viral water-based coatings for architectural use from its anti-viral and anti-bacterial brand, PROTECTON®, on the same day: PROTECTON® Floor VK Clear (for floors) and PROTECTON® Interior Wall VK Coat (for architectural interiors).

The Nippon Paint Group will expand the “PROTECTON® series” with a wide range of anti-viral and anti-bacterial product lineup, not limited to paint, in order to deliver safety and security to our customers.

[Overview of the product〕

Name: PROTECTON® Car Interior VK Coat
Manufacturing company: Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings Co., Ltd.
Sold by: Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
Release date: February 25, 2022
Properties: 1) Anti-viral and anti-bacterial  2) Durability  3) High appearance
Sales route: Car dealers and others (in Japan)
Product web page:

* Test results in accordance with JIS R 1756 and JIS Z 2801
 Antiviral property: One type of bacteriophage virus
Testing method: A culture solution of the virus is placed on the paint film surface. The test surface is exposed to light for four hours. Efficacy: The virus was reduced by 99.9%.
Antibacterial property: One type of gut microbiota
Testing method: A culture solution of the bacteria is placed on the paint film surface. The test surface is exposed to light for eight hours. Efficacy: The bacteria were reduced by 99.9%.

* This will not guarantee effectiveness against all or specific viruses or bacteria.
* The paint does not suppress indoor airborne viruses or bacteria.
* The anti-viral and anti-bacterial performance will continue as long as the paint film is not damaged, peeling off, or excessively stained on its surface. Damaged paint film includes peeling of the paint film due to normal aging deterioration.
* The product is not designed for medical purposes, The product is intended to inhibit viruses attached to surfaces, and does not guarantee the effectiveness of infection prevention.
* The performance may vary depending on the shape of the object to be coated, the conditions of the base material, weather conditions, and construction conditions.

[Profile of Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings Co., Ltd.]

[Profile of the PROTECTON® brand]

PROTECTON® is a paint technology brand offering new technology and value to add functions by harnessing proprietary cutting-edge technology derived from the Group’s paint and coating technology.

A paint technology brand that continues to evolve to protect people’s health and create a safe and pleasant future aiming to achieve advanced anti-viral and anti-bacterial functionality.


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