Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Silver surfs into everyday life with the Anson Group

Posted by Kimberly on October 20, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 20, 2007, page 5 (532 words)

Anson Group, a Hong Kong-based nanotechnology group, offered an insight into their products and behind-the-scenes workings during the Macau International Fair held at The Venetian Macao’s exhibition halls.
Founded by by Dr. Wilson Cho and Mr. Ricky Chan, the company began to apply silver nanotechnology to medical products such as wound dressings and gels about seven years ago.
“Since ancient times silver has been used to test whether food was poisonous,” said Mr Chris Lam, the company’s marketing manager, adding that they are the “key holders of this silver nanotechnology’ who have passed ISO and CE standards.
With the medical products, said Mr Lam, it would mainly be used for sterilisation and treatment for burns and wounds, “helping to heal faster and not have such obvious scars.”
Nano science is the research of minute particles, equal to atomic and molecular dimensions. Silver introduces a qualitative leap I sterilisation abilities, where an extremely small amount of nano silver is capable of killing 650 different kinds of bacteria in a few minutes, without producing any drug resistance.
It can also promote rapid healing of wounds and cell growth and all without being toxic. It is non-toxic, and environmentally friendly.
Current products friendly to the environment that are produced by the company include nano anti-microbial garbage bags, agricultural irrigation preparations and storage bags for food products.
“starting last year we’ve been trying to apply it to more products in our daily lives such as [those mentioned above]” said Mr Lam, as well as toothpaste, shampoo, shower gels, pet disinfectants, anti-microbial towels and nano silver yarn, designed to assist against perspiration.
He gave the example of lychees that were demonstrated in Taiwan to have remained fresh and edible after being kept in one of their storage bags for up to 36 days.
“It was still firm and ripe because bacteria that works under usual conditions cannot work in a nano silver environment,” he said.
The bags allow for storage between five and 36 days “depending on other storage conditions.”
He added that the company is currently trying to contact government departments who may wish to try out their garbage bags.
“We would be pleased to send a portion for test plans,” said Mr Lam, adding that “this is not a product you could see the effects of easily as you need time.”
He stressed that “we make a business out of cherishing the environment, not damaging it.”
Other companies that could benefit, he said, were fast food outlets such as McDonalds and KFC who could “keep food fresh for longer” as well as within the front line of workers, “who take out the garbage and therefore can be kept safe from bacteria.”
The company is in the process of working with various universities in China and Hong Kong to “develop and commercialise it,” said Mr Lam.
We do not limit scale or scope of the technology and welcome bright ideas that can use our technology,” he said, adding that the company would be willing to provide the raw materials and technical support to those wanting to produce something new.
The Macao International Fair will continue until October 21, which focuses on trade and investment within Macau.

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