Alongside partners Clean Air and Hollywood Monster, commercial fleet graphics specialist RGVA is launching an ingenious sustainability solution for its Traxx trailer framing system – a new specialist coating capable of ‘cleaning’ the air of pollutants.

A major step forward for the transport and logistics industry, the ISO certified product developed by Clean Air, is a clear, spray-on coating activated by sunlight. Primarily targeting harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollutants, a single trailer fitted with Traxx banners can negate the impact of 2,555 average vehicle journeys per year.

Mike Freely, Director of Clean Air, says: “We have been working as part of a joint venture with Resysten, the company that created the original advanced antimicrobial surface coating. Together, we have developed that technology over a number of years into an atmospheric pollutant remover.

“The premise of the system is simple, the combination of a trailer’s large surface area and the distances it travels gives the Clean Air spray plenty of opportunities to work its magic. Breaking down airborne pollutants simply by passing through them, we’re able to help businesses as they strive to cut emissions and improve sustainability.”

The Clean Air spray’s core ingredient – titanium dioxide – is a photocatalyst that uses sunlight to break down NOx particles it comes into contact with into harmless nitrogen, oxygen and nitrates, dispersing them back into the environment.

Currently only available through RGVA’s innovative Traxx banner system, Clean Air has been ISO 22197-1 accredited with a NOx decomposition rate of 0.222g per m² per day. With 64m² on a standard 13.6m trailer, a treated Traxx system will come into contact with 12,800m³ of air per day, ‘cleaning’ 5.42kg of NOx per year, equivalent to 1.62 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Kieran McCabe, Managing Director of RGVA, says: “We’ve been working on this project for some time and it’s incredibly exciting to be launching it to the transport industry. The science behind the Clean Air product is well established, and through RGVA and Hollywood Monster’s graphics expertise, we’re able to deliver a sustainability solution that can really make a difference.”

Printing of the Traxx banners and the application of the spray is carried out by the expert team at signage company Hollywood Monster. Using an electric static gun, the spray is applied at the company’s purified, climate-controlled facility. Incredibly safe and non-toxic, the process requires no more than the standard PPE used with any other spray product.

Simon McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer for Hollywood Monster, says: “This product has the ability to make a big impact at a negligible cost. With looming net zero deadlines, we want to remove the barriers for companies trying to find ways to reduce their emissions.”

Recently awarded 3M Select Platinum Partner status, RGVA consistently sits at the forefront of vehicle graphics solutions.