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A lot of importance is placed on the spirit of community in the region of the Thuringian Forest. Local industries stick together and collectively develop innovative ideas: Improving the hygiene of door handles in the boutique hotel “Schieferhof” in Neuhaus am Rennweg by means of an antimicrobial coating by the company GBneuhaus GmbH is one such example of solidarity and mutual co-operation. This makes the hotel a pioneer in terms of hygiene across the continent.

Usually, the “Schieferhof” – a 4-star hotel at the heights of the Thuringian Forest – is well sought-after by tourists and individuals on business trips from all over the world. Guests appreciate the unique combination of tradition, nature, design and hospitality. A sophisticated kitchen only adds to the hotel’s charm and even draws in locals from the Rennsteig region as well. It therefore comes as no surprise that the hotel enjoys a large number of visitors all year round.

The Corona crisis hit hotel operators Rita Worm-Horn and her husband Lutz M. Horn hard: Tourism came to a standstill from one day to the next; serving guests was prohibited mid-March onwards in Thuringia by a new government regulation. Tough luck for the couple; but still no reason to bury one’s head in the sand. They decided to use the opportunites they found in the current crisis and sought out an exchange of thoughts with other companies in the region.

In the local network „obenauf-thueringen“, firms and their representatives know and respect each other and try to support one another. The companies exchange experiences and ideas; together, they foster cultural events, sports, voluntary work and education in the Rennsteig area. Constructive ideas to deal with the current situation came up quickly from this mutual co-operation. An empty hotel doesn’t bring in profits, but on the other hand represents a chance to initiate changes that are tough to implement when hotel activities are running in full swing.  

One such suggestion to support the “Schieferhof” in Neuhaus in finding its way out of the Corona situation stronger than before came from Michael Petry, Managing Director of GBneuhaus. The company provides a wide range of functional coatings for various kinds of surfaces. Without further ado, the door handles in the hotel were upgraded with an antimicrobial coating in order to offer future guests increased hygiene and safety and to set an example as a pioneer across Europe. The door handles in the “Boutique Hotel Residenz” in Masserberg, also owned by the couple Worm/Horn, are all set to be coated as well.

The specially developed coating “SANPURE” was applied to the door handles in the factory halls of the GBneuhaus, not far from the “Schieferhof” itself, by means of a spray coating process. “Once the coating hardens, the silver ions contained in the nanosilver have a lifelong antimicrobial effect; they neutralize bacteria, germs and fungi and effectively prevent their spread”, says Michael Petry. Additionally, past scientific studies have also proved the effectiveness of nanosilver against viruses.

Petry and his team are aware that dangerous pathogens don’t just pose a massive problem in hotels, but threaten hygiene in other areas too: “With our coating, we can provide a distinctly higher level of hygiene in many areas of public life as well.”

Rita Worm-Horn is pleased at the idea of making use of the opportunities currently available in the hospitality industry in spite of many other difficulties present. Her motto is to take action instead of just waiting for the crisis to pass. She is convinced that safety and hygiene will be high on guests’ priority lists in the future. With its newly coated door handles, the hotel in Neuhaus am Rennweg is not only a pioneer for numerous other establishments in the hospitality industry, but also an ideal for the betterment of hygiene at petrol pumps, in public transport or in medical institutions – to the satisfaction of visitors and guests.


In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the subject of hygiene now stands at the centre of focus like never before. Those who do not work from home meet larger groups of people only at their workplace now. This is exactly why the management at GBn decided to take up a number of measures in order to improve hygiene in the workplace. The first thing they did was to coat all the door handles in the building with an antimicrobial coating developed in-house in order to better protect their employees.

„The health of our employees is our first and foremost priority. We want to do our part to make sure that all of us get through this crisis healthy and unharmed”, says Managing Director Michael Petry. With SANPURE, one is guaranteed hygienic surfaces lifelong; something which could grossly contribute to increasing hygiene, safety and security in every aspect of public life. SANPURE kills bacteria, germs and fungi with the help of the active agent nanosilver. In the past, scientific studies have additionally shown that nanosilver can also be used effectively against viruses. With GBn’s well-established coating process, the company is in the perfect position to upgrade different surfaces with this functional coating. Glass, various metals as well as a variety of plastics can be coated in this manner. Once the coating is on the surface, SANPURE is effective lifelong and reduces germ contamination on the surface of the coated product considerably.

Door handles in public toilets, handrails in buses and ATM keypads are all surfaces that a multitude of people come into contact within a short period of time. However, these surfaces are cleaned or disinfected rarely, with large time gaps between cleaning cycles. “This is exactly where the risk lies. Dangerous germs can multiply and spread at an alarming rate between cleaning cycles. This is where SANPURE comes in; the coating ensures hygienic security even between cleaning cycles by preventing the growth of pathogens and reducing germ contamination”, says Petry.  

Over the past couple of years, the subject of hygiene has not been given the attention and importance it deserves. In Petry’s opinion: “Cost reduction cannot be awarded a higher priority than healthcare. These times that we now find ourselves in only serve to prove that it does not make sense to try and save money when it comes to our health. Illness always costs more, and not just financially. There exist multiple possibilities to aid and increase hygiene in our everyday lives- and we need to finally start making use of them.” By coating their own door handles, GBneuhaus hopes to set an example and further stress the importance of health and hygiene.


Nanosilver: How does it work?

When nanosilver comes into contact with moisture, silver ions are formed and travel to the surface of the object. Normal air humidity is more than enough to set this process into motion. Once at the surface, the silver ions come into contact with different pathogens (with bacteria, for example) and influence their metabolism in different ways. This makes sure that the pathogens “dry out”. The ions also affect the process of cell division, thus effectively neutralizing the spread of pathogens.





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In March you can meet GBneuhaus at following fairs in Mumbai, India:

5 March - 7 March 2020 • Medical Fair India • Thuringia International 1F22



GBneuhaus wishes all friends and partners all the best for the new year!


Less bacteria, less germs, less fungus – that´s the effect of SANPURE®. GBneuhaus and RAS AG developed this nano coating together and its efficiency has now been proved in a case study in Regensburg. The study shows: SANPURE® restricts the spread of bacteria, germs and fungus significantly on different surfaces. It kills more than 99.9 percent of these microorganisms and helps to improve hygiene. The active substance used in SANPURE®, agpure®, acts with nanosilver and has all necessary approvals. The nanosilver is produced in compliance with DIN EN ISO 13485 and is completly harmless for human cells. This makes SANPURE® an effective solution for many different products. It´s possible to coat several surfaces like metal, plastics or glass with this antimicrobial nano coating. Everywhere objects get in touch with many people, SANPURE® can unfold its effect and it is the best way to make our lives safer.


The world´s most important fair for plastics and rubber starts on 16th October 2019. Within 8 days the latest innovations in the world of plastics will be presented there. Our nano coatings can be applied on several types of plastic. That´s why GBneuhaus is the hub for nano coatings at "K 2019".

Meet GBneuhaus: HALL 7, 1ST FLOOR, BOOTH A24.

Every year the GBneuhaus is part of the Hannover Messe.

This year even at two booths: Hall 2, Booth A52 & Hall 4, Booth F34.


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From 19. to 21. March we are part of the "European Coating Show" in Nuremberg. Visit us at: Halle: 9, Stand: 9-333


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The GBneuhaus GmbH presents itself at the joint stand of the LEG Thüringen at "Clean India Show 2019" from 13to 15th January 2019 in Bangalore.

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