Panasonic has launched the Portable nanoe X Generator as part of an initiative with flex space provider Hub Australia to champion the topic of indoor air quality and facilitate a new way for workers to return to the office.

The clean air initiative incorporates Panasonic’s nanoe X technology, which is designed to inhibit indoor pollutants and odours in the air and on surfaces through the release of nano-sized, atomised water particles, and which is now featured across the company’s air conditioning range. The new Portable nanoe X Generator is also available to the local market, which Panasonic envisages being used at the desk in the office, or even a taxi ride home.

To coincide with the launch of the initiative, Panasonic has commissioned Australian research into evolving attitudes towards air quality. This found that 61 per cent of Australians believe air quality has a significant impact on their health.

“Australians are concerned about the air they breathe,” says Panasonic Australia Managing Director Paul Reid, “and as the leader in air conditioning and air purification solutions through our nanoe X technology, we feel it incumbent on us to draw awareness to the growing importance of indoor air quality in private and public settings.

“nanoe X is technology that we are incredibly proud of – and it hasn’t come about overnight. Backed by 25 years of dedicated research and development, the latest generation of nanoe X is proven by more than 140 independent laboratory tests across a range of use cases.

“As we introduce the Portable nanoe X Generator to the nanoe X family, we’re harnessing the technology that underpins our air conditioning range to ensure fresh air travels with you wherever you go, from the office, to the car, through to hotels and cafes.”

To this end, Panasonic has partnered with flex space provider, Hub Australia, which has a national network of spaces, to drive awareness of the importance of air quality in the workplace.

Hub has distributed several hundred Portable nanoe X Generators as an additional measure to ensure optimal air quality in and around personal workspaces. Hub Australia Chief Executive Officer Brad Krauskopf says this will give customers peace of mind as their teams return to the office.

“We’re proud to partner with Panasonic to bring the benefits of superior air quality to our customers, their staff and guests,” says Krauskopf. “The research tells us that 57 per cent of Australians are concerned about air quality in the workplace, and are aware that improved air quality can assist with mental alertness and productivity.

“At Hub, we’re strongly committed to creating safe and hygienic shared workspaces that promote overall health and wellbeing.”

Joe De Bella, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Air Conditioning at Panasonic Australia says the Panasonic-commissioned research reflected an informed population with a shared experience over the past two years.

“The research shows that around one in three Australians aged 20 and over are now more concerned about air quality compared to 18 months ago,” De Bella says.

“It’s positive that we as a population are taking notice of the harmful pollutants we breathe each day and it is something that will continue to be front of mind as we battle variants of COVID-19, annual flu seasons, pollution, and the close-to-home threat of bushfires.”

De Bella says the research reflects the demand for air cleanliness, with one in three Australians considering purchasing air purifiers in the future.

“Around one in two Australians consider air cleanliness/purification to be a very important factor, while one in four rank it most important when thinking about purchasing a new air conditioner.”

With the addition of the Portable nanoe X Generator, the technology is now available in a wide range of Panasonic’s air conditioning line-up, including ducted and spilt systems, the Air-e generator and air purifiers.

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