Here you will find the latest information on Martec brands, products and innovations, as well as exciting articles on the retail trade.
Sponsoring ZHAW: Enhancement of Forest Edges in Switzerland
Martec Handels AG has been supporting insect research projects at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) since 2018. Thanks to Martec’s sponsorship, the research group led by Jürg Schlegel was able to publish an article in the specialized journal Forest Ecology and Management in July 2022.
The publication focuses on the objective evaluation of forest edge enhancements in relation to butterfly species diversity (diurnal butterflies). For this purpose, 36 forest edges in the canton of Aargau were examined from an entomological perspective. The findings are promising, as they show that significantly more butterfly species occur in enhanced forest edges compared to non-enhanced ones. Importantly, this result was independent of the adjacent land use. The valuable insights from this research are equally beneficial to authorities, conservationists, and foresters in order to design future forest edge projects with greater precision.
You can access the detailed publication free of charge at the following link:
Forest Ecology and Management 521 (2022) 120413, Jürg Schlegel
Martec’s sponsorship contributions are also used to complete the butterfly inventory of the canton of Zurich. For example, in the past year, eight species were reported for the first time in the municipality of Dürnten, thanks to this support. Among them were six rare species from the red list. These results also provide an important basis for planning ecological enhancements.
As a provider of products against insects, Martec considers the health of humans and animals as important as the protection of nature and insects. Insects are essential for the Earth’s ecosystem, so insecticides should be used sparingly, and natural alternatives should be preferred wherever possible (e.g., Neocid Verde). Martec will continue to support exciting research projects at ZHAW in the coming year, so stay tuned.
Neocid Verde – Protection from natural essential oils
The latest development of Martec Handels AG is the Neocid Verde line. Thanks to a sophisticated combination of essential oils, annoying mosquitoes and insects are repelled. All products in the Neocid Verde family are free of insecticides and are family, pet and environmentally friendly. The products are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and are made from recycled and recyclable materials and packaging.
How do the Neocid Verde products work?
The main ingredient is the so-called Citronella. In general, the reed-like plant is known as lemongrass. Its leaves emit a citrus-like scent thanks to the essential oils contained therein. Together with other natural fragrances of lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and citral of litsea cubeba, a unique fragrance mixture is created, which is perceived as extremely pleasant by the human nose. However, the majority of biting insects do not like essential or lemony scents and voluntarily avoid them.
The Citronella line from Neocid Verde is the ideal companion for warm spring and summer days. With their fruity, fresh scent, the products are excellent as air fresheners; and by the way, you don’t have to share your home with biting mosquitoes.
Now available as a practical plug-in diffuser with a refill and as a scented stick variant.
Does it still sting or does it already smell?
For more information, please visit:
Products Neocid Verde | neocid.swiss
Sherpa Tensing™ and Sunfluencer Wendy
Wendy: “I perform at my best on the slopes – Sherpa Tensing™ in sun protection.”
Since this year, we are proud to have Wendy Holdener as brand ambassador of Sherpa Tensing™. Together with the successful Swiss skier and newly appointed “Sunfluencer”, we are launching two new products that perfectly meet the needs of sports enthusiasts.
Last year, not only was the look of all products gradually modernized, but the packaging was also made more sustainable. The products are now packaged in plastics that are already recycled and also recyclable. In addition, the new bottles now fit even better in the hand thanks to the optimized shape.
Since 2021, all formulations have also been adjusted to comply with legal requirements regarding HAWAII RIFF. Thus, the products are also environmentally friendly with regards to Swiss waters.
Relaunch: NEOCID EXPERT in new design from 2022
Since 1942, NEOCID EXPERT has been protecting your home from pest infestations. For the 2022 season, the line gets a new look, fully adapted to consumer needs. The integrated mood images on the front of the packaging visualize a possible application environment, while the color scheme of the design is reminiscent of the previous layout. In addition, red pictograms communicate further interesting product characteristics. The focus of the layout is on the harmful organisms. This ensures that it is even easier for you as a consumer to find the right product.
NEW in our assortment: bluu washing strips
Tiresome dragging and disposal of large detergent bottles is now history. The bluu washing strips weigh 3 g, are practical and handy – a real washing sensation. With bluu you wash your laundry environmentally friendly and easier than ever, without overdosing and spilling. The washing strips are free of microplastics, dyes, optical brighteners, preservatives, bleach and animal ingredients. 100% biodegradable, skin-friendly and space-saving. Blue. Smart. Wow.
martec disinfectants limited virucidal PLUS
Our martec liquid disinfectants as well as disinfectant wipes (as single sachet and in MAXI packaging) are also effective against noro and adenoviruses, as proven by the latest tests.
For more product information, click on the following desired products: Disinfectant for hands (liquid), Disinfection wipes «to go», Disinfection wipes «MAXI», all products.
Since many years ORPHEA protects your valuable clothes from moths with natural fragrances. For the 2021 season, the two products ORPHEA food moth trap and ORPHEA mite protection spray are launched. These novelties do not use chemical agents and complement the product line perfectly.
CLEAN KILL – sustainable pest control
With CLEAN KILL we enable you to control the occurrence of insects and spiders in the domestic environment without indiscriminately destroying insects. Preventive, regular use of CLEAN KILL helps to avoid unnecessary decimation of insects. So you can fulfill your need for a living environment free of creepy-crawlies without worry. Biodegradable, climate neutral and harmless to humans and warm-blooded pets. SWISS MADE.
Disinfection from martec medicare
The disinfectants from martec medicare offer many advantages. The self-developed formulation is effective against viruses (Corona, Noro, Adeno), bacteria as well as fungi and cares for the skin with aloe vera. The scent of martec medicare products is particularly pleasant and fresh. The innovative disinfection products from martec medicare are available as gel, spray or in a practical wipe format.
ORPHEA – the fragrance that protects in a new look
Since many years ORPHEA has been protecting your valuable clothes from damage caused by moths with different fragrances. In 2020, a new design was developed for the moth protection line, which now looks fresher and more modern. Despite the new look, the recognition value is guaranteed as well as the product quality.
GET OFF – the old-established repellent with a new look
The popular animal repellents from GET OFF get a fresh and modern design. Martec is the official distribution partner for the Swiss market since spring 2020. The special formulation of the products is harmless to the environment and animals. The pets are trained over a longer period of time to stay away from the treated area. The products are available in specialist zoo and garden shops.
Sponsoring ZHAW 2019 – butterfly inventory of the canton of Zurich
During the cantonal butterfly inventory, some municipalities of the canton of Zurich were already investigated in 2010/2011 with regard to their butterfly fauna. Due to the restricted public-sector funds available, however, it has not been possible to investigate many municipalities up to now. Thanks to the sponsoring by Martec Handels AG, it was possible in 2019 to incorporate the municipalities of Zollikon and Zumikon that had not been mapped up to then. The results can be found here.
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Survival of the fittest – Swiss retail trade in change
The retail trade comprises various consumer goods segments such as food, clothing, furniture, cosmetics, sports goods, toys or electronics, but also, in a broader sense, car dealerships, petrol stations and pharmacies. By definition, the retail trade is divided into stationary trade and online trade, with the online share accounting for around 7,5 percent of the total retail trade market in 2018.
BLANCOL – from the concept to the shelf
For many decades, the popular BLANCOL products such as starch paste and All Purpose adhesive have been found in many classrooms, stationeries and handicraft shops. Nevertheless, BLANCOL as a brand has become somewhat dusty over time, as little has been invested in the further development of the range and the brand in recent years. In 2016, Martec Handels AG decided to revive the oldest brand in its portfolio and revitalise its product range and brand image for the future.
The silent death of insects
Insects are the most important pollinators of flowers and provide invaluable services for our agriculture and for the interaction of complex ecosystems. However, insect populations have been declining steadily for decades, which may pose a threat to the ecological balance in the future.
Environmentally friendly, sustainable, good
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of sustainable and fair products. This no longer only applies to food, but to consumer goods of all kinds. Martec Handels AG is in no way inferior to this change.
Start of the insect season
Ornaris 2019 in Bern
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Ornaris in Bern from the 13th to the 15th of January 2019 in Hall 3.2, Stand G-22. We are pleased to present the new market appearance of the traditional Swiss adhesives brand BLANCOL with a completely new look and 18 innovations. With a total of almost 30 adhesive products, the BLANCOL range meets every imaginable handicraft wish – for limitless handicraft fun! Come by and take part in the BLANCOL competition – with a little luck you will win a complete BLANCOL display.
Revue of the year 2018
In many respects, the past year was an extremely exciting and thrilling year, peppered with challenges but also many successes. Brands that are steeped in tradition were rejuvenated. The range was supplemented by innovative own developments and distribution brands.
NEW: HEROPIC – Heroic Protection
The new HEROPIC line offers heroic protection against mosquitoes, ticks, horse flies and other annoying insects. NATURE products contain active ingredients that are also suitable for children, allergy sufferers and pregnant women. Good skin tolerance – dermatologically tested.
NEW: Professional barbecue equipment from McBrikett
Enjoy practical accessories in high quality from McBrikett!
5 important facts about the Zika virus
The number of reports about infections with the Zika virus are increasing these days – in Europe and Switzerland too. What is the Zika virus and what might be the consequences if you are infected with it? Which countries are associated with an increased risk of infection and how can I protect myself from the Zika virus? Here you can find the full article.
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Fascinating science news
Technology and science have made it possible for us to view insects more closely and in previously unknown dimensions today. We would like to share two spectacular results from science with you.