Pathogens are everywhere. There are growing concerns about our daily exposure to bacteria, molds, mildew and fungi. Environments where air circulation is limited (airplanes), and in buildings that are climate controlled and well insulated, this concern is heightened. These types of environments create favorable conditions for the growth of pathogens. There are also places where hygienic conditions are a “must” — hospitals and food processing plants.
The beauty of using Antimicrobial plastic rather than other solutions is that the Antimicrobial properties are embodied within the plastic itself rather than just topically applied, so that the Antimicrobial benefits cannot be washed away. Antimicrobials can help protect plastics from odor development, staining, discoloration, and microbial transfer by cross contamination. Eliminating microbial transfer is an attractive property for articles handled by many people.
How does it work? Antimicrobials are either natural or synthetic materials that kill molds, bacteria and/or fungi. Since Antimicrobial plastic compounds are directly incorporated into the thermoplastic materials, it makes it impossible for allergens, bacteria, molds, and mildew to survive on the surface, yet these compounds have no known effect on humans and some are FDA approved for contact with food. There are a number of Antimicrobial materials available for use in just about any type of extruded plastic profile.
We can help you choose the right material to enhance your product line with Antimicrobial properties.
Major markets for Antimicrobial Extrusions include: aerospace, medical, food services, military, consumer goods, building and
construction, and office supplies, just to mention a few.