According to a report by Grand View Research, the global antimicrobial coatings market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.8 per cent from 2020 to 2027 – and antimicrobial additives provider BioCote® has reported an unprecedented increase in revenue over the last year – with many of its customers requiring antimicrobial paints and coatings. David Hall, managing director of BioCote®, comments:
“Demand for products containing integrated antimicrobial additives, which significantly reduce the growth of a wide range of microbes, is increasing. In recent times, and particularly over the past year, people have become much more aware that everyday objects and surfaces can harbour microbes. To help prevent cross-contamination, we are all spending more time washing our hands and sanitising the surfaces we touch and the products we use – but antimicrobial additives, which can be manufactured into a wide range of products, including paints and coatings, are becoming more popular too. Supporting stringent cleaning regimes and good hand hygiene practices, antimicrobial technology makes surfaces easier to keep clean.
“The Grand View Research antimicrobial coatings report suggests growing concern regarding cleanliness in various industries has led to increased demand. And it is a significant market for us. Our sales have been rising over several years, and, as you might expect, there has been a dramatic surge in enquiries since March 2020.
“To help meet the current customer demands for antimicrobial additives, we increased our headcount by 30 per cent in 2020, delivering further skills and enhancing service levels across sales, partner support, marketing, technical, warehouse and logistics. We have also doubled our production capacity on liquid additives for coatings and have been developing new and exciting antimicrobial additives to deliver new product technologies with added features and benefits.
“Antimicrobial additives can be manufactured directly into all types of paints and coatings – whether solvent-, oil- or water-based, liquid, powder, ink, lacquer or varnish, and whether used internally or externally. Our technology acts in minutes and can reduce the number of microbes on a protected surface by up to 86 per cent in just 15 minutes and by up to 99.99 per cent in a 24-hour period.
“Introducing an additive will not affect the colour of a paint or coating, the finish, or the application process. Durability will be increased compared to an unprotected product, and staining, unpleasant odours and material degradation will also be minimised. The technology will work continuously for the expected lifetime of the paint or coating; if manufactured in properly it does not wear out or wash off.”
BioCote® antimicrobial additives can be integrated into paints, coatings, plastics and textiles, and are used across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, education, construction, transportation, food, home and leisure.
For more information on BioCote® technology or if you would like to find out more about making your own product antimicrobial, contact a member of the BioCote® team today on +44 (0) 2477 712 489 or use the contact form below.
* BioCote® technology does not protect users or others against disease-causing bacteria, germs, viruses or other harmful organisms. This technology is not a substitute for good hygiene and/or cleaning practices.