BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology


Introduced during the manufacturing process, BioCote® antimicrobial additives exert, by various modes of action, a negative effect on any contaminating microbes causing them to reduce.

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology

As a total antimicrobial solutions supplier you can be assured that whatever your application, BioCote® will have an antimicrobial additive to suit your needs. Adding BioCote® protection to your product could not be easier: it is what we have been doing for over 30 years and why we are the supplier of choice to market-leading companies around the world.

Protein damage

Proteins are essential for the biological systems of life. Any damage to these components causes the failure of essential functions such as energy production.

Cell membrane damage

By disrupting the microbe’s membrane, its structural integrity is compromised, which can cause essential nutrients to leak out and catastrophic structural failure.

Oxidative damage

Antimicrobials can cause increased levels of reactive oxygen species, which result in damage to the internal systems of the microbe.

DNA interference

The genetic material of the microbe is disrupted, ultimately stopping the microbe from being able to replicate by blocking the copying of their genetic material.

Benefits of BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology

Microbes can compromise the quality, performance and cleanliness of your product. By integrating BioCote® antimicrobial technology into your material, your products will be protected 24/7 from microbes such as E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella or the superbug MRSA. Simply and cost-effectively introduced during manufacturing, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are guaranteed to provide high levels of antimicrobial protection.

Our proven antimould technology can minimise the growth of all types of unsightly mould and is safe for use in plastics, paints, coatings, fabrics and many other material types.

Supercharge your business by adding another feature to your existing products and create a value-added product application – contact a member of our team to discover more benefits of our in-built antimicrobial technology.

BioCote® Antimicrobial Additives

The comprehensive range of BioCote® antimicrobial additives means that we have a solution for every possible application. This, combined with our complete understanding of how each additive should be used, is the reason why we achieve the highest levels of antimicrobial performance across all the materials and products which our technology is used to protect.

Thanks to the wide range of BioCote® antimicrobial additives available, you can rely on us to supply you with the most appropriate additive for your product, not just the one we want to sell you. We have effective antimicrobial solutions for plastics, polymers, paints, coatings, textiles and many other material types. Contact us today for more information.



On a BioCote® treated surface, the bacteria cannot survive and reduce by up to 99.5%.


On an untreated surface, the bacteria thrive and reproduce considerably.

Benefits of Products which Contain BioCote® Additives

BioCote® antimicrobial additives work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to reduce the levels of microbes by up to 99.99%, reassuring end-users that their product is permanently protected and therefore less likely to harbour damaging microorganisms. The technology’s ability to minimise microbial colonisation also reduces the potential for staining and unpleasant odours, meaning a protected product will stay fresher for longer and have an increased functional life cycle – offering a significant cost benefit to the consumer. BioCote® silver ion additives will not wear off or leach from the surface they are manufactured into, making them safe for use in a variety of products such as baby toys, kitchen appliances and bathroom accessories.

Silver Ion Additives

Silver form 1 & 2 – These composite silver compounds imbue products with excellent antimicrobial efficacy against a broad range of microbes. Thanks to the high efficacy and robust physical properties, this form is suitable for deployment in a broad range of materials and applications, including paints, coatings, textiles, polymers and other material types.

Our active substance is permitted for use in biocidal applications with the approved product types (PT) according to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). No classification change to BioCote® silver ion technology, currently under Union review, has been made. BioCote® silver ion technology is viewed as low risk, and therefore, the Union review is likely to be an extended process whilst high-risk substances are prioritised and evaluated. The reclassification changes are expected to be confirmed 2025-2026.


Zeolites are porous ceramic based materials, containing a variety of antimicrobial ions such as Zinc. These materials are good for short term use (5-10 years), which is useful for disposable/limited use products. Zeolites can be easily incorporated during the manufacturing process, and do not leach out of the product. Its anti-odour properties give zeolites another plus.


Used in paints and wood treatment, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, commonly known as IPBC, is an organic additive that can protect from fungal attack. This should help stop wood such as fences and decking from rotting and keeps your paint looking fresh.

Quaternary Ammonium compounds (QAC or QUAT)

These antimicrobials are extremely diverse in terms of use and structure. BioCote®’s quaternary ammonium compound products are ideal for uses such as disinfectant formulation and antimicrobial surface treatments.