BioCote® Antimicrobial Additives


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.

BioCote® 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.

Silver ion

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.


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.

Additive Specification Process