Antimicrobial Protection for Automotive Industry

Transportation

Keeping touchpoints in cars hygienically clean and fresher for longer

The microbial profile of a car’s interior is a complex one: made up of the microbes we shed as drivers, plus those microbes deposited by co-users of the car and those carried by the incoming air and circulated through the HVAC system. This is why antimicrobial technology can be a real game changer in the automotive industry by reducing the build-up of microbes in between cleans.

With multiple touch points within a vehicle, the overarching issue is that drivers touch a lot of the same things that other people do over the course of the day, such as door handles, fuel pumps, ATM buttons, shopping trolleys, money and many more.  With all those surfaces being covered in microbes, those microbes travel with the person into the vehicle and are being transferred onto the interior of the car, such as door handles, steering wheel, gear stick, hand break, audio controls and upholstery. With car interiors being generally cleaned less frequently than other surfaces and areas of our day to day life, this situation is of course heightened in car sharing, rental vehicles and business vehicles with multiple drivers. Find out more about a car’s microbiome.

Treatable materials and products

Working directly with Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturers of automotive parts, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are integrated into a wide range of products and materials during manufacturing to become part of the product without changing its look and performance. The supply chain is adjusted to include BioCote® as the supplier of the antimicrobial additive to the relevant tier 1 or 2 sub-contractor, who are operating under the specifications of the OEMs.

BioCote® additives have been shown to reduce microbes such as bacteria by up to 99.99%, deactivate influenza A H1N1 and even reduce a strain of the coronavirus family by 90% in 2 hours on protected surfaces. Find out more about how BioCote® antimicrobial technology works.

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers over coatings and paints to textiles. We work with you to identify the right additive that works for your product. Learn more about the additive specification process.

Treatable Interior Touchpoints

BioCote® protection can be integrated into key areas and products for car interiors:

  • Steering wheel
  • Gearstick
  • Hand break
  • External door handles
  • Internal switches and levers
  • Dashboard + fascia
  • Internal mirror
  • Sun visors
  • Glove compartment
  • Seats
  • Seatbelts
  • Mats, carpets

Treatable System Components

BioCote® additives can deliver ultimate protection to key system points in vehicles to prevent the build-up of biofilm which can cause product failure:

  • HEPA filters | HVAC
  • Water delivery pipes

To find out how you can protect your own products with proven BioCote® antimicrobial technology, simply get in touch with a member of the team on
+44 (0)2477 712 489. Alternatively, you can contact us via the contact form.

For more information, contact us below:

BioCote® Partners

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