With over 350 exhibitors and talks from high-profile speakers from the plastics industry, Interplas is the meeting point for the UK plastics industry. After the exhibition was rescheduled due to Covid-19, we were excited that it finally went ahead this year. We met with many interested leading brands and manufacturers to explore new and innovative antimicrobial product applications and assist businesses and product innovators in their pursuit of improved products that will support existing cleaning regimes.
David Hall, Managing Director of BioCote®
At this year’s Interplas exhibition, held at the NEC in Birmingham from 28-30 September 2021, we showcased our innovative antimicrobial technology, including some of our latest developments. The BioCote® team was on hand to explain the benefits of plastic antimicrobial products and how we achieve antimicrobial protection.
How BioCote® technology elevates plastic products
BioCote® supplies a range of antimicrobial additives, including silver, zinc and organic compounds. As well as combinations such as silver/zinc blends. Integrated into plastic products during manufacturing, the additives provide permanent protection against the growth of a wide range of microbes that can cause odours, staining and material degradation. BioCote®’s technology acts in minutes and can reduce the number of microbes on a protected plastic surface by up to 86% in just 15 minutes and by up to 99.99% in a 24-hour period. Protected products are easier to keep clean and product life can potentially extend, increasing sustainability. Once integrated, protection against odour and stain causing microbes on a treated surface is continuous and will last for the expected life of the product; it cannot wear out or wash off. Our data demonstrates continued antimicrobial efficacy over an average product lifespan of 25 years.
New, innovative product applications for antimicrobial plastics
At Interplas, we promoted our antimicrobial solutions and their use across various sectors. Including healthcare, education, construction, transportation, food, home, and leisure. Our team has proudly shared some new developments, including the work with a range of new partners on novel applications for antimicrobial plastics. Particularly in public transportation, which is a growth area. What’s more, we have introduced our development of taggants; fluorescent chemical markers – achieved by using special additives. They are invisible to the naked eye but can be identified with a detector to confirm the presence of antimicrobial additives within a product (provide legal protection where necessary, for example in product liability cases).
Antimicrobial solutions for the medical device industry
With Interplas having been held alongside the Med-Tech Innovation Expo. We also had the opportunity to highlight the benefits of integrating antimicrobial additives into plastic medical devices and equipment. BioCote® additives are used in the production of a wide range of antimicrobial medical and healthcare products, including ventilators, breathing circuits, catheters, endoscopes, disposable gloves, beds, examination tables, patient stretchers, and assistive and accessible bathroom solutions.
Surge in demand for antimicrobial plastics
Demand for antimicrobial plastic products has been rising for several years, and with a notable increase in enquiries since March 2020, we have expanded our production capacity for some of our additives and have increased our headcount by 40%. We have also enhanced service levels across sales, partner support, marketing, technical, warehousing and logistics. Furthermore, we have been developing new antimicrobial additives to deliver new features and benefits for our customers.
How we can support you
If you would like more about the benefits of BioCote® technology in your products, please contact a member of the BioCote® team today on ++024 7697 3194 or contact us via the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!