What Is An Antimicrobial Additive

All You Need To Know About Antimicrobial Additives


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Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology

An antimicrobial is defined as something that can resist, inhibit and prevent the growth of microbes including bacteria and mould.

BioCote® has harnessed the properties of antimicrobial materials, otherwise known as ‘active ingredients’, and formulated them into a range of antimicrobial additives. Introduced into a surface during the manufacturing process, an additive will encompass a specific antimicrobial active, such as silver ion technology, and can be formulated into a concentrated powder, liquid suspension or masterbatch pellet depending on the target material and manufacturing process. Once infused into a product, an antimicrobial additive will work continuously to make a product more hygienic, minimising the potential for cross-contamination and extending a product’s functional lifetime.

By choosing to partner with BioCote®, manufacturers can communicate the superior antimicrobial properties of their product clearly and concisely. Our proven antimicrobial protection differentiates their product range from those of competitors; leading to an increase in sales and the penetration of new market sectors. Research has also shown that the BioCote® brand is recognised as a sign of quality, credibility and experience around the world, making purchasing decisions quicker and securing our customers a tangible return on investment.

And manufacturers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from products containing antimicrobial additives…

As the world becomes increasingly more hygiene-conscious, research has shown that 9 out of 10 consumers are now searching for products containing a proven and trusted antimicrobial technology. BioCote® antimicrobial additives work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to reduce bacteria by up to 99.99%, reassuring end-users that their product is permanently protected and therefore less likely to harbour illness-causing bacteria. 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 antimicrobial additives will also never wear off or leech 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.

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Antimicrobial additives supplied by BioCote® commonly utilise one of three key actives: silver ion, zinc or copper. Silver is the most widely used antibacterial technology in the world largely due to its historic success as an antimicrobial, its broad spectrum performance and its suitability for deployment in a broad range of materials and applications. BioCote® also offers a range of organic technologies that encompasses phenolic biocides, quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC or QUAT) and fungicides. We formulate each antimicrobial additive to suit the specific requirements of a product innovator, manufacturer or end user and we are constantly working to develop new formulations that cater for the ever-growing demand for trusted antimicrobial technology.

Antimicrobial additives can be manufactured into a wide range of materials including plastics, polymers, paints, coatings, textiles, paper, ceramics and rubber- take a look at our broad range of partners to see just how many companies from a plethora of different sectors are utilising our antibacterial technology. BioCote® has an appropriate formulation for every material type and can accommodate your antimicrobial requirements to suit the designated market territories and desired end use of your product.

Antimicrobial additives enhance the performance of a surface by imbuing it with lasting antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. This enables manufacturers to offer products that are cleaner and more hygienic to use, giving them an instant competitive advantage.

Intrigued to know more?

If you have a question about BioCote® antimicrobial technology or would like to find out more about which antimicrobial additive would be most appropriate for your product range, contact a member of the BioCote® team today on +44 (0) 2477 712 489 or message us.

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