What is an antimicrobial?

Antimicrobial Technology Explained

Antimicrobial Meaning

Antimicrobial meaning

“Antimicrobial Technology” describes the collective knowledge, expertise and methods of using additives to create products that are permanently protected against microbes. BioCote® technology can be manufactured into a wide range of materials, including plastics, polymers, paints, coatings, textiles, and ceramics. Take a look at our treatable materials page to find out more.

What types of antimicrobials are there?

Many substances such as disinfectants, sanitisers, antibiotics, and of course in-built am additives. 

Are all antimicrobials the same?

There are many kinds of antimicrobials, each with a specific function. Some examples include antibiotics that you take while you’re ill or an antibacterial soap you wash your hands with. Whilst these may perform a similar function, they are all very different to the technologies BioCote® supply.  

BioCote® additives are formulated to be introduced to materials during the manufacturing process to give that material ‘built-in’ protection. This protection is permanent and will last the expected functional lifetime of the product – it may even extend it. 

What’s the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?

An antimicrobial is effective against a wide spectrum of microbes: this includes bacteria, mould, fungi and even viruses. An antibacterial, on the other hand, is only effective against bacteria. 


Once integrated into a product, BioCote® technology will

Once integrated into a product, BioCote® technology will

Reduce microbes by up to 99.99%

BioCote® works continuously without an off switch to reduce the amount of microbes on a treated product

Improve product hygiene

BioCote® works hand in hand with thorough cleaning practices to make a product more hygienic and easier to keep clean

Minimise cross contamination

By reducing the number of microbes on a treated product, BioCote® minimises the potential of microbial cross-contamination from one surface to another

Minimise staining & bad odours

BioCote® inhibits the growth of microbes on products that can cause foul smells and staining

Increase product lifetime

BioCote® contributes to extending a product’s functional lifetime by lowering the amount of microbes that might lead to material degradation

How does it work?

How does it work?

BioCote® additives are extremely diverse and control microbes via many different means. When manufactured into products, they create surfaces and materials which are inhospitable to the growth of microbes such as bacteria and mould.