The Basics: Antimicrobial Technology


What is Antimicrobial Technology?

Antimicrobial Technology describes the collective knowledge, expertise and methods of using additives to create products that are permanently protected against microbes. These additives, often based on advanced materials like silver ions, are strategically designed to render surfaces and materials inherently resistant to microbial colonisation. BioCote® technology can be manufactured into a wide range of materials, including plastics, polymers, paints, coatings, textiles, and ceramics.

Is Antibacterial the Same as Antimicrobial?

Whilst the terms “antimicrobial” and “antibacterial” are often used interchangeably, antibacterial and antimicrobial substances can differ in the types of microbes they are effective against. Whilst antibacterial additives are antimicrobial – not all antimicrobial additives are necessarily antibacterial.

Antibacterial additives as the name may suggest, are effective against bacteria, including E. coli and S. aureus. Antibacterial substances are successfully applied in a wide variety of product types.

Antimicrobial additives are effective not only against bacteria but also a wider range of microbes, such as mould and fungi. Integrated into materials during manufacturing, antimicrobial additives therefore offer a high-level, continuous protection for treated products against microbes for the lifetime of its use.

What is an Antimicrobial Additive?

BioCote® has harnessed the properties of antimicrobial materials, otherwise known as ‘active ingredients’, and formulated them into a range of antimicrobial additives. During the manufacturing process, we integrate an additive into a surface, which incorporates a particular antimicrobial active like silver ion technology.

This additive can be formulated into a concentrated powder, liquid suspension, or masterbatch pellet, contingent on the intended material and manufacturing process. Once infused into a product, the antimicrobial additive will work continuously to make a product more hygienic, minimising the potential for cross-contamination and extending a product’s functional lifetime.

How Antimicrobial Technology Works to Protect your Product?

Introduced during the manufacturing process, BioCote® antimicrobial additives exert, by various modes of action, a negative effect on any contaminating microbes causing them to reduce.

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology, Explained

As a complete supplier of antimicrobial solutions, you can trust that BioCote® has an antimicrobial additive to suit your needs for any application. Adding BioCote® protection to your product is incredibly simple: we’ve been doing it for over 30 years. That’s why market-leading companies around the world choose us as their preferred supplier.