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Antimicrobials Additives in Demand

One specialty additive that has become more in demand for a variety of applications is antimicrobials. Plastics infused with antimicrobial agents can help to reduce or mitigate the growth of micro-organisms such as algae, bacteria, mold and fungi on plastic products used not only in hospital settings, but many other environments as well. MicroBlok™, the Plastics Color line of antimicrobial additives, has a number of benefits:

  1. Inhibits the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria, molds, mildews and other micro-organisms on the plastic
  2. Provides continuous microbe-fighting action
  3. Contains built-in antimicrobial properties

Some of the products for which MicroBlok can provide added value include:

  1. Dental tools and instruments such as the plastic coated handles that help with grip;
  2. Plastics used to produce hearing aids, ear buds and other “in-the-ear” devices where warmth and moisture can promote the growth of bacteria;
  3. Gym equipment such as the thermoplastic elastomer handles, seats and backs on stationary bicycles; tubing used in medical, and for water coolers and beverage dispensers that require mold and mildew-free apparatus.
  4. Building and construction applications for example wood plastic composites (WPC) using in outdoor decking, railing and fencing, as well as window trim, siding and other durable applications.

MicroBlok contains ions, either Silver or Zinc depending on product specifications, that are dispersed uniformly throughout the polymer matrix, creating an extremely high-efficiency antimicrobial action. MicroBlok can be custom blended in a wide variety of polymer materials including TPU, PC, ABS, PP and PE, and can be custom formulated for molding or extrusion applications, or any special manufacturing process.

Microblok is formulated with antimicrobials to help suppress the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms on the treated plastic. Microblok is not intended as a substitute for good hygiene or to prevent foodborne or infectious illnesses.

Polymer materials with MicroBlok antimicrobial additives from Plastics Color can provide you with that extra level of protection in a wide variety of applications, providing brand owners with the assurance that their products offer the utmost in safety to consumers.

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