Antimicrobial additive technology for plastics has been around for more than a decade. These additives, which can be either organic or inorganic in nature, can be dispersed in plastic materials to prevent bacterial colonies from taking hold in products used in environments conducive to colony growth.
These include marine environments; other moist, warm environments; hospital environments, construction applications such as Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs) using in decking and railing, and more.Antimicrobial additives are suitable for a variety of applications such as high-traffic public contact areas such as escalator rails, door handles in retail store settings, hospital furniture, medical packaging, and household appliances, equipment for the food processing industry.
According to recent research, inorganic silver-based antimicrobials are the market leaders for plastics applications requiring antibacterial surfaces. However, new antimicrobial and biocides are being developed for use in many types of plastic resins. Over the past decade, resin producers have developed a number of antimicrobial-grade polymers aimed at these applications to create long-term, antimicrobial environment to extend the life of your products.