In response to the increased worldwide concern for sanitation and product safety, Ampacet, a global masterbatch leader, now offers GermsClean™, an antimicrobial additive that provides effective, long-lasting protection against a wide range of harmful microorganisms which can cause unpleasant odours, discolouration and deterioration of plastic packaging and its contents.
Suitable for use in films, sheets, moulded components and fibres, GermsClean uses silver-based additive technology to block the growth of bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus and slow fungal multiplication in plastics. Metal ions released from GermsClean inhibit the microbes’ cellular metabolism, destroying cell walls and interfering with reproduction.
The additive is highly effective against a wide spectrum of pathogens, even at lower let down ratios (typically 1-4%) with lower usage rates than traditional competitive solutions, for an excellent efficiency over cost ratio. There is no leach out with GermsClean, resulting in a long-lasting defence against harmful organisms. GermsClean requires no modifications to the manufacturing process and does not affect the appearance or physical properties of the end product, thanks to the low concentration of silver.
Suggested markets and applications include: Healthcare (toothbrushes, surgical gowns); Food and Beverage packaging (meat, sports bottles, pharmaceutical); Housewares and Appliances (juice extractors, chopping boards); Consumer Goods packaging (trash bags, cell phone cases); Durable and Semi-Durable goods (exercise equipment, construction products, automotive interior parts).
A versatile application for a wide range of products, GermsClean is an effective solution for high-frequency touch surfaces.
GermsClean has a carrier resin compatible with most polymers including polyolefins, styrenics, polyesters and other engineering thermoplastics; custom formulations with other carrier resins are available.