In the current global situation, the application opportunities are almost limitless for antibacterial compounds. In response, Polymer Compounders has developed its own range of antimicrobial resins working alongside antimicrobial specialists.
Would your brand benefit from featuring products with antimicrobial properties? Do not just ‘free dose’ the proprietary additive; there is much more to this. Speak with the compounding experts at Polymer Compounders Ltd (PCL), who have years of experience to share. Compound into your application for guaranteed consistency and protection.
With its long track record of manufacturing antimicrobial polymers, PCL is proud to provide innovative solutions to meet its customer’s needs. PCL has been working closely with OEMs and specialist antimicrobial manufacturers, bringing polymer antimicrobial technology forward. This is an exacting science; each development has different needs which require addressing methodically to ensure compliance and the success of your application; from tooling development to successful finished product, providing repeatable results backed up with complete testing data.
PCL has developed its range of antimicrobial compounded resins in cooperation with antimicrobial specialists and does not use additives with potential health or environmental concerns such as Triclosan or nano-scale particles. All of the active substances, based mainly on silver ions, are being supported within the European Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012), which has been put in place to rid the market of unregistered and potentially dangerous biocides.
The active substances used in PCL’s resins are also approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in the United States.
PCL regularly compound antimicrobial additives into different materials on behalf of OEMs from low melt polycarbonate (PC-COM) to PC ABS alloy products (FR PCABSCOM) of varying colours, also all standard plastics types.
Key applications and technical implications
Significant applications for the resin compounders antimicrobial polymer are aeroplane interiors and washroom facilities, which naturally need to be challenging surfaces for viruses to survive on. In the current global climate and pandemic situation, the application opportunities are almost limitless for PCL’s antibacterial compounds, such as enclosed areas, including vehicle interiors and all ‘high touch rate’ contact environments from handles to switches to computer consoles and phones; the list is endless.
PCL’s goal regarding new developments has always been to create materials that will aid humanity somehow, maybe even its survival! This can be seen in all of PCL’s developments over nearly thirty years. One example of these products is ABSCOM B200C, a super-strong, super light class-leading PC/ABS alloy that passed all tests required for use in an automotive application. It is the centre console fitted to a global Japanese car manufacturer’s car interior and other highly specialised products.
Another potential candidate for the inclusion of antimicrobial is its compounded product.
With solid and continued investment, PCL has a versatile modern manufacturing plant and can deliver from just a few kgs to many tonnes of compounded antimicrobial material at its two sites in historic Durham.