What is Antimicrobial Laminate?
Antimicrobial laminate is a polymer-matrix composite consisting of layers of materials that have been imbued with a resistance to microbial growth.
Create Safe, Durable & Effective Antimicrobial Laminate Products with Microban®
On a laminate surface, microbes can double in number every 20 minutes. This can result in staining, unpleasant odors and premature degradation that affects the durability, lifespan and hygiene of a laminate product. In many circumstances, once microbes have begun to proliferate on a laminate surface, constant cleaning is required to keep growth under control. Recognizing that the ability to clean constantly is unreasonable in most environments, the best weapon against the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew is Microban® antimicrobial protection.
Adding Antimicrobial Laminate Protection to High Pressure Laminates
As a thermosetting material, HPL has a natural resistance to microbial proliferation. However, these hygienic properties have a limited lifespan and will eventually wear off. In addition to decreased efficacy over time, global biocidal regulations do not permit the marketing of any laminates as being antimicrobial without the prior inclusion of an approved technology.
Microban® antimicrobial laminate protection can be seamlessly introduced to HPL during the final resin bath of the impregnation process. The result is a laminate surface that has a lasting resistance to harmful microbes, ultimately reducing the risk of cross-contamination and complementing existing hygiene practices.
Microban® offers an array of antimicrobial additives that are suitable for integration into high pressure laminates. Our silver-based non-leeching antimicrobial treatments have a unique geometry and highly efficient release mechanism, meaning they can react up to 8x faster than other silver antimicrobials without affecting the durability, integrity or aesthetics of the HPL.
The world class research & development team at Microban® includes polymer engineers and analytical chemists who work directly with laminate manufacturers to identify the best possible solutions. More than 40,000 tests are conducted annually our state-of-the-art laboratory facility and our team stands behind the efficacy of each application.
Common Applications for Antimicrobial High Pressure Laminates (HPL)
A growing awareness of antibiotic resistance combined with the regular inclusion of laminates in hygiene critical spaces has resulted in an increased demand for antimicrobial laminates in healthcare, consumer and commercial environments. Microban® technologies can be easily and cost effectively implemented by laminate manufacturers for a variety of different applications, including flooring, countertops, wall partitions and more.
The Benefits of Microban® Antimicrobial Laminate Protection
Microban® is a cost-effective solution that remains active for your laminate product's expected lifetime.
Effective Against Bacteria & Mold
Microban® antimicrobial technology protects laminates from the uncontrolled growth of bacteria, mold and mildew by up to 99.99%.
Increases Product Durability
Microban® antimicrobial laminates are resistant to the degrading effects of bacteria, ultimately increasing their expected lifetime.
Minimizes Risk of Cross Contamination
Microban® antimicrobial laminates help to minimize the risk of cross contamination. This makes them perfect for use in hygiene critical environments such as hospitals, food processing facilities and schools.
Safe to Use
Microban® antimicrobial laminate protection contains non-leaching technologies that are notified with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Food Contact Approved
Selected Microban® antimicrobial laminate technologies have been approved for use in direct food contact applications.
Get an Antimicrobial Laminate Additive Sample
If you are interested in developing an antimicrobial laminate product, contact the Microban® team today to organise an additive sample.