What is an Antimicrobial Additive?
An antimicrobial additive is a specific solution which is infused into a product during the manufacturing process, and has the ability to kill microorganisms or inhibit their growth throughout the useful lifespan of the product. The additive will be comprised of a specific antimicrobial agent, such as silver, and formulated into a masterbatch pellet, powder or liquid based on the target material and desired manufacturing process.
Antimicrobial additives can be built into a plethora of products to help fight against bacteria and fungi. While an antimicrobial additive has many benefits for both consumers and manufacturers alike, one of the biggest advantages to protecting products from microbial growth is that it can help to extend the product’s usable lifetime, enhancing its overall sustainability.
Microban partners with more than 250 companies worldwide, assisting them with everything from the manufacturing of products protected by antimicrobial agents to the creation and execution of sales and marketing strategies.
How Can Antimicrobial Technology Extend My Product's Expected Lifetime?
Antimicrobial additives fight against the growth of product-damaging microbes
Product surfaces come into contact with microbes at an alarming rate. Not all microbes can have a negative impact on your product, yet those that create issues such as stains, odors and mold growth can be damaging and cause products to degenerate quickly. Without being regularly disinfected, it takes stain and odor-causing bacteria just 20 minutes to double in number on a surface unprotected by an antimicrobial agent. If left to multiply, the effects of these bacteria can quicken the deterioration of a product, shortening its usable lifetime.
At Microban, we work with our partners to find, test and create the right antimicrobial solution that will work with their product. Through vigorous testing, we ensure that the antimicrobial additive technology integrated into your product is safe and durable, and efficiently fights against product-damaging microbial growth. This supports sustainable product development and minimises the risk of a product's premature disposal.
Antimicrobial agents get to work immediately
Microban® antimicrobial agents work to disrupt vital life processes of microbes, preventing them microbes from growing and reproducing. Once the antimicrobial additive technology has been incorporated into your product during the manufacturing process, it begins to work as soon as microorganisms come into contact with the product surface.
Antimicrobial product protection is long-lasting and durable
All Microban® antimicrobial agents must pass durability testing to ensure that they hinder the reproduction of damaging microorganisms and provide around-the-clock product protection. Once integrated into your product, the Microban® antimicrobial additive does not wash off or wear away, and will continue to fight against the growth of harmful microbes throughout the product’s usable lifetime.
Antimicrobial agents keep your products fresher and cleaner for longer
While antimicrobial protection does not replace the need for products to be regularly disinfected, it does limit damaging microbial growth and can help products to stay fresher between cleanings. As a manufacturer of a treated product, you can satisfy consumer demand for products that resist the growth of damaging microbes, and refer to this feature as a unique selling point within your sales and marketing campaigns.
If you would like to find out more about how Microban antimicrobial additive solutions can enhance one or more of your products, contact us today.