What Is an Antimicrobial Additive?

When researching antimicrobial technologies, you may often come across the term ‘antimicrobial additive’. We get a lot of questions including “What is an antimicrobial?” and “What is an antimicrobial additive?” Let’s set the record straight on these terms and evaluate how Microban uses them in technologies and applications for partner products.

What is an antimicrobial?

There are a number of “antimicrobial” definitions that vary depending on use, function, production, regulations and benefits. However, in broad terms, antimicrobial describes a substance that can destroy or inhibit the growth and development of microorganisms, including pathogenic bacteria. Antimicrobials will typically based on active ingredients like silver ion or zinc.

What is an antimicrobial “additive”?

There are many ways to define an antimicrobial additive. However, for Microban purposes, an antimicrobial additive is a specific active ingredient that is engineered into products during manufacture via one of the following formulations:

  • Liquid
  • Powder
  • Masterbatch Pellet

Once infused into a product, an antimicrobial additive will work 24/7 to protect a product from the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold and mildew. The result is a product that stays hygienically cleaner, fresher and longer lasting.

How many different types of antimicrobial additives are there?

Microban antimicrobial additives utilize over 25 different organic and inorganic antimicrobial technologies, each one customized for maximum performance for effective use across a variety of industries.

What are the benefits of equipping a product with an antimicrobial additive?

Equipping a product surface with an antimicrobial protection has many benefits for both manufacturers and consumers.

  • Antimicrobial Additives for Manufacturers: Antimicrobial additives help manufactures gain a distinct advantage over their competitors. By choosing to partner with Microban and provide consumers with products that fight against microbial growth. A company can leverage the Microban brand name, which in return boosts a product’s credibility and helps to drive increased sales. Explore why the Microban brand is a valuable Trustmark that consumers recognize.
  • Antimicrobial Additives for Consumers: By purchasing products that are equipped with an antimicrobial additive, consumers are benefitting in a number of ways. The antimicrobial protection infused into the product fights against product-damaging microbes that can quicken its deterioration. Stain and odor-causing microbes are also reduced, and this helps to keep the product fresher and cleaner for longer. Importantly, the antimicrobial additive technology does not wash off or wear away, and will continually fight against potentially harmful bacteria that makes contact with the surface of the product.

How can a company infuse antimicrobial additives into its products by partnering with Microban?

Our team of experienced polymer engineers and chemists work with you to determine if your product is compatible with an antimicrobial additive, while creating and vigorously testing new additives for your product range. By choosing to partner with Microban, you can be assured that your business is being safeguarded since all of our antimicrobial solutions meet the necessary safety regulations.

Additionally, there will be no disruption to your work since the antimicrobial additives are infused into your products during your normal manufacturing process. Microban provide extensive marketing support throughout the process so that your company can gain an advantage over your competitors, and utilize the unique selling point that an antimicrobial additive protection can bring.

Explore our range of antimicrobial additives

If you would like to find out more about how equip your product range with an antimicrobial additive, contact us today.