Microban Product Development Engineer, James Rapley, was recently published in Paint and Coatings Industry (PCI) Magazine. Rapley explores antimicrobial coatings in a piece that covers new innovations to help meet the increased demand for surface cleanliness across homes, workplaces, and healthcare environments.
The article introduces the challenges associated with microbial growth on surfaces, noting that standard cleaning products often have limited residual activity once they dry. Surfaces can remain fresher and cleaner for longer with a more permanent, built-in layer of protection, like antimicrobial technology. Many manufacturers are looking to enhance products and spaces with this key feature in the form of antimicrobial coatings.
"With 64 % of adults now prepared to pay more for a product with built-in antimicrobial product protection*, coating developers are acutely aware that the day will come when customers expect this as standard, in the same way that safety airbags have become the norm in modern motor vehicles.
Rapley notes that antimicrobial coatings will soon be an expectation rather than something 'nice to have,' and companies are beginning to recognize the need to implement a cost-effective approach to accelerate successful product development. Looking at the coatings specifically, the industry is seeking the development of new and improved processes and breakthrough formulations that support the seamless integration of additives like antimicrobials.
Antimicrobial additives can pose some challenges to material form and appearance, while causing a financial burden on manufacturers in the product development stage. That's why it's important to partner with an experienced technical team that can help ensure efficiency and effectiveness throughout the development process.
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Rapley shares more insights into the key considerations when developing antimicrobial coatings, as well as thoughts on the future of the industry. Learn more from the featured article in PCI Magazine.
James Rapley, Product Development Engineer
With over eight years of experience working on new product development, James Rapley oversees coating technology projects for a variety of substrates at Microban. James possesses a solid understanding of dispersion and formulation, in addition to polymer formulation containing pigments, dispersion agents, surfactants and binding agents for use in coatings. James holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry.
*Multi-sponsor surveys. (2020). Antibacterial Products Study