Industrial and consumer polymers can be susceptible to microbial attack, causing undesirable effects such as staining, odours, and physical degradation. Bacteria and fungi can feed on most plastics and polymer additives – often leading to a potential loss of product integrity. This is particularly true for outdoor applications, where constant environmental stresses can dramatically reduce the life of an untreated article.
Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial products can offer valuable protection for polymers. They can be incorporated into a wide variety of plastics & polymeric materials to prolong their life, maintain their aesthetic appeal, or reduce surface bioburden. Our antimicrobial treatments are applicable to all types of polymer manufacturing including injection or rotational moulding, extrusion, blown film, calendaring, or coatings.
Ultra-Fresh antimicrobials can be applied by direct addition or as a masterbatch concentrate. Ultra-Fresh masterbatches can be supplied in carriers suitable for most polymers including PVC, PE, HDPE, PP, polyamide, polyester, ABS, polycarbonate, and styrenics. We can even apply Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial treatments to elastomeric polymers and rubbers such as TPEs and TPVs.
We can cater to transparent grades – particularly ABS and polycarbonate – and have Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial products designed for these applications. Several Ultra-Fresh treatments are FDA and EPA food contact approved and included in the European EFSA guidelines. Ultra-Fresh silver antimicrobial products are also suitable for high temperature processing applications. Whatever your end-use, Ultra-Fresh has an option that provides excellent protection for all of your performance needs.
Our antimicrobial products are used in an extensive array of plastic and polymer applications. We have listed a few examples below.
Housewares: Cutting boards, wallcoverings, appliances, toilet seats, flooring, mattresses
Commercial: PVC blinds, car interiors, packaging, signs, electronics, seating
Apparel: fitness mats, sports jackets, duffel bags, footwear
Building Products: vinyl siding, windows, insulation, piping, underlay
Healthcare: business supplies, flooring, seating, countertops, storage
For more information on which Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial products are suitable for polymers and plastics, please contact us!