Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most abundant polymers; with about 40 million tonnes produced annually, it ranks third in terms of global polymer use. This very practical plastic is not popular only for its high versatility, but also for its proclaimed inherent antimicrobial properties. Our Technical Team took a closer look at why this property of PVC could be more complex than one might assume.
From additive manufacturing to product integration: Maintaining the quality of BioCote® antimicrobial additives
Whilst you cannot smell, see or touch BioCote® antimicrobial technology, once it is integrated into a product or material, there are ways to verify its presence and efficacy in treated materials. BioCote® does this by implementing strict quality control measures for all of our additives.
As of March 1st, 2022, the European Commission have officially implemented the Commission Delegated Regulation 2020/1182, which includes a revised list of prohibited ingredients for Annex I and Annex VI. An unexpected addition to the list of prohibited substances is Zinc Pyrithione, an active ingredient that has been commonly used within the cosmetics and construction industries for decades.
The past year has seen an increase in demand for antimicrobial products, including antimicrobial coatings. However, antimicrobial coatings are not a new topic and are not born out of pandemic; although there has been more prominent interest. In fact, BioCote® was founded as a response to a need for antimicrobial coatings over 25 years ago and has been supplying antimicrobial additives to the coatings industry ever since.
The food and drink industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving to keep up with consumer demands. Regulations have expanded in recent years to account for our increasingly globalised supply chains and demand for high quality goods.
It is therefore becoming increasingly important to make the cleanliness of food manufacturing products a high priority.