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.
At BioCote®, we have the pleasure to work with some extraordinary women who decided to dedicate their careers to working within the fields of STEM. We interviewed Ellie Campbell, our chemist, and Karen Seff, our current microbiology intern to better understand the fields they work in and what motivated them to pursue a career in STEM in the first place.
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic impeded factory capabilities and sown chaos in desperate buyers, the world has been experiencing supply shortages on every level. From toilet paper to petrol, virtually no industry was safe. An industry that has likewise suffered a shortage blow since mid of 2020 is the world’s plastics industry, with supply disruptions that continue to remain visible to this day.
On 3rd November 2021, the Composites UK Trade Association Industry Awards made a return to The National Motorcycle Museum, coinciding with the Advanced Engineering Show!
With 300 people in attendance, BioCote® attended the Composites UK Industry Awards dinner for our contribution to the high-profile UK innovation project AMICABLE, a collaboration of six companies within the UK Composites industry.
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.