RTP Company Adds Antimicrobial Products Using BactiBlock® Additive From NanoBioMatters

Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company announced that it has expanded its line of antimicrobial compounds and additive masterbatches to include new products using BactiBlock® technology from NanoBioMatters of Valencia, Spain.

Efficacy testing has proven the naturally sourced silver-functionalized clay BactiBlock antimicrobial additive to be compatible with a variety of thermoplastic resin systems including ABS, nylon 6 and 6/6, polypropylene, polyethylene, olefinic thermoplastic elastomers, and EVA with evaluation in other polymers ongoing.

“Additive masterbatches and custom compounds using BactiBlock are an exciting addition to RTP Company’s family of antimicrobial products because its unique clay carrier provides a very efficient and durable delivery system for silver ions to effectively protect plastic articles against degradation,” said Jean Sirois, General Manager of RTP Company’s Color Division.

Products incorporating BactiBlock are available globally and can be produced throughout RTP Company’s worldwide network of manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. They are fully colorable, easy to disperse, and process at normal polymer temperatures. Loading levels vary by application and can be tailored to end-use environments to maintain desired effectiveness; BactiBlock is EPA registered and is very economical in comparison to other silver-based antimicrobial solutions.

Demand for silver-based antimicrobial solutions, such as BactiBlock, are increasing due to their effectiveness at protecting polymers from degradation while being widely recognized as safe for human contact. Antimicrobial additives can be used to combat the growth of microbes like fungi (mold and mildew) and algae that left unchecked can cause unsightly discoloration, unpleasant orders, or other polymer degradation issues.

Applications using antimicrobial additives can be produced via injection molding or extrusion for markets including outdoor furniture, sports and recreation equipment, healthcare environments, office equipment, household goods, and personal care items.

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