Silver has been used for centuries for its abilities to aid preservation. Silver antimicrobial technology is safe, natural and sustainable. Prior to the introduction of antibiotics, silver was widely used in hospitals to combat bacteria and today it is used in a wide range of medical products, such as wound dressings and catheters, which have been shown to reduce rates of HCAI. Recent advances in antimicrobial technology allow silver to be added to everyday products at the manufacturing stage. Silver is an ideal antimicrobial agent due to its efficacy or effectiveness against a comprehensive range of microorganisms and its lack of toxicity to non-target cells. Silver antimicrobial technology can be applied to a variety of materials and, therefore, products, without affecting the performance or aesthetics in any way, other than imparting antimicrobial qualities.
Inorganic Silver, in the form of silver ions, is the active ingredient in products that utilize BioCote approved antimicrobial technology. Anti microbial is the term used to describe something that has the ability to resist the growth of microbes- bacteria and moulds. BioCote antimicrobial protection is based on silver ion technology. This technology, in the form of an additive, is incorporated into products at the time of manufacture and then provides continuous built-in antimicrobial protection for the expected lifetime of the product. As per test results on a BioCote® protected product, levels of bacteria are reduced by up to 99% in two hours, compared to an unprotected surface where they can proliferate at dramatic rates. In addition laboratory tests have repeatedly demonstrated the ability of BioCote® protected surfaces to inhibit the growth and formation of moulds and yeast. All BioCote® protected products are regularly validated and quality control tested to ISO 22196:2007 where applicable, in an independent laboratory. Only products that demonstrate over a 95% reduction in bacteria are allowed to use the BioCote brand as a guarantee of superior antimicrobial performance. It is effective against a wide range of microbes, including MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella and the mould, Aspergillus niger. These protected products are cleaner, safer and more hygienic to use, making them ideal for environments where hygiene is important, such as hospitals, care homes, food and catering establishments and other public places e.g washrooms, schools and offices. This antimicrobial technology is also ideal for personal care products, helping to prevent odour-causing bacteria and improve hygiene. A partnership between antimicrobial specialists BioCote and Matrix Plastics has resulted in the efficient and sustainable development of antimicrobial masterbatches for the global plastics industry. The two have joined forces to raise the bar in the plastics industry and produce antimicrobial solutions to combat harmful microbes and reduce the risk of cross contamination.