Over 60% of respondents in a 2008 Gallup poll said "products with antimicrobial protection are worth paying a little more for"
Why is that? Because today’s active life is touch-dependent. Whether it is a computer keyboard or mouse, a TV remote, an MP3 player, earphones or cell phones, the technology that is so interlaced with all we do depends on touch. Yet, common touch surfaces can harbor bacteria and spread infection. As a result, consumers are looking to buy products that have antimicrobial protection and are willing to spend more to get them.
By adding antimicrobial protection to your products, you provide consumers with a compelling benefit in buying your product versus your competition. However, simply including some additive into your manufacturing process or applying some coating or spray is not the complete solution. If that were the case, all products would be antimicrobial. Questions often arise in the steps toward making your product antimicrobial, including:
- What do I have to do to comply with EPA and FDA regulations? What claims can I make?
- Is the additive I am considering EPA-registered? What are the consequences if it is not?
- Will the additive make changes to my product chemistry requiring expensive R&D?
- If I use a spray or coating, what durability issues will I face? Will a coating be effective?
Our team of experts can help your organization implement Silver Seal™ protection into plastic, silicone, paint, powder coats, textiles and numerous varied polymers, by using our 5-step antimicrobial solution process. Why not get in touch with us today to discuss your particular antimicrobial needs?
- Engineering Support
Our engineers and polymer specialists work with you to determine a product’s antimicrobial needs in order to recommend the best solution, including product performance requirements, product durability, product usage conditions, product compatibility and expected product lifespan.
- On-Site Testing
We provide on-site application-specific sampling at your factory. Our antimicrobial experts will perform sample mixing and insure proper mixing procedures and sample integrity at your location.
- Antimicrobial Lab Testing
Samples are sent to our in-house U.S. antimicrobial test lab in Seattle, WA. Our microbiologists will test the samples and determine the best solution and the required amount of additive and usage instructions to provide the best and most cost-effective solution for your organization’s application.
- Factory Supervision
We perform on-site factory supervision and assist with implementation, handling, storage and material safety data sheets (MSDS) training.
- Regulatory Compliance
We ensure that all recommended antimicrobial solutions have the appropriate end use regulatory approvals and necessary registrations. Our in-house legal team provides suggested verbiage and reviews all marketing material and packaging claims to ensure compliance with EPA, FDA and other regulatory requirements.