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04-12-2012

RTP Company/Nanobiomatters: Cooperation

RTP Company, Winona, MN, USA, a global custom compounder of engineered thermoplastics, has entered into a sales and manufacturing agreement with additive supplier Nanobiomatters Industries S.L., Paterna, Valencia, Spain, to use their BactiBlock silver-based antimicrobial technology in RTP Company’s line of antimicrobial products. The patented and EPA-registered BactiBlock antimicrobial product can be used by plastic processors as an additive masterbatch in a variety of molding and extrusion processes.

Silver-based antimicrobial solutions like BactiBlock are gaining market share in the plastics industry due to low dosing and broad spectrum antimicrobial functionality, which create an efficient protection against polymer degradation caused by bacteria, mold and mildew fungi, and algae that can cause odor, discoloration and other polymer issues.

Furthermore, Ionic silver is a multi-site antimicrobial, which is an advantage compared to many organic solutions that only offer 1-site functionality. The ionic silver not only disrupts folic acid synthesis, but it also disrupts protein synthesis, inhibits DNA synthesis, disrupts electron transport and interferes with cell wall synthesis.

The masterbatches with BactiBlock can be used at normal polymer processing temperatures and will soon be available for applications in a wide range of polymer systems, ranging from polyolefins to engineering plastics.

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