Ticona is introducing a line of antimicrobial acetal copolymers to address concerns about bacterial contamination.
The Anti-Crobe series contains two injection molding grades and an extrusion grade. The products are aimed at uses where heat, moisture and nutrients foster bacterial and fungal growth. They are based on Hostaform and Celcon acetals supplied by Ticona of Florence, Ky.
“The advanced, inorganic antimicrobial formulation in these grades is present throughout the polymer matrix, not just on the surface, and does not migrate significantly,” noted Davida Barrett, technical marketing representative. Ticona claims the products comply with Food and Drug Administration regulations for direct food contact and also satisfy the NSF 61 potable-water standard. The products are naturally white but can be tinted. They retain strength and mechanical properties of the base acetal resins.
Food processing and storage systems, industrial gears, water-treatment components, medical products and automotive systems are among targeted uses for Anti-Crobe products.
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