Antimicrobial additives are active agents which are added to processing materials to prevent the growth of microbes. These microbes include various organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as fungi, bacteria, algae, and molds.
Antimicrobial additives are used to produce intrinsically cleaner, robust products with longer life. They reduce illnesses and infection caused by bacteria, reduces bacteria that cause stain or odor, prevents unpleasant mold and mildew growth, and inhibits the physical degradation of microbes from fungi to bacteria, that feed on plastics and their additives.
The rising construction and refurbishment activities boost the demand for antimicrobial additives. These additives effectively function once the paint is done and allow it to dry. They are added to the formulation to prevent paint degradation in the tank or in the can. These biocides ensure that paints stay in good condition for their application.
The demand for anti-microbial additives is rising due to the increased risk of bio-resistance in patients led by antibiotic drug administration and growing incidences of pathogen transmission led by human-to-human contact.
The food packaging industry largely relies on active antimicrobial additives to inactive the microbial growth, and increase the shelf life of food products. These additives are incorporated into food packaging systems usually by utilizing the silver ion technology.
In addition, antimicrobial additives can be deployed into common film materials, such as polypropylene, polyethylene as well as biodegradable polymers developed from polylactic acids. These films are then utilized for the production of single and multilayer packaging labels, lids, trays, wraps, liners, and pouches.
Moreover, this technology can be utilized in the meat industry as well to alleviate the growth of common bacteria and retain freshness for a longer period. In external packaging, this technology mitigates common food poisoning bacteria growth and decreases the bacteria transmission risk from outer packaging.
Therefore, the expansion of the construction, healthcare, and food packaging industry boosts the demand for antimicrobial additives to prevent the growth of microbes.
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