Microban International has launched LapisShield, a novel, non-heavy-metal technology designed to ‘seamlessly integrate antimicrobial functionality into any water-based coating formulation’.
The company says the broad-spectrum antimicrobial technology ‘is proven to inhibit bacterial growth by up to 99.99 %, and prevents the growth of mould and mildew, helping to protect treated surfaces from various sources of microbial degradation’. Microban said: “With this state-of-the-art technology, manufacturers can enhance their coatings with the power of product protection against the detrimental effects of microbes – including stains, odours, and premature degradation – extending the lifetime of coated products. LapisShield offers superior quality and stability by optimising processing and manufacturing requirements. It also allows coating batches to be stored for future use.”
LapisShield is specifically designed to meet the needs of the water-based coatings industry. The technology is compatible with thin coating systems, and offers enhanced UV stability, ‘limiting impacts on the optical properties of water-based coatings, and making them ideal for transparent glass or plastic applications’. Michael Ruby, President of Microban International, commented: “We are excited to introduce LapisShield as the latest example of Microban’s commitment to developing sustainable, non-heavy-metal antimicrobial technologies for its partners worldwide. Our coatings experts have worked tirelessly to deliver a more environmentally friendly technology that offers the best quality and compatibility for water-based coating systems. The fantastic stability and clarity of LapisShield allows it to be easily integrated with a wide variety of coatings systems, including anti-fingerprint and anti-smudge formulations, and applications requiring optically clear performance.”