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Ampacet Launches Silver-based Antimicrobial Additive for Plastics

Published on 2020-08-24. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Additives for Packaging    

Ampacet-packagingAmpacet has introduced GermsClean, an antimicrobial additive that provides effective, long-lasting protection against a wide range of harmful microorganisms. The additive protects against unpleasant odors, discoloration and deterioration of plastic packaging and its contents caused by microbes.

Silver-based Additive Technology 


Suitable for use in films, sheets, molded components and fibers, GermsClean uses silver-based additive technology to block growth of bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus and slow fungal multiplication in plastics. Metal ions released from GermsClean inhibit the microbes' cellular metabolism, destroying cell walls and interfering with reproduction.

The additive is highly effective against a wide spectrum of pathogens, even at lower let down ratios (typically 1-4%) with lower usage rates than traditional competitive solutions, for an excellent efficiency over cost ratio. There is no leach out with GermsClean, resulting in a long-lasting defense against harmful organisms. GermsClean requires no modifications to the manufacturing process and does not affect the appearance or physical properties of the end product because of low concentration of silver.

Market Applications Include:


  • Healthcare (toothbrushes, surgical gowns)
  • Food and Beverage packaging (meat, sports bottles, pharmaceutical);
  • Housewares and Appliances (juice extractors, chopping boards)
  • Consumer Goods packaging (trash bags. cell phone cases)
  • Durable and Semi-Durable goods (exercise equipment, construction products, automotive interior parts)

A versatile application for a wide range of products, GermsClean is an effective solution for high frequency touch surfaces.

GermsClean has a carrier resin compatible with most polymers including polyolefins, styrenics. polyesters and other engineering thermoplastics; custom formulations with other carrier resins are available.


Source: Ampacet
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