Component Management

Enhanced powder coating puts emphasis on hygiene

3rd June 2020
Alex Lynn

Increased demand for products that can improve hygiene has prompted AkzoNobel to accelerate the addition of antimicrobial properties to its Interpon D1000 and 2000 range of architectural powder coatings.

With cleanliness now on everyone’s agenda, the extra functionality offered by the inclusion of BioCote antimicrobial technology means that building interiors can now be given increased protection against microbes such as bacteria and mould – which can cause issues such as bad odours, staining or material degradation.

The enhanced Interpon D AM – the first product of its kind in the company’s architectural segment – can be used on a variety of internal surfaces, such as window frames, ceiling tiles, metal office partitions, metal doors and elevator doors. It follows last year’s launch of the company’s antimicrobial Interpon AM range, which is typically used on surfaces in hygiene conscious environments such as hospitals, clinics, changing rooms, schools and public transport.

“Growing consumer concern for hygiene means we need to continue finding ways to offer invisible protection and help make living and working together more hygienic,” said Daniela Vlad, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “Interpon D AM is an effective solution for architects and specifiers and brings extra functionality to a product which has a long track record of superior performance.”

BioCote’s Partner Development Manager, Jennifer Collier, added: “We are delighted to be expanding our long-standing relationship with AkzoNobel by introducing our premium antimicrobial additives into their Interpon D range. “Integrating BioCote antimicrobial technology into architectural powder coatings will create more hygienic environments by reducing up to 99.99% of microbes on protected surfaces. BioCote technology makes a surface easier to keep hygienically clean, meaning the Interpon D AM range will stay fresher and cleaner for longer. This makes it the perfect choice for hygiene conscious environments.”

A critical consideration for the new powder coating was making sure it offered the same colour quality and extreme durability that Interpon D is known for. Launched globally, it’s also available in the same extensive selection of colours and finishes as the existing Interpon D range, including metallic effects and coarse or fine textures.

Vlad continued: “Our innovation is focused on developing colour technology and solutions that meet the technical challenges and performance demands of our customers. It’s all about transforming spaces and environments to make sure they’re fit for the ever-changing requirements of modern living and lifestyles.” 

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