David Hall, CEO of BioCote, further explains the company’s antimicrobial technology and its potential for growth.
Antimicrobial technology provides permanent protection against the growth of a wide range of microbes and, according to recent reports, the demand for antimicrobial plastic products and coatings in the medical and healthcare industries is increasing. BioCote’s antimicrobial additives are used in the production of a range of medical devices and equipment, from ventilators and breathing circuits to hospital beds and examination tables.
In the medical and healthcare industries, antimicrobial technology is primarily used to bolster the strict cleaning and hand washing regimes that are common in hospitals, health centers, clinics, and surgeries. Medical devices, products and equipment with integrated antimicrobial additives are protected against the growth of a wide range of microbes, making them easier to clean and reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
Integration of antimicrobial additives
Plastic antimicrobial medical articles are created by incorporating antimicrobial additives directly into the plastic during manufacture. Alternatively, additives can be made into a coating for subsequent application to existing medical devices or equipment. Antimicrobial technology can be used on an entire item or only on key contact points, such as side guards, buttons, and levers on a patient stretcher.
Antimicrobial additives are made from antimicrobial materials (‘active ingredients’). We generally use silver ions for healthcare applications – it has been proven to be effective and has excellent efficacy. The additives are supplied to our partner customers in the form of concentrated powder, liquid suspension or masterbatch pellets, depending on the type of product to be processed and its end use, and the production process.
Once the additives are incorporated, the treated product or coating becomes antimicrobial and will be permanently and continuously protected against the growth of a wide range of bacteria, molds, fungi and certain viruses, provided the product or coating itself. not even be compromised.
For example, the number of microbes on a plastic surface protected by our technology can be reduced by up to 86% in 15 minutes and up to 99.99% in 24 hours. Our technology is effective against E. coli, MRSA, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria and influenza A H1N1, and also reduces a strain of feline Coronavirus by 90% in two hours.
Preventing the growth of microbes also reduces unpleasant odors, stains and material degradation, which helps extend the longevity of the product.
Recent reports predict the market for antimicrobial plastic products and coatings to grow, in part due to increasing demand from the medical and healthcare industries.
A Markets and Markets Report estimates that the antimicrobial plastics market will grow from $ 36.9 billion in 2020 to $ 59.8 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.1%. During this time, a report from Grand View Research says the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2020 to 2027. Healthcare is reported to have dominated the market; nearly 45% of current production is used in medical equipment, and the healthcare end-use segment accounted for more than 31% of global revenue in 2019, according to MarketsandMarkets and Grand View Research reports, respectively.
In addition, a ReportLinker report In global coatings for the medical device industry, the antimicrobial segment will grow at a CAGR of 6.3%, reaching $ 5.3 billion by 2026 (the overall global medical device coatings market , estimated at $ 10 billion in 2020, is expected to reach $ 14 billion by 2026, with a CAGR of 5.8%.
In recent years, BioCote has seen the reach of its healthcare partners – and the type of products processed – increase. We work with manufacturers of breathing apparatus (such as ventilators and breathing circuits), aerosol therapy accessories and items such as catheters, endoscopes and vaginal dilators. Other partners include manufacturers of disposable gloves and pagers. We also partner with manufacturers of antimicrobial beds, examination tables and patient stretchers, as well as functional and accessible bathroom solutions. Antimicrobial technology is also frequently incorporated into other high contact surfaces, such as doorknobs, switches and knobs, as well as floors, wall coverings and lighting.
Continuously working to provide long-lasting protection against the growth of microbes, antimicrobial technology complements cleaning and hand hygiene procedures, helping to keep healthcare environments hygienically clean. As a result, manufacturers of medical devices and equipment are incorporating more and more antimicrobial additives into their products – and this growth is set to continue.