a leader in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health
care, and industrial applications, will provide its SmartSilver® antimicrobial
additives for IFS Coatings’ line of antimicrobial powder coatings. IFS
Coatings, a subsidiary of CFS Group, is a manufacturer of a broad range of powder
coatings for the global market.
“With strong demand for higher performing antimicrobial protection of
high touch powder coated surfaces, we need an antimicrobial additive that is
suitable for our manufacturing process and has superior exterior durability,”
says Glynn Mason, President IFS Coatings. “Our antimicrobial powder coatings
are designed to be an extra defensive shield against bacteria, molds, and fungi
as well as against the odor buildup and discoloration these microbes can cause.
IFS powder coatings with SmartSilver antimicrobial performance combine the very
latest in cutting edge nanotechnology with the power of silver, one of the oldest,
most effective, non-toxic antimicrobials known to man.” IFS and NanoHorizons’
scientists collaborated to ensure that IFS Powder Coatings with SmartSilver
provide constant, highly durable antimicrobial protection that won’t wear
off, wash off, or become deactivated, diluted, or neutralized for the expected
life of the coating. IFS powder coatings with SmartSilver have demonstrated
greater than 3X the QUV performance compared to competitive technologies, making
these IFS coatings ideal for exterior applications.
“Silver has been proven safe and effective as a natural antimicrobial
over centuries of use,” says Chris Haupt, VP Industrial Business Unit,
NanoHorizons. “Since SmartSilver has a proven track record for providing
durable antimicrobial performance in liquid coating systems, the transition
into powder coatings is a next logical step. The high quality, performance,
and range of applications of IFS’ powders make for a perfect fit with
SmartSilver.” SmartSilver™ additives are registered with the EPA
for fiber, coating, and polymer applications and approved as free from harmful
levels of substances dangerous to humans by the International Oeko-Tex®
Association, a recognized international textile standard organization.
NanoHorizons Inc. is a leader in the emerging, cutting-edge field of practical
nanotechnology for a broad range of consumer, commercial, and industrial applications.
The company’s nanoscale silver antimicrobial additives are entirely developed
and manufactured in the USA and marketed globally to customers in the apparel,
health care, and coatings and plastics industries under the SmartSilver™
brand (www.smartsilver.com). SmartSilver uniquely offers highly durable, safe
and cost-effective bacterial control in a variety of products, including natural
and synthetic fibers and fabrics as well as coatings, foams and polymer applications.
SmartSilver additives are EPA registered and Oeko-Tex® approved. NanoHorizons’
experienced team of scientists, engineers, and operational managers provide
product research, design, development, laboratory testing, manufacture, and
customer technical and sales support. The company is privately held and headquartered
in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania near The Pennsylvania State University.
Posted August 17th, 2010