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NShield™ Antimicrobial Masterbatches Provide Superior Processing And Long-Lasting Effectiveness To Synthetic Fiber And Plastic Products

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Feb. 28, 2012 — Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom color and additive solutions, has introduced nShield™ antimicrobial masterbatches that inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria in synthetic fiber and plastic products.

nShield antimicrobial masterbatches are highly effective at low levels against a wide range of microorganisms in a variety of applications, including apparel, filtration, synthetic turf, automotive interiors and other plastic products. The product can be customized in order to suit each manufacturer's specific requirements, including antimicrobial concentration, use rate and other functionalities.

"Developed in response to hygiene concerns, antimicrobial agents have already proven effective in enhancing the freshness of end products across a wide array of industries," said Vaman G. (VG) Kulkarni, Ph.D., director, business development, Americhem. "The success of our antimicrobial agents in textiles throughout the past few years has led us to officially introduce the technology and offer it to our customers as nShield."

These masterbatches become an integral part of the fiber or plastic article and render durable antimicrobial properties which restrain bacteria from proliferating and control odor. Because it is engineered into the end product, nShield's antimicrobial effect is non-migratory resulting in premium durability. nShield antimicrobial agents also resist discoloration and degradation caused by bacteria for long-lasting aesthetic appeal.

An extra value to manufacturers, nShield enhances performance throughout the manufacturing process. It has excellent spinning and processing characteristics for higher yields and lowered pack pressure because of the dispersion quality. nShield also provides higher thermal stability that will not cause decomposition at nylon 6, nylon 6,6 or PET spinning temperatures, allowing for superior processing and optimal manufacturing efficiency.

Posted on March 16, 2012

Source: Americhem Inc.