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.