Antimicrobial technology for water-based coatings

Hayley Everett
LapisShield prevents the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew within coatings. Image via Microban.

Antimicrobial technology developer Microban International has launched a new novel non-heavy-metal technology, LapisShield, that is designed to seamlessly integrate antimicrobial functionality into any water-based coating formulation. 

According to the company, the antimicrobial technology is proven to inhibit bacterial growth by up to 99.99% and prevents the growth of mould and mildew, helping to protect treated surfaces from various sources of microbial degradation.

 LapisShield is the newest coatings innovation from Microban and demonstrates the company’s continuing drive to deliver more sustainable solutions to deter microbial growth, it said. With the technology, manufacturers can enhance their coatings against the detrimental effects of microbes, including stains, odours and premature degradation, in order to extend the lifetime of coated products.

Featuring optimised processing and manufacturing requirements, LapisShield also allows coating batches to be stored for future use to prevent unnecessary waste and optimise resources for more sustainable coatings manufacturing.

LapisShield is specifically designed to meet the needs of the water-based coatings industry, a sector that is constantly striving for clearer and more environmentally friendly systems that create a seamless finish. As such, the technology is compatible with thin coating systems and offers enhanced UV stability, limiting impacts on the optical properties of water-based coatings, and making them suitable for transparent glass or plastic applications.

“We are excited to introduce LapisShield as the latest example of Microban’s commitment to developing sustainable, non-heavy-metal antimicrobial technologies for its partners worldwide,” said Michael Ruby, President of Microban International. “Our coatings experts have worked tirelessly to deliver a more environmentally friendly technology that offers the best quality and compatibility for water-based coating systems. The fantastic stability and clarity of LapisShield allows it to be easily integrated with a wide variety of coatings systems, including anti-fingerprint and anti-smudge formulations, and applications requiring optically clear performance.”

LapisShield is now available to water-based coating manufacturers across the world to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew on a variety of substrates, including glass, metal, wood and plastics.