How many microbes live on a handle?

We all daily touch many surfaces without worrying about our health. Is it possible to protect against the proliferation of microbes on everyday objects? Akzo Nobel answers with Interpone AM, the antimicrobial powder coatings with BioCote technology based on silver ions.

Modern day living presents ideal environments for a wide variety of microbes to successfully establish colonies and grow on almost every surface we touch eg furniture, equipment, stationery, clothing and work surfaces can all be affected by microbial growth.
For many centuries silver has been used to preserve and protect.
Silver ions show a toxic effect on bacteria, mould, and some viruses. However, advances in technology allow silver ions to be incorporated into everyday products at the manufacturing stage. These products can then inhibit the growth of microbes, such as bacteria and mould on their surface. One such silver ion antimicrobial protection has been incorporated into AkzoNobel’s coating powders to create the Interpon AM range.


In order to provide to customers with the best possible antimicrobial coating, AkzoNobel have teamed up with BioCote to ensure our Interpon AM product performs to the very highest antimicrobial standards and complies with biocidal legislation around the world.
Legislation related to the use of produces treated with biocidal agents is very complex and allowable marketing claims about product performance vary greatly from county to country – fines for not adhering to local rules and regulations can be very severe.


The antimicrobial powder coatings Interpon AM is based on BioCote technology: silver ion antimicrobial protection is effective against a broad spectrum of microbes. It lasts for the lifetime of the product and microbial growth is continually reduced on its surface, helping prevent odors, stains and product deterioration 24 hours a day. It supports effective cleaning regimes providing an additional level of protection against microbial growth.
The BioCote protection is permanent, it provides built in protection for the expected lifetime of your product. It has been proven to reduce the presence of microbes on a protected product by up to 99.99%.

Interpon AM is a product range which can be adapted for use in a wide range of applications. In addition to the antimicrobial properties it will meet the protective and decorative characteristics expected of a high performance powder coating.
It is designed to be used in areas where there is an obvious need to maintain a low level of microbes eg medical, food & catering. However, it is also effective in areas where there is high human traffic eg locker/changing rooms, offices, public transport, airports, schools.

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