Does size really matter?

As the market leader in providing antibacterial properties to polymers, Addmaster is at the forefront of new developments in this expanding market sector.

The Biomaster brand name is now seen on everything from hand dryers to hairbrushes, to patient care alarms and chicken packaging. You can see the weekly growing list of applications in the news section of the Biomaster website.

With the impending legalisation of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) now in its interim stage, all products have to pre-register and submit performance evidence to ensure that additives are legal to use and manufactured in the EU. It is evident however that many companies in the market are not yet ready for this step, or have chosen to hide their heads in the sand hoping it will go away.

Addmaster has always been very close to the progression of the new regulation through Brussels and so has been able to ensure that all of the company’s products comply and customers will have everything they need to continue with their product promotion in 18 months time.

Recent press articles suggest that some companies clearly do not understand what the BPR will bring and are trying to promote products that are not pre-registered. Others have even  claimed that Nano silver is bad and they have a better offering.

Attempts to discredit silver by using nano argument, when the vast majority of silvers used in antibacterial formulations are in fact over 20 times larger that the largest nano particle, shows a real lack of understanding of the technologies. In fact silver was being used as an antimicrobial as long as 2,000 years ago when it was used to keep water fresh in silver jugs. The saying ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’ came from the observation that wealthy children had the healthy advantage of a clean feeding spoon.It is correct however to say that there are dangers in the use of nano products, which is Addmaster never uses nano silver in their products.

Paul Morris, Addmaster MD notes: “It is this lack of knowledge from some sectors, which must be confusing to a company wishing to use an antimicrobial for the first time, that still frustrates me. That is why we have invested so heavily in technical and regulatory support, so our customers get the advice they need in what is a very straightforward product to add and promote…..if done correctly”.

This total package has always made Addmaster more than just an additive supplier. The company’s going technical dialogue with technology pioneers in the NHS and Food sector ensures that its’ product offering matches industry requirements to give added safety to consumers.

*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.