A recently announced license agreement with Gelest, Inc., Morrisville, Penn., gives exclusive use of Biosafe antimicrobial additive to King Plastic Corp., North Port, Fla., for its polyolefin sheet stock.
Gelest manufactures and markets its silicon-based Biosafe active ingredient. King Plastic has a significant share of the market for polyolefin sheet stock, and under the new license agreement the company will make a growing number of its brands available as an upgrade called King Microshield protected with Biosafe technology.
According to Michael Fabbri, national sales manager at King Plastic, the antimicrobial is bonded at the molecular level at the very beginning of their proprietary K-Stran production process, keeping it from ever leaching out of the product. This is said to permanently protect the polymer sheet, with the antimicrobial agent retaining its effectiveness throughout the life of the product. “When customers fabricate and install our products, the fresh surfaces they create are fully antimicrobial. If heavy abrasion occurs during end use, the antimicrobial additive will never lose its efficacy, unlike antimicrobial surface coatings,” he adds.
A 47-yr old family-owned enterprise, King Plastic is a leading maker of quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes—including several products pioneered by the company. Its polymers are sold worldwide through a network of plastics distributors to customers who fabricate products for the marine industry (King StarBoard brand), and markets such as signage, food service, healthcare, architectural, and industrial.
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