Antibacterial vs Antimicrobial*

The performance of antimicrobial additives against a broad spectrum of odor causing, staining and material degrading microbes

What is the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial additives?

Whilst the terms “antimicrobial” and “antibacterial” are often used interchangeably, antibacterial and antimicrobial substances can differ in the types of microbes they are effective against. Whilst antibacterial additives are antimicrobial – not all antimicrobial additives are necessarily antibacterial.

Antibacterial additives: as the name may suggest, are effective against bacteria. Antibacterial substances are successfully applied in a wide variety of product types.

Antimicrobial additives: are effective not only against bacteria but also a wider range of microbes. Integrated into materials during manufacturing, antimicrobial additives. Therefore, offer a high-level, continuous protection for treated products against microbes for the lifetime of its use.

The right BioCote® antimicrobial additive for your product

Integrating BioCote® technology helps protect your product 24/7 from odor causing, staining and material degrading microbes, helping to keep it clean and fresh and improve product durability.

When considering an antimicrobial feature for your product, it is key to find the right additive to achieve antimicrobial efficacy. Our experienced team of microbiologists, chemists and regulatory experts will assess your material data, production processes, product application and market requirements to choose the best additive that suits your needs.