BASF creates first antimicrobial
BASF is offering a plastic that has
the property of killing microbes.
This material belongs to the specialties
found in the styrene plastic product
line. It goes by the name Luran®
S BX 13042 and is currently the only
copolymer) with an antimicrobial
The antimicrobial material contains
silver compounds that are incorporated
into the plastic in order to impart
its surface with a germicidal effect.
Interesting areas of application
for this material are not only hand
dryers, soap dispensers or entire
sanitary units in public washroom
facilities, but also other products
that come into contact with bacteria
and other microorganisms and that
need to be sterile such as, hospital
beds, medical treatment chairs or
computer keyboards in public offices.
The combination with the classic
ASA properties such as weathering
resistance, high thermal-aging stability,
good chemical resistance and outstanding
surface quality yields a new material
with an extraordinary property profile.