NOVEMBER 2008

BASF creates first antimicrobial plastic

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 LuranĀ® S BX 13042 and is currently the only ASA (acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate copolymer) with an antimicrobial effect.

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.