New Fluon+™ EM-20010 Antimicrobial Compounds Reduce Growth of COVID-19 Virus and Dangerous Bacteria

AGC Chemicals Americas introduces Fluon+™ EM-20010 compounds, ready-to-use materials that inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria, including the COVID-19 virus. They are an ideal material for extruded film applications that benefit from antimicrobial properties such as coverings for high-touch surfaces like walls, doors and tables at facilities such as hospitals, schools, office buildings, hotels, entertainment venues and restaurants.

Fluon+ EM-20010 compounds are formulated from melt-processable copolymers composed of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) and a specialty additive that safely blocks bacterial and viral growth. The compound is sold in pellet form and can be tailored to incorporate other resin systems or meet a customer’s required antimicrobial properties.

Plastic film laminates made with Fluon+ EM-20010 compounds are more cleanable and durable than other surface coverings that are not ETFE-based.

The material has excellent transparency and will not yellow over time. It resists abrasion and harsh chemicals and is nonflammable. The base resin is FDA-compliant for Food Contact Notification (FCN) 1914.

Independent lab tests according to ISO Standard 22196 demonstrate that Fluon+ EM-20010 compound reduced the number of E. coli bacteria on the test surface by 99.999% over a 24-hour period. It also reduced the number of S. aureus bacteria by 98.51% over that same time period. Preliminary lab tests for the COVID-19 virus according to ISO Standard 21702 demonstrate that EM-20010 eliminates up to 96% in one hour.

For more information, visit the Fluon+ Antimicrobial Compounds product page.