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Coatings Made to Fight Mold, Bacteria

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Bioni USA has introduced two coatings systems that use patented silver nanotechnology to combat mold and bacteria in food and medical facilities.

The Bioni System and Bioni Medical specialty coatings are also zero-VOC, durable, exceed air quality regulations, and offer LEED credits, according to the company, based in Sarasota, FL.

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Bioni USA says its two-layer coating system can be applied directly on top of mold growth in food processing and health-care facilities.

The products are formulated with silver nanotechnology developed by parent company Bioni GmbH, based in Oberhausen, Germany.

Features, Characteristics

Unlike anti-mold paints that contain biocides and fungicides, Bioni says its coating system uses a proprietary resistance mechanism based on a nano-silver complex to provide a "permanent" and environmentally compatible long-term protection against mold and bacteria on coating film.

bioni system

The two-layer system can be directly applied on mold- or rust-affected substrates, eliminating the need to remove existing damaged layers of paint, the company says.

Bioni says the system is "safe in terms of room-air hygiene" and safe to use in food-processing facilities, where ideal conditions for mold and bacteria growth exist. Areas such as production rooms and storerooms can benefit from the coating system, according to product literature.

The odorless coating system is non-flammable and water repellent. The company says the product can be applied to plaster, concrete, lightweight boards, wood, FRP, steel, and other previously coated surfaces.

'First to Reduce Infections'

Bioni bills its Bioni Medical system as the first wall and ceiling coating system that can help reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections and other microbes.


Each year, 90,000 people die due to hospital-acquired infections, the company reports.

During product studies, the Bioni system was brought in contact with dangerous hospital microorganisms, including Staphylococcus Aureus, Enterococcus Faecium, Escherichia Coli, Psedomonas Aeruginosa and Listeria Monocytogenes.

Testing showed that the coating had a permanent 5-log (99.999 percent) reduction on the paint film, Bioni says.

Bioni Medical is washable and is designed to provide superior hiding and a matte finish.

Established in Germany in 2001, Bioni GmbH has worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Research to develop  products for the paint and coatings industry.

More information: www.bioni-usa.com.






Tagged categories: Antibacterial coatings; Antimicrobial coatings; Coatings technology; Food Processing Plants; Health and safety; Health Care/Hospitals

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