Press Release Summary:
- Fluon+ EM-20010 reduces the number of S. aureus bacteria by 98.51% over that same time period
- Formulated from melt-processable copolymers composed of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene
- Idel for walls, doors and tables at facilities such as hospitals, schools and office buildings
Original Press Release:
New Fluon+™ EM-20010 Antimicrobial Compounds Reduce Growth of COVID-19 Virus and Dangerous Bacteria
Exton, Pa., March 31, 2021 – 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.
About AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.
AGC Chemicals Americas is a wholly owned subsidiary of AGC Inc., a $14 billion multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays, and chemical products. The company was formed in 2004 through the merging of sister companies Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers and AGA Chemicals. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, including a state-of-the-art technology center, AGC Chemicals Americas maintains manufacturing operations in nearby Thorndale, Pennsylvania, a satellite sales office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and warehouses located throughout North America. www.agcchem.com.