Sekisui Kydex has launched a premium antimicrobial line, Kydex Ion Technology, which can be used in applications including aircraft interiors. The company says the technology is 99% effective at inhibiting the growth of stain- and odour-causing bacteria on treated Kydex thermoplastic sheet. It works by interfering with bacteria DNA.
The company stated that as the world looks towards welcoming visitors, customers and passengers back following the pandemic, building consumer confidence in its products was top of mind. It noted that high-touch surfaces need to withstand harsh chemical disinfectants and cleaning agents, and inhibit bacteria that may interfere with such cleaning rather than fighting it after it has settled in.
Kydex Ion Technology is an antimicrobial treatment incorporated into the sheet to help keep the treated surface cleaner between cleaning. Many Kydex thermoplastics are engineered to withstand daily contact with harsh disinfectants and chemical reagents. Designed to be durable, chemical- and stain-resistant, Kydex thermoplastics are suitable for high-touch applications such as checkout stands, countertops, point-of-sale, healthcare furniture, medical devices, kiosks, tray tables and wall coverings.
Kydex Ion Technology materials have been tested to ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801 to quantitatively measure their effectiveness.