General Silicones recently had its production lines of silicone recertified for the latest antibacterial testing standards, the ISO 22196:2011 and the JIS Z 2801: 2012—and these certifications are proof that silicone is effective against germs.
According to General Silicones, "Silver nanoparticles incorporated in the silicone material act as antibacterial agents to prevent dangerous microbes such as E. coli and MRSA from growing and multiplying on the silicone. The easy-to-apply Compo-Sil silicone rubber offers a cost-effective and straightforward solution to fight bacteria at critical locations."
Compo-Sil also boasts properties such as easy adhesion using standard adhesives like PUR, and to textiles with HMA adhesives. The silicone rubber has a range of applications and can be used in conjunction with food product packaging, furniture—even the real estate industry.
Another advantage of this silicone rubber, with its modified polyurethane layer, is that it can be digitally printed in detail, using colors and shades.
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