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Company Kunststoff-Institut für die mittelständische Wirtschaft NRW GmbH Germany
Address 58507 Lüdenscheid
Internet Year founded 1988
Employees 10-50 Turn over (in m
Contact Thomas Eulenstein
Phone 02351-1064-195 Fax
Email eulenstein@kunststoff-institut.de
 
Details of co-operation
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Collaborative project on antibacterial surfaces DE-PS-101
Abstract
A German institute specialising in the materials sector is carrying out a joint company project on antibacterial surfaces. The objective is to utilise the institute’s bundled competences in the field of antibacterial surfaces in order to optimise already existing combinations of matrix and antibacterial components and to evaluate new components and matrix materials regarding their suitability for injection moulding. Companies from the materials sector are sought to participate in the project.
Description
The growth of microbes and germs on surfaces is in many ways an undesired effect. They directly or indirectly constitute a breeding ground for bacteria or viruses, and could have a pathogenic effect on people. Microorganisms, therefore, constitute a hygiene risk, compromise the utility value of the surfaces, or can cause deterioration. Not only does this particularly apply to sensitive areas, such as medical technology, but it also applies to everyday products, such as light switches or telephones. The demand for antimicrobial surfaces has recently been increasing drastically in that, for many products, an antibacterial surface is a very useful feature. The current discussions on the increasing number of infections caused by multi-resistant staphylococci (pyogenic organisms) in hospitals and/or doctor’s offices have increased the demand for products with functional surfaces.

A German institute in the materials sector is now carrying out its 2nd joint company project on “Antibacterial Surfaces”. The objective is to utilise the institute’s bundled competences in the field of antibacterial surfaces in order to optimise already existing combinations of matrix and antibacterial components and to evaluate new components and matrix materials regarding their suitability for injection moulding. In addition, there will be an investigation into quality assurance measures for testing products equipped with antibacterial components, which will not make use of the direct effectiveness testing. Further investigations into innovative and cost-effective processes for the manufacturing of antibacterial surfaces will complete the project. Apart from systems containing silver, the focus is on copper-based systems and organic components, which constitute interesting active substance groups.
Innovation and advantages
- evaluation of new and optimisation of existing combinations of matrix and antibacterial components
- invesitation into quality assurance related to products with antibacterial components
- insights into innovative and cost-effective processes for the manufacturing of antibacterial surfaces
Web link
http://www.kunststoff-institut.de/download/561 or NRW booth (hall 6 / D76) at K! fair
Current state of development of the technology
NO Development phase – laboratory tested NO Available for demonstration – field tested NO Already on the market
YES Other
Intellectual Property Rights
NO Patent(s) applied for NO Patent(s) granted NO Copyright protected
NO Exclusive rights NO Secret know-how
YES Others (registered design, plant variety right, etc)
Partner sought:
Content of the demanded co-operation:
NO License NO Commercial agreement NO Technical agreement
YES Partner Search NO Joint venture NO Manufacturing Agreement
NO Others
Technical specifications
Industry
Specific area of activity of the partner sought
- Companies that are looking to achieve a sustainable product improvement by equipping plastic products with antibacterial surfaces in order to obtain a competitive advantage
- Companies that want to be ready as suppliers for future products, e.g. in the fields of medical, electrical, and building services engineering
- Manufacturers of raw materials and finishes
Tasks to be performed of the partner sought
Participate in the collaborative project
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