Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Keeping Printed Materials Safe & People Healthy!


We all know that print is not dead. In fact, it is essential to businesses around the globe. Spectra Print is proud to now offer antimicrobial coating protection for your printed materials. The increased public awareness and greater emphasis on public health has caused antimicrobial coatings to become one of the print industry’s most rapidly expanding markets. This new technology makes our high quality finishes 99.9% effective in killing bacteria, viruses and fungi. This can significantly reduce the risk of airborne dangers on your printed materials.

  • Proven to reduce the overall levels of damaging microbes by 99.9%.
  • 24/7 antimicrobial product protection for the life of the printed piece.
  • Enhances the high quality performance of UV and Aqueous coatings.  
  • A responsible way to provide an additional safeguard for your business
Spectra Print continues to be an innovative industry leader, finding ways to protect our customers and communities. Contact us today for a quote and to discuss if antimicrobial protection makes sense for your next project!



Which Industries use Antimicrobial Technology?  Consumer, Healthcare, Food & Catering, Home & Leisure, Textile, and Packaging.

Types of Antimicrobial Methods  Silver ion, Zinc, Copper, & organic biocidal additives.

Why Antimicrobial? Unlike alcohol-based gels, disinfectants and oxidizers, products coated with Aqueous and UV antimicrobial technology are effective 24/7 for the lifetime of the treated article. ISG Coatings with Antimicrobial Technology (CAT) are primarily effective against bacteria but are also highly effective against mold, and fungus.

How We Do It?  We work with world leading Anti-bacterial Technology Companies to add value to our brands and to our customers brands. In order to provide the optimum CAT for the application, we work closely with our customers to determine the material being treated, the en-use of the final article, desired performance, and market area. We review the regulations in those market areas to determine the optimum antimicrobial method to implement. Finally, we incorporate the antimicrobial components during manufacturing for uniform distribution into the finished product.

Are Coatings with Antimicrobial Technology tested for effectiveness?  General studies have been performed on many print applications. Specific tests can be performed, if deemed necessary.

Are FDA Versions Available?  Yes, some antimicrobial additives have been evaluated for food applications.

How Will Using Antimicrobial Technology Benefit Me?  Microbes can also cause foul odors and stains on articles and even premature degradation of product. In addition, antimicrobial products can open the door to new markets, add value, increase market share.

Effectiveness Against Coronavirus  Currently our Coatings with Antimicrobial Technology have not been tested against Covid-19 for any type of application and currently there is no method available by which it could be tested. ISG CAT products complement current hygiene guidance offering additional product protection.

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