Are you ready to respond to demand for approved Antimicrobial Copper alloys?
As awareness of copper's broad spectrum antimicrobial efficacy grows, demand for approved alloys to manufacture hygienic touch surfaces and HVAC components is increasing. Generally speaking, alloys with a minimum copper content of 60% are approved, based on the US EPA Registration. Customers will be looking for alloys to suit a variety of manufacturing processes, and in a range of colours – from classic copper, through the rich browns of bronzes and golds of brasses, to the silver shades of copper-nickels and nickel-silvers.
Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.
Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.