ARAUCO Announces EPA Registration for InCopper® Antimicrobial TechnologyOthers Products Grayling
ARAUCO announced today that proprietary, InCopper® antimicrobial technology has been accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Antimicrobial Division for registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) section 3(c)(5); with EPA Registration Number 93650-1. Beginning in January 2019, InCopper technology will be used as a standard surface protection in ARAUCO’s exclusive Prism TFL designs. ARAUCO Prism TFL® is the only laminate in North America incorporating this patented, antimicrobial protection.
“Achieving EPA registration for InCopper technology is an important milestone as we continue to offer practical enhancements for Prism TFL,” said Kevin Shotbolt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Prism TFL is the only laminate in North America with the safe and proven-effective antimicrobial performance of a copper-based agent,” he continued. “InCopper actively protects the surface of the thermally fused laminate (TFL) panel from stain and odor-causing bacteria, fungi, parasites, mold and viruses.”
“We are delighted that Prism TFL designs enhanced with this safe and affordable antimicrobial technology will provide a competitive advantage to our customers working with Prism panels,” said John Verzino, National Sales Manager - TFL. “There are other decorative laminates that make antimicrobial claims, but they are not EPA registered, may not be permanent, or may not use antimicrobial agents that are as environmentally-friendly as InCopper technology.”
Prism TFL with InCopper technology is ideal for specified projects, industrial use and fabrication for healthcare, hospitality, retail and multi-family applications. It is especially useful in areas with high traffic flow or exposure to humidity, such as hospitals, restaurants, office/workplace, kitchens, bathrooms or closets; where the panel may be susceptible to contamination by microbes or mold.
Independent laboratory tests using the ISO 22196 methodology showed that 99% of bacteria are effectively eliminated from the surface of Prism TFL panels with InCopper technology.
For more information about InCopper® technology, visit: www.GermFreeZoneStartsHere.com
About ARAUCO Prism® TFL
ARAUCO Prism TFL is a colorful, laminate brand that features a spectrum of colors and textures. Prism TFL is ready to install - vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. With substrates made from recycled, recovered, and/or certified for FSC® Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood (FSC -C019364) wood fiber, Prism is a truly sustainable surfacing solution. Available with options for moisture resistance, fire-rated, and VESTA ULEF/NAF technology, Prism TFL meets relevant green building standards including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), Green Globes®, IgCC, and the CALGreen Code.
ARAUCO manufactures a wide range of sustainable forest product solutions, including the industry's most-comprehensive selection of composite panels, laminates, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp. These products are distributed to more than 3,500 destinations throughout North America. In early 2019, ARAUCO will open a new particleboard facility in Grayling, Michigan. This flagship operation features the largest "continuous" single-line particleboard press in North America.
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