Additives: Antimicrobial technology for stone surfaces

02 March 2023

Microban International has partnered with India’s leading stone manufacturing company, Classic Marble Company (CMC), using its Microban®antimicrobial additive technology to bring a new level of surface protection for CMC’s KalingaStone engineered marble, quartz and terrazzo surfaces, helping to prevent the growth of microbes for the lifetime of the products.

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, CMC has been the only company to supply more than 150 million square feet of imported marble in the country. The company is also the biggest supplier of natural and exotic marble along with other stones like travertine, onyx and limestone.

CMC’s KalingaStone is the leading brand of engineered marble, terrazzo and quartz in India. Microban antimicrobial technology is now being incorporated into the surfaces of these products during manufacture, becoming a permanent feature that does not wash off or wear away. The additive works to protect the material from microbial growth in between cleans, making it suitable for hygiene-critical environments – such as commercial settings or hospitals – as well as frequently contaminated surfaces, including flooring and bathroom tiles in homes. This antimicrobial technology will give users the reassurance of surface cleanliness, without hindering the quality or finish of the material.

Integrated at the stage of manufacture, Microban’s silver-based formulation eliminates up to 99.99% of bacterial growth on treated KalingaStone surfaces. The innovative technology will not wash off, wear away or affect the final finish of the material. Microban protection is also proven to last the expected lifetime of the material, working to complement regular cleaning and hygiene practices.

“At CMC, we are always conscious of our clients’ needs, and the introduction of this technology is a step in this direction,” commented Amit Shah, Managing Director of CMC. “KalingaStone products are now treated to protect them from degrading bacterial growth, without affecting aesthetics. This keeps the treated products cleaner and fresher, delivering a range of added benefits for our esteemed customers.”

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