Session Details

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 2:00 PM


Enhancing product safety and durability through the use of antimicrobial technology is a significant advancement in all industries. This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the benefits, applications, and usage of antimicrobial technology in TPEs. Avient's TPEs with antimicrobial technology offer a proven solution to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth, extending product life and maintaining aesthetic appeal.

Who should attend:

Product Developers, Material Engineers, Quality Assurance Managers, Marketing Managers, Industrial Designers, and Regulatory Specialists in the Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Building & Construction, and Automotive Industries.

What you will learn:

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) with antimicrobial technology are ideally suited for high-touch applications where hygiene is paramount. This seminar will offer insights into the advantages of TPEs with embedded antimicrobial additives. These materials can inhibit bacterial growth by 99.9% or more and resist fungal growth. Attendees will gain insights into using these materials to preserve surface integrity and increase product durability.

  1. Introduction to TPEs with Antimicrobial Technology:
    • Explore the basics of microbes and the role antimicrobial additives can have in protecting end products.
    • Comparison of different antimicrobial technologies available and different characteristic considerations when selecting for a formulation.
  2. Benefits and Applications:
    • Highlight the impact and advantages of antimicrobial technology for TPEs.
    • Discuss various applications for high-touch surfaces.
  3. Regulatory Considerations:
    • Review the key regulations and standards governing the use of antimicrobials with TPEs.
    • Examine the importance of material compliance in product development and marketing.
  4. Performance and Processing Challenges:
    • Address common challenges when incorporating antimicrobial additives into TPEs, such as maintaining material properties and ensuring uniform distribution.
  5. Case Studies and Success Stories:
    • Present real-world examples of products successfuly integrating antimicrobials into their material formulation.

How Avient can help:

Below are strategies that manufacturers can use to overcome the challenges of incorporating TPEs with antimicrobial technology and where Avient solutions can help:

  1. Material Formulation: Selecting the right antimicrobial additives and formulations to achieve desired performance and safety standards.
    • GLS™ TPEs from Avient can be embedded with antimicrobial additives, with 99.9% or more inhibition of bacterial growth and resistance to fungal growth.
    • Cesa™ WithStand™ Antimicrobial Additives can eliminate or inhibit microbe growth and protect against microbial degradation, mold, and mildew.
  2. Regulatory Support: Navigating the complex regulatory landscape for antimicrobial products to ensure compliance with industry standards and certifications.
    • Avient can provide guidance on regulatory requirements and support material compliance for healthcare and consumer products.
  3. Product Development: Tailoring antimicrobial solutions to specific application needs.
    • Avient solutions include masterbatch additives and pre-compounded TPEs with embedded antimicrobial additives, as well as application development assistance for designing products that meet performance and safety goals.
  4. Market Differentiation: Antimicrobials in polymers can enhance product value by improving hygiene and longevity.
    • Avient TPEs with antimicrobial technology allow manufacturers to create differentiated products that meet consumer demands for hygiene and durability.

Speaker Details

William Pepe
Full Name
William Pepe
Job Title
Senior Technology Manager, Specialty Engineered Materials, ADTS – LSS Master Black Belt
Speaker Bio
William Pepe is a Senior Technology Manager with Avient Corporation’s Specialty Engineered Materials (SEM) division. His primary responsibility is to lead and manage diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians in various roles within the Technology organization, focusing on Application Development and Technical Service (ADTS).

William joined Avient (formerly GLS) in 2003 in a development position. He has since held various roles throughout his 20+ year tenure at Avient, including international assignments in Suzhou, China, and São Paulo, Brazil. William is a certified Master Black Belt through Avient’s Lean Six Sigma program. He worked for several years as a product manager for the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) division before accepting his current leadership role in SEM technology.

William has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carthage College.