Awards 2016

Fighting bacteria through PVC conduits and cables

How to prevent your school/hospital/lab/food processing operation/nursing home/sports centre from becoming the wrong kind of headline? Dietzel Univolt’s Antibac Technology is highly effective in fighting a wide range of germs with its PVC electrical conduits and cables.

Two years in development and testing, Antibac neutralises gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeast, algae fungi and mold.

Nowadays infections with resistant hospital germs can increase rapidly,” says Dietzel owner Dr. Michael Pöcksteiner. “We’re highly aware of this problem and that’s why we developed and launched the first complete protected ANTIBAC® product line.

It didn’t come easy. “It took us over two years to solve all problems and challenges,” says Pöcksteiner. “At the beginning it was complicated to find the best suitable additive and evaluate the effect on the end product.”

The last step in the R&D stage was to control and stabilise the optical appearance, including the colour, he says. Then came certification. For those in the know, ANTIBAC® is approved as JIS Z2801 and ISO 22196:2011.

Among the germs it can fight: staphylococcus, klebsiella pneumonia, escherichia coli, salmonella, legionella and bacillus subtilis, says Pöcksteiner.

When human lives are at risk, there are no second chances,” he says.