Global leader in coatings to offer Agion natural antimicrobial protection
to laptop manufacturers
PITTSBURGH & WAKEFIELD, MASS., October 10 /CNW/ - Agion Technologies, the
leading provider of natural silver-based antimicrobial solutions, today
announced a worldwide, multi-year exclusive partnership agreement with PPG
Industries (NYSE: PPG) to develop, manufacture, and jointly market PPG's
coatings for use on laptop computers. PPG supplies coatings solutions to
markets such as construction, industrial, and transportation.
Consumer awareness and concern about bacteria, mold, and mildew exposure
is growing, in particular for laptop computers used by office workers,
students, and families. Many computer surfaces are susceptible to harboring
microbes, and it is difficult to keep these surfaces sufficiently clean. PPG's
coatings, featuring Agion's antimicrobial protection, have been developed to
work continuously to inhibit the growth of microbes using "nature's
antimicrobial" - naturally-safe silver ion technology.
"We believe partnering with Agion to develop coatings solutions will be
strategically important to our company and our customers," said William
Wulfsohn, PPG senior vice president of coatings. "We can offer the benefit of
Agion antimicrobial protection for laptop surfaces and provide customers with
a differentiable feature in a competitive market, while reinforcing PPG's
proactive position on environmental impact."
"The Agion brand is synonymous with value, and natural antimicrobial
protection resonates with consumers," said Ginger Merritt, Agion vice
president of worldwide sales and marketing. "Agion continues to attract
strong, global partnerships with world-class companies like PPG, who share our
commitment to bringing antimicrobial solutions to market."
Agion's antimicrobial technology has an extensive and comprehensive
regulatory portfolio, with approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and the European Food Safety Association (EFSA) and listing as an
indirect food contact substance approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). Agion's product is also a notified existing substance
under Directive 98/8/EC on European Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) and is
listed on eight chemical inventories throughout the world.
About Agion Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Agion is the leader in providing safe, natural
antimicrobial solutions based on silver, "Nature's Antimicrobial." The company
is dedicated to developing consumer- and environmentally-friendly solutions
for antimicrobial protection.
Agion works in close partnership with companies, helping them to apply
its patented technology to deliver differentiated, customized solutions for a
wide range of products in the consumer, industrial and healthcare markets.
Agion's antimicrobial technology has been incorporated into products
including cell phones, shoes, keyboards, pens, water filters, air conditioning
and heating units, medical catheters, ice machines, and faucet handles. Its
customers include leading brands such as Motorola, AK Steel, Carrier, DuPont,
Honeywell, Adidas, Sanford/Paper Mate, Ice-O-Matic, Scotsman, Stanley
Bostitch, and Oster. For more information about Agion Technologies, visit
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals,
optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company
employs more than 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and
equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. Sales in 2006 were US$11 billion.
PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges
(symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
For further information:
For further information: Agion Technologies Cyndy Hunter, 781-224-7149
email@example.com or PPG Industries Petra L'Abbe, 412-434-2313