Ford Research and the University of Michigan Find Agion® Antimicrobial
Significantly Effective in Inhibiting Microbe Growth on Interior Auto
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- December 04, 2012
Researchers at Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader,
partnered with the University of Michigan to evaluate the concentration and
growth of microbes in vehicles in order to identify possible ways to combat
the undesirable effects on vehicle surfaces. During the study, Ford
researchers chose Agion^® branded antimicrobial by Sciessent as an additive to
treat the most contaminated surfaces. Results showed that Agion antimicrobial
was effective in inhibiting microbial growth with long lasting performance.
The collaborative testing conducted by engineers from the Ford Research and
Innovation Center in Dearborn, and a team from the University of Michigan
(U-M) led by microbial ecologist Dr. Blaise Boles, revealed the following
*Operating in various conditions, cars and trucks can become a breeding
ground for a variety of microorganisms that cause odors and discoloration
of a vehicle’s interior surfaces. These microscopic organisms including
mold and mildew can quickly grow and spread over a variety of surfaces
leading to a spread of bacteria, discoloration, and even unpleasant odors.
*The microbial hot spots of a vehicle’s interior includes the much touched
steering wheel, and the console area, a common location for spilled drinks
that provide an ideal feeding ground for microbes.
*When added to surface paints used throughout the interior, Agion
antimicrobial significantly inhibited microbe growth.
*Agion antimicrobial proved long lasting even after simulating many years
of use. Agion also had little impact on the gloss and color change of the
surfaces over the test period.
Agion branded antimicrobial technology is based on elemental ions and makes
products cleaner and longer lasting by providing built-in protection against
damaging microbes. Unlike sprays that are useful short term, Agion’s
antimicrobial solution provides continuous surface protection against microbes
for the useful life of the product. This is especially significant in light of
recent findings that show Americans spend more than $1 billion annually on a
variety of products including lotions, wipes and sprays to fight microbial
growth, and approximately $2.3 billion annually on air fresheners. (Mintel
Market Research Firm).
“We are thrilled to partner with the esteemed researchers at Ford and the
University of Michigan,” said Paul Ford, CEO of Sciessent. “The results of
this study underscore Sciessent’s mission to innovate technologies that
improve cleanliness. We are proud that our Agion antimicrobial is undergoing
real-world testing in a number of Ford development vehicles, and being
evaluated for potential use in future Ford vehicle programs.”
Sciessent, located in Wakefield, Mass., is a leader in providing customized
solutions that enhance the value of partners’ products. Sciessent’s Agion,
Agion Active and Agion Lava brands are based on naturally occurring elements
and have been incorporated into a wide range of consumer, industrial and
healthcare products, including cell phones, shoes, keyboards, water filters,
medical catheters and ice machines. Sciessent's customers include many leading
brands such as Dell, Motorola, Columbia, Adidas, PPG, Carrier and DuPont.
For more information about Sciessent, please visit www.sciessent.com; for the
Agion brand, please visit www.agion-tech.com and www.agionactive.com and
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Traci Simpson, 978-395-6638
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