AirQual Corporation Acquires Antimicrobial Powders Technology from DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise

AirQual’s ACT® to Meet the Surging Mainstream Demand for Advanced Antimicrobial Protection from Mold, Mildew, Bacterial and Fungal Infestation.

Wilmington, DE and Canton, MA (PRWEB) October 22, 2004 -- AirQual Corporation and DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise (DCSE) today announced that AirQual has acquired silver-based antimicrobial powder technology from DCSE. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition includes silver-based antimicrobial powder technology, patent rights and products, as well as the transfer of all EPA registrations, formerly marketed under the DuPont MicroFree® Brand.

AirQual will be marketing the technology under the ACT® brand to a broad range of manufacturers of paints & coatings, building materials and other products to provide unprecedented, state-of-the-art antimicrobial protection; protecting those materials from the degradation caused by molds, mildew and other bacterial infestation.

“At a time when 26 states and the federal government are debating pending legislation to protect homeowners and employees from the very serious health risks associated with molds, we are very excited to be bringing to market a family of products designed to protect property from deterioration from molds, mildew and bacteria,” said Tom Magauran, President and CEO of AirQual. “Our goal is to bring ACT® protection in a broad range of cost-effective, mainstream products, with an initial emphasis on building materials, so that people and businesses everywhere can realize the benefit of building materials for their homes, schools and workplaces being protected from these destructive infestations.”

DCSE developed the technology to allow incorporation of the coated particles into polymers that could also offer antimicrobial properties.

“Although DCSE offers antimicrobial products and disinfectant ingredients for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, this particular product did not go hand-in-hand with that suite of products as part of our strategic business growth objectives,” said Tom Samples – DCSE’s Clean and Disinfect marketing manager. “We are pleased that AirQual’s focus will seek to maximize the value of this technology in their chosen markets.”

AirQual’s ACT® is EPA registered for use in a broad range of applications including paints, coatings, caulks, sealants, adhesives, wallboard, carpets, curtains, plastics, wood coatings, and textiles.

AirQual Corporation, founded in 2000, is dedicated to the global delivery of technologies that cost-effectively contribute to the improvement of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). These technologies today include proven, highly cost competitive inorganic antimicrobials incorporated in a broad range of products, from paints and coatings to structural materials to textiles, protecting these products from the harmful effects of mold, mildew and a very broad range of bacterial and fungal challenges. More information may be obtained at www.airqual.net.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by solving problems and creating solutions that make people's lives better, safer and easier. Operating in more than 70 countries, the company offers a wide range of products and services to markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

For Further Contact:

Don MacDonald
AirQual Corporation
35 Industrial Drive
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: 781-302-3356

Tita Cherrier
DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise
302-892-8870

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