Bacteria-resistant stainless steels

AK Steel has an agreement with Electrolux Home Products, whereby its Frigidaire brand will market a full line of appliances utilising AK Steel’s AgION(TM) antimicrobial-coated stainless steels. “These steels are coated with an advanced inorganic antimicrobial,” said Michael T. Adams, vice president, commercial for AK Steel. “The antimicrobial compound inhibits the growth of a broad array of micro-organisms and will bring an added measure of cleanliness to consumer appliances.” In addition to controlling the growth and spread of a broad range of micro-organisms, the antimicrobial-coated steel is fingerprint resistant, according to AK Steel. Prototypes of several home and commercial appliances utilising the bacteria-resistant stainless steels were recently showcased by AK Steel at the National Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. As part of the agreement, Electrolux will supply Frigidaire stainless steel appliances to Camino de Robles, AK Steel’s concept home under construction in Santa Susana Knolls, Calif., to illustrate the benefits of antimicrobial-coated steel.

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