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Posted: November 19, 2007
Change in Medicare and Medicaid Legislation Creates Market for Antimicrobial Coatings In the U.S.
(Nanowerk News) The recent announcement by
Medicare and Medicaid that they will no longer reimburse expenses related
to most hospital-acquired infections has created opportunity for companies
in the paint and coatings industries to sell antimicrobial coatings,
according to analysts at Kline, a worldwide consulting and research firm.
Coatings added to paint that kill molds and/or bacteria are clearly
advantageous for use in hospitals, locker rooms, schools, and other public
areas. "About 5 to 10 percent of patients get an infection while they are
in the hospital, at an average extra cost of $15,000 per patient," says
Nancy Mills, FlashPoint project manager. "Antimicrobial smart coatings on
floors and walls will not completely solve the problem, but they will go a
long way toward reducing it."
Smart coatings -- coatings that respond to external stimuli in their
environment -- are the focus of Smart Coatings and Smart Opportunities in
Antimicrobial, Automotive, and Construction Applications, a new FlashPoint
report from Kline. Many smart coatings are complex integrations of
traditional coatings with nanotechnology. Smart coatings cover numerous
applications, but Kline's report focuses on three that are particularly
interesting for companies along the coatings and pigments value chain:
antimicrobial coatings, cool paint, and smart glass.
Whereas demand for antimicrobial smart coatings is growing along with
awareness of the problem, legislation may drive the market for cool paint
for automobiles. On hot days, cool paint reflects more heat so a car's air
conditioning system use less energy for cooling, resulting in lower fuel
consumption and lower emissions. Cool paint is likely to be mandated for
use in new cars in California by 2010, and the low cost of using cool paint
on new vehicles makes this smart coating application a good choice for
energy savings both nationally and globally.
Kline's FlashPoint series helps clients make critical decisions about
how to respond to market opportunities and issues as they unfold. In the
smart coatings report, Kline states that opportunities are present at
different levels of the value chain for each application, and participating
companies must carefully choose their strategy. For more information about
this report, visit http://www.klinegroup.com/reports/f0707.asp.
Kline is a worldwide consulting and research firm dedicated to
providing the kind of insight and knowledge that helps companies find a
clear path to success. The firm has served the management consulting and
market research needs of organizations in the chemicals, materials, energy,
life sciences, and consumer products industries for nearly 50 years. For
more information, visit http://www.KlineGroup.com.