Inhibit Coatings Limited is a New Zealand based company producing leading edge antimicrobial coatings. Inhibit Coatings uses a unique silver nanoparticle functionalisation method that produces physically robust, low-leaching and long lifetime antimicrobial coatings.

Antimicrobial coatings traditionally trade-off antimicrobial activity and the physical (i.e. wear and tear) properties of the coating. However, this is not the case with Inhibit’s technology.


Our technology produces silver particles evenly dispersed throughout the polymer coating and bound to the resin backbone. Only very small amounts of silver are required, typically less than 0.1%, owing to silver’s excellent and well-documented performance as an antimicrobial agent, with proven activity against over 650 different microorganisms.


Inhibit's technology has been applied to a number of resin systems including acrylics, epoxies and polyurethanes. Our coatings have been effective at reducing E. coli, S. aureus, L. monocytogenes by over 99.996% and have been shown to retain antimicrobial activity after numerous cleanings with common cleaning agents, making them ideal for food safety, medical and HVAC, amongst other applications.