Press Release

APV will showcase VYNGUARD® performance finishes with the addition of a new anti-microbial technology at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo, October 16-18 in Dallas (booth 1047).

VYNGUARD® branded finishes are comprised of eight base polymer chemistries the company custom formulates for each customer application. The featured new VYNGUARD® AM anti-microbial chemistry can be incorporated into any of the lacquer or top finish technologies. The line includes:

  • VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat
  • VYNGUARD® Anti-Graffiti
  • VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate
  • VYNGUARD® with Kynar® PVDF
  • VYNGUARD® Weld-Able PVDF
  • VYNGUARD® Polyurethane
  • VYNGUARD® HP Acrylic
  • VYNGUARD® Vinyl Acrylic

“The IFAI Expo provides the perfect format to meet face-to-face with new prospects to discuss VYNGUARD® customized finishes and also the launch of our new anti-microbial technology,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “This year, we’re giving attendees a special incentive to visit our booth. Everyone who stops by with the APV and VYNGUARD-branded lens wipe found the show bag will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 Visa® gift card.”

VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Coatings

An innovative example of the anti-microbial technology is APV’s newly launched VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat. It is specifically formulated to resist film deterioration caused by gram-negative and positive bacteria on coated flexible vinyl, such as PVC and TPO, surfaces. It is ideal for extending the service life of vinyl products by protecting the fabric or substrate under harsh stain-prone environments and from developing mildew, mold and bacteria, which can cause deterioration of the paint film. It’s great haptics or hand-feel has been a popular characteristic of the coating. This aqueous lacquer has been a game changer for high-end wall coverings, mass transit seating, marine upholstery and flexible decking.

VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat passes ASTM E1428 Standard Test Method* for Evaluating Performance of Antimicrobials in or on Polymeric Solids Against Staining by Streptomyce species (a pink stain organism), helping OEMs predict the performance of coated articles under actual field conditions.

About VYNGUARD® Coatings

Available in solvent- or water-based formulations, VYNGUARD® is a line of coating chemistries or finishes that provides a clear or pigmented protective layer that can mitigate plasticizer from migrating through the surface. The formulations exceed industry standards for UV resistance, dirt shedding, moisture resistance, severe stain protection and fungal resistance, depending on the chemistry. Pigmented topcoats or print ink formulations are made with specialty grade inorganic pigments for superior color fastness. They have long coating lifecycles and provide high-definition print reception, superior dot gain properties and excellent adhesion.

VYNGUARD® provides superior specialty fabric finishes for the following industries:

  • Automotive Upholstery, Fabrics and Components
  • Marine
  • Awnings
  • Rolled Decking
  • Furniture Fabric
  • Roofing
  • Specialty Outdoor Products
  • Contract Seating
  • Wallcoverings

About the IFAI Expo

The IFAI Expo is a dynamic event experience combining textile industry experts, manufacturers, members and attendees to deliver innovative, industry-shaping solutions. The IFAI Expo draws on more than 100 years of trade show experience in providing the specialty fabrics industry with a forum for commerce, networking, and knowledge. The show services all aspects of the advanced textiles industry including: Specialty Fabrics, Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protections, and Testing Programs.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner for some of the world’s top producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advance materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit or Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings.

*The standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of the standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.