WAKEFIELD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Scotsman Ice Systems Europe, a leading manufacturer of ice makers for residential and business use, announced today that they will include AgION® antimicrobial protection in the manufacturing process of the components used in their ice maker equipment. The European division joins their U.S. corporate colleagues in providing customers with products that contain safe, reliable, long-lasting antimicrobial technology.
Founded in the 1950s, Scotsman Ice Systems is known globally for their affordable, dependable ice-making machines. The company is considered the largest manufacturer of ice makers in the world with distributors and authorized service agents in over 100 countries. According to company data there are now ‘over a million Scotsman ice makers at work around the world’.
“Scotsman Ice Systems Europe is renowned for its quality ice making products and we are thrilled to be a part of their team”, said Ginger Merritt, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for AgION Technologies, Inc. “By incorporating AgION’s antimicrobial technology in the coatings of the parts they use to build their ice making machines, they are assuring their customers that they are protected against potentially dangerous contaminants. We are glad to add Scotsman Ice Systems to our family of companies that know and understand the importance of using AgION’s breakthrough technology.”
AgION’s breakthrough antimicrobial technology is a non-toxic, natural silver ion delivery system that inhibits reproduction, interrupts metabolism, and disrupts cell wall function of many molds, yeasts, and bacteria. Silver has long been recognized for its antimicrobial properties and humans have used silver to fight microbes for thousands of years. The AgION compound consists of a patented delivery process that releases silver ions to the surface at a slow and steady rate. Since the technology is “built in” to the product, it continues to protect the surface from damaging and odor-causing microbes for the life of the product.
“At Scotsman Ice Systems Europe, we pride ourselves on innovation and reliability in the marketplace. Our mission is to satisfy the demand for top quality ice, day in, day out, and we do that by always looking to advance our products,” said Mr. Emanuele Lanzani, President of Scotsman Ice Systems, Europe. “We are excited about our new relationship with AgION Technologies, Inc., because now we are not only providing our customers with the best ice makers, but also we are providing them with the safest product, treated with AgION’s antimicrobial technology.”
AgION’s antimicrobial is one of the few antimicrobials proven safe for human and food contact. The antimicrobial has been approved for food and water contact by the Environmental Protection Agency and is listed as an indirect food contact substance with the Food and Drug Administration. A recipient of the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award in the category of technology breakthrough, the compound is also approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).Also, as AgION’s technology is comprised of naturally-occurring silver ions, it does not add potentially harmful chemicals to the environment.
About Scotsman Ice Systems, Europe
Located in Milan, Italy, Scotsman Ice Systems Europe has over 40 years of experience in research and development, cost effective manufacturing methods, strong global distribution networks and focused customer service behind it. Scotsman is the world’s largest manufacturer of ice machines, distributed and serviced in over 100 countries, with more than a million ice machines at work every day. As a member of the Enodis Company, Scotsman’s outstanding history is further enhanced by association with other market leaders in the foodservice industry such as Frymaster®, Cleveland Range®, Garland®, and Lincoln®. Scotsman Ice Systems Europe provides customers with a better ownership experience from their icemakers especially designed over the European, M.E. and Asian tastes and needs. The recently launched Series 6 is currently the best example of Scotsman’s care and commitment to increase each customer’s value for money. Scotsman Ice Systems customers include the world’s most important Quick Service Restaurants, Hotel and Retail chains. For more information about Scotsman Ice Systems Europe, visit www.scotsman-ice.it.
About AgION Technologies, Inc.
AgION Technologies, located in Wakefield, Massachusetts, is a leader in providing customized antimicrobial solutions based on silver that continuously inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus. AgION’s antimicrobial technology is used in the consumer products, construction, food and water, textiles, and healthcare industries and has been incorporated into a variety of products including cell phones, shoes, keyboards, pens, water filters, air conditioning and heating units, medical catheters, ice machines and faucet handles. The company also offers a disinfectant and virucide, AgION SilverClene24™, which has been proven effective against a variety of bacteria and viruses including HIV-1, Rhinovirus, Influenza, and Poliovirus. AgION's customers include many leading brands such as Motorola, Logitech, AK Steel, Carrier, DuPont, Honeywell, Adidas, Sanford/Paper Mate, Ice-O-Matic, Scotsman, Stanley Bostitch and Oster. Since the company’s founding in 1997, AgION Technologies has led the market for safe, effective, long-lasting, antimicrobial protection with support from private equity funds and strategic partners including BASF Venture Capital, H.B. Fuller Ventures, SAM Private Equity, Motorola Ventures and Paladin Capital Group. For more information about AgION Technologies, visit www.agion-tech.com.