AKRON, OH – The newest VYNGUARD® formulation from APV Engineered Coatings has been recognized by the coatings industry in the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Award as the Top Product winner in the award program’s Specialty Function Coatings category.

VYNGUARD Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial, launched to OEMs in June, is a factory-applied coating technology designed to resist degradation caused by gram-negative and positive bacteria on coating flexible vinyl and PVC surfaces. The top finish is engineered to extend the aesthetics and service life of vinyl products by protecting the substrate from developing mildew, mold, bacteria and pink staining. It also has exceptional UV protection and a soft hand-feel. VYNGUARD Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial is ideal for use in high-end wall coverings, mass transit seating, marine upholstery and fabrics, as well as flexible vinyl decking.

The PaintSquare Prestige Awards honor the people and products that make the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry work. PaintSquare’s readers chose the winners in each product category based on the product’s day-to-day utility in the field and/or shop. Award winners represent both innovative developments and tried-and-true products industry professional can’t live without.

“We are honored that the innovation behind VYNGUARD Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial has been recognized by coatings industry professionals,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing & Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “We originally engineered the new formula to meet the needs of a manufacturer of outdoor PVC printed vinyl decking. Now, we’re extending it into indoor applications where moisture, dirt, staining and bacterial contamination are common concerns.”