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Come join Bioni USA in Atlanta, Phoenix, & Chicago


Bioni USA will be at three trade shows to round out the year.  Come join us and ask about our coating solution!

International Dairy Show – Sept. 19th to 21st

Location – Atlanta, Georgia (Booth 320)


IFMA: International Facility Management Association – Oct. 26th to 27th

Location – Phoenix, Arizona (Booth 1805)


Process Expo – Nov. 1st to 4th

Location – Chicago, Illinois (Booth 664)


Diageo gives Bioni glaring letter of referral


20TH July 2011


Over the past three years Diageo Global Supply has used Bioni coatings in our Brewing and Manufacturing facilities throughout the UK and Ireland.

We have chosen Bioni as our preferred supplier for the following reasons;

  • Their technical expertise and support surpasses any of the other coating suppliers we have worked with. What particularly impresses us is the effort they have taken to understand the environmental conditions under which their products need to perform, their technical advice and guidance on preparation of surfaces and application of product to ensure optimum performance and the provision of products to meet site specific requirements.
  • All the products used to date have met the performance criteria claimed by Bioni. One of the main reasons we chose Bioni coatings was its hygienic attributes. As part of the Diageo acceptance trials, in-house microbiological testing was carried out on comparable areas coated with Bioni product and other hygienic coatings. Results from the areas coated with Bioni product demonstrated a significant reduction in both TVCs and Mold Spores with Bioni outperforming all others.
  • Additional advantages from the use of Bioni coatings have included;

* A reduction in mold spores in the atmosphere resulting in cleaner air

* A reduction in effluent COD loading.

  • The longevity of Bioni coatings has resulted in a good return on our initial investment and has proven to be more cost effective then other hygienic coatings we have used in the past.

On this basis we have no hesitation in recommending Bioni and its products to other Companies within the Food & Drinks Industry who are looking for Hygienic, cost effective wall coatings for their operations.


Who is Diageo?

Diageo’s brands make them who they are and Diageo is proud to produce some of the worldʼs leading brands across total beverage alcohol – spirits, beer and wine. Be it origin, blend or perfect serve each of our brands is famous in its own way. Many have been a favorite choice for centuries, while some are younger additions to our collection.

Every day, everywhere customers and consumers can rely on Diageo to help them celebrate life, and our people are passionate about their legacy – today and tomorrow. Please explore more about our brands in this section, and in the Brand Finder where you can find a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of our brands.


The Diageo brand range includes 17 of the top 100 premium distilled spirits brands worldwide (2010), and eight of the top 20 premium spirits brands. The heritage and strong characteristics across our collection of spirits earn us our place as the worldʼs leading premium drinks business. We take our role as custodians of these brands very seriously and with our world-class consumer insights, commitment to outstanding marketing and continued investment in our product we will continue to nurture some of the worldʼs best loved brands.


Our beer brands accounted for approximately 22 per cent of net sales in our last financial year. Our collection includes the only global stout brand – our much adored Guinness, which recently celebrated the 250th anniversary of signing of lease on St James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. We produce several other styles of beer including the famous Jamaican lager Red Stripe, Ireland’s Kilkenny red ales and Senator Keg in Africa. Over recent years we have launched some fantastic innovations across the sector such as Foundry cider in South Africa. Our innovations also include pioneering technologies to deliver the perfect brand experience for our customers and consumers…. such as the first ‘widget’ beer, Guinness Draught in cans which won the Queen’s award for Technology Achievement.


Diageo’s wine brands represent approximately six per cent of our net sales. We produce a range of both new world and old world wines including Sterling Vineyards, Rosenblum Cellars and Beaulieu Vineyard. In addition to our own wines, Diageo’s wine merchants – such as Britain’s Justerini & Brooks – continue centuries of tradition by offering exclusive wine imports to restaurants, hotels and private clients.

Website: DIAGEO

Bioni, a food processors dream come true?


Let’s face the facts! The food & beverage processing industry deals with threats of bacteria contamination and mold every day.  Most of these facilities are taking every measure possible to prevent the costly contamination.  The problem is these facilities are perfect environments for microbes to survive and thrive due to high moisture and all the nutrients that bacteria and mold needs to grow.

There has never been a true solution that works for walls, ceilings, and doors other than costly cycles of cleaning and constant refurbishing of the substrates.

To put it simple, Bioni can drastically help eliminate and prevent these problems and help save money.

How does Bioni save money?

From the start Bioni’s goal was to specifically design a coating for the exact environments in the food and beverage processing industry and help solve an industry pain.

As a coatings industry first, Bioni Systems offer a permanent protection on the coating film against deadly bacteria (e.g. Listeria, E. Coli, MRSA) as well as harmful mold and mildew for the entire life of the coating.*  Due to Bioni’s superior durability and the ability to apply the system over existing mold and rustyes you can apply Bioni System over mold and rust“, having Zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) and no odor, Bioni System reduces downtime through less preparation, shorter application time, and the ability to apply in occupied areas. Bioni also helps significantly reduces costly cleaning cycles, is permanently moisture regulating and provides an opportunity to reduce insurance costs as well as helps prevent expensive fines levied by government agencies.  Bioni has the highest Class A non-flammability (ASTM E84), 0 flame spread, 5 smoke development and improves factory appearance while sustaining look and performance without having to rebuild or coverup (rebuilding/renovation does not prevent the problem from happening again).  All of this helps one very important thing as well, production time.

Bioni coatings have a US patent (US #7736423).

More info – System Food

or Call toll free – (888) 717-4517

*Bioni System Food provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

Efficacy of Bioni against E. Coli, Listeria…


Breaking NEWS!


A recent test was conducted regarding the efficacy of Bioni against the listed bacteria:

Escherichia coli (E. Coli)
Listeria monocytogenes
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa)

The test report shows none of the bacteria listed above were detectable after 4 days.*

Bioni already has a proven 5-log (99.999%) reduction of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (Enterococcus faecium)*

Bioni never loses it’s effect.  Bioni works for the life of the coating.

For more information please email – or call 941-926-5881

*Bioni provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

Luxury Resort Kitchen 1 year after Bioni


A 1 year comparison of Bioni System.

A picture is worth a thousand words. This picture shows a high moisture area above a dish washing station located in a luxury resort. For testing reasons, only part of the area was coated with Bioni System. After trying numerous paints, sealers, primers and other alternatives including plastic food panels, Bioni was the only one which provided a solution to the problem.

There is no sign of moisture damage or mold where Bioni was applied.

More info – System Food

Luxury Resort Kitchen Area

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Fraunhofer Press Release Bioni


Press Release

Nanotechnology –
The Key Technology of the 21st Century

A major breakthrough prevents mold, mildew and fungus forming inside buildings

A new type of coating puts an end to micro-organisms permanently and non-toxically; deploys nanotechnology – provides the solution to mold and problems with hygiene

In the course of a research project, the German paint and coatings manufacturer Bioni CS GmbH, together with research scientists of the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology succeeded in developing a new type of coating. This coating, non-toxic and based upon nanotechnology, not only permanently prevents the formation of mold on walls, but also very effectively reduces common hospital germs which are resistant to antibiotics. Conventional biocides, fungicides and preservatives are a thing of the past. The newly developed nano-formula coating, consisting of particles one thousand times smaller than most mold spores and bacteria, contaminates neither the air in the home nor the environment.*

The Innovative Coating in Detail

Both Annoying and Dangerous – mold and mildew in the home
Micro-organisms such as fungi, bacteria and algae are all around us and are an important, natural part of our environment. However, when they appear as mold on a wall, they quickly develop into an annoyance and a problem. For a number of reasons the problems associated with mold on interior walls have commanded greater attention all over the world over the last few years. On the one hand, the number of instances of damage caused by mold within buildings has risen as a consequence of modern methods of construction and the necessity to save energy. On the other hand, doctors and the medical community have been logging an increasing number of cases of respiratory complaints as well as allergies, due to the exposure to mold and mildew.

Conventional “anti-mold, anti-mildew paints” are effective only over a limited period of time and can endanger both the health of the dwelling’s occupants and the environment

The basic pre-condition necessary for the formation of mold and mildew in living areas is dampness. Increased humidity in the home can have a variety of causes. In addition to “operator error” such as poor ventilation practices, or elevated levels of moisture being produced by the occupants, quite often physical aspects of the construction, such as thermal bridges, are responsible for the growth of mold. These are usually confined to certain areas of the shell of the building (e.g. corners) where, due to the geometry or the difference in thermal conductivity, a larger thermal flow occurs compared to the immediately surrounding components of the building. This results in differences in surface temperatures, especially where air conditioners are heavily used; in addition there is also the danger of falling below the dew point, leading to condensation and the formation of mold and mildew. Often “anti-mold, anti-mildew paints” are applied, in an attempt to remedy mold and mildew damage. These can help in the short-term but are not a satisfactory long-term solution to the problem. The biocides and fungicides contained in these paints are effective for a very limited period only and the danger they pose to both the health of the occupants and the environment is undisputed today.

Nanotechnology Has Provided a Revolutionary Solution

The goal of the research project undertaken by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology and Bioni was to develop a formula for a coating or paint to prevent the formation of mold not only temporarily, but lastingly, over a period of many years. Simultaneously, the new coatings were to release absolutely no contaminants into the air in the home, in order to protect both the health of the people and the environment. To achieve these goals, the latest discoveries in the field of nanotechnology were brought to bear. Non-toxic nano-particles with an average diameter of approximately 10 nanometres (equivalent to one hundred thousandth of a millimetre) constitute the most important component of the newly developed, antibacterial coating called Bioni Nature. These key particles are thus approximately 1,000 times smaller than most of the fungi spores and germs which are targeted. The results of the microbiological investigation have shown that when fungi spores come into contact with Bioni Nature and its integrated nano-particles, they are destroyed in a very short time.

A Quantum Leap in the field of Paints and Coatings
– the environmentally-friendly fight against mold and mildew

Since the nano formula developed by the scientists consists of solid bodies which are chemically extremely stable, the anti-microbiological efficacy of the coating is permanent. The usual rapid decline in the efficacy of the protection provided due to the gassing of the active agent, as happens when volatile biocides are used in conventional paints does not take place. By virtue of these properties and our refusal to consider conventional biocides, solvents, plasticizers and preservatives, the quality of the air in the home is assured by the use of Bioni coatings. The “TÜV Produkt und Umwelt” (a famous German test and evaluation institute) based in Cologne, has confirmed these findings and awarded Bioni interior paints and coatings the much-coveted “TÜV Rheinland Signet” for emission-free paints and coatings.

Hospital Germs are also in the Firing Line
Not only mold and mildew have been in the news lately. Reports from all over the world describe dangerous hospital germs, resistant to antibiotics. According to the estimates available, in Germany alone around 500,000 people are infected every year. The new Bioni coatings are extremely effective against even these germs, otherwise resistant, according to studies conducted by the “Institute for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control (IKI)” in Giessen, Germany. When brought into direct contact with the Bioni coating, a 5-log reduction (99.999%) was proven in the dangerous hospital micro-organisms Staphylococcus aureus and Enterocuccus Faecium. Bioni Hygienic, especially developed for use in medical facilities, is thus able to improve hygienic conditions in hospitals and clinics not just permanently, but also healthfully.

There are Many, Many Applications…
Bioni coatings incorporating nanotechnology are suitable for a great variety of applications. Not just simply rooms subject to dampness and mold and mildew, but also areas accommodating particularly sensitive occupants, such as children, people with allergies, or elderly people. Children bedrooms, schools, bathrooms, showers and toilets, hospitals, retirement homes for the elderly – all these benefit from an elevation in the level of hygiene as do living rooms and bedrooms afflicted by mold and mildew, offices, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, hotels and indoor swimming pools.

The Fraunhofer ICT has recognised that the nano formula used in the Bioni coatings endows an antibacterial effect to not only Bioni’s facade paints and coatings; they are now planning to extend the technology to other branches of industry. Numerous enquires from all over the world are waiting to be dealt with. Just some of the future areas of application include the coating of dental implants, synthetic bones, catheters, cardiac valves, packaging for the foodstuffs industry and toys.*

Courtesy of Bioni CS GmbH and Fraunhofer Institut

Press Contact

Bioni CS GmbH
D-46149 Oberhausen
+49 (0) 208 621 75 53

Fraunhofer ICT
D-76327 Pfinztal-Berghausen
Dipl. Chem. Helmut Schmid

*Bioni coatings provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

Mold within a US Dairy Facility


The Difference of Bioni

The picture below was recently taken inside a US dairy facility.  The before picture was taken 4 months after the application of a coating that is traditionally used in food processing facilities.  As you can see there is heavy mold development. Mold started to appear after 2 months.

The after picture was taken 6 months after the application of Bioni System Food. There is NO mold inhibiting the paint film.

Don’t blame the facilities because they never had a solution until now!  These facilities actually spend enormous amounts of money to keep their facilities clean.

Bioni coatings can help significantly reduce the costs associated with the cleaning, resurfacing, downtime to do such work, and more importantly the fines that can be brought down by government agencies.

Bioni System Food also has a proven 5-log (99.999%) reduction of bacteria on the paint film.*  This is also a first for industrial coatings.

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*Bioni System Food provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.