Tailoring plastics to enhance performance, cost-effectiveness, and appearance

Additives annual: tailoring plastics to enhance performance, cost-effectiveness, and appearance

Richard Stewart


Additives and masterbatches enable processors to precisely tailor plastics to meet a broad range of requirements and specialized applications. Enhancements in processability, versatility, cost-effectiveness, and product appearance can be achieved by using additives and modifiers. This report covers developments in the major additive categories over the past year. Products are grouped alphabetically by functional type and manufacturer.

Aesthetic-Property Modifiers

Ampacet Corp. has added low-luster grades to its line of frosted masterbatches for PET bottles, providing an enhanced matte finish similar to etched glass for cosmetics, alcohol, high-end beverages, and other upscale products. The masterbatch is added during extrusion, eliminating the need for spray-painting to achieve a premium frosted effect in stretch-blow-molded bottles and thermoformed packaging. Other products include Icy Bright[TM] masterbatch colorants, which provide a chilled, translucent effect to optimize the presentation of liquids. Also new from Ampacet is a chrome-alternative color masterbatch for use in extrusion and injection-blow-molded bottles. Bright Chrome 620614-PT takes its place in the LiquidMetal[TM] line of metal effects for plastics.

Ciba recently introduced Xymara[TM] XPS pearlescent effects with anti-yellowing properties for cosmetics bottles, jars, containers, and other functional and decorative items. Silver Pearl XPS 19 provides a white satin luster effect and Silver Pearl XPS23 combines satin sheen with glitter. Unlike conventional mica-based pearl pigments, which tend to cause yellowing of plastic following exposure to light, the XPS products incorporate a surface treatment that stabilizes pearlescent pigments and inhibits yellowing, extending the lifetime of finished products, says Ciba. Other effect pigments in the Xymara range are Gold Pearl, Bronze Pearl, and Xymara Nordic[TM].


Clariant Masterbatches recently signed a North America sales and marketing agreement with Milliken Chemical to offer masterbatches combining Clariant Enigma[R] reflective special effects with Milliken’s ClearTint[R] transparent colorants for use in clarified polypropylene. ClearTint colorants are said to be very stable and well suited for use with clarified PP. Among new products from Clariant are color concentrates designed specifically for PEBA and nylon 12 resins used in medical applications. They are the latest additions to the Reno-med family of color masterbatches, which incorporate tested and certified pigments and carrier resins.

Holliday Pigments offers Premier XAR acid-resistant ultramarine pigments for products subjected to acid rain and other weathering factors that promote color fading. Well suited for injection-molded seating in outdoor stadiums, the product incorporates an inert coating on the surface of the pigment particles, providing acid resistance.

PolyOne Corp. has developed PicoTint[TM] liquid colorants that are said to eliminate streaks and swirls, making them suited for use in clear thermoplastic engineering resins. Suitable for PC, PMMA, SAN, ABS, PETG, and terpolymers, the patent-pending PicoTint colorants feature a polymer-based carrier for more heat stability and light stability, enhanced weathering, and extended shelf-life of at least one year, says PolyOne.

RTP Company Color Division says it has expanded its capacity for production of masterbatches and precolored resins to meet customer needs and increase delivery flexibility. RTP offers a catalog of over 300 standard colors available as masterbatches and precolored resins. Color products include Unicolor[TM] Universal Masterbatches, a line for coloring multiple polymers, including engineering resins, with the same color.

Shepherd Color Company has introduced two new colors in the Precise[TM] line of durable pigments, designed specifically for coloring fibers and films. Green 40P601 is sea-foam green in color. Blue 40P585 is cobalt blue. Well suited for outdoor applications, both products are 100% high-performance organic pigments, offering exceptionally low extruder-pressure buildup. Other benefits include weather durability, heat stability, and chemical resistance.

Techmer PM has announced that all of its polyolefin-based color concentrates and additives can be optionally combined with a new high-performance additive system designed to reduce cooling times while controlling warpage and shrinkage in injection-molded polyolefin parts. The proprietary chemistry, known as HPS, is the result of two decades of development, the company says. Users reportedly have been able to boost output through faster cycles while holding tighter tolerances and reducing scrap.


RTP Company has entered into an agreement with Biosafe Inc. to use that company’s silane-based antimicrobial technology in RTP’s expanded line of antimicrobial products. The patented silane-based concentrate can be used as an additive masterbatch in a variety of extrusion and injection-molding processes. The technology renders plastics inherently antimicrobial, and is said to be more cost-effective and faster-acting than silver-based additives, which can cause yellowing or tarnishing. Typical addition levels for the silane-based masterbatch products are 2%-3%; the products are available from RTP for applications in a range of resin systems.

Rohm and Haas offers Vinyzene[TM] SB1 antimicrobial additive to protect polyolefins and other polymeric compositions. It is said to be highly effective against fungal and bacterial attack in flexible films, polyurethane foams, and wood-plastic composites. Supplied in pellet form in a PVC/PVA resin carrier, the additive incorporates OBPA at 5% as an active ingredient.


Bioplastics Additives

Increasing consumer demand for biodegradable plastics and products made with sustainable biopolymers has spurred the development of additives and masterbatches especially for these materials. Arkema has developed a processing aid and two impact modifiers for polylactic acid (PLA) in its Biostrength[TM] family of products. Biostrength 130 and 150 impact modifiers are designed to improve the sturdiness of PLA. Biostrength 700 is designed to substantially increase the melt strength and melt elasticity of PLA, while maintaining high optical clarity. It also enables the use of higher levels of recycled PLA with improved retention of physical properties, says Arkema.

Clariant Masterbatches offers its family of all-natural colorants and additives for “green” packaging and consumer-goods applications. Based on natural materials, mainly plants, Renol[R]-natur color masterbatches and Cesa[R]-natur additive masterbatches are biodegradable and renewable. The products were developed as alternatives to synthetic colorants and additives used with biopolymers such as PLA, PHA, PHB, and starch-based resins. Renol-natur colorants, described by Clariant as “very earthy and organic-looking,” are available in red, orange-yellow, green, and blue.

Diamant Corp., in response to increased demand for degradable plastics, has developed an additive that can render PET bottles biodegradable. Successfully tested in Europe and now in final trials, the additive is expected to be distributed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. (Market researchers at the Freedonia Group predict that U.S. demand for degradable plastics will expand nearly 17% yearly to 500 million lbs in 2010.)

PolyOne Corp. recently expanded its OnCap[TM] BIO line of additive concentrates to include a new antifog additive for biopolymers and a transparent impact modifier for PLA. Anti-fog T prevents fogging on the surface of film packaging, extending product shelf-life. Impact T is a transparent impact modifier masterbatch that increases the impact resistance of PLA polymer while maintaining transparency, says PolyOne. Both products are available as concentrated masterbatches and in liquid form.

Sukano Polymers Corp. offers Sukano[R] PLA im $550 impact modifier for transparent PLA applications. Optimized for use with FDA-approved food-contact biodegradable PLA, the additive is said to improve impact resistance by a factor of 10 at a concentration of 4%. It prevents cracks and splinters in PLA sheet and film during cutting and stamping. The additive does not impair the transparency or the heat stability of PLA, says Sukano, noting that it is more cost-effective than competitive products. For electronic packaging, Sukano offers PLA as $546 antistatic PLA masterbatch, designed to significantly reduce surface resistivity and prevent buildup of static charge on films, sheet, and molded parts.

Teknor Color Company has a new family of color concentrates for PLA resins and blends, including three series covering a wide range of application requirements. Colorants for use in clear or opaque bottles, film, sheet, profiles, and injection-molded items are available. The series differ in terms of their carrier resins, which are either PLA or polyesters compatible with PLA and readily blended with it. PLA-carrier concentrates are for use in all biodegradable applications. Biodegradable copolyester-carrier concentrates are for biodegradable blown film and other applications using less than 100% PLA formulations. PETek[R] PET-carrier concentrates are for nondegradable applications that use a biopolymer-base resin.

Fillers, Reinforcements, & Impact Modifiers

Angstron Materials, a spin-off from Nanotek Instruments, has developed a new class of nanomaterials known as nano-scaled graphene plates or platelets. They are said to exhibit properties of carbon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers, but can be readily mass-produced and are available in larger quantities at much lower costs, says the company. NGP materials can be used as fillers for composites for both load-bearing and functional applications. The development has resulted in eight U.S. patents, issued or pending.

Arkema has developed a new impact modifier for injection molding and extrusion of opaque sheet or profiles. Clearstrength[TM] 859 is said to provide up to 20% more impact strength than traditional opaque impact modifiers. Other benefits include good processability and reduced costs, says Arkema, noting that it enhances the uniformity of PVC and chlorinated PVC compounds.

Clariant Masterbatches is sourcing industrial quantities of high-quality Baytubes[R] carbon nanotubes (CNTs) from Bayer MaterialScienceAG for the manufacture of compounds and masterbatches. The CNTs will initially be used in new Cesa[R] conductive products, producing thermoplastics with conductive properties.


Researchers at Michigan State University have developed XGnP Exfoliated Graphite NanoPlatelets, which can be used as a plastics additive to enhance stiffness and strength. The material can also be processed alone to produce highly durable, lightweight products in aerospace, automotive, and packaging applications. According to the researchers, the keys to its success are a fast, inexpensive graphite separation process and the ability to tailor the surface chemistry for use in resin systems. XG Sciences Inc., an MSU spin-off company, has an exclusive license to manufacture the XGnP material.

Nanocor has introduced a series of nanoMax[R] nanoclay polyolefin masterbatch products in a pellet form. Produced through melt-compounding based on patented technologies, the products include all compatibilizers needed to promote complete nanoclay dispersion, the company says. Each nanoMax grade contains 50-wt% Nanomer[R] nanoclay and can improve mechanical performance properties and flame resistance of extruded or injection-molded polyolefins. The products are available in several carrier resins.

NYCO Minerals recently announced the availability of two ultrafine, nondirectional wollastonite grades, which can replace more expensive chemically modified calcined clay or other platy-type materials in engineering plastics, alloys, and blends. Nyglos[R] 1000 uncoated and MD 1000 chemically modified grades can provide significant savings as well as improved surface appearance and equal or better physical and mechanical properties.

Rohm and Haas Co. has introduced a new family of impact modifiers for PVC window profiles. Paraloid[TM] KM-400 and KM-5450 offer different balances of lowest modifier loading, IOD impact efficiency, and low-temperature impact resistance. Processors can select the best formulation to meet product specifications. The impact modifiers can be blended with Paraloid K-175 lubricating additive in a multifunctional one-pack.

Flame Retardants

Albemarle Corp. has introduced Antiblaze[R] 117HF, a halogen-free flame retardant designed to provide a safe and highly effective alternative to halogen-based FR products used in foams for furniture and automotive seats. Antiblaze 117HF is said to achieve the same protection as existing flame retardants using up to 30% less product. It also provides excellent non-scorching performance, says the company.

Chemtura Corp. offers new Firemaster[R] 600 and Firemaster 602 flame retardants for polyurethane foam. They are said to be 10% more efficient than their predecessors, Firemaster 550 and 502. Each has an excellent environmental profile and is non-scorching in flexible PUR applications found in the automotive industry and in furniture manufacturing, says Chemtura.

Polyvel has developed a new line of halogen-free, flame-retardant masterbatches for engineering resins such as PC, PC/ABS, PPO, PET, and PBT. Predispersed in free-flowing pellets for improved efficiency, the new masterbatches are said to eliminate problems commonly associated with FR products, such as difficulties in handling high-viscosity liquids, low-melting-point solids, and dust, and dispersion difficulties.

Rit-Chem Go. has announced the availability in the U.S. and Canada of Cellcom flame-retardant products, including smoke suppressants, char formers, and oxygen blockers, from South Korean manufacturer Kum Yang Co. Among them are FR/ATO-50 alumina trihydrate, FR/ATO-10 antimony trioxide, FWHMO- 15 magnesium hydroxide, and FR/DBPE-50 and FWHBCD. RitChem is a sales agent for major chemical producers.

Techmer PM has announced the development of an improved version of its PNM 13319 polyamide nonhalogenated flame-retardant concentrate. The carrier resin can be tailored more precisely to meet specific applications, says Techmer. Initially formulated for injection-molding applications, the new product is also suited for nylon profile extrusions. The concentrate is supplied as polyamide pellets.

Foaming Agents

Bergen International, specializing in chemical foaming agents, offers endothermic, exothermic, and endo/ex blends compatible with most of the polymers used in foaming applications. The Foamazol[TM] product line of powders, masterbatches, and liquids is manufactured in the U.S. and distributed in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Bergen now offers state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to customers for product development and enhancement. Foamazol products can be custom-formulated to meet customer requirements.

Ingenia Polymers offers IP 1890, a 100% active endothermic chemical foaming agent compound based on the company’s Superblend[TM] technology. Suitable for use in a variety of polyolefin applications, including industrial blown film and sheet, IP1890 produces a substantially smaller cell size than other commercially available products, says Ingenia. Target applications include protective and decorative packaging, easy-tear applications, and insulation. Recommended letdown ratio is 1% to 5%.

Reedy International has introduced Saftec[R] PE-80, a highly concentrated endothermic foaming agent for use in polyolefin injection molding and extrusion processing. Masterbatches for olefin applications are formulated with special olefinic surfactants and carrier resins to improve melt tension and melt few, while improving bubble stability and slowing moisture absorption and diffusion rate. A dryable PC-grade foaming agent, Safoam[R] NPC-20, was recently introduced. Also new is S3 WPC Additive Package to expand the processing window for wood and cellulosic fibers while improving the physical properties of wood-plastic composites.

Nucleating & Clarifying Agents

Ampacet Corp. recently introduced a new CrystalClear[TM] PET UV absorber, which is said to offer enhanced clarity and lower cost, without the yellow haze that accompanies standard PET UV absorbers. Less of the CrystalClear 603192-PT additive is required to provide the same level of UV absorption as standard absorbers, reducing cost by as much as 40%, says Ampacet.

Ingenia Polymers Corp. offers IP 1810 polyethylene clarifying masterbatch to reduce haze and enhance clarity in polyethylene film. It has been developed as an alternative to the practice of blending LDPE with LLDPE or HDPE to improve clarity (but which reduces mechanical properties). IP1810 is said to improve film clarity without compromising mechanical properties, says Ingenia. In film applications, it also reportedly provides a substantial improvement in vapor barrier properties.

Milliken has developed Millad NX8000 clarifier for polypropylene, reporting 50% typical reduction in haze vs. the current industry standard. The product is said to provide previously unattainable levels of transparency to polypropylene-based packaging. Also, the company reports that its Millad 3988i clarifying agent for PP has been selected by Unilever South Africa Foods to produce durable plastic bottles for food seasonings. Clarified PP has the potential to be less expensive than PET, notes Milliken.

Reedy International Corp. offers a new universal masterbatch of an endothermic chemical nucleating and blowing agent for foam injection molding and extrusion processing. Saftec UBA-60 is suitable for use with a wide range of thermoplastics, including PE, PP, PET, HIPS, PVC, PC, PC/ABS, and nylon.

RiKA International has also developed a new clarifier for PP, which is said to impart good transparency and impact stiffness. RiKAclear PC 1 is formulated with proprietary chemistry, designed to eliminate plateout during extrusion and other problems commonly encountered when using acetal sorbitol as a clarifier for PP, says the company. Food contact approvals are pending in the U.S., Japan, and Europe.

Processing Aids

Arkema has introduced BlocBuilder[R] RC-50 reactivity controller to provide extended potlife and improved stability of unsaturated polyester resins in closed-mold processing of composite materials such as sheet molding and bulk molding compounds. In high-temperature curing applications, the BlocBuilder additive unblocks from the polyester resin at 60[degrees]C, allowing the organic peroxides to initiate the reaction, providing faster initiator systems and faster line speeds, notes Arkema.

Axel Plastics Research Laboratories recently introduced an internal mold release and processing aid for improving the flow of HDPE resin by as much as 20% with the use of only 1% of the product. Studies show consistent improvement in flow at shear rates of 4000 to 9000, with corresponding viscosity reductions of 12.5% to 19.8%. MoldWiz INT-41FPE is a proprietary, synergistic blend of modified polymers and organic fatty amides. It is available as a 100% active pellet or flee-flowing powder.

Axel also introduced MoldWiz INT-2200IMC, an internal mold release for in-mold coatings used in RIM processes to significantly enhance release from composite molding. Also, to reduce processing difficulties associated with molding DCPD resin, Axel has developed INT-DCP220 internal mold release. The proprietary formulation, which contains no silicone or metallic stearates, has been shown to keep molds clean and in service for an extended period.

BYK-Chemie GmbH has developed a dispersing additive system, BYK P4101, to enable compounders to produce highly filled compounds with improved processability and mechanical properties. The block copolymer is said to reduce the interfacial tension between the polymer and filler particles, while providing improved bonding. Unlike processing aids containing waxes or stearates, the BYK product has no negative effects on mechanical properties, the company says.

BYK also recently introduced a stripping agent to reduce odor and VOC emissions in products molded with polyolefin compounds such as applications in automotive interiors. BYK-P 4200, an easy-to-handle granulate material that is added during compounding, has no negative effects on mechanical or optical properties, says BYK. The product is said to be more effective than conventional adsorbent solutions.

Chemtura recently announced improvements to Polybond coupling and lubrication agents for wood-plastic composites. Polybond 1103 is said to be well suited for processes and applications requiring very low melt viscosity. Newly reformulated Polybond 3029 is now 50% more efficient, allowing manufacturers to use more recycled wood in the composite, says the company.

Honeywell Specialty Materials offers new high-performance lubricants for PVC production. Rheolub[R] HPLs act as internal and external lubricants, permitting significantly lower extrusion torque and reduced melt pressure at the die for higher output and extruder energy savings. PVC producers can use up to 50% less lubricant without impairing impact strength or weathering stability, says the company.

Rohm and Haas has introduced a processing aid to improve melt properties of cellular PVC. Paraloid[TM] K-445 is said to facilitate extrusion of this material, which has seen increased demand in such applications in construction as exterior trim, decorative molding, decking, and millwork. The foam modifier imparts higher melt strength, allowing for improved processing efficiency, along with improved surface quality and melt uniformity, the company says.

Struktol Co. of America offers processing aids TPW 709 and 113 for processing of wood-plastic composites. The functional lubricating and filler-wetting packages are said to improve fiber dispersion with the melt, help balance the flow across the die, eliminate edge tearing, improve throughput, and reduce torque and temperature. Struktol reports that the products can be used at lower dosage than other lubricants for this application.


Arkema has added a cost-effective, high-efficiency grade to its line of Thermolite[R] tin stabilizers for use in coextruded siding, window profiles, and other demanding rigid PVC applications requiring consistent stabilization and excellent weathering and color-hold properties. Thermolite 385 is said to maintain excellent processing characteristics at a lower cost and at lower dosage levels than other high-performance tin stabilizers on the market.

BASF Corp. has launched a new entry in its Uvinul line of UV-light stabilizers. Uvinul S-Pack is an FDA-regulated UV absorber said to be well suited for PET packaging for beverage, food, and cosmetics and personal-care products. It provides excellent protection for flavors, vitamins, colors, and active ingredients. For many products, the additive has been shown to provide longer shelf-life than glass or untreated PET packaging,. says the company. Uvinul 5050H UV light stablilizer provides a variety of special performance benefits in a number of applications, including polyolefin agricultural films, TPO automotive parts, roofing, and artificial turf.

Chemtura offers Lowilite UV B1211 thermal and light stabilizers, which are said to be particularly effective in automotive-interior applications because of very low fogging properties, excellent thermal protection, and good UV performance. Lowilite is supplied as a low-viscosity liquid. The company also offers new “greener” additives to meet the demand for sustainable products. Mark[R] OBS[R] organic-based stabilizers for flexible PVC are being called the world’s first non-heavy-metal heat stabilizers. They are said to be more cost-effective than calcium/zinc alternatives. Also, Weston[R] NPF 705 nonylphenol-free phosphite stabilizers are a drop-in liquid replacement for TNPP, an industry-standard secondary antioxidant used in LLDPE and HDPE, in PVC, and in SBR.

Cytec Industries recently introduced a line of light-stabilizer additives called Cyasorb Cynergy Solutions[TM]. The company promises trouble-free processing, excellent dispersion, and easy handling. The additives are said to offer high performance-to-cost ratio.

Rohm and Haas released an innovation in additives for cellular PVC trim manufacturing. Paraloid[TM] SureCel[TM] foam-cell stabilizers promise benefits to manufacturers of free-foam cellular PVC exterior house-trim products, says the company. The high-efficiency acrylic foam-cell stabilizer is said to cut material usage by up to 15% while producing the same number of board feet. It yields even expansion and superior cell uniformity across wide sheet dies, reduces cellular voids, and enables the extrusion of very thick sheets, notes Rohm and Haas. SureCel stabilizer is also said to produce lower-density cellular PVC with the same high performance demonstrated by higher-density cellular PVC.

Songwon Industrial Co., a Korean producer of antioxidants and other additives, has expanded its product offerings with new antioxidants for the polyolefins and compounding markets. Product introductions include Songnox 1290, a nondiscoloring phenolic antioxidant for organic substrates that are prone to oxidation, and Songnox 6280, a high-performance, hydrolytically stable phosphate antioxidant. Also new are three Songnox thioester-based antioxidants, designed to promote decomposition and neutralize hydroperoxides formed by the auto-oxidation of polymers.

Sukano has developed UV masterbatches to protect polycarbonate sheet used in exterior applications from light-induced degradation. Sukano[R] C UV $552 is a highly concentrated UV masterbatch that is blended with virgin PC material and can be dosed at levels up to 13%.

Valspar Corp. has brought out an oxygen scavenger for food packaging and beverage applications, expanding on its ValOR line of scavengers. Activ300 is designed to prohibit oxygen transmission for up to six months. The polyester-based scavenger will not affect the clarity of PET bottles, says Valspar.

Viba Group, an Italian manufacturer of masterbatches, has introduced a line of masterbatches for UV stabilization of polyethylene film for greenhouse applications. Special HALS formulations in Vibatan PE UV Master 03642, 03652, and 03654 exhibit very low pica values, which make them more resistant to pesticides than conventional HALS, says the company.

Surface-Property Modifiers

Croda Polymer Additives offers Incroslip G slip agents for high-slip and high-stability performance, particularly in automotive-interior applications and food-packaging films and containers. Incroslip G is said to perform better than standard slip additives in automotive interiors, where sunlight exposure and high temperatures can cause yellowing and loss of slip performance. The additive can also provide improved blocking in film, while retaining high clarity.

Ingenia Polymers Corp. brings IP 1092 to market, its next generation of antiblock masterbatches. The high-clarity product provides a permanent antiblocking effect because the particulates are bound within the polymer matrix. The addition of IP1092 to polyolefin films significantly reduces the blocking while maintaining low film haze and superior clarity, as compared with other antiblocking agents, says Ingenia.

Ingenia also recently released IP1069, a nonmigratory medium-slip masterbatch for lamination and multilayer barrier-film applications. Slip additives tend to migrate to the inside and outside of the film structure, causing inconsistent slip performance and requiring very high use rates. IP 1069 is specially formulated for critical applications in which migratory properties and a controlled medium coefficient of friction are required. In addition, the nonmigratory slip is stable at high processing temperatures, allowing for more predictable slip levels in applications where volatility may be of concern, notes Ingenia.

PolyOne Corp. offers OnCap[TM] termite-repellent and rodent-repellent additive concentrates, available in nontoxic, free-flowing pellet form. The active substance is non-hygroscopic, generally does not migrate within the polymer, and will not leach into the environment under typical application conditions, PolyOne says. In cable applications, these repellent additive concentrates provide a cost-effective alternative to more expensive protection mechanisms such as metallic tape or glass roving, which are often used to protect cables from animal or insects.

Sukano Polymers Corp. has developed a new light-diffusion masterbatch for polycarbonate, Sukano[R] TA16-08, enabling PC to be used for lamp covers and similar applications. The product is said to provide PC with optical performance comparable to that of PMMA, and it can be used for a wider range of lighting applications than PMMA because of its higher flame resistance. The product also provides greater flexibility with regard to dosage levels, color, and ease of extrusion, says the company, which can supply custom batches to meet the precise needs of individual applications.

Techmer PM has developed an infrared-reflecting masterbatch for thermic PE films used in greenhouse applications. Techmer PM 13548 is designed to control heat energy by reflecting radiant heat of 750 to 1400 nm and 3000- to 15,000-nm wavelength regions. The new technology manipulates the wavelength in specific regions, providing better control of radiation balance inside the greenhouse, the company explains. The product reduces thermicity of PE film, while maintaining 90% transmission in the 400- to 700-nm (PAR region) wavelength range.

Forecasting Color Trends

According to Clariant Masterbatches, consumers will be more receptive to bright, layered colors, contrasted with earthy, neutral tones in 2009. The latest edition of the company’s ColorForward[TM] color trend analysis and design tool is available to help designers and marketing professionals make informed color choices.

The color forecasts are meant to be used as a guide, linking color preferences and social trends, and showing how these relationships affect the path of color trends. ColorForward 2009 identifies a total of 20 colors four basic colors and one effect color for each of four societal and lifestyle trends that have been identified by the Clariant team.


The 2009 edition is the first release to include special effects that incorporate non-color ingredients that add sparkle, reflectivity, depth, and other qualities to enhance the base color. Clariant offers ColorForward seminars at its seven ColorWorks locations and at selected conferences and customer sites. A booklet and set of polypropylene color chips are also available from the company.

Packaging for Additives

PolyOne Corp. has developed a new system for packaging color and additive concentrates. The PlanetPak[TM] system for transporting and storing materials was designed to offer sustainability and economic benefits over traditional steel-rimmed fiber drums.


The PlanetPak is a rectangular container made from corrugated linerboard, which is produced from recycled materials and can itself be recycled. No metal bands or supports are used. The rectangular shape is more efficient for transport and storage than round drums, notes PolyOne. Once the contents are emptied, the package can easily be flattened for recycling or disposal.

The patent-pending system includes the PlanetPak package, a customized wooden pallet that elevates the box for easy access during shipment and warehouse movements, and a specially designed hand cart to facilitate moving the package.


Akzo Nobel Engineering bv

P.O. Box 5136, 6802 EC

Velperweg 76, 6824 BM

Arnhem, The Netherlands

+31 (0) 26 366 3260


Albemarle Corp.

Process Dev. Center

Gulf States Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70805 USA

+1 800-535-3030


Ampacet Corp.

660 White Plains Rd.

Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA

+1 914-631-6600


Angstrom Materials LLC

1240 McCook Ave.

Dayton, OH 45404

+1 937-331-9884


Arkema Inc.

2000 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

+1 800-225-7788


Axel Plastics Research


Box 77 0855

Woodside, NY 11377 USA

+1 718-672-8300


BASF Corp.

100 Campus Dr.

Florham Park, NJ 07932 USA

+1 973-245-6000


Bayer MaterialScience LLC

100 Bayer Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15205 USA

+1 412-777-2000


Bergen International, LLC

151 West Passaic Street

Rochelle Park, NJ 07662 USA

+1 888-608-2944


Cabot Corp.

Two Seaport Ln #1300

Boston, MA 02210 USA

+1 800-462-2313


Ciba Specialty Chemicals

P.O. Box 2005

Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA

+1 800-431-1900


Clariant Masterbatches Division

1515 Miller Parkway

McHenry, IL 60050 USA

+1 815-363-0025


Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd.

Pant Glas Farm Industrial Estate

Newport Rd, Bedwas, CF83 8BJ

United Kingdom

+44 02920 888910


Croda Polymer Additives

300A Columbus Circle

Edison, NJ 08837 USA

+1 732-417-0800


Cytec Industries Inc.

Five Garret Mountain Plaza

West Paterson, NJ 07424 USA

+1 973-357-3283


Danisco A/S Group

4 New Century Parkway

New Century, KS 66031 USA

+1 800-255-6837


Dow Corning Corp.

P.O. Box 994

Midland, MI 48686 USA

+ 1 989-496-4400



P.O. Box 6500

6401 JH Heerlen

The Netherlands

+31 (45) 578 8111


DuPont Packaging

Barley Mill Plaza 26-2363

Lancaster Pike & Rte. 141

Wilmington, DE 19880 USA

+1 800-628-6208


Dyneon LLC

6744 33rd St. N.

Oakdale, MN 55128 USA

+1 800-723-9127


HallStar Company

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1620

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

+1 877-427-4255


Holliday Pigments Ltd. USA

1000 Coolidge St.

South Plainfield, NJ 07080 USA

+1 908-561-6100


Honeywell Specialty Materials

101 Columbia Rd.

Morristown, NJ 07960 USA

+1 973-455-4114


Hudson Color Concentrates

50 Francis St.

Leominster, MA 01453 USA

+1 888-858-9065


Ingenia Polymers Corp.

3200 Southwest Freeway #1250

Houston, TX 77027 USA

+1 416-920-8100


Italmatch Chemicals

Via Pietro Chiesa 7/13

Torri Plane, San Benigno

16149 Genova, Italy

+39 010 642081



430 N. McCarthy Blvd.

Milpitas, CA 95035 USA

+1 408-546-5000


Lanxess Corp.

Inorganic Pigments

111 RIDC Park West Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA

+1 412-809-2219


Milliken Chemical

P.O. Box 1927 M-206

Spartanburg, SC 29304 USA

+1 866-398-0348


Nanocor Inc.

1500 West Shore Dr.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004 USA

+1 847-394-8844


Network Performance Additives

(formerly Ed-Lynn Network)

1353 Exeter Rd.

Akron, OH 44306 USA

+1 888-291-1743


Nyco Minerals, inc.

P.O. Box 368

Willsboro, NY 12996 USA

+ 1 518-963-4262


Owens Corning

1 Owens Corning Parkway

Toledo, OH 43659 USA

+1 419-248-8000


Plastics Color Corp.

349 Lake Road

Dayville, CT 06241 USA

+1 888-549-7822


PolyOne Corp.

Color & Additive Masterbatches

33587 Walker Rd.

Avon Lake, OH 44012 USA

+1 866-765-9665


Polyvel Inc.

100 Ninth St.

Hammonton, NJ 08037 USA

+1 609-567-0080


Rit-Chem Co., Inc.

P.O. Box 435

Pleasantville, NY 10570 USA

+1 914-769-9110


Rohm and Haas

100 Independence Mall West

Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

+1 877-288-5881


RTP Company

580 East Front St.

Winona, MN 55987 USA

+1 800-433-4787


Shepherd Color Company

4539 Dues Dr.

Cincinnati, OH 45246 USA

+1 513-874-0714


Songwon International–Americas

P.O. Box 1455

Friendswood, TX 77546 USA

+1 877-SONGWON


Struktol Company of America

P.O. Box 1649

Stow, OH 44224 USA

+1 800-327-8649


Sukano Polymers Corp.

295 Parkway East

Duncan, SC 29334 USA

+1 864-486-1478


Techmer PM

18747 Laurel Park Road

Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220 USA

+1 310-632-9211


Teknor Color Company

505 Central Ave.

Pawtucket, RI 02861 USA

+1 800-554-9885


3M Corporate Headquarters

3M Center

St. Paul, MN 55144 USA

+1 888-364-3577


Valspar USA

2001 Tracy St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233 USA

+1 412-766-9300


Viba Group SpA

Via dei Giovi, 6

20032 Cormano MI, Italy

+39 02 6150541


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