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Technical Expertise is a Big Differentiator

At Plastics Color, we use our decades of experience in color development to help customers create a unique brand identity. We work to find the perfect balance between what’s trending in today’s marketplace and the look that truly fits the brand. For unique product solutions, our technical expertise leads the way from the lab to the marketplace.From Concept to RealityPlastics Color leverages our technical expertise and 50 years of experience in virtually every market to bring the best possible solutions to your technical challenges. We work with you early in the design phase as your concept

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Flame Retardant Additives

Flame retardants have a long history of controversy. While everyone agrees that flame retardants in materials such as plastics and textiles are a good thing, there has been much testing and discussion over the toxicity of the chemicals that make these materials less flammable and thus safer in cases of fire. Let’s look at some of the facts.A recent report from BCC Research notes that the global consumption of flame retardant chemicals from 2012-2019 is expected to grow from 4 billion pounds in 2014 to nearly 6 billion pounds in 2019. Aluminum trihydrate (ATH) has the largest market share by

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Scent Additives Help your Products Stand Out!

When it comes to value-added products, scent additives deliver a unique advantage. They are used in a range of applications and are playing a growing role in consumer products for the home. They are used to reflect the fragrance or aroma of the product in plastic packaging and can even help mask an unpleasant odor of some plastics. To enhance their marketing efforts, manufacturers use scents in their plastic products, creating a mood and attracting consumer attention. Scents also help manufacturers mask unpleasant odors in applications such as dust bin bags or household chemical containers.Ins

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Enhance your Product’s Aesthetics with Optical Brighteners

Another useful tool for plastics manufacturers to enhance aesthetics in plastic products are optical brighteners. They are designed to brighten colors or mask yellowing in plastics. They work via a fluorescent mechanism, absorbing light in the UV spectrum and emitting it in the blue range of the visible spectrum, resulting in a brighter, fresher appearance.These products are particularly useful to mask the yellowness sometimes observed in plastics and fibers after high-temperature processing operations or incorporation of recycled materials. They are also used in formulations containing pigmen

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Foaming Agents

Foaming agents are another important weapon in the toolbox of plastics processors. When it comes to plastic additives, blowing or foaming agents are among the most versatile and functional in terms of performance. They can be used for weight reduction, resin usage reduction, improved thermal and acoustic insulation, increased structural strength, reduced warpage, increased production speed, and to minimize sink marks and surface flaws. Facilitate the process Chemical foaming agents can play a key role which enables both commodity and engineering polymers to process more easily and with improve

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Prevent Slipping With Functional Additives

As we continue to look at various functional additives, slip additives are important to consider. By definition, slip additives are added to plastic materials to reduce the surface of friction of polymers and are used to enhance either processing or end-use application. Plastics can be naturally sticky and have a high coefficient friction when coming in contact with other plastic parts or other surfaces. For certain applications, this can cause a range of processing or performance challenges such as parts sticking to the mold surface during ejection, minor differences in part dimensions which

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Why Anti-Blocks Matter In Your Products

Anti-block functional additives are another important tool in the material arsenal for plastics processors. This highly useful additive reduces the friction on the product surface and imparts lubricity for ease of use. In all types of plastic films for flexible packaging and other applications, anti-blocking performance it vital for further handling and converting of the material. Plastic layers tend to stick together and the addition of an anti-blocking agent creates space between two plastic layers (surface roughness) thus preventing a phenomenon called blocking. The challenges Anti-blockin

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What Is Mold Release Additive?

Q. What is mold release?A. Mold release is a functional additive that can be used in injection molding and even thermoforming molding. Mold release additives help keep parts from sticking or hanging on the part mold.Q. What problems are caused by sticking parts?A. Parts that stick to a mold can cause a lot of problems including slow and possibly interrupted cycle times. This can result in lost production and interrupted scheduling, lost product due to quality issues, and even damage to the mold such as broken core pins and other damage that requires the mold to be removed and repaired.Q. What

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Antistatic Additives

There are many properties of plastics that need modifying to suit specific applications. We call these “functional” additives because they are developed to function in a unique way when added to polymer materials. Here we’ll continue our Q&A discussion about functional additives Q: What is static electricity? A: Static electricity is electricity generated by an unbalance of the molecular construction of relatively non-conductive insulators such as plastics and other non-conductive materials. While static electricity as such is relatively harmless to humans, one report shows that static

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UV Stabilizer Additives

What are UV Stabilizers? UV stabilizers are additives for plastics that help mitigate deterioration or break-down of the plastics in products that are primarily used outdoors. These products might include but are not limited to lawn and garden equipment, pool equipment, pool and patio furniture, automotive application including both interior such as instrument and dash panels, and exterior parts. Sunlight, hot and cold temperatures and other weather situations can cause the properties that make plastic long lasting and beautiful to break down and cause color fading. How do the UV Stabilizers

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All About Toners

What are Toners? A toner is a color Masterbatch used to overcome the yellow index of a resin. What are Toners Used For? Toners are used to clarify and to bring the color back to neutral. Toners can help bottles achieve a clearer, crystal look and provide more shelf appeal for consumer products. What types of resins are toners used in? Some resins such as rPET tend to have a more yellow index, or resins in which a high regrind is being used, due to the fact that as resins are reground they tends to yellow. Reprocessors will buy a toner that’s on the ‘blue’ side to cover up the yellow of i

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Plastics Additive Market

The global plastics additive market is expected to see good growth over the next five years, according to two market research reports that have been released. Plastics additives are the substances that are added in various polymers during processing to help improve the properties and characteristics of the polymers such as strength, texture, durability, heat sensitivity, UV and chemical resistance.According to Allied Market Research, the global plastic additives market was valued at $41.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to generate revenue of $57.8 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 4.9% during 2013

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Plastics Additive Market

The global plastics additive market is expected to see good growth over the next five years, according to two market research reports that have been released. Plastics additives are the substances that are added in various polymers during processing to help improve the properties and characteristics of the polymers such as strength, texture, durability, heat sensitivity, UV and chemical resistance.According to Allied Market Research, the global plastic additives market was valued at $41.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to generate revenue of $57.8 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 4.9% during 2013

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Think About Pool and Spa Applications

Plastics used in pool and spa applications need to have a number of material attributes to withstand that environment, including good impact strength, chemical resistance to bromine and chlorine, and good UV performance. Pool and spa components are made almost entirely of plastics including the pump housings and interior gear parts; lighting housings, in-floor pool cleaning pop-ups, system filtration parts and the pipes from which the plumbing is constructed. Materials typically used are PVC and very high-strength poly-carbonate/polyester alloys to provide longevity for pool/spa systems tha

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Liquid Color Overview

Color is critical to brand owners, many whose products are identified with color. Think of Coke ‘red.’ Coca-Cola spends millions of dollars to ensure that their red is just that – theirs! It’s not just a color ‘red’ but is their brand identity. The same holds true for companies like Home Depot, Target, UPS and many more.  (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/28/colors-in-corporate-branding-and-design/) Processors know however, that colorants can be difficult to manage. Liquid colors have become the coloring system of choice in recent years for a number of reasons including

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Plastics Color Corporation Featuring Additives Line at Pack Expo 2014

PCC has long been known as one of the best in the polymer industry when it comes to colorants, but did you know they are also one of the top additive masterbatch producers? Whether you are looking for a flame retardant, a security taggant, an antimicrobial additive, a UV package, or other additive masterbatches, PCC is the company to talk to at Pack Expo. PCC will be featuring industry leading products such as FlamaSol®, our line of flame retardants. In the polymer industry, flame retardants are one of the most sought after additives. One-size-fits-all products may not work for your app

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Counterfeit Automotive Parts Bring Big Bucks to the Bad Guys!

Vehicle components, both the original and the after-market replacement parts, are expensive, which is the reason we want the real deal when it comes to our vehicles. In a recent study conducted by Brady Corp., an international manufacturer and marketer of solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people, 39% of firms encounter counterfeit components. Counterfeit component incidents have increased 241% over the past three years. Cost of recalls in the automotive industry alone average $9 billion annually, according to Brady Corp. So how do you know if the parts on your new car

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Life After Deca: Flame Retardants Becoming More Specialized, Masterbatches More Challenging

The plastics industry lost its most versatile and effective flame retardant (FR) when decaBDE was phased out over environmental and health concerns in 2012. Deca was a broad-spectrum FR that worked well with many resins. In January of this year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final report on alternatives for deca, identifying 29 potential candidates, both new and old, for use in select polyolefins, styrenics, engineering thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers or waterborne emulsions and coatings. In June the EPA provided a similar assessment for hexabromocyclodod

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Antimicrobial Additives in Plastics Stop Germs Before They Start

Some bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics are of great concern to hospitals and have migrated out into public places – manufacturers are looking for ways to put a stop to these microbes before they start.  Another source of great concern for microbial growth is the food processing industry. While the largest market share for antimicrobials is the food and beverage industry, the healthcare industry not far behind. Because plastics have become ubiquitous in both of those industries, the plastics industry has been extremely proactive in developing ways to incorporate micr

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Are Your Plastic Parts the Real Deal?

One of the biggest and costliest problems that many manufacturers have is ensuring that the plastic components they purchase from their various molded parts suppliers are the real deal. There is a huge need to ensure that molded parts are both safe and meet all OEM standards before they get into consumer hands. The material from which the parts are molded must actually be the polymer specified for the parts. In the recent case of luxury automaker Aston Martin, an accelerator-pedal arm wasn’t manufactured as specified. The material was “counterfeit” -- it wasn’t the material that Ast

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Protect your brands with anti-counterfeiting measures

Counterfeit plastic materials can be can be extremely costly, as Aston Martin recently found out when it discovered that the accelerator pedals on its cars, were being made from a fake DuPont material. That was just the latest story to come out about the increasing fraud in manufacturing, particularly from unscrupulous suppliers that use cheaper materials in the products they mold for OEMs. Efforts to stay a step ahead of these material counterfeiters have proven effective with new anti-counterfeiting technologies being developed. There are a number of technologies available including tagga

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Alternative flame retardants

Why is there a need for alternatives to Halogenated plastic materials? That was the next question answered in the Panduit White Paper, Five Things to Know When Specifying Halogen-Free Wiring Duct (see our previous post).  “In the longer term to meet more application requirements, the challenge to halogen-free product developers will be to provide comparable or superior material properties to halogenated products at a comparable cost,” noted Panduit. Some applications for these materials create a concern that plastics materials containing halogen can release corrosive and toxic gases if

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Silver v. Zinc Antimicrobials

Zinc antimicrobials are especially useful in areas subject to high humidity. When it comes to antimicrobial additives for plastics, there is more than one choice. While silver tends to be more versatile and efficacious than alternatives such as zinc, zinc oxide is making its mark in the antimicrobial arena. Both silver and zinc oxide (ZnO) are well known for their antimicrobial and healing properties, yet silver remains the most widely used additive for killing bacteria particularly on medical device surfaces. However, studies done in recent years have shown that ZnO nanoparticles added

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Stop counterfeiters in their tracks

Is it live or is it Memorex? So read the popular 1970s TV spot for audio recording tape. And ever since, bad guys have been trying to make better illegal copies of products in virtually every category.  With the global marketplace in full swing and products coming from nearly every country, counterfeiting has become a huge problem. Everything is susceptible to counterfeiting from watches, electrical products and automotive after-market parts, to medical devices and even safety labels such as UL certifications. More and more companies are taking innovative measures to ensure that their p

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Antimicrobials are big business in the USA

It seems that consumers are more concerned than ever about bacterial infections, particularly those that are antibiotic resistant. Antimicrobial products are big business in the USA. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately one billion dollars each year are spent on a variety of antimicrobial products. More than 5,000 antimicrobial products are currently registered with the EPA and sold in the marketplace, according to a recent report.Nearly 60 percent of antimicrobial products are registered to control infectious microorganisms in hospitals and other health c

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Composites are particularly susceptible to microbes

Did you ever wonder why some of your outdoor plastic furniture – especially white or the lighter colors – gets dark gray or greenish stains on it that won’t wipe off? Well, that’s because the stains are caused by plastics’ susceptibility to bacteria, fungi and algae. It is a problem that gets worse during the summer months when the humidity is high and temperatures are warm, something that these microbes love and that causes them to thrive.PVC – particularly flexible PVC – which many of your outdoor furniture products are made from, is especially susceptible to attack from these

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Fighting microbes is a full-time job

Finding and identifying microbes was just phase one. Once these microbes, which are responsible for many infectious diseases that continue to plague mankind, were discovered the next phase was to create methods of neutralizing these insidious ‘germs.’ Thus came the development of penicillin and other anti-bacterial agents (antibiotics) to help us win the fight against microbes and the diseases they caused.Over the 20th Century, it was also discovered that these microbes – which had survived for thousands of years – had the ability to shape-shift and become resistant to many of what wer

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Antimicrobial additives for resins make good sense

The development of antimicrobial additives for plastics resins is in response to innovative ways to proactively inhibit microbial growth on surfaces of many plastic products that consumers – both public and institutional – are demanding to prevent the spread of bacteria.  In particular, the antibiotic resistant “super bugs” that are not only in hospital settings but are now out in the general population, are of grave concern spurring advances in resin-compatible antimicrobial technology.In fact, according to a report from The Freedonia Group,* a Cleveland-based industry research firm,

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Safer flame retardants?

Flame retardants have a long and mixed history. While Deca Brominated flame retardants are the most widely used (about 80% of the Brominated flame retardants are the Deca type), there is some scientific evidence that the brominated flame retardants have negative health effects.Deca brominated flame retardants are used primarily in textiles and foams such as upholstery, mattresses, and electronics such as computer housings and TVs. However, many of these markets have started demanding Bromine-Free Retardants (BFRs), and there is some progress being in the non-halogenated flame retardants in ce

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