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Plastics Color Corporation Passes Accreditation Audit With Flying Colors

ASHEBORO, NC – Plastics Color Corporation (PCC) is proud to announce that its laboratories in Illinois and North Carolina successfully completed renewal of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), receiving high marks for technical competence and compliance throughout the company’s laboratory systems. PCC said both laboratories completed the audits with zero findings. The outcome indicates superior performance and unmatched attention to detail by the laboratory staff. The ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is the gold standard used worldwid

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Plastics Color Partners With Nonprofit, Trucking Company To Aid Victims Of Harvey And Irma

The storms may be over, the winds may have died down and even the floodwaters are receding. But for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and many other areas of the South and Southeast, life is still far from normal.In addition to safe places to stay, many people lack the small, crucial but frequently overlooked basics of life: toothpaste, toilet paper, eye drops or socks.“Houston, much of the gulf coast, Florida, and many other areas in the Southeast, will be dealing with the aftermath of Harvey and Irma for a long time,” Merdis Totten, plant manager at Plastics Color in Asheboro, NC, said

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Intended Use Vs. Actual Use

History is full of marvelous inventions that changed the landscape of humanity forever in ways that their inventors never imagined. Many inventors are so excited about the intended use of their new creation that they fail to envision all of the other things people could do with it.Scientists used polymers sparingly at first, especially during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many inventors who worked with early plastics had no idea just how popular and widespread polymers would become toward the latter half of the 1900s. Here are a few examples of plastics-based inventions that are used

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Clean and Sterilized: Sterilization Techniques for Plastics

The word “sterilization” brings to mind images of hospital operating rooms and intensive care units. Everything is sealed in an individual package, opened by a nurse or a doctor, used once and then thrown away. Quite a few tools and devices in hospitals, however, do not get thrown out and must be thoroughly sterilized after each use.First, sterilization refers to a specific process that differs slightly from disinfection. Pathogenic organisms, including bacterial and fungal spores, must be prevented from entering a sick or wounded patient’s body at all times. Failing to prevent bacterial

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Prosthetics And Plastics: Plastics Have A Leg To Stand On

MeiMei White glides gracefully through the water past her fellow competitive swimmers. Her speed and agility are evidence of years of training and discipline. While she’s exhibiting her skills in the water, bystanders see a hard-to-beat competitor with a future full of first-place awards. Until she steps out of the pool, most don’t even realize that MeiMei only has one leg.Kelley White of Orlando, FL adopted MeiMei from China when she was just 18 months old. MeiMei was born with a rare condition that resulted in the loss of her right leg. Despite her disability, she has not only become a c

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Manager Spotlight - Jennifer Presnell

When people hear Jennifer Presnell’s title – Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Plastics Color Corporation – they may not realize that the role was created specifically for her based on her unique qualifications. Presnell joined Plastics Color 19 years ago. At the time, she just needed a summer job to hold her over until she left for grad school but working at Plastics Color changed everything. "The great thing about Jennifer,” said Sarah Skidmore, Additives Product Line and Marketing Manager, “is that she has held many technical positio

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Colors Of The Future: Calm, Unifying And Back To Basics

Color has power – the power to change a person’s mind, influence mood or inspire someone to feel love or excitement or nostalgia.Maybe color even has the power to change the world.After a long period of global unrest, from political tensions in the United States to refugee issues in Europe, our psyches crave harmony. As an antidote to technology and being plugged-in 24/7, we seek the solace of nature.In a world of stress, we seek wellness. Divided, we yearn for unity and acceptance. We long to experience life, to bring the outdoors in, to reach across the barriers and celebrate a multicult

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Roots And A Crown: Building the National Museum of African American History And Culture

The city’s newest museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to African American life opened its doors on Sept. 24, 2016, and instantly became a hit. It’s the third most popular Smithsonian facility in Washington, D.C., after the National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of Natural History and is on track to host an estimated 3.8 million visitors in its first year.A stunning example of engineering and construction, the $540 million project is both the deepest museum and first green museum on the National Mall. The “how” and “why” of the building’s constructio

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Know Your Additives: Performance Additives vs. Manufacturing Additives

How do you give your product an edge? What separates your product from a sea of competitors? Your competitive advantage starts long before consumers ever rest their eyes on your product. Your edge is the plastic additives implemented during the production process. Functional additives allow you to modify your polymer’s properties for enhanced results and can be broken down into two distinct fields: performance and manufacturing.Exploring Performance AdditivesPerformance additives can enhance the end-of-use function of a polymer, adding value to the consumer. Performance additives can take ma

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Now You See It: Visible And Non-visible Plastic Additives And What They Bring To Your Product

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is an old saying that describes the pleasantly unexpected, and it applies so well to products designed with plastic. When you are looking at plastic, what you can see doesn't always tell the entire story, or the process, for the finished product. Many different additives can be used in a single product. Some additives are visible while others remain hidden to the naked eye. Both classifications of additives play important roles. Visual additives are used to quickly catch a consumer’s attention. To convince customers to buy your product, you have to m

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A History Of Strength And Reliability With Impact Modifiers

When consumers spend their hard-earned money, they want to make sure their purchase won’t crack upon impact or crumble under pressure. What assurance do they have that their product is built to last? The product’s material.With a history of being tough yet ductile, plastic is often the material of choice for brand owners looking for a long-lasting solution. John Wesley Hyatt created plastic because ivory in billiard balls would frequently explode on impact. From that moment forward, brand owners built tough products with plastic. And when a product needs an additional boost of strength and

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Heed Your Head: Uncovering The Hard Hat

An estimated 20 million Americans wear hard hats on the job. The industrial model common on construction sites consists of a hard shell, most often made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that resists penetration by sharp objects, aided by a suspension system that distributes the force of the blow over a broader area.But today’s high-tech brain bucket never would have been possible without the World War I doughboys.Over There, Over HereWhen E.W. Bullard, the son of the owner of a California mining equipment firm, came back from the trenches of Europe, he brought his steel soldier’s helmet

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Too Hot To Handle: FlamaSol® and Electronics

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was slated to be a smashing success with its Aug. 19, 2016, release. Some 200,000 phones were sold during the first two days of pre-orders, which doubled the record-setting Galaxy S7 that had been released five months prior. The record sales were a great sign for Samsung, which is in the middle of a battle for smartphone supremacy with Apple.The projections for the Galaxy were correct, and more than 2.5 million phones were sold. Apple immediately had a lot of catching up to do. But at a moment’s notice, everything changed. Reports surfaced that some of the new Galaxy ph

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UV Protection for Outdoor Recreation

Nearly 93 million miles away, the sun rests in the center of our solar system. While the distance seems great, the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UV) rays only need eight minutes to reach the Earth's surface. The eight-minute delay gives you just enough time to throw on your favorite pair of sunglasses, a hat and some sunblock before heading over to the family cookout. But what protects the outdoor furniture and accessories designed to help make your outdoor experience so memorable? Chemically Unstable Look around your deck or patio. Everything made of plastic is vulnerable to the sun's harmfu

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Color Spotlight: Mellow Yellow

Yellow is considered a happy, optimistic color. Those who choose it as their favorite tend to be sunny, upbeat people who are maybe just a bit unusual – but in a good way.Unfortunately, their numbers are few. Surveys indicate that only 6 percent of people in Europe and North America pick yellow as their favorite color. More people prefer blue (45 percent), green (15 percent) and even black (10 percent).No matter. Little can dampen yellow’s cheer. It alleviates depression, improves memory and stimulates the appetite. It’s associated with happy things, such as rubber duckies

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Power And Authority: The Great Influence Of Color

In the 1950s, Pepsi-Cola was looking to shake things up by changing its vending machines in South East Asia from royal blue to light blue. Unfortunately, light blue is associated with death and mourning in that part of the world. Pepsi quickly made the change back to its original color, but by the time it did, sales took a major hit. Pepsi’s blunder could happen to any company, but it’s one that can be easily avoided with a little research. Jennifer Kyrnin’s Visual Color Symbolism Chart is a great place to star

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Easy Being Green

Perhaps no color is more primal than green. From the grass under our feet to the leaves on the trees to the rainbow in the sky, green surrounds us.A symbol of growth and energy, green also is considered a balanced color. In the rainbow as well as the visible light spectrum, green is close to the middle – the G in Roy G. Biv.No color is closer to nature than green, yet it’s also the color of money and plastic toy dinosaurs, soda bottles and Starbucks logos. It’s the Green Monster at Fenway Park as well as The Hulk and Kermit the Frog. Green is associated with paradise – b

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Discover The Colors Now App – Your New Favorite Sales Tool

Traditionally, sales representatives would pitch their services by molding a plastic part with the desired color for a quick session of show-and-tell, or carrying a huge chip book filled with every imaginable color. While these methods are still used, technology makes sharing colors easier than ever.Plastics Color developed the Colors Now app, a revolutionary way for companies to access color. The Colors Now app frees sales representatives from the hassle of hauling suitcases filled with color samples from one office to another by placing thousands of colors at their fingertips.

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Employee Spotlight: Wanda Talent

For most of us, a trip to the store involves a shopping list, some coupons and maybe a few reusable bags to bring home our purchases.Not for Wanda Talent.“I find myself going into a store and looking at plastic products and mentally thinking, what pigments would make the color for the product,” she said. “Only a color matcher would understand this!”A color matcher’s job is to make the color a manufacturer wants – say, a green for a soda bottle or a bright purple for a pair of headphones – look like ... well, the color the manufacturer wants. The color may need to m

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Discovering ISO/IEC 17025: The Challenges And Benefits

Ten years ago, finding a manufacturer with an onsite, accredited lab was very rare. To receive certification, developers had to ship their product from the manufacturer to the closest ABC Research Laboratory. Sending products to an outside lab meant time wasted and money lost for the product developer – and an opportunity missed for the manufacturer. The extra step in the product cycle didn’t go unnoticed by manufacturers – most simply didn’t know how to capitalize on it. The 1999 release of ISO/IEC 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibratio

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Building A Brand With Functional Additives

How do you separate your brand from the competition? Do you have bright colors, a great logo or a cool product design? Sometimes the secret to success can be found by making one small change to your packaging or the manufacturing process. With the addition of functional additives, you can enhance your brand recognition by making an immediate impact with consumers. Additives provide the physical or production-enhancing characteristics needed to give your packaging an edge over the competition. While many different additives are available for consumer manufacturing, these three c

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The Colors Of Summer

Is any season as colorful as summer? From the yellow of the sun to the violet of a thunderstorm, the red of a flower to the shimmering blue of the sea, summer colors are brighter, more vibrant, more noticeable than anything other seasons can offer.This summer’s palette includes vivid, optimistic brights as well as softer shades that encourage a sense of calm and stability, according to the spring/summer forecast from Pantone, the leader in color forecasting for fashion and design. In an uncertain world, Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman noted in the seasonal colo

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A Quick Guide to Plastic Additives

Plastic additives are all around you. They can be found in your cell phone, the chair you sit in and even the headphones you use to drown out your noisy co-workers. Introduced during the manufacturing process, plastic additives enhance the features and expand the application options of a polymer. Getting to know the different additive options helps simplify many of the big decisions that have to be made during a product’s development.Many Types of Plastic AdditivesPlastic additives are an exceptional way to give your product a boost. Some additives are needed for the manufactu

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Color Spotlight: Why So Blue?

Blue is everywhere and universally loved. Ask people their favorite color and chances are they’ll pick blue (though men tend to prefer it more than women. No, it's not obvious – blue was considered softer and more suited to girls until around World War II and some parents were still dressing Junior in pink as late as the 1980s.) Experts who study color psychology tell us blue signifies openness and tranquility, stability and confidence, intelligence and faith. It’s part of our language, symbolically and emotionally. In the business world, blue says: Trust me. Respect m

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FDA Compliance For Food Contact: Is Your Company Ready?

Foodborne illnesses claim the lives of nearly 3,000 people each year. Another one in six, or 48 million people, get sick and 128,000 of them are hospitalized. The numbers are high and the dangers are real. This is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is empowered, by way of strict regulations and a watchful eye, to help protect consumer safety. Companies failing to adhere to the FDA’s rules and regulations are subject to serious penalties. Make sure your company is prepared and ready to comply, which all begins with understanding and following the proper submission proto

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Is Your Plastic Product NSF Certified?

Founded in 1944, NSF International sets global public health and certification standards for food, water, consumer products and the environment. As an independent, accredited organization, the NSF’s mission is to audit, educate and provide risk management for the protection of people and environment. With offices around the world, they truly are the global ambassadors for public health and safety. And over the span of 70 years, the NSF certification has become a must for any plastics product.Instant Credibility NSF certifications for plastics are not just handed out to everyone who applies

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A Journey Through Plastics: From Formulation To Production

What does it take to create a great product? Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, lived by the motto, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Putting their resources to work for you, Plastics Color proudly helps you at every step of your journey. From the inception of an idea, to product development, all the way through the first sale and beyond — Plastics Color Corporation will provide the support you need to succeed, starting with three key services: The Solutions Center, ISO 17025 Accredited Labs and Clean Compounding Cen

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Constructing A Safe Job Site with FlamaSol FR

In the construction industry, there are hazards that stand to threaten a job site every single day. “Each year, an estimated 4,800 construction site fires cause $35 million in property loss,” as, reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. It’s an expensive and, more importantly, potentially deadly problem to have. Safeguarding a construction site is imperative, and this is why it is important to protect your site, and your crew, with the help of Plastics Color Corporation’s FlamaSol FR™.The Evolution of Safety FlamaSol FR was first developed to help fill an industry void. The U.S. En

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FlamaSol™ Halogen Vs. Low Halogen Vs. Non-Halogen: What’s The Difference?

“Don’t play with matches.” “Stop, drop and roll.” “Don’t hide, go outside.” Growing up, we have all been taught more fire safety tips than we can even begin to remember. Yet, fire hazards remain a major issue that affects thousands of families each year. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, “In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage.” When put in black and white, the numbers are startling. This is why it is so important to take

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Special Effect Additives: A Decorative Application For Pools And Spas

The popularity of the pasty white (or marcite) finish for pools and spas has now been surpassed for a new generation of pool surfaces. Today, tile pool applications are the surface of choice for most new and renovated pools. These decorative granite, quartz and pearl finishes allow homeowners to create a custom centerpiece for their very own backyard oasis. Plastics Color Corporation takes pride in providing the special effect additives needed by brand owners and molders to help bring their customers’ dream pools to life.Special Effect Additives Made Especially For YouAccordin

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Antimicrobials Protect Plastic Containers For Biocides

Maintaining structural integrity is a major concern when developing plastic containers used to hold biocides. A biocide is a chemical or biological substance or a microorganism that can destroy, render harmless or wield a controlling effect on harmful organisms; examples include herbicides, insecticides, antibiotics and antibacterials. Microbial growth, such as mold, mildew, algae and even yeast, can impair untreated plastic containers. Damage can be minimized by mixing antimicrobial additives into the plastic resins during compounding or in a masterbatch during the molding

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From Resin to Product: Plastics Production, Uses And Properties

Plastic is everywhere in our lives, from soft-drink bottles to water pipes, carryout cartons to clothing, vitamin bottles to pool toys. Yet few of us understand what plastics are or the processes required to transform raw materials into products we can use.The production of the plastics we use in electronics, manufacturing, construction, textiles, food packaging and other industries begins with resins. Resins are derived from organic materials, most often crude oil and natural gas. The process is complex and begins at the refinery, where the oil and gas are “cracked” and converted into h

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Hospital Hygiene: Patients Must Protect Themselves

Hospitals are supposed to be a safe haven for patients. There are even specific guidelines for nurses and doctors to ensure patients receive adequate care and protection. However, there are no laws regulating patient hygiene. There are, “1.7 million healthcare-associated infection (HAIs) in U.S. hospitals each year, resulting in 99,000 deaths and an estimated $20 billion in healthcare costs,” according to Public Health Reports. These alarming numbers, in part, led to a revolutionary development in patient healthcare —Fitsi Health, the patient hand hygiene solution. Patient Safety Starts

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Pharmaceutical Packaging Service Trends

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most challenging and competitive markets to enter. The stakes are high and the same can be said about the risks companies are willing to take. With global pharmaceutical sales crossing the $1 trillion mark for the first time, according to the 2015 CMR International Pharmaceutical R&D Executive Summary, the pharmaceutical industry has become more competitive than ever. And since every advantage in the pharmaceutical market is important, a great way to get a leg up on the competition is to be aware of pharmaceutical packaging service trends at all ti

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Plastic Prospects For Food And Beverage Containers

Plastic food and beverage containers can be shaped in literally hundreds of ways, allowing packaging producers to protect their products while presenting them to consumers in a creative style. Plastic has become the preferred packaging material for the food and beverage industry, far overtaking glass, metal and paper. Demand for rigid and flexible plastic packaging continues to increase each year, with much of the rise attributed to inventive container forms made possible by new developments in plastic concentrates and liquid carriers. Among the benefits of plastic containers is the lighter

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New Plastics Create An Improved Job Site

The choice of products used in construction can make the difference of putting a job site in a hazardous condition or enhancing that site’s safety. That is important because safeguarding a construction site should be a top priority. By specifying that plastic products used in the construction process have been enhanced to reduce hazards could also prevent other expensive, and potentially deadly problems. Mandates For Change According to the U.S Fire Administration, an estimated 4,800 construction site fires cause $35 million in property losses each year. That’s just for job site incident

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The Premier Anti-Counterfeiting Tool for Luxury Goods

Consumers purchase luxury goods for a multitude of reasons. Whether for social status, investment or self-fulfillment, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to comfortably afford most luxury items. But despite the reasons given, and all of the time spent saving, everything will be for nothing if the products purchased are actually counterfeits. Counterfeit luxury goods leave customers feeling cheated and they tarnish the image of the brand. This is the reason brand owners must protect their customers — and their brand. With this in mind, Plastics Color Corporation develope

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Plastics Color Renews Coveted ISO 17025 Accreditation

Chicago, IL — Plastics Color Corporation, a global leader in color concentrates, functional additives, and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, announced they have renewed their ISO 17025 accreditation — the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, in both their organization and their management of quality.Issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the ISO 17025 accreditation validates a lab’s methods, technicians and equipment. The accreditation assures the lab is compliant to ASTM methods and provides continued technical competence

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Choose the Perfect Color for the Season

Color is one of the most influential factors impacting product design and consumer buying trends. It's one of the main subliminal factors consumers consider at point of purchase, and can make the difference in what they select and ultimately buy. Studies have shown that when consumers shop, they make their selections in mere seconds. This is why selecting the perfect seasonal colors for your products and packaging is essential, and why we've collected some industry advice and information to help guide your packaging color decision-making process. Start Basic, Then Branch Out It's no secret t

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Plastics Color Announces 2016 Color of the Year

Chicago — Plastics Color Corporation, an industry leader in colorants, compounds, additive masterbatches and custom polymer technologies, has revealed their 2016 Color of the Year. The top spot goes to a bright, reddish hue appropriately named Giggles. This lively shade tops Plastic Color's list of hottest colors for the coming year, a collection that includes other provocative hues such as Deep Sea, Tomorrow Blue, Momentum and Exhilaration. These colors are all part of the 2016 Color Trends palette developed by Plastics Color. All of the colors fit the overarching theme of "TechYes," a co

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MicroBlok: The Ultimate Protection For The Electronics You Love

The threat of bacteria is everywhere. While the first thoughts of bacteria often lead you to visions of illness, it may take you by surprise to learn that your favorite electronics are often more susceptible to being attacked by these unwanted microorganisms. In a study by Which?, an independent group known for testing household products, phones were found to have seven times more "hazardous" levels of bacteria than office toilets. Results for tablets were an alarming 30 times higher, and it goes to show that no electronic device is safe. Bacteria on electronics causes unwanted stains, odors

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Fitsi Health Wins 2015 Patient Safety Movement Innovation Award

Chicago, IL — Fitsi Health, a healthcare innovation firm, announced today the Fitsi bedside caddy received second place, and a $25,000 prize, from the 2015 Patient Safety Movement Innovation Awards. The award was presented at the 4th annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, which featured keynote speaker President Clinton. Over 60 international applications were submitted for the awards, and each entrant was required to show how their design would aid in the Patient Safety Movement goal of ZERO preventable patient deaths by the year 2020. Fitsi is the first hand hygiene s

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TechYes: The 2016 Color of The Year is Here

Isolated. Lonely. Detached. As technology increases, so does the fear that people are becoming more and more removed from one another. People fear that gains in technology are losses for human interaction. But this train of thought could not be further from the truth. This is the Information Age — where technology spawns the spread of great ideas. Notably, because of technology, we have never been more connected to one another than we are right now. Think of all the progress we’ve made with the help of technology. The westward expansion saw 500,000 people risk sickness and death as the

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The Importance of Color in the Consumer Buying Decision

Making the cash register ring is the end goal for every entrepreneur. It doesn’t matter if you are in electronics, beauty, food and beverage, or any market in between, being able to persuade consumers to make a purchase at a glance is the key to creating sales. But to do this, you must have a deep understanding of your product’s package, more specifically the colors that you select and their power to influence the consumer buying decision. Colors and Their Meanings The colors on your product’s packaging should not be an afterthought or chosen on whim. According to Kissmetrics,“85% of

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Plastics Color And Fitsi Collaborate To Produce Antimicrobial Bedside Caddy Designed To Improve Patient Hygiene

CHICAGO, IL — In hospital environments, proper hand hygiene is crucial to prevent the transfer of dangerous bacteria. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 275 patients die daily from hospital-acquired infections, in part due to the transfer of bacteria via unclean hands. Annually, two million patients are diagnosed with hospital-acquired infections, making hand hygiene a major concern. To create a viable hand hygiene solution for hospitals and patients, Nurse Kathleen Puri, and former healthcare consultant Caroline Mitchell teamed with Plastics Color Corporation.

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Colors Now App – Helping You Find the Perfect Color to Perfect Your Brand

Everything in this day and age revolves around technology. It is how people get their news, navigate from location to location, shop and check off even the most basic tasks from their to-do lists. The same can be said in the world of business, which is why Plastics Color Corporation is proud to announce the Colors Now app has been loaded with a brand new feature for both manufacturers and brand owners to enjoy — the Mood Board. Introducing The Mood Board The Mood Board will give manufacturers and brand owners a new way to arrange concepts, colors and photos on the Colors Now app. Featuring a

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MicroBlok® and Fitsi Health Team Up To Increase Patient Comfort

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 2 million patients are diagnosed with hospital-acquired infections annually. Due to hard to clean equipment and the transfer of bacteria, approximately 98,987 of those 2 million patients died. This equals over 275 deaths a day, which is more than the number of breast and prostate cancer deaths combined. And the human consequences aren’t the only concern. Patients with hospital-acquired infections, on average, stay 19 days longer than other patients. This costs the healthcare system $30 billion annually in the U.S. alone. The numbe

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2017 Color Trends Added as a Library in Plastics Color’s Mobile App

CHICAGO, IL — Plastics Color Corporation is proud to announce its library, inspired by the 2017 Color Trends, has been added to the Colors Now app. The color trends are forecasted two years in advance by the Color Marketing Group (CMG), and are highly sought-after as color is one of the most influential factors impacting product design and consumer buying trends. As a member of the CMG, the premier international association for color design professionals, Plastics Color meets with other color professionals, marketers and consultants to discuss emerging trends and innovations throughout the

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Plastics Color Invests In Staff, Machinery and Infrastructure

Chicago, IL — Plastics Color Corporation, a global producer of colorants, compounds, additive masterbatches and custom polymers solutions, has made significant capital investments in line with a new strategic vision to guide the company into the next decade. “Plastics Color has committed its resources to making forward planning investments in several facilities to increase production capabilities,” announced Joe Byrne, president of Plastics Color. The investment program was implemented at the beginning of 2015 with a five-year plan for completion. The initial phase called

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Plastics Color Corporation White Paper: Liquid Colorant Systems

Color Critical Branding What color is your plastic? Color is critical. Brand owners across nearly all markets know that color is an identifying factor for their brand and the specific products across their brand categories. Consumers are very attuned to looking at the colors of products on the crowded shelves of retail stores to help them find their favorite products. Think of Coke's iconic red. Coca-Cola spends millions of dollars to ensure that their red is just that — theirs. It’s not just a color "red" — it is their brand identity. Therefore it’s extremely important that the col

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Chicago Facility Expands Color Capacity in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL — Plastics Color Corporation is proud to announce their Chicago manufacturing facility is expanding color capacity. Historically the facility has manufactured color, but now more than ever before there is expanded focus. Plastics Color decided to amplify the color business at the facility to better accommodate their consumer packaging customer base in surrounding markets. With the expansion of color production, the Chicago facility will now also act as the Midwestern color production hub for added ease and convenience. The shift allows for faster speed to market for many custom

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Beautiful Color Meets Antimicrobial Protection with MicroBlok®

In an unclean world, plastics play a crucial role in the ongoing war against dirt, bacteria, and other harmful pathogens and unclean substances that can cause serious harm — and even death. Plastic polymers infused with protective elements are frequently utilized in the composition of products designed to protect against potentially dangerous contamination. Plastics Color Corporation has developed a powerful antimicrobial technology called MicroBlok® to help protect consumers against the harmful germs and microorganisms that lurk everywhere. Suitable for various applications in a host of i

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Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging Benefits With Drug Master Files

Manufacturers that use custom polymer solutions, compounds, colorants, and plastic additive masterbatches in the medical or pharmaceutical markets may benefit greatly by using a Drug Master File (DMF). DMFs are important because they contain information on the chemistry, manufacturing, and specifications of several packaging components used for certain medical products. Maintaining a DMF is critically imperative in both medical and pharmaceutical markets. Some drugs can react with certain polymers within plastic packaging or plastics applications in a way that produces a negative effect on

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Understanding The Power of Color: What Is Your Brand Identity?

What does your branding say about your product? For so many products, the colors that carefully wrap around the merchandise define everything about them. The red packaging on Coca-Cola’s plastic bottles shouts happiness (so much so that an entire campaign was run based on this theme). Peaceful is how Starbucks is described, as every iced coffee is served in a plastic cup branded with a soothing green logo. And it is not at all an accident that examples like these can be found again and again. Keep in mind, the importance of color extends far beyond the borders of a logo alone. The packaging

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Making the Most of Liquid Color — Best Practices for Implementation

The advantages to using liquid color make it a versatile and viable choice in many applications, including extrusion, blow molding, and injection molding. Plastics Color's LiquiSolTM delivers vibrant and precise hues, with or without additives, that enhance the aesthetics, sustainability, performance, and processing of products in a host of market sectors. As a liquid colorant comprised of a dispersal of pigments and dyes in specially selected liquid vehicles, LiquiSol can be customized to your polymer and your process. The specialized liquid vehicles ensure the colorant is completely compati

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Plastics Color Corporation’s Colors Now App Launches in App Store

CHICAGO, IL — Plastics Color Corporation, an industry leader in plastic and color innovation, is proud to announce the arrival of their brand new app for the App Store, Colors Now. Available for FREE on your iPad or iPhone, the Colors Now app is the easiest way to go from color discovery to production. The brand new Colors Now app allows users to take all the guesswork out of the color development process. The app features easy ways to expedite exact color matches for delivery to the Plastics Color Lab. By downloading the app users gain exclusive access to Plastics Colo

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Plastics Color Corporation Launches Brand New Website Design

CHICAGO, IL — Plastics Color Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website, www.PlasticsColor.com. The redesign provides an easy navigation layout and features a systematic breakdown of all the products and services offered in their lineup.“The new website really highlights all of the many products and solutions that we can provide for our customers,” said Sarah Skidmore, Marketing Manger for Plastics Color Corporation. “The redesign also allows us to simplify a complex industry. Customers can now take advanta

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Plastics Color Corporation Celebrates 50 Years in the Plastics Industry

Chicago, Ill., February 5, 2015 –Plastics Color Corporation, the global leader in color concentrates, functionaladditives, and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the plastics industry. As Plastics Color marks this important milestone, it is important to look back and reflecton the company’s growth. As a privately-held company, Plastics Color has benefitted from a supportive parent company, PMC Global, Inc. The backing from PMC over the past 50 years has allowed Plastics Color to respond to both market changes and economic downtur

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Plastics Color Fills New Position of Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Chicago, IL, January 13, 2015 – Plastics Color Corp., a global leader in color concentrates, functional additives, and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced the appointment of Jennifer Presnell as Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager. This new position allows Plastics Color the opportunity to have dedicated corporate oversight on quality systems. Presnell started with Plastics Color in 1997 as a Quality Control Technician and advanced within the organization to managerial roles including Quality Control Supervisor and Corporate Lab Manager.

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ASHEBORO, N.C., October 20, 2014 – Plastics Color Corporation, the global leader in color concentrates, functional additives and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, once again is joining the Color Marketing Group (CMG) at its 2014 International Summit, November 14-16 in Orlando, Fla. As a leading total solutions provider, Plastics Color understands the value of color trends and partnerships among design professionals. “One of the key value-added services we provide to our customers is our knowledge of color trends and palettes,” said Timothy Workman, Vice President of

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ASHEBORO, N.C., September 11, 2014 – Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), the global leader in color concentrates, functional additives and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, will exhibit at PACK EXPO International November 2-5 in Chicago, Ill. At its Booth (N-5183) in the North Upper Hall at McCormick Place, PCC will showcase several innovative and market-leading products for the plastics packaging industry.   As a leading total solutions provider, PCC custom formulates a variety of additives that provide direct solutions for end-use applications in the packaging industry

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Asheboro, N.C., August 28, 2014 – Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), the global leader in color concentrates, functional additives, and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced its participation in the Global Secure Summit (GSS) to be held September 24-26 in Amsterdam. As a leading total solutions provider for polymer manufacturers, PCC will participate in sessions at GSS to communicate the value of anti-counterfeiting measures within the plastics industry. GSS offers a valuable setting for businesses to discuss technologies, strategies, and solutions to safegua

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Plastics Color Corporation Announces Key Appointment in Liquid Color Business

Asheboro N.C., August 8, 2014 – Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, custom-functional masterbatches and other polymer technologies for the plastics industry, today announced continued investment in its liquid color business with the appointment of a LiquiSol© Product Manager. PCC President Joe Bryne is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hass as the new LiquiSol product manager. “PCC is dedicated to offering solutions and innovative business approaches for our customers, “ said Bryne “This new role will provide additional supp

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Calumet City, Ill., May 28, 2014 – PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, custom-functional masterbatches and other polymer technologies for the plastics industry, today announced the addition of several key employees to its growing team of professionals.   PCC President Joe Byrne is pleased to announce the appointment of Chan Howell as corporate customer service manager, Ryan McCracken as operations manager, Camille Dozier as an inside sales representative, Brandon Brown as color formulations specialist and Tracie Luck as human resources man

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Color me… a winner PCC unveils top color picks for 2014

"The chief function of color should be to serve expression," explained master impressionist painter Henri Matisse. It's a short sentiment that speaks volumes to the importance of color not simply in two dimensional art but in the natural scenery and man-made products of everyday life. Color influences, evokes, informs, persuades, soothes, motivates. Color can be linked to every emotion.

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"Plastics Color Corporation expands production and enhances R&D to give customers more color options. PCC continues to expand production and enhance our customer service capabilities with demand for liquid color on the rise. A new liquid color line is set to debut at our Asheboro, N.C. plant this summer, bringing full-scale liquid production to the east coast along with our expanded R&D capabilities. Read full story

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Interactive Design Application Shortens Time to Market

Calumet City, Ill., February 12, 2014 – PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, custom-functional masterbatches and other polymer technologies, will demonstrate its unique product design application during a live webinar March 19, 2014. The design app, named isaac®, allows a user to drastically reduce time to market by streamlining the color design and development process. Key objectives of the webinar include: To discuss a new color introduction process that can improve your speed to market. Learn to develop a commercialization strategy for yo

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New Plastics Color Corp. (PCC) Report Showcases Latest Color Trends for Plastic Products

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Doing the numbers for 2013 Total output of plastics products is forecast to rise at least five percent in 2013, continuing a steady climb since production flattened out in the first half of 2009. But at the current pace, "we are still two years away from getting back to pre-recession levels of production," according to this report from SPI's Benchmarking and Statistics Committee. The Year Ahead: A Little Bit of Everything. It happens every December. Analysts put their best guess forward for the coming year; market forecasts for products and raw materials are unveiled, conventions are p

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Calumet City, Ill., December 26, 2013 – – PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, custom-functional masterbatches and other polymer technologies, has announced plans to significantly expand production capacity at its Calumet City, Illinois manufacturing facility. The expansion will add 40,000 square feet to the building and a minimum of one multi-function production line. According to PCC’s Corporate Operations Manager Wes Woldt, the new line will give PCC 40 percent more capacity in Illinois and employ se

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Calumet City, Ill., October 15, 2013 – Plastics Color Corporation, a leader in thermoplastic compounds and solutions, is now offering thermoset plastic molding compounds through its new venture with German manufacturer Raschig GmbH, headquartered in Ludwigshafen. Plastics Color and Raschig are both subsidiaries of Sun Valley, California-based PMC Global Inc. Raschig will be distributing PCC’s complete line of additives, masterbatches and other polymer technologies throughout Europe. “The expanded relationship between PCC and Raschig will help both our companies better serve our cust

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Plastics Color Corp. Expands Antimicrobial Line

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Plastics Color Corp. Announces Mi Batch™ Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies for Plastics

Calumet City, Ill., October 4, 2013 - With the recent introduction of its Mi Batch™ line of particle taggants, Plastics Color Corporation (PCC) brings over 40 years of polymer expertise to the fight against counterfeit materials and products. The unique taggants in Mi Batch are compatible with a wide variety of resins to impart an extremely high level of security and verification to virtually any consumer product as well as items used in high-risk markets such as electronics, medical products, aviation and automotive. “Counterfeiting is a multi-billion dollar threat to consumers and bu

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Winds of Change Fan Flame Retardant Alternatives Development

In April, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was putting 20 flame retardant chemicals, including five used heavily in plastics, under their regulatory microscope for a closer look at possible environmental impacts. TBB,TBPH, TCEP, TDCPP and HBCD are the common abbreviations for these chemicals used in polyurethane foam products including furniture and carpet padding, and building insulation comprised of expanded and extruded polystyrene. Recognizing that change was inevitable, some chemical compan

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Fake Products, Real Dangers

Plastics manufacturers, processors and compounders such as Plastics Color Corporation are partnering with chemical security specialists to develop leading edge technologies that impart security and anti-counterfeiting properties to a wide variety of plastic products, parts and packaging. Taggants prevent counterfeiting Plastics manufacturers, processors and compounders such as Plastics Color Corporation are partnering with chemical security specialists to develop leading edge technologies that impart security and anti-count

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Plastics Color Corp Continues Growth in West

Calumet City, Ill., May 7, 2013 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, custom-functional masterbatches and other polymer technologies, continues to gain market share in California and throughout the West. The company recently announced the hiring of a second account representative to cover the region. Louise Riley joins Diana Drouillard, who started with PCC last year. Riley, who has nearly 20 years in the color business, is based in Whittier, California, and can be reached at (562) 332-3370, while Drouillard, based in Long Beach, can be reac

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3D Printing Brings Manufacturing Home

So you need a new evening gown, a part for the dishwasher, a missing chess piece. And your son would really like a really cool remote-controlled airplane. Sure, you could spend hours searching the Internet for the right items. Or you could just print them.Yes, you really can “print” your own clothing and appliance parts Product Samples Coming Soon Plastics Color Corporation plans to introduce 3D printing technologies to its Asheboro, N.C. Solutions Center. Instead of just producing color chips during customer design and deve

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Plastics Color Corp. publishes paper on antimicrobials in plastics

Calumet City, Ill., April 26, 2013 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, additive masterbatches and other polymer technologies, has released a new research paper on antimicrobials in polymers. The paper provides a brief history of antimicrobial agents in general and explains the development and usage of antimicrobials in medical, consumer and other applications. The paper examines the application of antimicrobial plastic resins as a response to public, private and institutional demands for plastic products and product components that inhibit

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Plastics Color Corp. Announces Custom-Blended Antimicrobials for Polymers

ANAHEIM, Calif., February 12, 2013 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced the release ofits MicroBlok® antimicrobial formulations for polymers,engineered to impede the growth of a wide spectrum of microorganisms on various plastic surfaces. MicroBlok® was unveiled today at the PLASTEC West tradeshow in Anaheim, Calif. According to PCC’s Global Technical Manager Fred Jhaveri, the MicroBlok® line is targeted at the medical device, medical packaging, appliance and other con

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Plastics Color Corp. Announces   Phase II of its isaac® Web Portal

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Plastics Color Corporation Expands With Caribbean and Latin America Distribution Agreement

Calumet City, Ill., October 29, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced an agreement with Nieves Industrial Sales, Inc. (NIS) of San Juan, Puerto Rico to market and distribute PCC’s portfolio of colors, additives, technology and other polymer solutions in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Venezuela. In announcing the agreement, PCC’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Byrne stated, “This partnership with Nieves represents a por

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Calumet City, Ill., September 18, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced that they will begin marketing PCC’s SoluPLAs™ TN 920259 Blue Tint masterbatch. PCC originally developed the product for Ingeo producer NatureWorks, and will now market the product directly as a new grade within its SoluPLAs portfolio. SoluPLAs TN 920259 is just one product in PCC’s line of PLA enhancements. SoluPLAs solutions extend PLA applications breadth in the market, with options for co

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By the time the modern environmental movement took hold in the early 1970s, plastics had become a staple of American consumerism. And why not? Plastic goods were versatile, durable, inexpensive to produce and had a seemingly endless lifespan. A Defining Moment   In 1999, ASTM Subcommittee D20.96 provided these criteria to help consumers distinguish degradable plastics terminology. degradable plastic a plastic designed to undergo a significant change in its

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Plastics Color Corporation Adds Western Sales Executive

Calumet City, Ill., July 31, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the appointment of Diana Drouillard of Long Beach, California to the position of account manager for the company’s western region. Drouillard’s territory includes the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, Montana, Texas, Washington, Wyoming and Arizona. She joins PCC with over 20 years in the plastics industry in both sales and purchasing positions. Most re

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Plastics Color Corporation Offers Market Dynamics Report

Calumet City, Ill., June 5, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has published its first Market Dynamics report, which highlights general economic trends and pressures affecting manufacturers, with particular emphasis on those impacting the polymer industry. “We have invested substantial time and effort into creating this report in order to communicate vital information to our customers, keeping them informed of issues that have both current and future significance to their busines

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Calumet City, Ill., May 25, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the appointment of Nick Hennessey of Cincinnati, Ohio to the position of sales representative for the states of Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Michigan. In making the announcement, PCC’s National Sales Manager Dave Minor noted Hennessy’s 30 years of sales experience, 18 of which are in the plastics industry. Minor stated, “We are confident that Nick will be a top sales producer for Plastics Color

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With a recent spate of merger and acquisition activity focused on liquid color specialists, it is obvious that the value of liquid colorants and additives are an important product form in the processing of molded or extruded polymers. Advantages of liquid color over concentrates can include:   >> Higher letdown ratios >> Better thermal stability >> Reduced storage space >> Precise metering capabilities yielding better color consistency >> Comparative versatility in formulations

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Psychology of Color Red or light violet >> passion Deep red>> security Blue>> communication Blue-green>> wholeness Indigo>> understanding Yellow-green>> empowered/>> assertive Orange>> self-esteem/>> confidence    Color Selection to Enhance Sales & MarketingLong ago marketing folks recognized the value of color in print advertising. It's a big attention-getter, and often is the first thing a reader will notice in a print ad or on a web page. Early in the 20th century manufacturers recognized that the benefits of color in a display ad extended to products themselves. On toys,

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Why Color Matters   >> Color presents an image of impressive quality. >> Color can assist in attracting new customers. >> Color makes a company appear more successful. >> Color makes a business appear larger to clients. Source: Xerox Corporation and International Communications Research study   Color M

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Plastics Color Corp. and Bio-Tec Environmental Announce Joint Agreement Establishes PCC as Primary Manufacturer and Marketer of EcoPure® Bio Additive in North America

ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of concentrates, compounds, and color masterbatches for the plastics industry, has signed a joint agreement with Bio-Tec Environmental LLC, Albuquerque, N.M., developer of EcoPure® bio additive, which establishes PCC as the primary manufacturer and seller of Bio-Tec’s patent pending additive technology for the plastics market in North America. EcoPure promotes biodegradation of traditional polymer systems in biologically active landfills. The company made the announcement at NPE 2012: The International Pla

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Plastics Color Corp. Launches isaac® Web Portal Customizable Online Service to Streamline Information Flow and Boost Productivity for Customers

ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds, and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced the launch of isaac®, a unique customizable web portal that connects customers to a broad range of useful business information and resources. The online information service will be demonstrated for the first time at NPE 2012: The International Plastics Showcase, April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando (South Hall, Booth #43035). “isaac is a dynamic new system that allows PCC to en

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Plastics Color Corp. (PCC) Expands FlamaSol FR™ Technology to Polyethylene

ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2012 - PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has expanded the use of its FlamaSol FR™ proprietary flame retardant technology to polyethylene (PE) formulations. PCC originally launched FlamaSol FR for polypropylene and has additional plans to develop flame retardant systems for acrylic, polystyrene, PVC, and a range of other thermoplastics. FlamaSol FR contains no decabrome - a harmful chemical found in previous FRs in the marketplace - yet demonstrates better exting

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PCC Launches Liquid Color & Additive System

PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) Launches Liquid Color  and Additive System Calumet City, Ill., February 29, 2012-PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates , specialty compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the launch of its new LiquiSol™ color and additive system for polymers. Vice President of Business Development Tim Workman made the announcement stating that, "LiquiSol is not a product. It's a full system designed to integrate liquid into our customers' operation, not as a replacement to color resin concentrates

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PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) Enhances Technical Staff

Calumet City, Ill., February 24, 2012—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, specialty compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced an important addition to its technical staff. Frank Muñoz has assumed the position of quality control and liquid color technician at the company’s Sun Valley, California facility. Prior to joining PCC, he held production and quality control positions for several Southern California polymer companies. In announcing Munoz's hiring, Global Technology Manager Fred Jhaveri noted his 20 yea

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Calumet City, Ill., February 10, 2012—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced significant staffing additions to its facilities in North Carolina and Illinois as the company continues to grow sales and operations. Robert Wagner has joined PCC as the plant manager for PCC’s Asheboro, North Carolina plant. He comes to PCC with over 20 years experience in plant and quality management including continuous improvement management. Wagner will oversee all facets of the plant operat

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Safer Flame Retardant Announced

Calumet City, Ill., December 30, 2011—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the availability of a decabrome-free flame retardant system for polypropylene. The product line, FlamaSol FR™, was developed at PCC’s Solutions Center in Asheboro, N.C. According to PCC Development Engineer David Witt, “FlamaSol FR contains no decabrome, a harmful chemical, yet demonstrates better extinguishing results than our previous flame retardant.” According to Witt, "decabrome is be

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PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) Announces Staff Changes

Calumet City, Ill., August 26, 2011—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced two major staffing changes that have significant business implications.  Timothy Workman has been promoted to vice president of business development from his previous position of business development manager. Workman joined Plastics Color last July. His role has been the strategic integration of sales and marketing, along with the development of PCC’s North Carolina Solutions Center. In his new pos

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PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) Acquires Liquid Color Manufacturer

Calumet City, Ill., August 2, 2011—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the acquisition of Polysource LLC and its Pinnacle Color subsidiary, a color and additives manufacturer and distributor located in Tempe, Arizona. The newly named Plastics Distribution Corporation, PDC, will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastics Color Corporation. According to Plastics Color’s President Doug Borgsdorf, “the purchase of Polysource gives PCC an established position in the North Am

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PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) Materials Certified by NSF International

Calumet City, Ill., August 2, 2011—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the certification of several color concentrates in its polypropylene product line by NSF International, a public health and safety organization. NSF International certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods.  The PCC materials listed below are certified by NSF International as meeting all requirements of 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) for additives that hold or co

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PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) North Carolina Lab Awarded Accreditation

Calumet City, Ill., March 25, 2011—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the accreditation of its Asheboro, North Carolina product development lab by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Its Calumet City, Illinois lab achieved accreditation by A2LA in July 2010. “This achievement is the culmination of many months worth of work,” says Asheboro Lab Manager Jennifer Presnell. “This recognition by A2LA only reinforces the quality control we build into every

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New Solutions for PolyActic Acid Processing

Calumet City, Ill., January 6, 2011— PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading polymer solutions provider and supplier of color concentrates, pre-colored resins and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced it new line of additive and toner packages for polyactic acid (PLA) polymers. The line, named SoluPLAs™ enhances the physical and aesthetic properties of PLA allowing it to be used in a wider range of processes. Many manufacturers are turning to PLA to help them meet their own and their customers' sustainability goals. It's a natural replacement for many pro

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PCC-Plastics Color Corporation Grows Staff to Meet Demands

Calumet City, Ill., November 1, 2010—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, pre-colored resins and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced the addition of two new sales people to its national staff. "We continue to grow our business and these two additions will help us reach our goals for 2011 and beyond," said vice president of sales Joe Byrne." Chuck Walker, a seasoned sales professional, will be responsible for PCC sales in the Southeast from his office in North Carolina. Noah Bronson will concentrate on expanding PCC’s pre

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Standard and Custom Colors for PET Manufacturers

Calumet City, Ill., August 6, 2010—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the availability of new color and additive concentrates specifically formulated for manufacturers of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) products including pharmaceutical, OTC, nutriceutical and food contact applications. All new products conform to 21CFR. "We've produced colors and additives for this market for some time, but now we are able to offer colors that we have matched to existing uses," says PCC Director

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PCC Opens New Research Facility in North Carolina

Calumet City, Ill., July 19, 2010-- PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today opened a new research and development facility at their campus in Asheboro, North Carolina. The lab is equipped with state-of-the art analysis and testing equipment and is staffed by scientists and technicians with a combined 53 years in the plastics industry. “Our new facility allows us to better serve existing and future customers by providing new product development and testing services, that we could not offer before,

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PCC-Plastics Color Corporation Hires Business Development Director

Calumet City, Ill., July 12, 2010—PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced the appointment of Timothy Workman to the position of Director of Business Development. Workman will be focusing mostly on growing sales in those areas of business identified in PCC’s strategic marketing plan. "Tim was brought aboard to help us build new relationships where we think we have the highest market potential," said PCC Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Joe Byrne. Workman comes to PCC with over 20

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Plastics Color Corporation Expands Into California

Calumet City, Ill., May 7, 2010-- Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced plans to open a fourth plant. The new plant, to be located in the Southern California community of Sun Valley, will be modeled after Plastics Colors’ successful “Plant Within a Plant” concept of segregated clean compounding, currently operating at Plastics Color’s Asheboro, North Carolina campus. Plastics Color also operates plants in Calumet City, Ill. and Nanjing, China. “The Plant Within a Plant concep

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Plastics Color Corporation Announces Safest Plant Award

Calumet City, Ill., April 9, 2010--Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the winner of its annual Safest Plant Award. The winner, the PCC of Illinois plant in Calumet City, has now won the award for the third straight year and the seventh time out of the 15 years since the competition began. Additionally, they have had four perfect years with zero injuries or illnesses and have now put together two perfect years in a row.(2008 & 2009). The award was presented by Corporate Environmental

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Calumet City, Ill., January 18, 2010--Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced a new line of color concentrates made partially with post-consumer and industrial plastic content, providing manufacturers with a way to meet recycled material requirements while protecting valuable natural resources. The recycled colorants are offered in a variety of resin types and wide range of colors. The recycled content of the concentrate formulations range from 25 percent to 82 percent, depending on thei

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Calumet City, Illinois—July 22, 2009—Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), a leader in delivering color concentrates and additive masterbatches to the plastics industry, operates its Plant Within a Plant as a clean-compounding facility applying best-practices manufacturing that much of the industry has yet to adopt. Operating on PCC’s Asheboro, North Carolina, campus since 2008, the Plant Within a Plant has already won plaudits and customers for configuring a dedicated closed-loop manufacturing system around a quick-turnaround, just-in-time production strategy. The 7,000-square-foot Plant

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It's no secret that counterfeiting is big business. In fact, the value of counterfeiting is estimated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to be in the region of $250 billion per year, while the World Customs Organization has identified counterfeit products destined for 140 countries. Every year, the counterfeiting of plastics costs consumers and businesses millions of dollars worldwide. However, the losses are more than just financial. In spite of the diligent work done by government agencies and industry watchdogs, the lure of profits netted from the productio

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When you think of plastic, what comes to mind? Toys, food storage, electronics, medical applications? While these markets are popular, construction is the market truly on the rise. A study conducted by BCC Research found that “After packaging, the construction sector is the highest user of plastics, due to its combination of excellent strength to weight ratio, great versatility, cost-effectiveness, durability, low maintenance and corrosion resistance.”The many perks of plastic have caused the construction industry to shift from metal materials to plastic materials, from felt wrap to plasti

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Plastic is everywhere in our lives, from soft-drink bottles to water pipes, carryout cartons to clothing, vitamin bottles to pool toys. Yet few of us understand what plastics are or the processes required to transform raw materials into products we can use.The production of the plastics we use in electronics, manufacturing, construction, textiles, food packaging and other industries begins with resins. Resins are derived from organic materials, most often crude oil and natural gas. The process is complex and begins at the refinery, where the oil and gas are “cracked” and converted into hyd

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