Clariant's next-generation dewaxing catalyst is used in pioneering plastic-to-diesel technology of Duslo’s research institute VUCHT. Proven economical conversion of plastic waste into fuel distillate encourages VUCHT to construct 40 MTA demonstration plant. The next-generation HYDEX E catalyst achieves excellent cold flow properties of distillate product, compliant with Euro 6 emission limits.
Clariant continues to develop new technology to improve the recyclability of plastics while offering packaging and product developers more color options. The latest development is a range of deep, dark colors that normally would have required the use of carbon black pigments that makes them undetectable by the near-infrared (NIR) sensors used in automated polymer sorting systems at recycling centers.
However, the new Clariant color concepts, developed in its ColorWorks design and technology center near Milan in Italy, now makes it possible to explore a darker and more mysterious color space entirely without the use of carbon black. Development is progressing in polyester (PET), high- density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) in both virgin and post-consumer recycled (PCR) forms.
In most automatic sortation systems, infrared light is beamed onto plastic materials and, because different polymers reflect that light differently, the system can sort the different materials. Unfortunately, the carbon black pigments typically used to make black and other deeply dark colors absorb all or most of the NIR light shone at them and, as a result, the sensors cannot even "see" the black packaging, much less sort one polymer from another.
Late last year, Clariant introduced CESA® IR, a masterbatch range that makes black plastics visible to NIR radiation. This effect was confirmed by testing conducted by TOMRA Sorting Recycling, a Norwegian company that is a leader in the field of instrumentation for recycling solutions.
But designers want more choices than pure black. In fact, says Roberto Romanin, a ColorWorks Designer at Clariant, "there are very definite trends in this direction. Some exclusive, high-end facial treatments, nutrient serums and oils are being packaged in these rich dark colors. However, most of them still use carbon black and so they have recyclability problems."
To address this issue, the ColorWorks team undertook a project, to use CESA-IR technology to develop colors that could be dark without the use of carbon black. Three colors – a dark umber, a deep velvety green, and a regal dark blue – have been created initially. All three are really saturated so they are almost black but the colors come through, bringing to mind elegance, exclusivity, heritage and boldness.
"Until now," says Mirco Groeseling, Regional Circular Economy and Sustainability Manager EMEA at Clariant, "making dark and black plastics NIR detectable required that the amount of carbon black must be carefully controlled, and this is not always possible under real-world conditions. So, we have been seeking – and we have found --new solutions that are very black, and we have been able to remove carbon black totally from these new detectable formulations."
The range is suitable for all major packaging polymers including PET, polyethylene and polypropylene (including post-consumer recycled resin) in all the various packaging applications, including trays, bottles and caps.
Clariant’s bio-based additives for biopolymers awarded OK compost INDUSTRIAL & OK biodegradable SOIL certification
Good news for the development of sustainable compostable products. Clariant’s bio-based processing & dispersing additives for biopolymers used in plastics have been awarded the “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” certificate. Awarding test and certification body, TÜV Austria Cert GmbH, also granted to Licocare RBW 102 Vita the “OK biodegradable SOIL” label, which is a key attribute for agricultural applications.
Clariant partners with Merck & SABIC to perfect laser marking of flexible packaging
Clariant has teamed up with pigment supplier Merck KGaA and resin producer SABIC to develop laser-marking technology and materials to ease the recycling process for flexible polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE) packaging film. The results of the collaboration will be presented at K 2019, the international plastics trade fair being held on October 16 to 23 at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany.
Clariant advances a colorful future for biodegradable plastics
A colorful future is in reach for biodegradable plastics. Clariant brings it even closer with the launch of a range of 25 organic pigments for biodegradable and compostable polymers which are compliant with the European Norm 13432 opening up color options and the appeal of organically recyclable packaging.
Clariant additives enabling recyclability of plastics waste while sustaining valuable properties
Through a “Symphony of Collaboration” with partners along the full plastics value chain, Clariant is taking proactive steps in addressing the problem of plastic pollution with new solutions for diverse industry sectors, from packaging – the main use of plastics – to textile floorings and consumer electronics. Newly-developed AddWorks PKG 906 Circle for polyolefin films is a prime example of enabling plastic packaging producers to achieve some of their critical sustainability and business goals.
Clariant Hydrocerol Masterbatches cut plastic content in packaging by 10%
Packaging manufacturers and brand owners trying to reach sustainability goals and reduce costs are expressing keen interest in the newest HYDROCEROL chemical foaming agents (CFAs) from Clariant’s Masterbatches. The finer and more durable foam-cell structures make it possible to cut resin use and reduce part weight – without significant loss in mechanical properties.
Clariant partners with ExxonMobil and renewable energy group to advance Cellulosic Biofuel research
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced that it has signed a joint research agreement with ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel, which has the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Clariant and Neste join forces to develop sustainable industrial solutions
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions.
Clariant unveils controlled-atmosphere packaging solutions
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will present new products that help control moisture and prevent degradation of packaged pharmaceuticals at CPhI Middle East & Africa 2018. Clariant Healthcare Packaging is exhibiting its full range of desiccant canisters and packets, tubes and desiccant stoppers, oxygen scavengers, Advanced Desiccant Polymer (ADP®) and humidity stabilizers at Stand C25 at the trade show being held at the National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 - 5 September 2018.
Clariant introduces Humitector Type 2 non-reversible humidity indicator cards for SMD dry packing
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Cargo & Device Protection unit, the originator of the color change humidity indicator card, introduce an industry-first innovation to better ensure that the integrity of dry packing that protects moisture-sensitive devices has not been compromised by high humidity at any time during shipment or storage. The new Humitector Type 2 Non-Reversible Humidity Indicator Cards are low-halogen and free of cobalt dichloride, a substance of concern to the European Chemical Bureau.
Clariant offers Sorb-It pharma desiccants for bulk pharmaceutical uses
Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, and its Healthcare Packaging business line, introduce Sorb-It pharma desiccant bags, an enhanced line of desiccants that are now produced in new ISO 15378 GMP certified facilities to comply with global standards for primary pharmaceutical packaging.
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is continuing the global rollout of its MEVOPUR®-LQ family of color and additive liquid masterbatches by featuring products for silicone elastomers at two important trade fairs: Pharmapack Europe 2017 in Paris (February 1-3) where Clariant is exhibiting on stand C35/C37, and MD&M West 2017 (booth #2450), which is being held in Anaheim, CA, February 7 - 9.
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announces it will expand its plant in Lewiston, ME, and install a new compounding line to help meet growing demand for pre-colored medical plastic compounds that are supplied under the MEVOPUR® brand name. The new capacity will come on-line in Q4 2017.
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will broaden its collaboration with Engineering Plastics division of Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp. to promote Clariant's non-halogenated flame retardants to a host of applications in China. Shinkong Engineering Plastics belongs to Taiwan’s top 3 enterprise, Shinkong Group. As a leading supplier of plastics, it serves various industries including electronics, home appliances and automotive etc. Its halogen-free compounds based on Clariant's flame retardants are experiencing rising demand as more and more OEM manufacturers in the electronics and electrical appliances industry eliminate components with bromine and PVC from their products because of tightening environmental regulations.
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Healthcare Packaging unit, are announcing plans to install new, high-speed, six-color offset tube printing machines at Clariant’s production facility in Romorantin, France. The new equipment will increase capacity at the plant by an estimated 30 percent when the expansion is completed early in 2017.
Clariant introduces new liquid colors, additives for medical devices, pharmaceutical packaging
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is introducing MEVOPUR®-LQ, a family of color and additive solutions that combines the benefits of the MEVOPUR ‘Controlled, Consistent and Compliant’ formulation and manufacturing approach with Clariant’s Hi Former® liquid-vehicle technology. The new products made their debut at CPhI / Innopak Europe, the global pharmaceutical event that took place in Barcelona.
Clariant and SICPA launch PLASTIWARD robust in-product protection solution for plastic medical devices
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has joined forces with SICPA SA, a trusted provider of global security solutions, to launch PLASTIWARD, a robust integrated protection for plastic pharmaceutical packaging or medical devices. Both companies are at the Clariant booth (Hall 2, Booth 2K60) at the CPhI in Barcelona, from 4-6 October 2016, to share with interested companies and journalists the benefits of PLASTIWARD and how it protects pharmaceutical brands and their patients.
Clariant Healthcare Packaging launches new range of Aroma-Can canisters
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Healthcare Packaging unit, is introducing a new and improved family of Aroma-Can® canisters to enhance nutritional products by adding a pleasant scent to product packaging.
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