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From Concept to Color - Ciba Presents New Styling Solutions at Passagen 2008

Published on 2008-01-15. Author : SpecialChem

Basel, Switzerland -- Ciba is presenting its latest styling solutions at Passagen in Cologne from January 14 to 20, 2008, in the Spichernhöfe interior courtyard, Spichernstrasse 6-8.

"These new effects further strengthen the links Ciba is forging between the worlds of design and technology," said John Coy, Global Head of Business Development in Ciba's Coating Effects Segment. "With our products, processes and technical support, we aim to help all involved in the color chain to achieve inspiring, individual styles."

Ciba® XYMARA Nordic™ effects
Ciba® XYMARA Nordic™ effects

The wide range of effects on offer from Ciba provide new options for designers and architects, as well as converters, and paint, coatings and ink manufacturers, who can use them to make surfaces and materials more attractive, more striking and more individual. Pearlescent, luminescent, mirror-like or matt metallic and transparent effects are suitable for a vast array of different substrates. Ciba's effect pigments can be used on their own or together with high-performance colorants to create individual new styles and designs.

With a special sparkle that creates a feel-good effect, Ciba® XYMARA Nordic™ glass-based effect pigments are a real eye catcher. Suitable for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, household goods and leisure items, XYMARA Nordic™ stylings reflect the natural shades and effects of frost, gold, heather, ocean, pine and sunset. The versatile products provide novel styling options and allow the creation of unique new designs, lending brilliance, sparkle and glitter to the objects they embellish, and increasing transparency or emphasizing opacity, as required.

New colors in construction with Ciba® UNISPERSE® Ultra aqueous pigment dispersions
New colors in construction with Ciba® UNISPERSE® Ultra aqueous pigment dispersions

Ciba also specializes in pearlescent and metallic effects, which can be used to create a wide variety of stylings, the latest on offer being a range designed especially for wood. The traditional clear varnish or transparent color can now be enhanced by shimmer, shine and shading. The attainable effects range from a discreet pearlescent finish that enhances and emphasizes the grain to a bold, sparkling explosion of color. The new stylings feature in a color trend handbook entitled Color Evolution Wood, which will be on show at the fair.

Working wonders with wood - Ciba® XYMARA™ stylings add <nolink>shimmer</nolink>, shine and shading
Working wonders with wood - Ciba® XYMARA™ stylings add shimmer, shine and shading

Other effects being showcased include Ciba® XYMARA™ Quicksilver SF-02 printing ink, which is used to produce ultra-shiny decorative mirror effects on a wide range of transparent plastic substrates. End applications include high-quality point-of-sale displays and graphics for packaging and labels for consumer goods such as perfumes, fashion wear and luxury beverages. Ciba® XYMARA™ Quicksilver SF-02 complements and extends Ciba's range of mirror effects.

Ciba's effects can be combined with high-performance colorants, for example Ciba® IRGAZIN® DPP CosmorayTM Orange, to produce individual designs. Taking color to new destinations, this novel product extends the range of attainable shades, allowing the creation of exciting new oranges and reds, and enhancing appearance and brightness.

Another range of pigments that extend the range of attainable shades, Ciba® UNISPERSE® Ultra aqueous pigment dispersions are especially designed for architectural coatings. These products have been developed to meet the increasingly high durability standards required in today's exterior paint market. The range currently comprises four reds, two yellows, a blue and a black and is being expanded to include a number of further products.

About Ciba:

Ciba (SWX: CIBN) is a leading global company dedicated to producing high-value effects for its customers' products. We strive to be the partner of choice for our customers, offering them innovative products and one-stop expert service. We create effects that improve the quality of life - adding performance, protection, color and strength to plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products and much more. Ciba is active in more than 120 countries around the world and is committed to be a leader in its chosen markets. In 2006, the Company's continued operations generated sales of CHF 6.4 billion and invested over CHF 270 million in R&D.

Source: Ciba

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