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WACKER Presents New Color Mixing System and Service Package

Published on 2010-11-03. Author : SpecialChem

MUNICH -- WACKER presents a new line of services for the silicone-processing industry at the 18th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber K 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Munich-based chemical corporation introduces a color mixing system based on a systematic portfolio of high quality pigment pastes and the use of a colorimeter with formulation development software. The system makes it possible to develop color mixtures quickly and highly accurately.

The new pigment paste services range from creating client-specific color formulations to providing ready-to-use pigment paste mixtures. WACKER researchers use a colorimeter equipped with color formulation development software to recreate the client's desired color. The software suggests formulations for the desired color mixture - and the very first suggestion is often highly accurate. The result is a fast, efficient tool for reproducing colors.

WACKER has also reorganized its portfolio, expanding it into a systematic palette of twenty basic colors that can be blended to cover roughly 80 percent of the entire color space. The properties of the pigment paste portfolio and of all types of rubber are stored in the formulation development software, which, together with the reorganized portfolio itself, allows processors to precisely fulfill most color requests.

The novel color mixing system is currently available for ELASTOSIL® LR liquid silicone rubbers. Customers can purchase either a ready-to-use pigment paste mixture or the formulation and the basic pigment pastes needed for the blend. This service allows silicone processors to respond quickly and flexibly to new color trends while at the same time considerably reducing their own workload.

The pigment pastes meet the highest quality standards, are compatible with WACKER rubber grades and do not modify the viscosity of the rubber compound. In addition, most of the pigment pastes meet the food-grade standards of Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


WACKER POLYMERS is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymer additives in the form of dispersible polymer powders and dispersions, polyvinyl acetates, surface coating resins and polyvinyl alcohol solutions. These products are used by companies in the construction, automotive, architectural coatings, nonwovens, paper and adhesives sectors, as well as by manufacturers of printing inks and surface coatings. WACKER POLYMERS has production sites in Germany, China, South Korea and the USA, as well as a global sales network and technology centers in all major regions.

Source: WACKER

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