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Ciba Specialty Chemicals Expands Product Offering with Effect Pigments

Published on 2005-03-04. Author : SpecialChem

Basel, Switzerland -- Ciba is complementing its range of pigments through the acquisition of the high-reflectance aluminum Metasheen® line from Wolstenholme International Limited, Blackburn, UK. The transaction includes the respective manufacturing facilities owned by Wolstenholme. The purchase price is CHF 45 million. The pigments will continue to be marketed under the Metasheen® product name.

Metasheen® aluminum pigments give mirror like effects

"This acquisition allows us to expand our product offering and complement our existing range with new effects," said Armin Meyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ciba pecialty Chemicals. "These versatile metallic pigments give a wide choice of shiny, sparkling and mirror-like effects, allowing manufacturers and designers broad scope and high flexibility in meeting today's market demand for exclusivity, and bright, lustrous shades."

Metasheen® are vacuum-metalized aluminum pigments giving high-quality, high value-added effects in end uses such as packaging, paints, inks and cosmetics. Applied as inks, Metasheen® pigments can be placed exactly as required and can therefore be used to create individual packaging designs, for example. On very smooth surfaces, such as film and coated papers, the pigments can create a mirror-like finish. Metalized substrates can in addition be printed with conventional colors for further individual effects and designs. Metasheen® are the only vacuum-metalized pigments available in a dispersed form on the market, making them easy to use and allowing exceptionally high brilliance, excellent coverage and high versatility in formulation.

Ciba (SWX: CIBN, NYSE: CSB) 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 textiles, 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 2004, the Company generated sales of 7 billion Swiss francs and invested 288 million in R&D.

Source: Ciba

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