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ECKART Introduces Aluminum Pigment Dispersions for Paints and Coatings

Published on 2016-01-27. Author : SpecialChem

HARTENSTEIN (Germany) -- The METALURE® and SILVERSHINE P1000 aluminum pigment dispersions achieve extremely impressive reflectance in solvent-based paints and coatings. They are manufactured in a special physical vapor deposition (PVD) process. The result is ultra-thin, extremely smooth aluminum pigments which produce a unique mirror-like effect. They offer an interesting alternative to surface metallization and galvanization.

Fig. 1: ECKART

The METALURE® and SILVERSHINE P product range from ECKART is available in various solvents, including methoxypropyl acetate (MPA). Solvents provide an ideal binder viscosity and excellent wetting of the pigments in the coating.

The isomer (2-Methoxypropyl acetate, CAS no. 70657-70-4) in the solvent methoxypropyl acetate is classed as toxic to reproduction (Cat 1B, H360D – May damage the unborn child). In the USA, products containing ≥ 0.1% of the isomer must be classed the same (in Europe, the threshold for classification as toxic to reproduction is 0.3%). The MPA isomer is a by-product of the chemical synthesis of methoxypropyl acetate.

This classification poses a challenge to the paints and coatings industry, which must class and label their products in the USA as toxic to reproduction if they contain ≥ 0.1% of the isomer.

With the METALURE® and SILVERSHINE P products, ECKART therefore offers customers in the paints and coatings industry excellent added value: it is currently the sole supplier that offers products that are guaranteed to contain less than 0.1% of the MPA isomer 2-Methoxypropyl acetate.

Due to METALURE® and SILVERSHINE P, the undesirable product classification can be avoided. Another advantage is that for products containing less than 0.1% of the isomer, it no longer has to be listed as a dangerous ingredient in the safety data sheet.

As a result, customers enjoy a significant competitive advantage, especially in new projects for industrial and automotive coatings as well as in other areas where extreme importance is placed on using non-toxic paints and coatings.


The ECKART Group is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of metallic effect and pearlescent pigments and metallic printing inks. The group of companies with globally about 1, 850 employees develop, produce and distribute metallic effect and pearlescent pigments in powder, paste and pellet form and also in concentrates, dispersions and print inks. ECKART products are used in the printing, coatings, plastics and lightweight concrete industries, as well as in cosmetics and personal care products. ECKART is represented in more than 70 countries as of the present day.

The company is a member of ALTANA AG. ALTANA develops and produces high quality, innovative products in the sector of specialty chemicals.

Source: ECKART


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