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Elementis Introduces TINT-AYD® AQ Colorants for European Industrial Coatings Markets

Published on 2011-02-07. Author : SpecialChem

Elementis Specialties is pleased to introduce the new TINT-AYD® AQ colorants and Tinting System for the European decorative and aqueous industrial coatings markets. This innovative new colourant system is available either as ready-made colorants or as discrete components that enable customers the flexibility of formulating the TINT-AYD® AQ colorants themselves.

Tinting System

The TINT-AYD® AQ tinting system is based on a modular set-up: there are high concentrated colorants (TINT-AYD® AQ HC) for in-plant tinting and colorants for Point-of-Sale tinting (TINT-AYD® AQ). Additional modules for silicate tinting, wood coatings and customizable specialties complete the system.

Maximum Performance

TINT-AYD® AQ colorants are based on a dual humectant technology platform that delivers VOC compliance (< 1="" g/l,="" per="" ral="" uz="" 102)="" with="" superior="" performance.="" tint-ayd®="" aq="" colorants="" offer="" maximum="" performance="" with="" improved="" scrub="" resistance,="" excellent="" water="" resistance,="" good="" gloss="" development="" and="" exceptional="" viscosity="" stability.="">

Ultimate Flexibility

Elementis Specialties offers the TINT-AYD® AQ colorants as either ready-made colorants or as discrete components. This unique option provides customers the flexibility of producing colorants in-house. The entire TINT-AYD® AQ colourant system can be made with 3 base additives: NUOSPERSE® AQ 100, NUOSPERSE® AQ 200, and NUOSPERSE® AQ 300. Elementis Specialties provides not just starting formulations but the actual formulations used to produce the commercially available TINT-AYD® AQ colorants. Customers now have the ultimate flexibility to design a colorant system that utilizes ready-made TINT-AYD® AQ colorants, that is produced in-house of both.

  • Three new NUOSPERSE® AQ components, as used by Elementis in the commercially available TINT-AYD® AQ line
  • The actual formulations for TINT-AYD® AQ line that are available to customers to make their own TINT-AYD® AQ colorants in-house
  • The confidence in the compatibility between "in house" production and Elementis commercially available TINT-AYD® AQ products


NUOSPERSE® AQ 100 is a liquid carrier, humectant and pigment wetting and dispersing agent replacing traditional glycols and dispersing agents in VOC compliant aqueous colorants. It is used as dispersing medium and "open time agent" reducing the tendency of the colourant to dry out during storage or in tinting machines.


NUOSPERSE® AQ 200 is a unique liquid hydrophobic humectant, typically used in combination with NUOSPERSE® AQ 100. It prevents too quick drying of colorants in production and tinting machines. It also stabilises the viscosity of tinted paints and has significantly less influence on water resistance properties of paints, compared to most "traditional" colorants.


NUOSPERSE® AQ 300 is a liquid co-dispersant used in combination with NUOSPERSE® AQ 100 and NUOSPERSE® AQ 200. It reduces the pigment grind viscosity and allows an optimized pigment loading. The dispersing agent is typically used for those pigments that require extra wetting.

About Elementis Specialties

Elementis Specialties provides innovative rheology control additives that are used to enhance the performance of our customers' products. Best in class product quality, technical support and customer service are the critical competencies of the business and provide the platform to deliver value to the coatings, construction, oil field exploration and personal care markets.

About Elementis

Elementis plc is a global specialty chemicals company that utilizes manufacturing technology and scientific innovation to deliver products that enhance the performance and value of our customers' products. In 2009, Elementis plc had annual sales of more than $500 million and employed approximately 1,200 people worldwide. The Company has more than 30 locations, including 16 manufacturing sites, in 8 countries. Elementis plc has a premium listing on the UK London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250 Index, making it one of the 350 largest companies in the UK by market capitalization, and is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.

Source: Elementis

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