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Emerald Adds UV-curable Colorants for Coatings Applications to its LUCIDA COLORS™

Published on 2012-03-22. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Oh -- Emerald Specialties, a business unit of Emerald Performance Materials, announced a new family of UV-curable colorants for printing and coatings applications launched under the LUCIDA COLORS™ brand. The new product family, known as LUCIDA COLORS™ EC, addresses the growing demand for energy-curable (EC) systems and offers high-quality pigments with improved handling characteristics and low odor. For the printing industry, the LUCIDA COLORS EC line includes a full 12-color palette for flexographic printing and a CMYK set for sheet-fed applications. It also includes a 12-color palette of dispersions and four Trans-Oxides® for paints and stains.

"LUCIDA COLORS has been designed to offer key processing and handling benefits over other energy- curable dispersions on the market," said John Erbeck, Product Line Manager for Emerald Specialties. "Customers have been adapting UV systems because of key advantages over conventional systems, such as faster curing and processing; however, handling and product odor have presented concerns. Our proprietary technology addresses these concerns by producing dispersions that are lower in odor and more easily pourable."

LUCIDA COLORS EC dispersions utilize high-performance pigments and exhibit excellent color depth, strength and accuracy to pantone colors for the 12-color palette. They have been formulated to incorporate easily into typical ink systems and coatings formulations. In graphic arts applications, LUCIDA COLORS provide excellent printability. They also exhibit superior light stability, which is especially important in Trans-Oxides used in semi-transparent wood coatings.

Emerald Specialties produces an array of colorants, including dyes, lakes and dispersions, under the Hilton Davis® brand, which has been a recognized leader in the industry for nearly 90 years. These colorants are used in a wide variety of applications ranging from food and beverage applications, personal care and household products to graphic arts and printing applications, varnish, deck stains and paint.

About Emerald Specialties Group

Emerald Specialties Group is a business unit of Emerald Performance Materials, providing specialty additives for food, cosmetic and industrial applications. The business features carbon black dispersions, color dispersions, pigments, dyes and lakes, glyoxal and alkyd resins and a wide range of other additives. It also provides a global capability in foam control technology, as well as a wide range of reactive silicone chemistry.

About Emerald Performance Materials

Emerald Performance Materials, LLC produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day enabling them to last longer, look, smell, and taste or perform better. Emerald™ products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business groups, eight operations and approximately 700 employees.

Source: Emerald Specialties Group


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