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Emerald Launches VERDIS™ Brand of Dispersants for Architectural & Industrial Coatings

Published on 2012-03-20. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Oh -- Emerald Specialties, a business unit of Emerald Performance Materials, announced a new family of in-plant colorants to meet the demand for more environmentally friendly architectural and industrial coatings. The product line, launched under a new VERDIS™ brand, offers a full-color palette of dispersions for in-plant use that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and alky phenol ethoxylates (APEs). The new VERDIS dispersions offer a wide compatibility with many resin systems, vehicles and additives.

"Our VERDIS dispersions are designed to meet and surpass the highest environmental and health standards for the coatings industry," said Garrett Gebhardt, dispersions product line Manager for Emerald Specialties. "Coatings manufacturers are not only working to eliminate VOCs from their paints, but also a number of other chemicals, such as formaldehyde and APEs. Chemicals such as these, which have been effective in providing stability and preventing bacterial growth, have also been linked to certain health concerns. Our new VERDIS line of dispersions addresses these concerns, while also delivering unparalleled color consistency. Characteristics such as viscosity stability, resistance to bacterial growth and freeze-thaw stability have not been sacrificed in order to meet the higher environmental standards."

The VERDIS dispersion line of in-plant colorants includes the full palette of 12 standard colors typically used for in-store colorants for paint applications. It also includes additional colors not used in the standard set of in-store colorants to offer more versatility. Additional colors include violet, Trans-Oxide® Red and Trans-Oxide® yellow. The VERDIS™ Trans-Oxides are designed for semi-transparent wood stains. The proprietary manufacturing process for VERDIS Trans-Oxides enables production of very high tinctoral strength, stable dispersions, while offering excellent UV protection versus other competitive choices.

VERDIS Trans-Oxides range from approximately 40 to 44 percent pigment by weight. Other dispersions are supplied at customary tinctoral strengths practical for the specific type of pigment, ranging from 33 percent for certain organic pigments to as high as 67 percent for titanium dioxide.

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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