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Merck Introduces Effect Pigment for Print Applications

Published on 2016-05-31. Author : SpecialChem

DARMSTADT -- Merck KGaA introduces Iriodin® 6111 Icy White Pristine KU26 – the latest effect pigment of the Iriodin® Icy White series. With its pristine purity and the special KU26 stabilization technology, this pigment is designed for high-quality print and plastic products.

Fig. 1: Merck KGaA Introduces Effect Pigment
for Print Applications

Iriodin® 6111 Icy White Pristine KU26 rounds off its portfolio of products based on synthetic mica. The pigment has ultrafine particle size (1 to 15 μm) and is the superwhite alternative to fine Iriodin® pigments based on natural mica. Its unique KU26 stabilization technology prevents "yellowing in the dark". This sustainably enhances the customer's end product. Yellowing is caused by chemical reactions of phenolic antioxidants with untreated TiO2 surfaces. As phenolic antioxidants are primarily used in plastic applications as well as personal care formulations, there is an increasing demand for a stabilized silver-white pearl luster pigment particularly in these areas.

Also in print applications, the new effect pigment imparts a fine, silky white shimmer to

- packaging, wallpaper,
- foils for electric and household appliances
- furniture foils

and lends that certain something to plastic products for sports and leisure products. For the cosmetics industry, Iriodin® 6111 Icy White Pristine KU26 offers new possibilities to realize the "inside meets outside" concept – with Timiron® Halo White, our white effect pigment inside the product and the newly developed Iriodin® 6111 Icy White Pristine KU26 on the brilliant white packaging.

About Merck KGaA

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is one of the leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 12.85 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is one of the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical companies. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the global rights to the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

Source: Merck KGaA

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