MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is extending its colour and special effects' testing services for packaging sector customers in North America, according to the company's press release.
The acquisition by the company of a new production-scale stretch blow-moulding machine and other available services at its ColorWorks Design & Technology Center in West Chicago, Illinois, now make it possible for developers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic containers to evaluate Clariant colour and special-effect masterbatches in full-size, three-dimensional bottles instead of flat injection-molded chips. They also now make their decisions about colour and special effects and produce sample containers, all in one facility.
The machine is typical of those used in actual package manufacturing, so designers and brand managers are now able to develop realistic samples for almost immediate evaluation. Clariant also has extrusion blow-molding machines available to produce for mono- and multi-layer containers made of polyolefins.
We remind that, as MRC wrote previously, earlier last year Clariant Masterbatches developed new liquid vehicle technology (LVT) aimed at elimination of many problems that had prevented wider use of liquid color and additive concentrates in extrusion blow moulding of polyolefins (high- and low-density polyethylene and polypropylene).
Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.