Clariant puts focus on customer solutions in four key areas

Specialty chemicals giant Clariant (Charlotte, NC) is showcasing products and technologies that support customers' product development, time-to-market and sustainability goals in four key markets this week at NPE 2015 (S-35035). These four areas—packaging, healthcare, transportation and consumer goods—have been the main sectors targeted for development by the additives and masterbatch business units at Clariant.

At the booth, Clariant technical experts and executives are available to discuss how the company's standard and custom products have enabled customers to achieve their product design and development, time-to-market, and sustainability goals.

The diverse portfolio of standard and custom color and additive formulations offered by Clariant masterbatches are designed, among other things, to help OEMs and converters add color and functionality to plastics. The company has four ColorWorks technology and design centers around the world and claims that it globally completes more than 80,000 color matches each year.

In 2015, Clariant opened a rotational molding laboratory and prototype-development cell at its facility in Toronto, ON, Canada. To facilitate product development, the rotational molding lab replicates actual production conditions at leading rotational molders, providing customers with prototypes of color-matched, multi-textured products in just five to seven days.

Also featured at the NPE booth is the company’s AddWorks, tailored formulations designed to provide improved productivity and significant energy savings, stability and durability of converted parts, in addition to protection of manufactured articles during their process and end use.

Advancements in Clariant's Liquid Vehicle Technology are also on show. According to the company, this technology allows for higher pigment loadings and lower usage rates compared to the typical solid colorant. Another focus is on Clariant's high-performance integrated liquid masterbatches, called HiFormer, which allows for wider use of liquid color and additive concentrate. HiFormer enables fast and simple color changes, maximum flexibility, and high reproducibility of the defined color: In other words, “processing efficiencies that deliver high productivity at a low total cost. Carrier technology can be custom tailored to suit various applications,” says the company. A sleek integrated line of metering, dosing and handling systems is supplied in collaboration with a number of partners.   

Clariant offers a large number of OEM-approved colors and supplies additives for lightweighting of automotive parts, helping in the reduction of automotive emissions. In the healthcare segment, the company works with customers to support regulatory compliance and risk control, and sustainability goals.