Heubach Colorants India: Clariant launches new additives at K 2022 to support the sustainable evolution of plastics

  • Anti-scratch additive for PP and TPO formulations increases the reusability potential of plastics used in consumer applications
  • Extend the life of agricultural mulch films with a new light stabilization solution
  • New bio-based lubricating and nucleating additive for polyesters in the E&E and transportation sectors

MUTTENZ, October 20, 2022 – Visitors to K 2022 can expect new Clariant additive solutions to advance more sustainable plastics and reduce resource use. New developments give apps greater resilience to support longer use and reuse on the path to circularity. Plus, solve production challenges while achieving greater efficiency and a lower carbon footprint during preparation and processing (Hall 8a Stand J11).

“By extending the life of a product and increasing the potential for reuse, the plastics industry can positively contribute to reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing circularity in key segments. ways to reduce material waste and energy consumption in production brings additional sustainability benefits and improves the carbon of products. With these new additives, including renewable solutions, in our portfolios, we are excited to ‘offering plastics processors and value chains greater support to collaborate and innovate more together,’ comments Martin John, Manager of Advanced Surface Solutions at Clariant.

New anti-scratch additive to extend the life of consumer goods

Surface aesthetics play a crucial role in the perceived quality of consumer goods. Clariant’s new renewable raw materials anti-scratch additive for polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic olefin (TPO) formulations – Licowax® AS 100 TP – allows molded plastic products in a wide range of consumer applications to retain their original look and feel longer. This offers significant potential for extending service life and improving property retention and part reuse.

The new additive helps prevent scratches and marks on the surface of goods during handling, transportation and end use. This is especially beneficial for otherwise scratch-prone applications such as interior automotive parts such as dashboards and door panels, appliance housings, cosmetics packaging, and lightweight luggage.

New light stabilizer supports more durable agricultural films

Mulch films play an important role in optimizing crop growing conditions, protecting both crops and soil from contamination and loss of moisture and nutrients that could compromise yields. New AddWorks® AGC 970, Clariant’s latest light stabilization solution for polyethylene agricultural films, offers the mulch segment a step forward in product sustainability. Adding the additive allows processors to extend the shelf life of their products, including increasing resistance to UV and high levels of agrochemicals. The granular additive can be dosed directly during conversion, allowing more personalized use.

New bio-based wax for reduced cycle times and easier processing of injection molded polyester compounds

Benefit from a unique combination of lubrication and nucleation in engineering plastics for greater efficiency in mixing and processing. Compared to more conventional products, new biobased Licocare® RBW 560 TP Vita is able to withstand higher processing temperatures with excellent thermal stability and low volatility, and performs more efficiently at lower dosages. It also has exceptional color fastness. The combined benefits make it particularly attractive to formulators of polyester compounds for use in the O&M or transportation industries.

The new additive promotes easier mold release, which improves surface quality. In terms of productivity, this also means less polyester parts stuck in the mold and therefore less injection molding downtime. The risk of short shots and rejections is also reduced. It is possible to produce more parts per machine hour thanks to faster cycle times driven by shorter cooling cycles. As a result, power consumption is reduced.

Licocare RBW 560 TP Vita is the latest extension of Clariant’s Licocare range of high performance additives based on renewable, non-food-competing raw materials. They are derived from raw rice bran wax, a by-product of rice bran oil production. Vita-designated products use actual renewable content of at least 98% Renewable Carbon Index (RCI), offering the benefit of a lower carbon footprint compared to leading alternatives.

Clariant has filed for FDA food contact approval for its entire line of Licocare RBW additives. This will open up their use by plastics compounders and masterbatch producers in an even wider range of plastics applications.

Clariant’s additive products and solutions offer exciting opportunities for the plastics industry to strengthen the links between efficiency and sustainability, safety and performance, value and low carbon footprint. For more information on these new additives, as well as Clariant’s broader support for addressing sustainability and circular economy challenges, meet the team at K 2022 Hall 8a Stand J11 or visit www.clariant. com/K-2022.

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