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Clariant Showcases at AC Show Innovation, Expertise and Commitment to U.S. Market

5/22/2012

Spotlights new industry-leading Integrated Tinting Systems including tinting equipment and merchandising tools
Highlights cutting-edge waxes, light stabilizers and flame retardants for paints and coatings
Debuts multifunctional dispersing agent for waterborne and solvent-based pigment pastes

Muttenz, May 8, 2012 - Here at the American Coatings (AC) Show, booth #1820, Clariant is exhibiting a range of high-end products from its Pigments, Additives and Industrial & Consumer Specialties Business Units that provide innovative solutions to U.S. customers. These solutions include Easily Dispersible (ED) pigments and new Hostatint® TS tinter colorants; Ceridust® and Licocene® waxes; Hostavin® dispersion light stabilizer and Exolit® AP flame retardant additives; and its new Dispersogen® multifunctional agent for universal pigment dispersion. Clariant is also featuring its new product portfolio of Tinting System colorants, and dispensing- and mixing equipment and color merchandising tools from newly acquired Italtinto S.r.L., an Italian Integrated Tinting System provider.

Clariant Pigments' line of Easily Dispersible (ED) pigments are organic materials that have been surface treated to allow for easier incorporation into the paint system with a dissolver and without an additional milling step. This unique technology saves processing time and energy costs that are not achievable with standard pigments. The ED portfolio of products includes three ranges of pigments: EDS pigments for solvent-based industrial paints, EDU pigments for water- and solvent-based industrial paints, and EDW pigments for water-based tinter to be used in the coloration of decorative paints.

When Clariant acquired Italtinto in April 2011 the company gained more than 40 years of experience in Tinting System technology. As a result Clariant Pigments now provides U.S. customers with Point-of-Sale (POS) Tinting Systems designed to give customers a comprehensive solution to meet all their color needs.

At the Clariant booth, the company is also displaying colorant dispensing and mixing equipment from Italtinto: an IQ16 automatic colorant dispenser and a programmable TR7-fully automatic gyroscopic mixer. The IQ16 dispenser is accurate, fast and repeatable with stainless steel pistons that require virtually no calibration and has the ability to process all types of colorants, including state-of-the-art low-VOC tinter pastes. The TR7 gyroscopic mixer combines high performance mixing properties and ease of use to optimize mix times and significantly reduce air and foam in products. The TR7 runs quietly and needs little maintenance.

Clariant is also featuring its new Hostatint TS colorant lines, products that raise the bar in low-VOC colorant technology with superior performance in outdoor paints. This allows customers to meet the latest color trends in facade paint while complying with future regulations for low emission colorants.

"Clariant Pigments is underscoring here at the AC show our total commitment to U.S customers with many of the most advanced colorant and dispersing technologies on the market today," said Dr. Gerd König, Vice President, Global Marketing & Sales Coating Business, Clariant Pigments. "Equally important, we are showcasing how we are strengthening our customers' competitive positions by providing them with the leading-edge products they need to diversify their products and grow their markets. By exhibiting here at the American Coatings Show, Clariant is making a strong statement to our U.S. customers that we have what it takes to help them succeed."

The Clariant Additives business is showing Ceridust, Licocene and Licowax waxes, formulated for use in paints, coatings and inks to enhance such properties as sandability, smoothness, scratch-resistance, water-repellence and surface texture. Clariant Ceridust grades are micropowders and can be easily dispersed in paints with a minimal amount of energy. Licocene performance polymers are built upon the company's proprietary metallocene polymerization process which produces highly effective additives for demanding applications such as powder coatings.

Also on display are the highly concentrated Hostavin dispersions that ensure efficient light stabilization in all types of water-based coatings. They also contribute to gloss and color stabilization in many different applications, such as automotive clear coats, industrial coatings, and exterior wood finishes.

Clariant's pioneering Exolit AP product series offers environmentally responsible non-halogenated, non-migrating flame retardants. These products are growing materials of choice for intumescent coatings and various polymer applications, allowing customers to comply with the most stringent fire protection classifications like ASTM E119, UL 263 and UL 1709.

The Industrial & Consumer Specialties (ICS) business unit is introducing here at AC Dispersogen ECS, a biodegradable dispersing agent for preparation of pigments in paints and coatings. This material improves the compatibility of aqueous colorants with solvent borne coatings, eliminating the need for paint shops to inventory dozens of different lines of pigment pastes for each application.

Related Exhibition:
American Coatings SHOW 2012
The Technology Forum for the Coatings Industry
5/7/2012 - 5/10/2012
Venue: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN, United States

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