Black3 Masterbatches and Matting Agent
New Trend in the Consumer Goods Sector
Grafe Advanced Polymers GmbH, Blankenhain, Germany, is expanding its color range with black Black3 masterbatches. According to the company’s own information, these have very high color depth and so offer the possibility of creating a piano black look in PP or PE. The products can be used for many different applications in injection molding and extrusion and can be readily processed to achieve both matt and glossy surfaces.
For a few years now, new vehicle models with an extremely matt surface have been increasingly common on the market and stand out distinctively from previous cars with a metallic finish. This trend has now also arrived in the consumer goods sector and is desired by many consumers wanting elegant, exclusive surfaces. Besides the requirement for a modern, matt look, demand for resistant, scratchproof surfaces has also been increasing at the same time. Until now, such matt surfaces could only be achieved through costly post-treatment by painting, sandblasting or the use of soft lacquer or in-mold labeling (IML) films. Grafe has now developed a matting agent that enables various surface effects to be obtained in a mold.
This additive is incorporated directly during the production process for the plastic component. It enables glossy and matt surface effects to be achieved in the same mold. The matting agent is embedded in the polymer melt and produces diffuse light refraction/scattering, even with polished mold surfaces, so creating a matt, satin finish with a velvety feel. The matting agent is already being used in SAN and ABS and PC-ABS blends. Many other applications focusing on special visual effects and a good surface feel can also be envisaged.
Grafe Advanced Polymers GmbH
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