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09-18-2009

Colorflexx system for self-coloring of ABS

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The sports equipment manufacturer Kettler is cladding its new cross trainer Satura P 7653 with Terluran GP-35, a standard ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) from BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. Kettler itself colors the naturally colored ABS light gray and black.

For self-coloring of ABS, BASF offers the Colorflexx system, which it developed in mid-2003 in cooperation with leading masterbatch suppliers in Europe. BASF supplies the uncolored standard ABS, a so-called natural product, while the masterbatch manufacturers provide the desired color concentrate. Working together, the suppliers ensure a smooth coloring operation at the customer’s premises and solve any problems that might arise on the spot. The Colorflexx model works hand in hand with the large world-scale ABS plant in Antwerp, Belgium, where only a few standard Terluran grades are manufactured in large volumes.

For cautious plastic processors looking for economic solutions in these times of severe cost pressure, this system offers a number of advantages: inexpensive materials, efficient logistics, short delivery times, high availability, small warehouse inventories, low capital tie-up and resultant high flexibility.

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