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12-21-2020

New Spectrasense Brand for Functional Pigments

Pigments Enable Near-Infrared Management in Plastics

The special functionalities of Spectrasense pigments significantly reduce the thermal load of dark surfaces through solar heat management (© BASF)

The special functionalities of Spectrasense pigments significantly reduce the thermal load of dark surfaces through solar heat management (© BASF)

The Colors & Effects brand announces its new brand Spectrasense for their highly innovative functional pigments. Delivering functionality beyond the coloristic properties of a pigment, the Spectrasense family enables the management of near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths for modern technologies in various applications.

Spectrasense pigments perform in demanding plastic, printing and coatings applications: Their special functionalities significantly reduce the thermal load of dark surfaces through solar heat management in automotive as well as in building and construction. Supporting the industry’s fast emerging requirements, the pigment family also enables laser welding of plastic components with NIR transparent pigments for the top layer and colorless NIR absorbers for the bottom layer.

In recycling facilities, functional pigments ensure that engineering plastics are recognized and can stay within the recycling process. For NIR sensor applications used in the environmental mapping of autonomous driving technologies, these pigments enable detectable surfaces with NIR reflective coatings.

“With the introduction of Spectrasense, we strengthen our commitment to providing our customers’ industries with highly functional colorants”, said Stefan Sütterlin, Vice President at Colors & Effects. He specifies: “Unifying our portfolio with this new brand is another step of actively developing pigments that enable NIR management functionalities on surfaces and in substrates.”

Today, the product family includes a variety of NIR transparent black pigments and colorless NIR absorbers. Visit this website to learn more about the new Spectrasense brand. Registered and validated customers can download all technical details about the sophisticated functional pigments unified in the Spectrasense family on the Colors & Effects Pigment Finder.

About the Colors & Effects brand

The Colors & Effects brand encompasses BASF’s well-known expertise in colorants and effect pigments for the coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics and agriculture markets. Fueled by entrepreneurial spirit, BASF’s experts enable innovation and growth. For our customers and our company: We live colors. We boost effects. For more information about the Colors & Effects brand, visit www.colors-effects.eu .

Additional information
  • Published on 05-19-2020

    Colors & Effects Developed a New Pigment

    Smart Recycling of Dark Plastics

    Sicopal Black K 0098 FK is a sustainable alternative replacing carbon black. It can be used for multiple processing steps and closed loop recycling.   more

    BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

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BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

An der Rheinschanze 1
DE 67059 Ludwigshafen

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