Clariant, matchmycolor, Konica make colour matching easier, faster

Clariant, matchmycolor, Konica to make colour matching easier, faster

11:14 AM, 24th October 2016
Color measurement of plastic article with spectrophotometer CM-700d.
Colour measurement of plastic article with spectrophotometer CM-700d.

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant International Ltd partners with matchmycolor LLC, a colour know-how company and Konica Minolta Inc, a Japanese technology company to efficiently colour match the polyolefin products easier and faster.

Clariant has created a calibration database with its popular PV Fast and Graphtol pigments, that can be easily combined into matchmycolor's Colibri software (colour management system) and then together used with the premium grade portable and benchtop spectrophotometers from Konica Minolta to colour match polyolefin products.

This benefits the masterbatch producers, compounders, designers and brand owners looking to guarantee finished products convey the very same colour throughout the world.

The colour matching service brings direct sustainability advantages to the plastics industry by reducing the traditional time- and cost-consuming sequence of creating a colour calibration data set.

Clariant has given matchmycolor and Konica Minolta with the data set of 60 organic pigments from its PV Fast and Graphtol ranges in various focuses in high density polyethylene (HDPE), to permit quick and precise colour matching using Konica Minolta spectrophotometers. The reliably high-quality pigments offer various technical properties for a wide variety of applications.

The matchmycolor Colibri cloud-based software calculates colour collections centrally in seconds and the formulas are available instantly for quick access globally to consistent data. The joint expertise of these companies makes it possible to accurately match a wide range of colours, from opaque to translucent and highly-transparent shades.

With this set of data, masterbatch producers and their customers can significantly reduce the number of laboratory and testing steps normally required to replicate a color, resulting in time savings, cost- and energy-savings, and high matching rates that improve the quality of the end result.

“This alliance provides a turnkey solution for fast, precise and efficient colour matching; serving support a more streamlined manufacture across the value chain. Producers can look forward to time and energy savings as a result of fewer colour development steps in the laboratory and in production. Plus, the high matching rates ensure a consistent colour match globally, supporting industry values and the demands of global brand owners," said Michael Grosskopf, head of pigments business unit Clariant.

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