By: Roger Renstrom
March 14, 2012
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (March 14, 2:05 p.m. ET) — Masterbatch and custom colorant manufacturer Plastics Color Corp. has launched a line of flame-retardant systems. Neither contains decabrome or antimony trioxide.
The idea for the FlamaSol FR line surfaced in May 2011, and PCC began conducting material beta tests with a customer in August, Timothy Workman, vice president of business development, said at the Plastec West trade show, held Feb. 14-16 in Anaheim.
PCC’s solutions center in Asheboro, N.C., developed FlamaSol FR in pellet form initially for polypropylene and is exploring liquid applications. Pellets for polyethylene became available in March with FlamaSol FR versions for polystyrene and polymethyl methacrylate slated for distribution later in 2012.
Separately, PCC is registering the trade name LiquiSol and marketing a line of fully compounded advanced liquid colorants suitable for injection molding or extrusion applications. The colorant is metered mechanically into a processing machine. A peristaltic pump feeds the colorant through a polymer tube into a feed throat or an intermixer above the feed throat.
In August, PCC acquired Tempe, Ariz.-based Polysource LLC and its Pinnacle Color subsidiary and, in October, moved those operations to a PCC facility in Sun Valley, Calif. The relocation included three material mixers from Myers Engineering Inc. and added four million pounds to PCC’s colorant capacity, Workman said.
Business unit Plastics Distribution Corp. remains in Tempe with Craig Degnaro as LiquiSol product manager.
Calumet City, Ill.-based PCC employs 120 and operates as a subsidiary of PMC Global Inc.