DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY (Oct. 31, 10:25 a.m. EST) — Americhem Inc. says targeted testing with key customers has allowed it to refine its proprietary range of concentrates for coloring PET bottles. The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, firm chose the K show to do its first full-scale roll-out of the unnamed product line to the European market.
Liam Beamish, account manager for Americhem Ltd., the company's Manchester, England-based subsidiary, said Americhem's PET concentrates feature a solid carrier system that is fully compatible with natural PET resin. The materials can deliver very low or very high pigment loadings and eliminate or reduce the need for drying.
Frank L. Fire, Americhem Inc.'s executive vice president of sales, marketing and international, said the company has been able to use color concentrate levels as low as 0.07 percent and still deliver consistent coloring. The same carrier system also can run at dosing levels of 6-7 percent to achieve opaque colors, which increasingly are popular for thin-wall detergent and household chemical bottles.
“We're making it easier for our customers to expand their product ranges,” Beamish said at the Dusseldorf show. “If it's easier to color the product, then the growth could be exponential.”