Clariant showcases efficient ED Pigments
-- Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals showcased the 'Easily Dispersible Pigments range' at the Paint India 2012, Outreach Conference in Chennai recently. Mr. Nitin Vaidya, Head - Technical Services, Pigments - Coatings Business, Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited, Incorporating the theme of "Better Raw Materials for Better Coatings", touched upon very crucial points for the industry, but what was more captivating were the benefits for the economy and the ecology as well: Clariant's special organic pigments can be easily incorporated into paint systems with a dissolver, lowering the manufacturing cost by reducing the grinding period thus saving the energy. Otherwise, pigment dispersing in the conventional method is a very specialized, time consuming and expensive process which requires high-priced technical equipments and know-how as well. Almost 220 technocrats were present from different companies including Asian Paints, Kansai Nerolac, Akzo Nobel, BASF, Nippon Paints, MRF Coatings, etc.
ED pigments can be dispersed with high speed dissolver using cowles blade with no additional milling. To achieve optimum colour and strength on the high speed dissolver, the pigment goes through a special surface treatment with a high efficiency and wide compatibility additive during the manufacturing process. ED pigment can also be dispersed using bead mills at reduced dispersion time compared to that required for conventional pigments. Three ranges of ED pigments are available viz. EDS for solvent borne coating, EDU for solvent and water borne coatings and EDW for water borne coatings.
Opined Mr. Tej Dialani, Head of Sales-Coatings & Tinting Systems - India sub region, Pigments, Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited - "ED Pigments is part of our global initiative and is positioned as one of the key product range in our growth strategy. Matching the industry evolving needs and demands is what Clariant stands for and ED pigments are one of the hallmarks of our innovative solutions for our customer."
Notes to Editor
Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel. The group owns over 100 companies worldwide and employed 22 149 employees on December 31, 2011. In the financial year 2011, Clariant recorded a turnover of around CHF 7.4 billion. Clariant is divided into eleven business units: Additives; Catalysis & Energy; Emulsions, Detergents & Intermediates; Functional Materials; Industrial & Consumer Specialties; Leather Services; Masterbatches; Oil & Mining Services; Paper Specialties; Pigments; Textile Chemicals.Clariant focuses on creating value by investing in future profitable and sustainable growth, which is based on four strategic pillars: Improving profitability, innovation as well as research and development, dynamic growth in emerging markets, and optimizing the portfolio through complementary acquisitions or divestments.