PRESS RELEASE: Shepherd Color Announces New Bismuth Vanadate Yellow Pigment

(CINCINNATI, OH, April 14, 2021) Shepherd Color announced the opening of their new Virtual Showroom in March 2021 with the launch of their new Bismuth Vanadate (BV) Yellow, product code 30C133. Shepherd Color has over 90 years of experience developing, optimizing, and manufacturing an extraordinary range of complex inorganic color pigments. This addition to their ultra-high performance yellow and orange lines, adds yet another pigment to their already long list of color options.

Bismuth Vanadate, also known as C.I. Pigment Yellow 184, is widely used in high-performance yellow color matches and has wide regulatory approvals and inclusion in chemical registries around the world. Shepherd Color’s Yellow 30C133 is only available in their Dynamix® brand, which removes the time consuming, energy-intensive and variable pigment grinding step in laboratory development, scale-up, and full production. Yellow 30C133 is all inorganic and doesn’t have any organic dispersion aids or resins included that might compromise the performance of systems incorporating Yellow 30C133.

Common uses for Yellow 30C133 are high-performance coatings such as coil & extrusion spray, automotive, industrial, architectural, powder and other coatings. It can also be used in plastics and engineering polymers, especially in thin films and fibers. The pigment is optimized for easy dispersion and has the following characteristics:

  • Bright, green-shade yellow
  • High opacity and heat stability
  • Compatible with wide range of water and solvent systems and plastics
  • High tint strength

Yellow 30C133 is a great partner to Shepherd Color’s innovative NTP yellows helping customers to expand their inorganic durable and weatherable color space options. This new pigment is an example of Shepherd Color’s R&D expertise in developing products that provide unique tools to solve the challenges of customers in the coatings and engineering plastics industries. Visit their Virtual Showroom at https://www.shepherdcolor.com/virtual/ to learn more.

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ABOUT THE SHEPHERD COLOR COMPANY

Founded in 1981, The Shepherd Color Company produces a wide range of high-performance Complex Inorganic Color Pigments (CICPs) used in a variety of industries. These pigments are an extraordinary class of inorganic pigments that offer stable, long-lasting color for many applications. They have unbeatable weatherability, heat and chemical resistance, are non-warping and easy to disperse. More Expertise. Better Performance. Best Value. That’s Shepherd Color. Visit us at www.shepherdcolor.com and www.linkedin.com/company/shepherdcolor.

PRESS RELEASE: Shepherd Color Announces New Sales Office in China

(CINCINNATI, OH, April 9, 2021) The Shepherd Color Company has announced the opening of their new Sales Office in China, Shepherd Color (Shenzhen) Limited Company.

Shepherd Color Shenzhen will import, stock and sell The Shepherd Color Company and Shepherd Technologies products in China.

The main office will be in Shenzhen with three further staff based in Shanghai. Shepherd Color will continue to hold stock in both Shanghai and Shenzhen warehouses and will continue to provide excellent service to its customers.

They also announced that many of their distributor’s staff have joined Shepherd Color Shenzhen, under the leadership of Ms. Wing Ye.

Shepherd Color will continue to use Eastway (Shanghai) as their preferred distributor in China for some customers. The Shepherd Color Company has been selling pigments in China through Eastway (Shanghai) for the past 14 years and have been a great source of support to their business during this period.

As the leading global producer of complex inorganic color pigments, The Shepherd Color Company produces thousands of tons of pigments annually for customers around the world, offering stable and long-lasting color for plastics, coatings, glass, and ceramics applications. As a 4th generation, family-owned business, we pride ourselves in our 90 plus years of experience.

Visit Shepherd Color at Chinaplas, 13th-16th April in the Shenzhen World Exhibition Center, Hall 16K91.

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ABOUT THE SHEPHERD COLOR COMPANY

Founded in 1981, The Shepherd Color Company produces a wide range of high-performance Complex Inorganic Color Pigments (CICPs) used in a variety of industries. These pigments are an extraordinary class of inorganic pigments that offer stable, long-lasting color for many applications. They have unbeatable weatherability, heat and chemical resistance, are non-warping and easy to disperse. More Expertise. Better Performance. Best Value. That’s Shepherd Color. Visit us at www.shepherdcolor.com and www.linkedin.com/company/shepherdcolor.

Shepherd Color Featured in April 2021 Issue of Plastics In Packaging

In the April 2021 issue of Plastics in Packaging, ‘In Pursuit of Purity,’ Noli Dinkovski reports the development of new and innovative products and technologies to overcome the the shortage of quality raw materials in the recycled PET market. As more and more companies increase their sustainability efforts, the article reviews why these technologies are important. Read the article here.

To review the entire April edition, visit the Plastics in Packaging website at plasticsinpackaging.com.

 

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Shepherd Color Featured in March/April 2021 European Coatings

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Shepherd Color Featured in March/April 2021 European Coatings

In the March/April 2021 Edition of European Coatings, ‘High-performance Color Pigments for Powder Coatings: Durable, functional and Colorful’ article, Mark Ryan, Marketing Manager of The Shepherd Color Company, discusses the background of CICPs and their unique properties beyond visual color. The advances in IR reflective pigments are also discussed in detail along with evidence showing weatherability performance.

Read the entire article here, and find your Shepherd Color by visiting our 3D color chart.

 

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Shepherd Color Featured in February 2021 CoatingsTech Article – Shepherd Color

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Shepherd Color Featured in January 2021 CoatingsTech Article

In the January 2021 Edition of CoatingsTech, ‘Sources of Innovation in Paints and Coatings’ article, features Geoffrey Peake, R&D Manager of The Shepherd Color Company, as he discusses the biggest source of innovation in the paint and coatings industry comes from customers. Written by Cynthia Challener, Contributing Writer to CoatingsTech, the article details the key role innovation plays in the paint and coatings market today, and what sources to consider.

Read the entire article here, and find your Shepherd Color by visiting our 3D color chart.

 

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Shepherd Color Featured in February 2021 CoatingsTech Article

In the February 2021 Edition of CoatingsTech, ‘The Intertwining of Color Selection and Pigment Technology Development’ article, features Mark Ryan, Marketing Manager of The Shepherd Color Company, as he discusses the cost, functionality, and properties of pigments as they relate to the overall creation and performance of pigments. Written by Cynthia Challener, Contributing Writer to CoatingsTech, the article details the dynamic process on how colors are selected for certain applications, from trends to production standards, all the way to customer specifications.

Read the entire article here, and find your Shepherd Color by visiting our 3D color chart.

 

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High-performance weathering powder coating colours

Weathering of Complex Inorganic Colour Pigments in Powder Coatings

In the previous article of our three-part series, we discussed the control of colour in powder coatings. In the last of the series, we discuss weathering variables for powder coatings.

Powder coatings are an environmentally friendly way to apply coatings to a wide range of substrates for a number of uses. One of the most demanding applications is for building materials in aggressive environments. All the variables that lead to degradation of coatings – heat, ultraviolet (UV) light, moisture, oxidation agents, and chemicals along with simple physical abuse – are present. For these applications, the highest performance components have to be used, if specifications such as those prescribed by American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 are to be met. Part of the equation is the resin used while the other is the colorant.

Read the entire article by Mark Ryan in the December edition of Polymers Paint Colour Journal here and read Article 1 and 2 via the links below.

Read Article 1 of this 3-part series: High-performance colour pigments for powder coatings

Read Article 2 of this 3-part series: Controlling colour with high-performance inorganic pigments

Shepherd Color Recognized by National Geographic in December 2020 Issue

The Shepherd Color Company has been recognized by National Geographic in their December issue for our innovation in inorganic color pigments. The article ‘Enhanced by Science, Colorfully’ specifically notes our NTP Yellow and RTZ Orange pigments, great non-toxic replacements for lead chromate pigments. Additionally, one cannot forget that Shepherd Color has commercially brought the YInMn blue to market which is also mentioned. More colors and chemistries are in the works within our innovative R&D team. (article requires a subscription)

 

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Shepherd’s Yellow Pigments – Chromatic Masstones and Bright Pastel Shades

WEBINAR AVAILABLE: Ultra-High Performance Yellow and Orange Pigments

Shepherd Color RTZ Orange Pigments, the Reddest Shades on the Market

Article: Recent Advances in the Yellow Color Space

PRESS RELEASE: The Shepherd Color Company Announces Full Approval of YInMn Blue

Shepherd Color announces new YInMn Blue Pigment

Blue 10C595

Watch the video to learn more about Blue 10C595 and why it’s no ordinary blue.

COVID-19

Latest Update: November 24, 2020

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, in addition to our existing policies and procedures, we have updated our Face Mask Policy effective immediately. In an effort to further protect our employees, their families, and our business, we will be increasing the usage of face masks in our facility.

In general, face masks will now be required at all times in the facility unless you meet one of the following exceptions:

  • If you are on the production floor performing a job where a respirator is not required, whilst maintaining social distance
  • If you are in an office or work area by yourself
  • In other select, well-designated areas, if you are working alone and you are at least 6 ft. away from others
  • If you are seated in a breakroom on break/lunch and are at least 6 ft. away from others

This applies to all employees, contractors and visitors. Disposable masks are available from one of the many mask stands located around the plant.

Sincerely,

John Marten
President, The Shepherd Color Company

Update: June 16, 2020

As Ohio starts to re-open, Shepherd Color will continue to rigorously enforce the policies we have implemented (described in our past updates noted below) for our employees. We are extending our “Work from Home” plans and reinforcing and extending all “Social Distancing” policies whilst we maintain full production and operations.

We encourage our employees to review our Employee Resource Portal often to reinforce safety precautions, including how to wear face coverings, hand washing techniques, and performing other daily health screenings as shown in the image below. Additional information can be found here.

All of us at Shepherd Color wish you and your families a safe upcoming Father’s Day, and we thank you for your continued level of support and patience.

Sincerely,

John Marten
President, The Shepherd Color Company

Update: April 7, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced April 2nd that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59PM on May 1, 2020, and goes into effect at 11:59PM on April 6, 2020.

Shepherd Color is considered an Essential business and thus, is continuing its operations and remains open for business. We will continue to rigorously enforce the adjusted policies we have implemented and described below for our employees. We are extending our “Work from Home” plans and reinforcing and extending all “Social Distancing” policies whilst we maintain full production and operations.

All of us at Shepherd Color wish you and your families a Happy Easter, and we thank you for your continued level of support and patience.

Sincerely,

John Marten
President, The Shepherd Color Company

Update: April 1, 2020

For our employees – We continue our Work from Home plan, where possible. All essential employees are reporting to their positions. We continue to ask our employees to cooperate by taking the key steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19; social distancing, washing hands frequently, avoiding touching of the face, and regularly disinfecting surfaces. We have also developed an Employee Resource Portal that contains information to keep our employees safe during this time, including personal health information to relieve stress, ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other resources.

For our customers Chinese production is ramping up but it is taking some time for shipping containers to make their way back into circulation across the globe. This is impacting only a few deliveries for us. As COVID-19 cases are increasing in the U.S., some states are limiting certain activities to prohibit the spread of the virus. However, our suppliers are reassuring us they are not seeing significant delays and therefore, we see no threat of imminent supply interruption for our April/May production periods.

In summary:

  • We are not currently experiencing any major interruptions in raw material supply that would hinder our production schedules.
  • We expect global deliveries to the U.S. to continue to be somewhat sporadic due to the irregularity of transoceanic freight shipments and we expect this to continue for a while.
  • We believe our current raw material inventory management process (including local/regional warehousing strategies and safety stock considerations) is adequate to absorb any delays in supply that could occur in the near term.

As always, rest assured that we have excellent relationships with our supply chain representatives and they are working alongside us to maintain timely communication throughout this experience.

We continue to take actions based on facts and we will use information issued by the CDC, and other recognized U.S. authorities to guide our actions during this event. As things change, we will continue to keep this page updated.

Sincerely,

John Marten
President, The Shepherd Color Company

Update: March 24, 2020

Effective at 11:59PM Monday March 23rd, under the direction of the Ohio Governor, a “Stay-at-Home” Order has been issued and is effective until April 6, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses.

Shepherd Color is considered an Essential business and thus, is continuing its operations and remains open for business. We will continue to rigorously enforce the adjusted policies we have implemented and described below for our employees. We are extending additional “Work From Home” plans. We are reinforcing and extending all “Social Distancing” policies whilst we maintain full production and operations.

Our global Customer Experience Groups, Logistics and Distribution Channels are working tirelessly to ensure all our customers are served to their expectations during this event. Our Sales, Marketing and Technical Support Groups are all working to continue to be available, support any questions and provide the expertise our customers need to maintain their businesses and be successful during this time.

All of us at Shepherd Color wish you and your families stay safe and healthy during this time, and we thank you for your continued level of support and patience.

Sincerely,

John Marten
President, The Shepherd Color Company

Update: March 17, 2020

At Shepherd Color, we are committed to serving and supporting our customers – without exception. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, we want to let you know that we are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of our customers, associates, families and communities. As we carefully monitor the situation regarding the Coronavirus, Shepherd Color will continue to follow the guidelines of local, state, and federal government officials.

For our employees – we have implemented a Work from Home plan, where possible. All business travel has been postponed indefinitely, and all on-site campus visitors are canceled unless a business need is necessary.

All essential employees are reporting to their positions at this time. We continue to ask our employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases by doing the following:

  • Stay home if sick
  • Washing hands frequently, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover your mouth with tissues, or your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows where possible
  • Regularly disinfecting surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, handrails, counters, sinks, toilets, copiers

For our customers – as previously reported, productivity in China was greatly diminished in the weeks following the peak of the outbreak there and, as expected, this has led to some short-term delays in our supply chain for raw materials. We continue to keep a close eye on a handful of key raw materials that has an elevated risk from China but production of most of these materials has resumed and re-supply to our US distributors and warehouses is now taking place. Therefore, we see no threat of imminent supply interruption for our March/April production periods.

Please note:

  • We are not currently experiencing any interruptions in raw material supply that would hinder production schedules.
  • We do expect deliveries to the U.S. to be choppy in the coming weeks as Chinese producers scale up productivity, transportation routes open up to the ports and shipping lanes begin to function more normally.
  • We believe our current raw material inventory management process (including local/regional warehousing strategies and safety stock considerations) is adequate to absorb any delays in supply that is expected in the near term.
  • We are paying particular attention to any critical raw materials that may require us to take special actions to ensure continuity of supply, if that becomes the case we have resources identified to address those actions.
  • We continue to do all we can to secure supplies that we believe are most vulnerable while maintaining regular dialog with our supply representatives.

Rest assured, we have excellent relationships with our supply chain representatives and they are working alongside us to maintain timely communication throughout this experience.

We wish to take actions based on facts and we will use information issued by the CDC, and other recognized U.S. authorities to guide our actions during this event. As we learn of facts that drive up our level of concern, we will report it appropriately.

All of us at Shepherd Color wish you and your families stay safe and healthy during this time, and we thank you for your continued level of support and patience. We will continue to provide updates as we have them available.

Sincerely,

John Marten
President, The Shepherd Color Company