Shepherd Color Announces New IR Black for Recycling of Black Plastic
Update March 2022: Black 10P925 has been replaced with Black 10F925 to denote its FDA FCN status.
(CINCINNATI, OH, June 17, 2020) It seems that the Shepherd Color's R&D team is at it again. 'Creating Value, Brightening Lives' has long been the Core Value of The Shepherd Color Company. The R&D Team has their pulse on the coatings and plastics industries to understand the needs of their customers: to create quality, innovative products, which bring value to not only their customers, but to the sustainability of the environment.
One such product is a cost-effective IR Black colorant for packaging that can reflect IR wavelengths in recycling sorting facilities, so these plastics may be recycled. Black is a popular color used for plastic packaging, which is mostly carbon black pigment. The carbon black pigmentation absorbs the light from the emitter used in plastic sorting centers, which prevents the sensor from identifying the polymer used, so the material is then rejected and not recycled (see illustration below).
Shepherd Color has spent the last 40 years developing, optimizing, and manufacturing IR Black pigments. Based on the new balance of properties needed for the recycling application, they were able to design, prototype and scale up an IR Black pigment to meet this new need. This IR Black pigment advancement is Arctic® Black 10P925. The pigment is optimized for infrared sorting of plastics and has the following characteristics:
- Jet masstone color
- Survives multiple extrusions
- Single pigment solution
- Widely listed on chemical registries for global supply
- Food packaging compliance in key EU market
Black 10P925 is not only excellent for coloring plastic articles used for producing, packaging and transporting food, but can be used in other coatings as well. 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 plastics industries. To request a sample, receive technical data, or find other regulatory information, visit our Find Colors page.
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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.