Shepherd Color Featured in March/April Edition of Plastics Engineering

Plastic waste on a conveyor belt in a waste management plant
Plastic waste on a conveyor belt in a waste management plant

Nancy Lamontagne discusses the topic of durability and recyclability in the field of polymers

A short excerpt from the Plastics Engineering March/April article titled “Sustainability is a Major Topic at SPE European Conference” by Nancy Lamontagne is what follows. Read the entire article here.

“At this year’s SPE Additives and Color Europe conference, industry executives from Europe and other parts of the world came together to talk about the latest in state-of-the-art additives, pigments, dyes, and masterbatches. In addition to sharing knowledge on a variety of relevant topics, the conference focused on several key themes including understanding OEMs’ expectations to better meet their growing needs, extending the life of plastics, conforming with new regulations, and improving recycling and sustainability. 

Mark Ryan, global market and product manager at Cincinnati-based Shepherd Color, discussed new pigments that improve sustainability by making black food packaging recyclable. Commonly used black pigments absorb near infrared (NIR) wavelengths, which prevents their classification by NIR-enabled automated sorting equipment. Shepherd offers a new line of pigments that are generically known as IR blacks under its Arctic Infrared Reflective Pigments brand, which do not absorb critical NIR wavelengths and thus allow black plastic packaging to be identified and sorted for recycling.”

Read the entire article here.

Shepherd Color offers two pigments for coloring plastics while maintaining IR sorting capabilities, Black 10F925 and Black 10F951.  Learn more on these black pigments that are FDA approved for food contact and optimized for recyclability by clicking here.

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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. We brighten lives.