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WEBINAR: IR Pigment Technology for Improving Food Package Recycling

We are excited to announce our latest webinar is now LIVE in our Virtual Showroom! ‘IR Pigment Technology for Improving Food Package Recycling‘ reviews the advantages of replacing carbon black in plastics with IR black pigments. We launched our Virtual Showroom in March with ‘Ultra High Performance Yellow and Orange Pigments‘, introducing of our newest color in our easy-dispersing Dynamix® range, Bismuth Vanadate Yellow (30C133).

While browsing, try and find all the sounds we’ve hidden throughout the room.  Once you have found them, you can register to win a Shepherd Color prize! Before you leave, please take our survey by clicking on Frosty’s portrait (our Arctic mascot) to tell us what topics you would like us to cover in future webinars.

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PRESS RELEASE: Shepherd Color Announces New Sales Office in China – Shepherd Color

Shepherd Color Featured in April 2021 Issue of Plastics In Packaging – Shepherd Color

Shepherd Color Featured in March/April 2021 European Coatings

 

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

Shepherd Color Featured in February 2021 CoatingsTech Article

Shepherd Color Featured in January 2021 CoatingsTech Article

 

Blue 10C595

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

Formulating the ‘Black Rainbow’

Who Says a Rainbow Has to Be Colorful?

For 40 years, The Shepherd Color Company has been producing a wide range of high-performance color pigments, many of which are infrared reflecting (IR) Black pigments. Our Black pigments for coatings and plastics all vary in masstone jetness, Total Solar Reflectance (TSR), and tint strength, the three main properties of an IR Black pigment. This forms the foundation of the ‘Black Rainbow’. Find what products make up the Shepherd Color ‘Black Rainbow’ here.

PRESS RELEASE: Shepherd Color Announces New IR Black for Recycling of Black Plastic

(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
  • Non-magnetic
  • 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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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.

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

(CINCINNATI, OH, May 28, 2020) The Shepherd Color Company is proud to announce that the innovative pigment known as “YInMn Blue” has been added to the U.S. EPA TSCA registry. This means that the YInMn blue is now fully approved for use in commercial applications, including artist color materials.

Besides the long-anticipated availability for use in artist materials because of its color, YInMn Blue is valued for its unique balance of durability and IR reflectivity. Commercially known as Blue 10G513, YInMn has been available for industrial use under a Low Volume Exemption (LVE) since 2017. High-performance coatings and engineering plastics companies have been impressed with its visual opacity and color and the near-infrared reflective properties. This balance of visual aesthetics and infrared functionality gives it unique properties that allow building products to have deep, rich blue colors and that stay cooler when exposed to the sun. Blue 10G513 also has exhibited excellent weathering properties.

Shepherd Color has partnered with companies around the world to make YInMn Blue available in a wide range of artist materials. Please visit our website www.shepherdcolor.com/products/yinmn/ for a complete list of these providers.

The YInMn Blue pigment chemistry was discovered serendipitously at Oregon State University and licensed to The Shepherd Color Company for commercial sales. Named after the chemical constituents of Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese in a trigonal bipyramidal structure, the YInMn Blue represents how new and exciting chemicals are being discovered.

Launching new and interesting pigment technologies to the market shows Shepherd Color’s technical expertise, analytical capability, production competence, and global relationships with industries’ leading coatings and plastics companies along with living up to our Core Purpose of “Creating Value, Brightening Lives”. To learn more about YInMn Blue, visit www.shepherdcolor.com/products/yinmn/.

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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.

Shepherd Color Green-Shade Blues

Unique Blue Colors

Beyond the red-shade blues are the green-shade blues that fill a wide range of purposes. From Blue 211 used in ‘Interstate Blue’ for road signs to ‘plastic ware’ blue of Blue 424, green-shade blues may not be as flashy as their red-shade cousins, but they find a wide range of uses. Learn more about our green-shade Blues and their uses.

Shepherd Color Red-Shade Blues

Strong True-Blue Colors

Cobalt blues can be broken down into two major groups: red or green-shade. The red-shade cobalt blues are better known because their bright chromatic tones are valued in many eye catching colors including corporate and branding logos. Learn more about Shepherd Color’s wide range of red-shade blues for use in a number of applications from high-durability coatings, glass enamels, to coloring concrete for handicap parking designation.

From Artist Materials to High-Heat Applications

Say Goodbye to the Moody Blues, and Hello to Shepherd’s High Performance Blues

One of the primary colors, lying between violet and green, is the beautiful Blue hue. From the sky to the deep blue sea, to a shiny sapphire, blue is the color of trust, excellence, and performance in business. Blue can also be associated to sadness, as everyone has felt a little blue at times. This color can also be perceived as calm and cooling, a lot like Shepherd Color’s Arctic pigments.

The Shepherd Color Company’s roots originate in the 1920s in the ceramic industry, where we supplied colors for porcelain enamels. It’s no surprise that Blue has been one of our first inorganic color pigments. We are celebrating our Blue pigment line over the next month, learn more here and check back each week for details on our Blues.

To request a sample of our pigments, visit our Find Colors page.

Shepherd Color Innovation Leads to Higher Levels of Sustainability

Although sustainability has been steadily gaining traction as a global concern in recent years, many leading manufacturers have been investing in sustainable practices for decades.

The Shepherd Color Company is among those manufacturers investing in sustainable practices. “You could say we were sustainable before sustainable was cool,” said Mark Ryan, Marketing Manager, and a 20-year Shepherd employee.

“Shepherd Color’s investment in sustainable production predates even my time with the company,” Ryan said. “Largely because of the owner’s philosophy to do what’s right. As a result, sustainable practices have been developed both in response to their focus on treating people ethically as well as the environment.”

Shepherd Color’s focus on sustainability has evolved over the past several decades — to support their own values as well as respond to customer’s needs and demands.

Learn more about how we achieve these demands by downloading the rest of this article.