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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.

YInMn Blue

Revolutionary Blue for Industrial and Artist Color Materials

Commercially known as Blue 513, YInMn Blue is available for use in industrial coatings and plastics as well as artist color materials. The 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. Click here to learn more about YInMn and stay tuned as we have a special announcement tomorrow!

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.

High-performance colour pigments for powder coatings

Durable, Functional and Colourful

Complex Inorganic Colour Pigments (CICPs) provide interesting options for demanding applications for powder coatings. CICPs provide durable colour that can stand up to the most challenging and aggressive processing and applications. Recent advances have found that besides colour, these pigments have properties that give them the ability to address regulatory requirements and give not only colour, but functional properties.

Read the first article of our three-part series by Mark Ryan in the April edition of Polymers Paint Colour Journal here.

Read Article 2: Controlling colour with high-performance inorganic pigments

How Shepherd Color challenges the chemistry of pigments to address regulatory pressures

(Excerpt from Compounding World September 2019 Issue) Pigment chemistries continue to come under regulatory pressure, based on their chemical composition and physical forms as well as challenges from non-governmental organisations. “We continue to push the edge of currently used chemistry to find new pigments that address new regulatory pressures,” says Mark Ryan, Marketing Manager at Shepherd Color.

One example of this push is the company’s removal of nickel from the composition of its CI Pigment Green 50 (PG50), due in part at least to concerns in the EU. Pigment Green 50 is often used in place of green chromium oxide (PG17) because it is more chromatic and does not contain chromium. Shepherd Color’s Green 10G603 is free of both nickel and chromium and is literally “greener”. “It has an increased negative a* value that denotes how green in colour a pigment is,” explains Ryan.

To read the entire article by Jennifer Markarian, Contributing Editor for Compounding World, click here.