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How Shepherd Color Approaches Innovation

In our short Innovation video, we discuss how successful product innovation involves a number of factors, with the most important being the people involved, the process, and the perception of color.

Learn how Shepherd Color has spent decades researching and optimizing pigments. This dedication has enabled us to create many innovative, high performance complex inorganic color pigments, not only for the plastics, coatings and glass enamels industries, but also for technology products such as telecommunication devices.

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WEBINAR: All About Arctic Infrared Reflective Pigments

We are excited to announce our latest webinar is now LIVE in our Virtual Showroom! ‘All About Arctic Infrared Reflective Pigments‘ reviews the advantages of how Arctic IR Pigments can be used in many applications to help keep products cooler, delivering the best lifetime value because their performance delays or eliminates costly damage caused by sunlight. 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). Additionally in May we released our webinar on ‘IR Pigment Technology for Improving Food Package Recycling’.

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 IR Reflective Green Pigment – Shepherd Color

Shepherd Color Featured in June 2021 Coatings World – Shepherd Color

WEBINAR: IR Pigment Technology for Improving Food Package Recycling – Shepherd Color

 

PRESS RELEASE: Shepherd Color Announces New IR Reflective Green Pigment

(CINCINNATI, OH, June 23, 2021) Shepherd Color announces the launch of their new specialty Chromium Oxide Green 30C659. Shepherd Color has over 90 years of experience developing, optimizing, and manufacturing an extraordinary range of complex inorganic color pigments. This addition to their specialty performance Dynamix® easily-dispersed and Arctic® IR Reflective pigment lines, adds yet another pigment to their extensive color options.

Chromium Oxide Green, also known as C.I. Pigment Green 17, is widely used in high-performance color matches and has wide regulatory approvals and inclusion in chemical registries around the world. Green 30C659 is an addition to the Arctic® IR Reflective line of pigments which have become the standard for use in ‘cool coatings’ because of their potential to reduce energy usage in building products. Shepherd Color’s Green 30C659 incorporates their Dynamix® technology, which removes the time consuming, energy-intensive, and variable pigment grinding step in laboratory development, scale-up, and full production. Green 30C659 is all inorganic and doesn’t have any organic dispersion aids or resins included that might compromise the performance of systems incorporating the pigment. This unique blending of properties makes the pigment a cornerstone of any sustainable coating or plastic system.

Common uses for Green 30C659 are high-performance coatings such as coil coating, 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:

  • Dark green color
  • High Total Solar Reflectance (TSR)
  • High opacity and heat stability
  • Compatible with wide range of water and solvent systems and plastics

Green 30C659 is a great partner to Shepherd Color’s other innovative Arctic® IR Reflective pigments 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.

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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 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://shepherdcolor.wpengine.com/virtual/ to learn more.

Learn more about Shepherd Color’s NTP Yellow and RTZ Orange pigments here.

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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.

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

Blue 10C595

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

Brown 30C888, Orange 30C342, and Yellow 30C236

Fall brings beautiful colors to our environment, reminding us of our many colorful pigments complimenting this time of year. Watch the video to learn more about Brown 30C888, Orange 30C342, and Yellow 30C236.

Who says you can’t have dark color pigments with high TSR values?

Shepherd Color’s Green 10C650 masstone meets this criteria and more

The Shepherd Color Company developed a dark colored pigment called Green 10C650, that excels in allowing color matchers to make dark green colors that have high total solar reflectance (TSR) and excellent weathering properties. Green 10C650 is part of our Arctic® Infrared Reflective Pigments, which absorb the visible infrared wavelengths, yet reflects the invisible infrared wavelengths, that contribute to solar induced heat build up (HBU).

Green 10C650 is compatible with a wide-range of resins and polymers for use in plastics and coatings, but what is the secret to its usefulness? Read more about Green 10C650.

 

Interested in more greens? Green 10G655 and Green 10G603 represent the cutting edge in new pigment development, addressing regulatory concerns that can come from around the world, and give customers multiple options depending on what is most important to them and the environment.

ARTICLE: Pigments move beyond aesthetics

In the September issue of Compounding World, ‘Pigments move beyond aesthetics’ reviews the latest developments in pigments for plastics. Market demands go well beyond aesthetics, and provide answers to environmental questions. The trend to substitution of heavy metals, through the use of new inorganic and organic pigments, and the growing interest in pigments derived from renewables. From regulatory drivers to recycling and sustainability, this article takes a look at some of the latest moves by pigment suppliers to the plastics industry. Read the entire article here.

Mentioned in this article is our new Black 10P925 product, a cost-effective IR Black colorant for packaging that can reflect IR wavelengths in recycling sorting facilities. Read more…

PRESS RELEASE: Using Technical Expertise to Meet Regulatory Challenges

(CINCINNATI, OH, September 9, 2020) When concerns were raised about specific forms of nickel in standard Cobalt Titanate, CI Pigment 50 (PG50) in the European Union (EU), The Shepherd Color Company deployed their sizeable expertise in technical, analytical, and regulatory areas to find not one, but two high-performance pigment solutions.

The first route of retaining nickel in the formula, but ensuring that the nickel wasn’t present in the form of concern, yielded Green 10G655. This is a standard PG50 specially formulated and produced to meet EU labelling requirements, while maintaining a bright, chromatic green shade that PG50s are known for, and is more chromatic than other inorganic green pigments, such as chrome oxide (PG17).

A second pathway was to remove nickel from the pigment formulation altogether. Other pigment companies tried this route, but to get the color close, had to add chromium to the formula. While in a safe Cr3+ state, many industries like powder coatings use PG50s because they do not contain any form of chromium in their formula. After an exhaustive search, Shepherd Color developed a bright chromatic green without nickel or chromium and launched it as Green 10G603. This product has a bright and chromatic masstone, excellent tint-strength and best of all, it is still classified as a PG50, so it has the same regulatory and chemical inventory approvals and listings.

Shepherd Color’s Green 10G603 and Green 10G655 represent the cutting edge in new pigment development. A pigment used to be judged mainly by its coloristic properties. Today, regulatory pressures dictate that old pigment chemistries meet new requirements or find their use curtailed or even eliminated. Very often, the new alternatives are of lower performance and higher cost, or both, but often with limited options.

Shepherd Color not only addresses regulatory concerns that can come from around the world, but give their customers multiple options depending on what is most important to them and the environment.

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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.

 

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