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Rice bran wax additives Licocare® RBW
Vita function as lubricants, dispersants,
and nucleators for engineering plastics

Plastics are substituting traditional – i.e. metallic – materials, and thus need high temperature additives for the demanding under-the-hood, electrical and high-temperature polymer packaging applications. Rice bran wax is a natural and sustainable alternative to other waxes, including montan and synthetic waxes, providing customers with options to meet their supply and sustainability needs while maintaining the desired product characteristics. Clariant’s innovative, bio-based range of additives, Licocare RBW Vita, supports this development and delivers on both performance and sustainability.

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Based on renewable rice bran wax, a non-food competing by-product of the rice bran oil production, Licocare RBW Vita additives act as effective lubricants, dispersion agents and nucleating agents. The main target applications are engineering thermoplastics such as polyamides, polyesters, polyurethanes, epoxy resins and biopolymers like PLA. Rice bran waxes increase the flow of polyesters, e.g. PET, while improving roller and metal release, to allow faster production rates of clear and translucent PET for both food (FDA approved) and security packaging. They are also excellent organic pigment dispersants. As Licocare RBW’s are FDA approved in all polyesters, they may be used in PET, PBT, PETG, co-polyesters and bio-polymers like PLA, PHA, etc.

These rice bran wax solutions carry the Vita designator indicating that they are based on renewable feedstock with at least 98% RCI, Renewable Carbon Index. Customers seeking natural or plant-based alternatives will value these rice bran waxes for their reduced carbon footprint compared to montan waxes, which also contributes to a lower overall carbon footprint of the final product when using rice bran wax.

Benefits of our Licocare® rice bran waxes

The Licocare® RBW Vita portfolio offers various valuable features and benefits to plastics compounders and masterbatch producers to fulfill demanding requirements set by industries such as transportation and electrical & electronics producers. Our high performing waxes improve melt flow, ease mold release force and ensure a more homogeneous distribution of pigments. The bio-based additive solutions also have an excellent environmental profile which is conducive to achieving corporate sustainability targets.

Clariant has earned a Gold level Material Health Certificate for Licocare® RBW Vita, which is awarded to products that meet the Material Health requirements of the multi-attribute Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard. Furthermore, the Licocare® RBW Vita range has also been awarded the “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” certificate from TÜV Austria Cert GmbH. Also, the Licocare® RBW 102 Vita was awarded the “OK biodegradable SOIL” label. Herewith, Clariant contributes to the development of industrially compostable plastics as well as biodegradable coatings for agriculture.

Sustainability performance

  • No hazard labels
  • Based on renewable resources with real renewable content of at least 98% RCI (Renewable Carbon Index)
  • Contributes to efficiency and energy saving in production
  • Lower product carbon footprint compared to comparable montan wax equivalents
  • Made from non-food competing by-product of rice bran oil production, improving the rice value chain
  • Carries the Clariant EcoTain® label

Key product features

  • Improved melt flow
  • Lower mold release force
  • High temperature stability
  • Low volatility and migration
  • Effective dispersion of fillers & pigments
  • Better color and appearance (lighter) compared to legacy products

Your benefits

  • Improved shaping flexibility
  • Reduced rejection rates
  • Better mechanical properties
  • Smooth surfaces
  • Increased productivity through shorter cycle times
  • Constant output and controlled unit costs
  • Contributes to achieving your corporate sustainability targets
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Renewable, non-food-competing feedstock

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Find the right rice bran wax for your polymer and application

Polyamides
Polyesters
Polycarbonates
TPUs

A faster process, while reducing roller and mold sticking may be achieved with Licocare RBW 102 Vita.

Polyolefins

Gloss improvements in highly-filled PP molded parts can be seen with Licocare RBW 300 Vita.

PVC

Internal and external lubrication can be achieved with Licocare RBW 102  Vita and Licocare RBW 300 Vita.

Biopolymers

Improved material flow and excellent release is provided with Licocare RBW 102 Vita.

Application tests by Clariant show that Licocare® RBW Vita solutions achieve higher performance levels compared to alternative solutions on the market. Application data for other polymer types also available.
Graphic showcasing higher performance levels of Licocare rice bran waxes compared to standard montan waxes for internal and external lubrication with Polyamide.
Graphic showcasing higher performance levels of Licocare rice bran waxes compared to standard montan waxes for internal and external lubrication with Polyamide.

From rice grain to Licocare® RBW Vita

Our multi-purpose additives are derived from crude rice bran wax. This is a by-product from the production of rice bran oil. Clariant chemically and physically upgrades this renewable raw material and thus contributes to using the rice grain's full value. With biobased solutions like our Licocare® RBW Vita additives, we take the sustainable enhancement of plastics to the next level. Watch how we innovate to improve plastics.

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Discover our innovative highlights:

  • Licocare® RBW 101 powder Vita
    Licocare RBW 101 powder Vita is a low polar modified wax based on renewable resource. See here for more details about Licocare® RBW for Plastics and for Coatings and Inks.
    SAMPLE | SDS | DOWNLOADS
  • Licocare® RBW 102 powder Vita
    Licocare RBW 102 powder Vita is a medium polar modified wax based on renewable resource. See here for more details about Licocare® RBW for Plastics and for Coatings and Inks.
    SAMPLE | SDS | DOWNLOADS
  • Licocare® RBW 106 flakes Vita
    Licocare RBW 106 flakes Vita is a high polar modified wax based on renewable resource. See here for more details about Licocare® RBW for Plastics and for Coatings and Inks.
    SAMPLE | SDS | DOWNLOADS
  • Licocare® RBW 300 powder Vita
    Licocare RBW 300 powder Vita is a partially saponified wax based on renewable resource. See here for more details about Licocare® RBW for Plastics and for Coatings and Inks.
    SAMPLE | SDS | DOWNLOADS
  • Licocare® RBW 330 powder Vita
    Licocare RBW 330 powder Vita is a partially saponified wax based on renewable resource. See here for more details about Licocare® RBW for Plastics and for Coatings and Inks.
    SAMPLE | SDS | DOWNLOADS
  • Licocare® RBW 360 powder Vita
    Licocare RBW 360 powder Vita is a calcium salt of long chain, saturated, linear carboxylic acids based on renewable resource, providing excellent nucleating and lubricating effects in all kinds of injection molded polyamides. Licocare RBW 360 powder Vita combines the advantages of a lubricating and nucleating agent in one product and is very effective at low concentrations (~ 0.2 - 0.5%). See here for more details about Licocare® RBW for Plastics and for Coatings and Inks.
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  • Ceridust® 1041 TP Vita
    Ceridust 1041 TP Vita is a micronized polar modified wax based on renewable resource.
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  • Ceridust® 1060 Vita
    New micronized product based on renewable feedstock. This modified natural wax is a sustainable solution offering high performance. It is easy dispersible in water and solvent-based wood coatings and shows excellent matting, as well as slip and scratch resistance properties. Furthermore, it gives wood a smooth, pleasant soft touch feel. Used in powder coatings, Ceridust 1060 Vita provides excellent pigment dispersion for bright colors. The modified natural wax furthermore acts as a processing and degassing aid and improves the surface protection. Due to the low melting point and low melt viscosity this additive is also an excellent option for low-temperature curing systems. Ceridust 1060 Vita has been awarded with an EcoTain label resulting from its sustainability advantages and exceeding market standards.
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