A recognized global leader in color and additive concentrates and performance solutions for plastics
Clariant Masterbatches is a recognized global leader in color and additive concentrates and performance solutions for plastics. Brand owners, product manufacturers, designers and plastics processors around the world rely on Clariant Masterbatches to help enhance the market appeal or the end-use performance of plastic products, packaging or fibers. We deliver:
- A diverse portfolio of standard and custom color and additive products
- More than 10,000 color matches completed each year
- A majority of all orders are custom formulated
- Continuous technical innovation
- In-depth market knowledge and expertise
- Leadership in regulatory and standards compliance
- Solutions towards more sustainable products
- 50+ manufacturing plants around the world
- Local service and support
- In-depth chemical background within Clariant network leading to innovation
Adding color and functionality to plastics, accelerating product design and development, building brand power in diverse markets. In each of these areas, Clariant Masterbatches products, technology and service deliver major advantages and cement long-term customer relationships.
Clariant Masterbatches is one of seven business units of Clariant International Ltd. Headquartered in Muttenz, near Basel, Switzerland, Clariant Masterbatches is a global leader in color and additive concentrates and innovative performance solutions for plastics. Approximately 3,100 employees staff more than 50 manufacturing plants on five continents.
Color & Additive Expertise
To get the best results, color and additive formulations must be carefully chosen for compatibility with the polymer and a host of other factors. Clariant has a long history of creating standard masterbatches tailored to the specific requirements of almost any plastic resin or application. We create thousands of custom color and additive masterbatches every year for customers around the world, and test them against the most rigorous performance standards. The depth and breadth of our experience and expertise is why we can say that we have outstanding knowledge about adding color and performance to plastics.
Clariant Masterbatches has a local presence in 33 different countries and serves customers on six continents. Color specialists at our more than 50 manufacturing sites complete tens of thousands of color matches every year. This massive database of color formulas means chances are good we know exactly how to make your color… cost effectively and in conformance with REACH, food-contact approval and other local and global standards. Color management services include establishing color standards that recognize regional sources of raw materials, manufacturing practices and regulatory requirements so that you can get same great color anywhere in the world.
Color Design (ColorWorks®)
When it comes to the creative application of color and special effects in product design and branding, the Clariant ColorWorks® centers are an invaluable source of ideas, inspiration and technical guidance. At any of the four global ColorWorks® centers, brand managers and designers work with a dedicated team of Clariant experts to establish high-impact color concepts at the earliest stages of product development. Focusing simultaneously on aesthetics, functionality, color efficiency and project coordination, ColorWorks® helps you heighten shelf impact, differentiate brands, control costs and time-to-market, and manage color across multiple resins all around the world.
Color Trends (ColorForward®)
Issued annually, ColorForward® is the advanced trends-analysis program developed within Clariant ColorWorks® to help identify emerging social and cultural influences and forecast their impact on color trends in plastics. Unlike other color-trending services, ColorForward does not attempt identify the next “hot” color. Rather, the purpose of ColorForward is to inspire discussion and exploration so that product designers and marketers adapt these ideas to their own world of color.
Delivery forms (incl. Dosing systems for Liquid MBs)
Clariant Masterbatches is able to deliver color and additive concentrates in whatever form works best for you. We supply standard pelletized masterbatches, micro-beads or micro-granules, liquid concentrates, single pigment concentrates, salt-and-pepper blends and even pre-colored polymer compounds. Each of these options can offer cost and performance advantages, depending on the application and manufacturing environment. Clariant can assist customers in choosing between liquid color and the various solid forms. If liquids are selected, we can offer several clean, efficient and easy-to-use dosing equipment options.
HiFormer® is our brand new system for liquid masterbatches. We explore new and innovative dimensions in design, flexibility, and performance with brand owners and plastics processors. Read more about it below.
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With more than 50 manufacturing plants in more than 30 different countries, Clariant Masterbatches is never far away. In fact, fully 80% of our customers are within 400 kilometers of a production plant. This solid local presence, backed by the technical and logistical resources of a truly global company, is your assurance of unparalleled technical support including on-site troubleshooting, equipment calibration, flow analysis, analytical testing and addition-rate validation. From the first inquiry, through product design and manufacturing, to the market and beyond, Clariant surrounds its customers with service. That kind of support is a big part of the reason why Clariant Masterbatches is the partner of choice for companies both large and small.
All Clariant Masterbatches full-service manufacturing facilities worldwide strictly adhere to twenty-six compulsory Corporate Guidelines covering the environment, safety and health. We were among the first companies in the plastics industry to establish global policies aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the use of heavy metals and phthalate plasticizers. Clariant products help customers reduce energy consumption, limit the use of non-renewable resources, and make greater use of recycled materials. A global network of product stewardship and regulatory compliance specialists includes experts on regulations covering foods, beverages, drinking water, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, consumer goods, toys, packaging, chemical and waste management. Since 2001, Clariant has played an active role in developing industry guidelines related to the implementation of the sweeping European chemical registration initiative known as REACH. In short, with its global reach and deep interest in corporate citizenship, Clariant Masterbatches is ideally positioned to help customers in the plastics industry achieve their product stewardship goals.
Color Management Service (provided by ColorWorks™)
Maintaining color consistency across multiple resins sourced from different suppliers in countries around the world is a complex task that requires color-management knowledge and global resources available from Clariant Masterbatches. We can establish master color standards against which new materials may be evaluated, and distribute these color references throughout your supply chain. In addition, Clariant color experts can evaluate materials submitted by your vendors to confirm that they meet specifications. With Clariant color-management services, you are assured that the color you’ve selected will be faithfully reproduced – part after part and time after time.
Clariant Masterbatches markets its products under seven global brand names:
- REMAFIN® masterbatches for polyolefins
- RENOL® masterbatches for polyesters, engineering resins, styrenics and PVC,
- CESA® additive masterbatches,
- HYDROCEROL® chemical foaming and nucleating agents,
- OMNICOLOR® universal color masterbatches,
- ENIGMA® special effects masterbatches,
- MEVOPUR® masterbatches and specialty compounds for medical and pharmaceutical packaging applications and
- HIFORMER® liquid masterbatches system
Within the last few years, environmental consciousness among consumers and manufacturers has led to heightened interest in sustainable living practices, goods made from renewable and recyclable materials and product stewardship. Clariant has been taking a proactive role in bringing environmental responsibility to the market for colorants, special effects and additives. Instead of offering a single "eco-friendly" product or product line we approach our customers with a range of products and services that can help them reach sustainability objectives. These solutions includes all-natural color and additive masterbatches for biopolymers like PLA, conventional additives and pigments specially formulated to comply with strict compostability and ecotoxicity standards, and products that help reduce material consumption and increase the use of recycled materials, while also making the manufacturing process more efficient. And we can supply them in solid or liquid masterbatch form or as neat additives or colorants. All these choices, and the support that goes with it, bring a unique value to Clariant customers.
In conventional materials or in biopolymers, foaming has the potential to reduce environmental impact. Clariant Masterbatches’ HYDROCEROL chemical foaming agents (CFAs) make it possible to cut overall resin usage and weight by 10% and sometimes more with no loss of physical or mechanical performance. For this reason, CFAs are playing an important role in foamed food trays and cups, bottles and other packaging and also in consumer products and even automobiles where lighter weight components cut manufacturing costs and help improve gas mileage. Another benefit of HYDROCEROL, of interest particularly to processors, is a reduction in the melt viscosity of the base resin. This allows for faster extrusion rates and reduced cooling time, both of which contribute to shorter cycle times and, ultimately, lower energy costs and higher productivity.
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Interest in biopolymers – plastics made from corn, sugar, starch and other natural raw materials – continues to grow and Clariant has played an important role in the development of color and additive options for these materials. RENOL-natur masterbatches combine all-natural colorants with biopolymer carrier systems to provide a 100% renewable and completely biodegradable solution. Colors include red, orange yellow and green. CESA-natur masterbatches – including slip/antiblock agents, UV/light stabilizers, antioxidants and antistatic agents – also feature naturally occurring substances. More recently, Clariant introduced "OK-compost" certified masterbatches for biopolymer products and packaging. They tend to be more economical and more process- and light-stable than all-natural products.
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Clariant Masterbatches is making it easier for customers to use more recycled material –both post-industrial and post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins. Masterbatches specially formulated for PCR resins are able to overcome the grayish cast of recycled polyolefin plastic. The bright rich colors allow products and packaging made with a high percentage of PCR compete for the consumer’s attention on store shelves. At the same time, our processing expertise allows us to help customers create multi-layer packaging that includes an internal layer of recycled material, while bright, colorful exterior layers appeal to consumers. For PET polyester, one of the most commonly recycled materials, Clariant offers CESA-extend, an additive masterbatch that overcomes degradation and resulting loss of molecular weight and restores processing and end-use properties. All these technologies are helping today’s brand-owners and processors use more recycled polymers than ever before.
RENOL-natur masterbatches combine all-natural colorants with biopolymer carrier systems to provide a 100% renewable and completely biodegradable solution.
RENOL-compostable masterbatches incorporate conventional pigments in a biopolymer carrier resin and receive the highly desirable “OK compost" certification.
RENOL-BL and RENOL-BA are color concentrates in a biopolymer carrier without specific certification.
January 23, 2020
Thanks to an in-depth research and color-finding project recently completed in partnership with Clariant ColorWorks™, Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri (FFE), a supplier of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds now has an invaluable competitive edge in one of its primary markets – ski boots. more
January 17, 2020
Clariant is marking the 10th anniversary of the launch of the MEVOPUR ‘medical-grade’ materials portfolio with the introduction of a theme: The Color of Innovation - The Science of Design. more
January 17, 2020
Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company and Polymateria, a company developing a new standard in biodegradation of plastics, signed a partnership agreement with the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Department of Chemical and Petrochemical, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. This partnership entails bringing Polymateria’s Biotransformation technology to market in India through Clariant’s Masterbatches.more
December 19, 2019
Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, has agreed to sell its entire Masterbatches business to PolyOne. The transaction values the Masterbatches business at USD 1,560 million, representing c. 12.2 times the last twelve months reported EBITDA (ending September 2019) on a cash and debt free basis. This amount is payable at closing, which is expected by Q3 2020. more
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