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Monument Chemical

Monument Chemical is a privately held, family owned business, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. With over 100 years of combined history, the families have invested extensively in the development of technical expertise and high-productivity solutions for the specialty hydrocarbons business. Monument Chemical was founded in 2008 with the Johann Haltermann acquisition. In 2010, expanded its global footprint into Europe with the acquisition of a facility in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2012 further expanded its US presence with the acquisition of Advanced Aromatics in Baytown, Texas and the acquisition of a facility in Brandenburg, Kentucky. Monument Chemical offer lines of solvents and specialty products to the broader chemical industry. With production sites in Europe and US, we serve the global market. Responding quickly to customer's needs and meeting their highest quality standards are very important to us.

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Resin and Polymeric Binders for Inks

Article | May 19, 2021

The market size for polymeric and resin binders in the global printing ink marketwas estimated to be over 1,200,000 MT in 2020, with a CAGR of about five percent. A major driver of this growth comes from the packaging industry, due to increases in consumer spending and online shopping, as well as demand for processed and packaged foods and beverages. In addition, increased use of water-based inks is promoting market growth, off-setting environmental and health concerns regarding solvent-based inks in addition to strict environmental protection policies. Water-based inks are projected to overtake solvent-based inks due to environmental regulations, the reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the pressroom, and improvements in overall print quality. Ink formulations are complex mixtures, consisting of four basic component classes: pigments, polymeric binder resins, solvents or an aqueous dispersant media, and additives, such as surfactants, waxes, and rheology modifiers that enhance print quality. The purpose of the resin binder is to disperse and carry the ink pigment to the substrate, stabilize the pigment and additives dispersion to prevent settling, and provide print properties such as ink transfer behavior, setting, and drying characteristics. The binder also contributes surface appearance and gloss, strength and flexibility, chemical and solvent resistance, and also rub resistance. Ink binders can be categorized into the following polymer and resin types: acrylics, polyurethanes, polyamides, modified resins, hydrocarbon resins, and modified cellulosics.

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Exploring the potential impact of Brexit on the chemical industry

Article | May 19, 2021

With Brexit officially underway, the UK has entered the transition period during which arrangements affecting the chemical industry will be made. The chemical sector produces around £50 billion worth of exports annually, and 60% of this goes directly to the European Union [1]. 75% of our chemical imports also come from the EU [1], making Brexit a critical time for the sector. The future of trading is yet to be established. Now is a pivotal period during which the chemical industry, stakeholders and the government need to work together to determine this future, in order to allow for a continuation of chemistry enabled growth.

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Improving 3D Chemical Visualization of Subsurface Structures

Article | May 19, 2021

A Raman microscope combines a Raman spectrograph and a light microscope to gain chemical and structural information from materials down to the micron scale. Raman spectroscopy observes when the wavelength of light changes as it interacts with a molecule. The different wavelengths seen in Raman scattering can identify and study vibrational, rotational, and bending forces within chemical bonds of a molecule.

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Global polyolefins for the rest of 2021: supply to lengthen as demand muddle continues

Article | May 19, 2021

SOMEHOW, despite the still very serious container freight shortages that have limited imports, buying sentiment seems to have weakened in the European polyolefins market, according to my outstanding ICIS colleague, Linda Naylor.

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Spotlight

Monument Chemical

Monument Chemical is a privately held, family owned business, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. With over 100 years of combined history, the families have invested extensively in the development of technical expertise and high-productivity solutions for the specialty hydrocarbons business. Monument Chemical was founded in 2008 with the Johann Haltermann acquisition. In 2010, expanded its global footprint into Europe with the acquisition of a facility in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2012 further expanded its US presence with the acquisition of Advanced Aromatics in Baytown, Texas and the acquisition of a facility in Brandenburg, Kentucky. Monument Chemical offer lines of solvents and specialty products to the broader chemical industry. With production sites in Europe and US, we serve the global market. Responding quickly to customer's needs and meeting their highest quality standards are very important to us.

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