Sustainability: A Core Initiative for Collaboration in the Chemical Industry

| February 19, 2020

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Legislation and pressure from stakeholders are forcing the chemical industry to find efficiencies and urgently seek out ways to reduce environmental impact, such as implementing low-carbon initiatives, maximizing energy and water efficiency and developing new innovative products and processes. Last month’s World Economic Forum added further urgency as shareholders and investment groups added new sustainability criteria to their investment considerations. As the pressure to improve sustainability rises, organizations like SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, are gaining visibility and traction.

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The Blackfast Process is a safe room temperature surface conversion process. Converting the surface of the metal black without dimensional change. Thus enhancing both appearance as well as tested corrosion resistance. The Room temperature process is essentially non-hazardous and is both safe, quick and easy to use. The Blackfast System incorporates a 7-stage dipping process that has been designed to be operated by yourself giving you greater flexibility and In- House Quality Control.

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Resin and Polymeric Binders for Inks

Article | April 8, 2020

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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We need a global agreement that sets targets for reducing plastic waste

Article | April 8, 2020

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What Are Fine Chemicals?

Article | April 8, 2020

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BLACKFAST CHEMICALS LIMITED

The Blackfast Process is a safe room temperature surface conversion process. Converting the surface of the metal black without dimensional change. Thus enhancing both appearance as well as tested corrosion resistance. The Room temperature process is essentially non-hazardous and is both safe, quick and easy to use. The Blackfast System incorporates a 7-stage dipping process that has been designed to be operated by yourself giving you greater flexibility and In- House Quality Control.

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