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OCT 2018

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and additive concentrates include general-purpose, FDA-approved PP black and white for caps and closures; g-p, FDA-approved PE black and white for caps, closures, rigid packaging, and thermoforming; FDA-approved, g-p (multi-resin) black and white for caps, closures, rigid packaging, thermoforming; and FDA-approved, multi-resin antioxidant and UV concentrates. Chroma Color's extensive database of pigment, resin and additive packages is utilized to rapidly develop custom color concentrates to meet any special requirement. COLOR GAME CHANGER Carolina Color says it changed the color-concentrate business in 2008 when it launched a patented process that bundled high loadings of colorants and additives in concentrates at levels not previously achiev- able. Called G2 technology, the process achieved a longtime industry goal of making "super concentrates" that had not previously been possible, and in so doing just about doubled the size of the Carolina Color business. The G2 product line is claimed to save up to 20% in color cost and allow processing at lower temperatures, which can cut cycle times. Recalls Barr, "When I joined Carolina Color in 2002, I didn't know much about manufacturing. And it's interesting that I went to work for a color company, since I'm color blind. So, my mission at first was to assemble talent on the sales side. But I realized that to meet our growth and innovation goals we also needed a manufacturing leader." Barr found that leader in Jeff Smink. In a career that has spanned 35 years, Smink has worked in closure manufacturing and color. He joined Carolina Color 2003 as executive v.p. with a primary focus on operations and R&D. He was named president of "Our entire team is committed to taking our valued commer- cial partnerships to greater heights as we expand our substantial capabilities with the singular goal of enhancing our customers' competitive positions," adds Tom Bolger, CEO of Chroma Color Corp. (chromacolors.com). And more moves may be in the offing. Notes Chroma Chairman George Abd, "This is an exciting time for the company as it grows organically, leveraging its patented products, expert technological resources and considerable man- ufacturing capacity—and through future strategic acquisitions." As it stands, the combined business has plants and equip- ment—batch mixers as well as dozens of single- and twin- screw extrusion lines—in North Carolina, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois. All compounding lines are engi- neered for rapid order turnaround while maintaining the exacting quality requirements of ISO-9000:2015 registered facilities. At the moment, some facilities tend to specialize in certain products or markets. Breen, for example, is best known for serving the PVC wire and cable market, notes Bolger; while the current expertise in McHenry is supplying high-end engineering thermoplastics for applications that include chain saws and leaf blowers. Overall, Chroma Color is resin agnostic: Its polymer and color engineers can select from a suite of commodity resins and dozens of engineering resins and hundreds of pigments, addi- tives and modifiers to tailor a thermoplastic compound designed to specific end-use requirements. It serves customers in markets that include wire and cable, packaging, building construction, consumer products, medical and healthcare, lawn and garden, durable goods, and recreational products. To provide customers with easy-to-use colors, and to reduce lead times, Chroma has standardized some of its popular colorants. Adhering to FDA as well as HMF standards, the firm has developed standard colors in short production cycles suitable for use in a variety of processes. In addition, it has products to meet EIA-359, SAE J–1158 and NEMA color standards. So-called specialty standard colors Check out our Color Done Right Supplement at short.ptonline.com/color Learn more at PTonline.com QUESTIONS ABOUT COLOR? Chroma Color CEO Tom Bolger is pictured with end products that represent the wide range of markets to which the firm supplies color concentrates. Chroma Color COO Jeff Smink (left; with U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson), joined Carolina Color in 2003 and helped spearhead development of ground-breaking G2 and G3 technologies. @plastechmag 43 Plastics Technology On-Site Chroma Color Corp.

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