Colour tone invests in new plant to meet overseas demand
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Colour Tone Masterbatch has invested £44,000 in two new BOY 22D injection moulding machines to meet increasing demand for its custom colour masterbatches from overseas, particularly outside EU countries.
The machines will be used to enhance quality procedures and will make good use of the DIPRONIC control systems fitted which optimise repeatability and levels of control. High quality colour plaques will also be produced on new moulds included as part of the order.
Located in the QC and colour laboratories at Colour Tone’s Caerphilly plant in Wales the new plant will sit alongside 12 other BOY machines.
A new moulding technician, Rob Lewis, has also been engaged to expand capability and support the growth in demand for testing and sample production.
Over the past few months Colour Tone has seen sharp rises in export orders and enquiry levels from overseas processors seeking specialist colouring products such as infrared heat reflective colour masterbatches. Colour Tone’s infrared colouring technology, originally developed for use in PVCu compounds for Northern European markets, is now available in other materials and is creating interest in outdoor applications where they offer temperature performance profiles up to 40% lower than plastics coloured with conventional pigments.
Colour Tone’s polymer specific colour masterbatches for engineering polymers such as PC, PA and PET have also found success in extruded sheet glazing products, automotive and lighting components as well as injection blow moulded bottle applications in Europe as well as the Middle East. Specially developed so they can be pre-dried with the host polymer these masterbatches can be introduced without compatibility issues, even in thin wall applications where high loadings are required to achieve opacity.