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Matthew Hellstern, CEO (right) and Stanley Teoh, Vice President/Managing Director – Asia Pacific at Americhem.
Matthew Hellstern, CEO (right) and Stanley Teoh, Vice President/Managing Director – Asia Pacific at Americhem.
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Americhem, the leading global polymer solutions provider, brought its new, revolutionary ColorShine Special Effect technology for plastics to CHINAPLAS 2018.

The ColorShine Special Effect solution is the combination of SHINE Advanced Materials’ advanced metallic effect pigment technology and Americhem’s innovative formulatory and compounding technologies.

ColorShine is available in pellet form, either precolored compounds or as masterbatch. It offers a superior metallic appearance and high-value visual appeal on both injection molded and extruded plastics, allowing manufacturers the ability to avoid metallic coatings and paint while achieving desired aesthetic qualities in many instances.

“Its (ColorShine) mold-in-color composition allows manufacturers to potentially reduce cost and environmental impact by skipping the coating process entirely,” CEO Matthew Hellstern explained to CPRJ at the show fairgrounds.

In addition, products developed with ColorShine technology also offer better resistance against scratches than coated products, as well as exceptional durability and low-temperature impact strength.

ColorShine technology is designed for compliance, as it conforms to RoHS Directive 2002/95/E, EU REACH 8 PAHs, and the China GC 9685-2008 Hygienic Standard for Use of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials. Therefore, it is suitable for use in home appliances, 3C products, automotive applications, packaging and other materials.

Matthew Hellstern confirmed that customers in the industry are looking for something different and more unique now, and they are attracted by new technologies.

“Most importantly, customers are seeking products that have more functions and are aesthetically more pleasing,” he emphasized. “This trend is very obvious in China and the Asia Pacific region because the consumers are demanding higher quality products. The consumers demand more and we respond by bringing leading and high-end technologies.”

Another growing trend is the soft materials like TPE and TPU, according to Stanley Teoh, Vice President/Managing Director – Asia Pacific at Americhem.

Especially in the automotive, consumer durables and medical markets, there is a strong desire for materials with better hand feel, and customers desire to create products that are soft to the touch.

Americhem’s comprehensive polymer solutions cover four main areas: custom color masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies. The businesses in these four areas are all growing as mentioned by Stanley Teoh.

The company is adopting “one stop shop” strategy, so that customers can source all solutions in one place. “This is what makes Americhem especially valuable to partner with,” remarks Matthew Hellstern.

Adds new TPE/TPU extruder line in Suzhou plant

In order to meet the growing global demand for soft-touch materials, especially in Asia, Americhem is expanding its operations at its Suzhou, China, plant with a new, state-of-the-art extrusion line for soft polymer compounding.

Americhem has been supplying TPE from it US plant for the Asian market. When the new line is ready for commercial operation in Q3 2018, the company can provide faster service to its customers.

As introduced, the new extruder line will feature a fully automated underwater pelletizer to allow the processing of soft materials. It also includes imported high-end twin screw extruders with side feeders, a liquid feeding system and a large drying hopper.

The plant is well equipped to handle all kinds of strand-handling systems, including waterbath, conveyor-belt and high-speed-intensive mixer, to provide effective mixing of all kinds of formulations.

Americhem’s Suzhou plant employs over 100 people currently, and the new extrusion line is expected to help grow the employee base by 10-15% within a year.

This is the second expansion in three years for the facility located in Suzhou Industrial Park, which began operation in 2006.

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