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January 24, 2019

ECKART Reacts Confidently to Unexpected Exchange of Raw Materials

Six months ago, the effect pigment industry was unexpectedly faced with a new challenge: a raw material commonly used in the industry was classified as a chemical toxic to reproduction.

It is a phosphoric acid ester, which up until now has been completely inconspicuous and which is widely used to stabilize aluminum pigments for aqueous formulations (CAS 52933-07-0).

As part of its voluntary commitment, ECKART was the first supplier on the market to react very quickly by developing alternative formulations in order to continue to provide customers in the coatings and printing industries with products that meet regulatory requirements.

At the same time, the company attached great importance to keeping its customers constantly informed about the current state of affairs The products concerned have been marked accordingly. An intensive exchange with the customers took place with regard to the reformulations, in order to also map technical preferences and advancements in this process. Another focus was on taking into account the listing status applicable in each country.

The result is pigment series that both comply with the latest global regulations and meet current customer requirements.

“Due to our fast reaction we are able to offer solutions guaranteeing long-term product safety for our customers with the product series HYDROXAL V, ROTOVARIO Aqua Slurries, HYDRO PELLET and SHINEDECOR,” says Dr. Dirk Schumacher, Global Head of Product Management at ECKART, who is also happy to answer questions on this topic (dirk.schumacher@altana.com).

About Eckart
The ECKART Group is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of metallic effect and pearlescent pigments and metallic printing inks. The group of companies currently with around 1,750 employees globally, develops, produces, and distributes metallic effect and pearlescent pigments in powder, paste and pellet form and also in concentrates, dispersions and print inks.
ECKART products are used in printing, coatings, plastics, and lightweight concrete industries, as well as in cosmetics and personal care products. ECKART is currently represented in more than 70 countries. The company is a member of ALTANA AG. ALTANA develops and produces high quality, innovative products in the sector of specialty chemicals. Please find more information on the company and its products on our website: www.eckart.net

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