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Carolina Color to distribute Liad weighing and control systems in U.S.

Carolina Color Corp., a specialty masterbatch manufacturer with production facilities in Salisbury, NC, and Delaware, OH, has signed a distribution agreement with Israel-based Liad Weighing and Control Systems Ltd. to offer advanced auxiliary feeding and blending systems to U.S. plastics manufacturers.

Carolina Color's agreement to distribute and service Liad products in the United States is a "win-win" for plastics manufacturers, said Jeff Smink, Carolina Color President, who praised Liad's new technology as ideal for high-resolution dosing of Carolina Color's G3 masterbatch line.

Both Liad and Carolina Color have generated industry buzz over the past year with the introduction of new product lines. Carolina Color has begun marketing its G3 line of high-concentrate masterbatch. Liad has introduced a number of new technologies, including a gravimetric feeder with dosing resolution of a single pellet, an in-line multi-probed spectrometer for quality control of color and an automated blender that creates new masterbatch shades from a small inventory of mono-base masterbatch granules.

"Our G3 reduces the cost of masterbatch by concentrating more pigment and UV within each granule," said Smink. "The ability to now dose the masterbatch with absolute precision is a perfect complement for our injection molding and extrusion customers looking to reduce their operating costs."

In the run-up to the Carolina Color-Liad agreement, the companies shared a similar vision as to the future of plastics production, with both targeting advances in color technology and line automation as key to improving the way plastics are produced. The combination of Carolina Color's high-concentrate masterbatch and Liad's solutions for accurate dosing have the potential to dramatically reduce factory logistical, operating and inventory costs.

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